Slamdance explores DIY world of filmmaking according to James Franco in a "Coffee With" event, followed by the World Premiere of his latest film collaboration Yosemite, on Thursday, January 29th.
(LOS ANGELES, CA - January 8, 2015) – The Slamdance Film Festival today announced the latest edition of its "Coffee With" events featuring independent film champion James Franco, followed by a Special Screening of his latest film collaboration Yosemite, directed by Gabrielle Demeestere and a Rabbit Bandini Production. This unique program will close Slamdance's 21st festival on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 and will be the World Premiere of Yosemite, a film that chronicles the intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends which unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community. As the premiere film festival by filmmakers for filmmakers, Slamdance's "Coffee With" events aim to discuss the various ways to sustain a successful filmmaking career from the guests’ personal experiences in their fields. “Coffee With...James Franco” will look at the actor and producer's prolific independent film work, including his new production of Yosemite. Past “Coffee With” guests have included Chad Hurley & the Russo Brothers, Jonathan Demme & Neil Young, Ted Hope, and Vilmos Zsigmond.
“We are thrilled to have such a talented and passionate supporter of independent film sit down and share his knowledge and experience with the Slamdance filmmakers,” states Anna Germanidi, Festival Director.
The 2015 Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 23rd - 29th, 2015 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, located at 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.
All Access, Industry, Local's, and Student Festival Passes are available online. To purchase, click here. Individual tickets for all screenings are now available here. More tickets will be available at the Festival Box Office starting Thursday, January 22nd at 9am.
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.
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, Directors Guild of America, Pierce 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
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