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Slamdance Presents The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake

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October 8
Slamdance Film Festival

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October 15
Slamdance Film Festival

Final Entry Deadline

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October 18
Slamdance Cinema Club Presents: I Sell The Dead

with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for Q&A.
Arclight Hollywood, 8pm.

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October 19
Slamdance Cinema Club Presents: Wendigo

with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for Q&A.
Arclight Hollywood, 8pm.

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...and remember, Slamdance Studios is always live, on demand
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Slamdance Is A Year-Round Organization with programs, events, and competitions designed By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers. Follow us on social media to get our daily updates:

Los Angeles, CA - October 9, 2015The Delegation, written by Shane Andries, has won the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Grand Prize. Andries was awarded $7,000 in cash prizes for his feature script at the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Writers Guild of America, West on October 7, 2015.

The Delegation tells the story of a rookie congressional staffer who convinces a maverick congressmen to send a delegation to the jungles of South America to investigate the truth behind infamous cult leader Jim Jones.

Slamdance recognizes four categories in its Screenplay Competition and has established a reputation for finding production worthy screenplays. Each winner received additional cash prizes. The top three Slamdance screenplays in each prize category are as follows:

1st Place - The Delegation by Shane Andries
2nd Place - Ignorant by Anita J. Justice
3rd Place - Jacksonville by Jeffrey Field

1st Place - Speak of the Devil by Jesse J. Cook
2nd Place - 77 Minutes by Shani Grewal
3rd Place - Silver Moon by Travis Stevens

1st Place - Deep Storage by Susan Earl
2nd Place - The Contract by Sean Corrigan
3rd Place - Minstrel Boy by Colin Scott

1st Place - Castle Rock by Jamie King
2nd Place - Escape/Artist by Alan R. Baxter
3rd Place - Hits by Jeffrey King

“With nearly 3,500 total submissions, a 50% increase over last year, finding these twelve was no easy task,” says Screenwriting Manager, Summre Garber. “We feel truly honored to receive so many wonderful submissions and thank all of the entrants for entrusting your work with us. Hopefully our feedback service provided with each submission contained useful and constructive criticism so that no one feels like they’re leaving empty handed. Congratulations to our winners,
we can’t wait to see these scripts get made and what you write next.”

“As WGAW's President, and as a proud member of the independent film community, I'm delighted to join Slamdance in supporting emerging writers. Slamdance's annual Screenplay Competition has always found writers of talent and promise, and has helped expose deserving work to the larger community. It's a mission the WGAW is honored to support,” states WGAW President, Howard A. Rodman.

Slamdance received nearly 3,500 submissions for the Screenplay Competition, which strives to bring attention to the most talented emerging screenwriters and introduce them to the industry.

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition has established a reputation for finding production-worthy screenplays written by emerging talent. Andrea Janakas’ 2014 teleplay Search for Life has been optioned by eOne and Laurence Fishburne’s company, Cinema Gypsy and is currently looking for a network home. Janakas says about her Slamdance experience “After winning the Slamdance Grand Prize for my teleplay Search for Life it was optioned immediately, opening up a year of meetings with great companies and building a network of terrific producers, not only for this project, but for the other projects I've been working on. Thanks, Slamdance for jump-starting my career!”

Cash and service prizes for the 2015 Writing Competition amounted to $20,000. Pierce Law Group, LLP, a long standing sponsor of Slamdance, provided a total $7,500 in legal services to the category winners.

Other examples of how the Screenplay Competition connected screenplays to production include Maria Full of Grace from writer/director Joshua Marston and The Woodsman co-written by Nicole Kassel and Steven Fechter, directed by Kassel. Recent winners that have gone on to be produced include 100 Bloody Acres written by co-writers/directors Colin and Cameron Cairn and Jug Face written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle.

The success of the Slamdance Screenplay Competition over the past twenty years and the writers it has discovered continues to attract the attention of industry professionals searching for the best new independent writing talent. As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. The 2016 Slamdance Film Festival will
run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 22-28, in Park City, Utah. Slamdance still lives by its mantra: "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers." No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance is proud to count among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including such cinematic luminaries as Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Oren Peli, Lena Dunham and Benh Zeitlin. New filmmakers and writers today realize that Slamdance is a place to launch their careers.


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Slamdance is delighted to announce the 12 finalists for the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. Congratulations to these writers for making it to the final 12! The winners will be announced on October 8th. Keep an eye out for the announcement on our website!

2015 FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)


Ignorant by Anita J. Justice
Jacksonville by Jeffrey Field
The Delegation by Shane Andries


77 Minutes by Shani Grewal
Silver Moon by Travis Stevens
Speak of the Devil by Jesse J. Cook


Deep Storage by Susan Earl
Minstrel Boy by Colin Scott
The Contract by Sean Corrigan

Original Teleplay:

Castle Rock by Jamie King
Escape/Artist by Alan R. Baxter
HITS by Jeffrey King

Slamdance is delighted to announce the 32 semi-finalists for the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. Congratulations to these writers for making it to the final 32! The finalists will be announced on September 30th, and the competition winners will be announced on October 8 at the WGA West. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements on our website!

(in alphabetical order)


Chennai 2070 by Vishnu Sekar
Daedalus by Gareth Peevers
Drift by Librado Lozano & Manuel Luis Martinez
Heart of a Killer by Elias Markos
Ignorant by Anita J. Justice
Jacksonville by Jeffrey Field
Looking for Nirvana by Robert Ian Simpson
The Delegation by Shane Andries


77 Minutes by Shani Grewal
Room Service by Yedidya Gorsetman and Mark Leidner
Rumpelstiltskin by Chris Ritvo and Craig Stewart
Seep by Tom Bailey and Davidson Cole
Silver Moon by Travis Stevens
Speak of the Devil by Jesse J. Cook
The Shut-Ins by Jose Roman
The South Rises Again by Jonathan J. Williams


Deep Storage by Susan Earl
Hardware by Julia Cilli
Holding On by Alex Jones
Minstrel Boy by Colin Scott
Shift Work by Josh Bartolome
Suicide Falls by Peter LiPera
The Contract by Sean Corrigan
When Pigs Fly by Andrew Wood

Original Teleplay:

Castle Rock by Jamie King
Drought by Steve Armour
Escape/Artist by Alan R. Baxter
HITS by Jeffrey King
Pass/Fail by Caitlin McCarthy & Jim Forbes
Shock Talk by Jake Bottiglieri
Tinfoil Hats by Francis Stokes
Young Winston by Robert Tetlow


LOS ANGELES, CA (August 14, 2015) – Slamdance joins forces with the creators of The Resurrection of Jake the Snake for the multi-city theatrical release of the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival favorite documentary beginning in Portland, Oregon on September 2nd. The Portland Film Festival will host the film's release with a special event screening of the documentary and a Q&A session moderated by UFC superstar Chael Sonnen with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page and director Steve Yu. The event format is a key element of the film's continuing theatrical release with personal appearances by Jake “The Snake” Roberts, filmmakers and special guests.

The theatrical release marks the initiation of Slamdance Presents, a new distribution moniker for Slamdance's world premier programs dedicated to creating theatrical and other innovative commercial opportunities for independent filmmakers.

As an unprecedented promotional venture between distributor and filmmaker, the partnership is the perfect combination of two underdogs teaming up to take on the fierce theatrical film marketplace. The inspiring documentary feature opened the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and went on to win critical acclaim as well as this unique theatrical distribution partnership with Slamdance Presents. When The Resurrection of Jake the Snake screens at Portland Film Festival, it may very well be the first time two festivals have come together to support a nationwide release of an independent film.

Directed by Steve Yu, The Resurrection of Jake the Snake documents one of the most famous professional wrestlers in the world, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, as he battles his personal demons in a struggle to reclaim his life and the family that had given up on him. The feature-length documentary is also features Diamond Dallas Page and Scott Hall (aka Razor Ramon). Diamond Dallas Page is the film’s producer.

We’re thrilled that Slamdance believes enough in our documentary to pursue this innovative theatrical strategy," said the film’s director Steve Yu, "As filmmakers we were fortunate to be at the right place at the right time, and capturing Jake’s incredible story was as compelling as any fictional narrative – except this was 100% real.”

Theater bookers’ response to the venture has already proven successful with twelve venues scheduled throughout the fall in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dallas, Nashville, Chattanooga, Tampa, Yonkers as well as Portland. Other cities are presently being added to the schedule. Each venue will offer a hosted Special Event Screening with personal appearances by Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page, filmmakers and special guests at a hosted Q&A.

The plan to collaborate on a theatrical release between Slamdance and the filmmakers was based on the filmmakers’ unrivaled knowledge and connection to a large, eager and devoted subculture and based on their mutual success at Slamdance 2015. The blueprint for the Special Event Screenings came from Slamdance's Cinema Club at Hollywood's ArcLight Theater in March 2015 where film showings included a hosted Q & A with the filmmakers, special wrestling guests and moderated by Slamdance alumni Joe Manganniello. This model will be used throughout the release of The Resurrection of Jake The Snake.

"We hope to enter the challenging theatrical arena with a strong showing, knowing that the festival and the film embody the true spirit of independent film," said Peter Baxter, President and Co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival, "Audiences love our screening events with filmmakers. It’s great to receive the support of Portland Film Festival to help our launch. I hope more festivals can help one another like this in the future."

"As fellow mavericks, we are excited to present “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake” at this year’s festival,” said Josh Leake, Executive Director of the Portland Film Festival. “Teaming with Slamdance to help launch their new distribution arm with the film’s theatrical release is groundbreaking in the world of independent film. We are pleased to be a part of this terrific collaboration.”

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AMC Empire 25. New York, NY.
October 2-8, 2015.
234 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

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Alamo Drafthouse. Yonkers NY.
October 2 - 8, 2015.
2548 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY 10710

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AMC Pittsburgh Loews Waterfront 22. West Homestead PA.
October 2-8, 2015.
300 W Waterfront Dr
Homestead, PA 15120

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Hollywood Blvd Cinema. Woodridge IL.
October 9-15, 2015.
1001 W 75th St
Woodridge, IL 60517

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Arclight Cinemas. Culver City CA.
October 14-21, 2015.
9500 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema. Greensboro NC.
October 16-22, 2015.
2134 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC

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Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. Nashville, TN.
October 29 - November 5, 2015.
3815 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215

Crest Theater. Reel Recovery Film Festival. Delray Beach, FL.
November 14, 2015.
51 N Swinton Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444

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Past Dates

The Charles Theater. Baltimore MD.
October 3, 2015.
1711 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Landmark Ritz 5. Philadelphia PA.
October 1, 2015.
214 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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AMC Valley View 16. Dallas TX.
September 25 - October 1 2015.
Valley View Center
13331 Preston Rd #2300
Dallas, TX 75240

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Villagio Cinemas. Tampa, FL.
September 29, 2015.
11778 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa FL 33618

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The Magnolia Theater. Dallas TX.
September 28, 2015.
3699 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX, 75204

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Sundance Cinemas. Reel Recovery Film Festival. Houston TX.
September 27, 2015.
510 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77002

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Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Atlanta, GA.
September 18-24, 2015.
931 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

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Portland Film Festival. Portland, OR.
Wednesday September 2, 2015. 8:15pm.
Mission Theater
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Living Room Theater. Portland, OR.
September 6-11, 2015.
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About Slamdance

Not just a film festival, Slamdance is a community, a year-round experience, and a statement. Established by a wild bunch of filmmakers in 1995 who were tired of relying on a large oblique system to showcase their work, Slamdance is an ongoing experiment that has proven, year after year, when it comes to recognizing talent and launching careers, the independent and grassroots film communities can do it themselves.
Slamdance alums are responsible for the programming and organization of the following year’s festival. With a variety of backgrounds, interests, and talents, but with no individual filmmaker’s vote meaning more than another’s, Slamdance’s programming and organizing committees have been able to stay close to the heart of low budget and do-it-yourself filmmaking. In this way, Slamdance continues to grow and exemplify its mantra: By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers.
Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Oren Peli  (Paranormal Activity), Marc Forster (World War Z), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Lena Dunham (Girls), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday). Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have accumulated over $11.5 billion in the Box Office to date.
In addition to the festival, Slamdance serves emerging artists and a growing audience with several year-round activities. These include the popular Slamdance Screenplay Competition, traveling On The Road screening events, the Anarchy Workshop for student filmmakers, and The Slamdance Cinema Club, a monthly cinema club based out of the ArcLight in Hollywood.

In January, 2015 Hulu partnered with Slamdance Studios to offer a new film collection from festival alumni. The nascent but already profitable venture allows viewers to access Slamdance Studios on Hulu at: 

Slamdance Presents is a new distribution arm established to access broader distribution of independent films made or acquired by Slamdance Studios. The goal is to build the popularity of independent films and support filmmakers on a commercial level through theatrical release. The Resurrection of Jake The Snake is the first film to be released by the company.
The 2016 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 21st - 28th in Park City, Utah.
Additional information about the Slamdance is available at www.slamdance.com
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