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July 12
Slamdance Cinema Club Presents: Yosemite

starring James Franco, with Director Gabrielle Demeestere and Gia Coppola in attendance for Q&A.
Arclight Hollywood, 8pm.
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July 13
Slamdance Cinema Club Presents: On Her Own

with director Morgan Schmidt-Feng in attendance for live Q&A.
Arclight Hollywood, 8pm.
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July 21
Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Late Submissions Deadline
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July 24
Slamdance Film Festival

Early Submissions Deadline
Submit your film now

August 9
Slamdance Cinema Club Presents: They Look Like People

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

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August 10
Slamdance Cinema Club Presents: 20 Years of Madness

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

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August 31
Slamdance DIG

Final Entry Deadline

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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:

Submissions open for the 2016 Film Festival, Slamdance Alumni returns for Manager Position, and programs expand through Slamdance Cinema Club, Slamdance Studios on HULU, and beyond.
 
(LOS ANGELES, CA---May 29, 2015) Following last year's record breaking submission numbers, Slamdance Film Festival is now open for 2016 entries with a new program called DIG and the return of alumni Clementine Leger as festival manager. At the same time, the organization's distribution arm Slamdance Studios, is showing major year-round growth for its online and live event enterprises. This month, Slamdance Studios on Hulu premieres Slam Collective’s I Want To Be an American based on the exquisite corpse parlor game, and the wildly successful ArcLight Presents Slamdance Cinema Club screens Pavan Moondi's & Brian Robertson's Diamond Tongues and Chris Furbee's Huntington's Dance. 

Slamdance invites filmmakers to take the first step in their filmmaking careers by submitting to the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival now. Submissions open June 1st and continue through October 15th. Filmmakers may submit through the newly added platform FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, as well as through the festival’s alternative submission form at http://showcase.slamdance.com/Film-Submissions.
 
Slamdance continues to support independent filmmaking and Slamdance alumni with the expansion of year-round programming such as Arclight Presents Slamdance Cinema Club, the premiere of the Slam Collective’s collaborative documentary feature I Want To Be An American through Slamdance Studios on Hulu. Another new filmmaker partnership with Digital Bolex has created the Slamdance x Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Competition that will present selections from the inaugural program at Cinegear, LA on June 5th at Paramount Studios.
 
Taking over the pivotal role of Manager of the Slamdance Film Festival during this time of expansion is Slamdance alumni, Clementine Leger, who has rejoined Slamdance Film Festival as festival manager after two seasons as programming coordinator for the Florida Film Festival.
 
Slamdance programs and competitions continue for filmmakers at all stages of their career, including the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, and the newly launched Slamdance Digital, Interactive & Gaming showcase, DIG.
 
“Right now, our Slamdance programs are growing at an unprecedented rate and we are very fortunate Clementine Leger has returned to manage them. Our purpose of breaking boundaries for independent artists to reach audiences globally at live events and online is steadily and surely being realized and we have great partnerships to thank for that,” stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President & Co-Founder.
 
Ongoing and upcoming Slamdance programs of note:
 
- Slamdance and Digital Bolex will present a showcase of films created for the inaugural Slamdance x Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Competition. This screening will take place on June 5, 8:15pm as part of the Cinegear Expo at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, and registration is free through May 30. All films in the showcase were shot on the Digital Bolex D16 Digital Cinema Camera.
 
- Slamdance Studios recently premiered I Want To Be An American on VOD within its Hulu slate. I Want To Be An American is a collaborative, international documentary experience made by the SlamCollective. It is available to watch: http://hulu.com/companies/slamdance.
 
- Slamdance Digital, Interactive & Gaming, or DIG, is now accepting entries, and will close August 31, 2015. FREE to enter for artists and filmmakers working in contemporary digital art, virtual reality, augmented and expanded cinema, and gaming: http://showcase.slamdance.com/Slamdance-DIG
 
- The Slamdance Screenplay Competition continues through July 28. Late Deadline June 10th, 2015; Withoutabox Extended Deadline July 28th, 2015. More information can be found here: http://showcase.slamdance.com/Screenplay-Competition
 
- ArcLight Presents Slamdance Cinema Club continues with summer titles including: Huntington’s Dance on June 14th, Diamond Tongues  on June 15th, Yosemite (starring James Franco) on July 12th, On Her Own on July 13th, They Look Like People on August 9th, and 20 Years of Madness on August 10th. To learn more about this program and to buy tickets go to: https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/news/arclight-presents-slamdance-cinema-club
 
About Slamdance

Slamdance is a year-round organization and film festival that serves as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and innovative filmmaking. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers and is a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers. The festival began as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and they continue to run concurrently.
 
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.
 
Slamdance's On The Road events and Slamdance Studios' developing commercial distribution platform continue to increase opportunities for filmmakers both internationally and domestically. Slamdance Studios launched a film collection on Hulu in January 2015, including 12 feature films and 1 documentary short from Slamdance alumni which are available to stream now, with new films to be added throughout the year. Viewers can access Slamdance Studios on Hulu at http://www.hulu.com/companies/slamdance
 
Over 2,500 submissions competed for prizes in the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. This year’s Grand Prize winner was the Original Teleplay Search For Life by Andrea Janakas, which was awarded a total of $7,000 in cash prizes. Submissions for the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition will open on February 23rd.
 
2015 Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors included Digital BolexThe International Fusion Doc ChallengeDirectors Guild of AmericaPierce Law GroupCreativeFutureWriters Guild of America WestDifferent By DesignCarharttFestival ScopeFinal Draft, Park City's Treasure Mountain Inn, and Salt Lake City's BlueStar Juice Bar & CafeBeehive Distilling, and Xmission. Slamdance is proud to partner with sponsors who support emerging artists and push the boundaries of independent filmmaking.
 
Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival, Slamdance Studios and Screenplay Competition is available at www.slamdance.com
 
Connect with Slamdance:
 
http://twitter.com/slamdance 
http://www.facebook.com/SlamdanceFilmFestival
Instagram: @Slamogram

 
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Annie Jeeves/Cinematic Red
Phone: 323.834.9733
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(LOS ANGELES - May 4, 2015) Slamdance DIG (short for Digital, Interactive & Gaming) is a new program from the Slamdance Film Festival dedicated to emerging independent artists working in new, hybrid and immersive forms of digital media art.

If your work pushes, breaks, or defies the boundaries of storytelling through digital media in any way, we would like to see it. We are primarily interested in a diversity of form and content. If you think your work fits, it likely does.

Artists are encouraged to submit either works in progress or completed projects for consideration. From these submissions, judges will program a showcase that will open in Los Angeles, California in 2015. Selected final works will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Submissions are free and open to the public.

For more information on submission materials and to send us your project, click through to our online form: http://bit.ly/1Dz6TIY

Last week, Withoutabox asked our Readers to give them a bit of insight on our review process and the season ahead. Check out what they had to say to put your best script forward!

The Screenplay Competition Early Deadline is April 7th, submit today and learn more about the competition here.

 
What is the first thing you take note of when reviewing a screenplay?
The FIRST thing we note is character - has the writer taken the time to create an interesting character with something to do in the storyline? Does the protagonist (or protagonists if it's an ensemble) feel like a real person? Does he/she have personality and flaws, fears and talents, that are going to help them move through this world?

If you could give a screenwriter one piece of advice for their submission, what would it be?
Proof. There's nothing that drives Readers crazier than a script that's full of typos, poor grammar, and bad formatting. While we'd never judge a script based on formatting alone, all those little mistakes add up, pulling us out of the narrative. The goal for any script should be a smooth reading experience; you don't want anything to distract the Reader from the world, the characters, and the storyline.

Slamdance offers a very useful Feedback Service to all submitters and Coverage Service for an additional fee, what is the most common constructive criticism that screenwriters should be aware of?
Make sure your protagonist is driving the storyline. There's a big difference between a main character who lets things happen to him/her and is swept along in the world of the story, and one who makes a decision and takes action to achieve a goal. The first gives us an interesting situation to observe, but the second pulls us along for the ride, gives the story structure, direction, and stakes.

Have you noticed trends among Slamdance's four submission categories?
There are new sub-categories every season! Right now, genre scripts are moving out of fairytales, but science fiction is hot. Romantic comedies and dramas seem to be less popular than horror and thriller scripts. Period pieces are becoming more common in TV pilots. It changes every year, but we're at an interesting point for TV writers - with new avenues like Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix opening up to original programming, there are new opportunities opening up for writers all all the time! In the past, TV has been seen as somewhat secondary to features, but that has definitely changed, and now a great pilot can hold its own against the Features category any day - note that a teleplay won last year's Grand Prize!

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is accepting submissions now through July 22nd. We welcome scripts of all genres in our four categories: Feature, Short, Horror and Original Teleplay. Every entrant receives feedback with coverage available at an additional price. Prizes include up to $11,00 in cash!

Connect with Slamdance:
http://twitter.com/slamdance
http://www.facebook.com/SlamdanceFilmFestival




Two premiere cinema organizations have partnered to bring fresh independent films to ArcLight audiences with the Slamdance Cinema Club.
 
(LOS ANGELES, CA—February 16, 2015) Beginning March 2015, movie lovers in Los Angeles will have another reason to celebrate with the premiere of Slamdance Cinema Club, a new series of independent films titles to be shown exclusively at ArcLight Cinemas. Each month, the Slamdance Cinema Club will select new independent films from the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival to be screened at ArcLight Hollywood followed by a filmmaker Q&A, with high-profile surprise guests and moderators.
 
For years, the Slamdance Film Festival has celebrated independent filmmaking and ran concurrently to Sundance Film Festival, serving as an alternative for filmmakers to debut their films. Now, for the first time, Los Angeles moviegoers will have an opportunity to watch these films at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood.

The series kicked-off on March 8 with sold out screenings of “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake” from filmmaker Steve Yu, and “Bloodsucking Bastards” by Brian James O'Connell. The series will continue monthly with the following screenings and showtimes:

July 12, 8pm
Yosemite by Gabrielle Demeestere
In the fall of 1985, the intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe, and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto. Chris drives up to Yosemite for the weekend with his dad and discovers a corpse in the woods. Joe, left to his own devices by his babysitter, befriends a lonely drifter who shares his love of comic books. Meanwhile, a mountain lion is spotted in Palo Alto in broad daylight and Ted searches for his cat, who has gone missing.

Reserve tickets here

July 13, 8pm
On Her Own by Morgan Schmidt-Feng
The story of Nancy Prebilich and her family as they struggle to save their fifth generation farm during the Great Recession. Yet this story is about more than just one family’s struggle to keep their land out of foreclosure. It explores the roles history and ancestry play out in our present-day lives. What happens when the cost of preserving family heritage is the family itself?

Reserve tickets here


August 9, 8pm
They Look Like People by Perry Blackshear
Suspecting that people are transforming into malevolent shape-shifters, Wyatt flees to New York City to seek out his estranged childhood friend Christian. As the mysterious horrors close in on Wyatt, he questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. A genre-bending story about love, loyalty, and living nightmares.

Reserve tickets here

August 10, 8pm
20 Years Of Madness by Jeremy Royce
When the founder of a mid-90s Public Access TV show in Detroit reunites the eccentric cast after 20 years to make a new episode, he discovers that most of his childhood friends are struggling with issues ranging from mental illness to drug addiction. They are forced to take a hard look at their relationships and reconcile their teenage dreams with the realities of adulthood.

Reserve tickets here


PAST CINEMA CLUB SHOWS


June 14, 8pm
Huntington's Dance by Chris Furbee
The story of one man’s reckoning with his family’s brutal, hereditary disease: Huntington’s Disease. This first person account brings the viewer intimately into their lives. We see his denial, his mother’s death, his grappling with being tested and his eventual diagnosis. His path from caretaker, to victim to activist is tracked in a unique diary fashion over the course of 18 years.

Reserve tickets here

June 15, 8pm
Diamond Tongues by Pavan Moondi & Brian Robertson
Edith Weiland dreams of being a successful actress but just can’t seem to make it happen. Things get worse when her ex-boyfriend she broke up with to focus on her career takes up acting on a whim and immediately books a leading role. When Edith can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong, she begins to do everything wrong.

Reserve tickets here



May 17, 8pm
Trees That Walk by Mattia Colombo
A film about the lives of trees, and their deep relationship with the people that work hard every day to give wood a second life.

Reserve tickets here


May 18, 8pm
I Believe In Unicorns by Leah Meyerhoff
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretake of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when Sterling’s volatile side begins to emerge.

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April 12th, 8pm
Across The Sea by Esra Saydam & Nisan Dag
Damla is a Turkish immigrant estranged from her homeland; she lives in New York City with her husband, Kevin, and they’re expecting their first child. But Damla is still haunted by memories of her first love and when she returns to Turkey with Kevin she has to confront a troubling secret from her past.

Reserve tickets here

April 13th, 8pm
Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang by Colin Offland
After forging an unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Dennis Rodman hatched an idea to improve relations between North Korea and the US. For the first time, discover the true story of what happened when Dennis Rodman took a team of former NBA players to North Korea and staged the most controversial game of basketball the world has never seen.

Reserve tickets here



March 8th, 8pm
The Resurrection of Jake The Snake by Steve Yu
The story of professional wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts as he battles out from the depths of drug addiction, financial disaster, and depression with the help of an old friend and student.

Reserve tickets here

March 9th, 8pm
Bloodsucking Bastards by Brian James O'Connell
A horror comedy that follows corporate drone Evan Sanders as he finds a way to stop the evil brewing in his co-workers' cubicles, win back his girlfriend, and rescue his workplace pals before his life goes from being dead-end... to just dead.

Reserve tickets here

“For over a decade, ArcLight Cinemas has celebrated film by bringing a variety of content to an audience of passionate moviegoers, showing films the way the filmmaker intended,” said Gretchen McCourt, executive vice president, cinema programming, ArcLight Cinemas. “Our partnership with the Slamdance Cinema Club is tremendous opportunity to continue our support for independent films, bringing these incredible stories to life on the big screen and showcasing the talent of existing and emerging filmmakers.”

“ArcLight Cinemas has continued to be a shining light for independent cinema fans looking for a rich cinematic experience and we are thrilled to be partnering with such a visionary company that cares so deeply about the future of film,” states Slamdance President & Co-Founder, Peter Baxter.

Slamdance Cinema Club upcoming dates:

March 8th & 9th
April 12th & 13th
May 17th & 18th
June 14th & 15th
July 12 & 13th
August 9th & 10th

To reserve seats and learn more about upcoming titles visit ArcLight Cinemas Here.

About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington. ArcLight Cinemas operates five theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo and La Jolla, as well as one theater in Bethesda, Md. Additional theaters are under construction in Chicago and Glenview, Ill., Culver City and Santa Monica, Calif., for a 2015 opening. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.

Additional information about the ArcLight Cinemas is available at https://www.arclightcinemas.com/

Connect with ArcLight:
https://twitter.com/ArcLightCinemas and https://www.facebook.com/ArclightCinemas


About Slamdance
Slamdance is a year-round organization and film festival that serves as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and innovative filmmaking. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers and is a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers. The festival began as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and they continue to run concurrently.

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.

Slamdance's On The Road events and Slamdance Studios' developing commercial distribution platform continue to increase opportunities for filmmakers both internationally and domestically. In partnership with Vimeo On Demand, Slamdance Studios is developing Slamdance 20, a collection of twenty festival award winning and audience favorite films; titles include Matt Johnson's The Dirties, Andrew Edison's Bindlestiffs, and Daniel Martinico's OK, Good. The 2014 On The Road tour was presented by CreativeFuture. Slamdance Studios also launched a film collection on Hulu in January, including 12 feature films and 1 documentary short from Slamdance alumni which are available to stream now, with new films to be added monthly. Viewers can access Slamdance Studios at http://www.hulu.com/companies/slamdance

Over 2,500 submissions competed for prizes in the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. This year’s Grand Prize winner was the Original Teleplay Search For Life by Andrea Janakas, which was awarded a total of $7,000 in cash prizes. Submissions for the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition will open on February 23rd.

2015 Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors include Digital Bolex, The International Fusion Doc Challenge, Zealot Networks Directors Guild of America, BlackMagic DesignPierce Law Group, CreativeFuture, Writers Guild of America West, Different By Design, Carhartt, Festival Scope, Final Draft, Park City's Treasure Mountain Inn, and Salt Lake City's BlueStar Juice Bar & Cafe, Beehive Distilling, and Xmission. Slamdance is proud to partner with sponsors who support emerging artists and push the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival is available at www.slamdance.com

Connect with Slamdance:
http://twitter.com/slamdance
http://www.facebook.com/SlamdanceFilmFestival

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Slamdance Contact
Annie Jeeves/Cinematic Red
Phone: 323.834.9733
annie@cinematicred.com

ArcLight Contact
Jennie Peters/Allison + Partners
Phone: 310-496-4442
jennie@allisonpr.com




 
 
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