Adding New Major Markets to “Slamdance On The Road”.
(PARK CITY, UT - January 23, 2014) – Today, Slamdance Studios, the rapidly expanding distribution arm of the Slamdance Film Festival, announced its acquisition of the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury winner Bible Quiz. Slamdance Studios will partner with Virgil Films for all U.S. and Canadian VOD & DVD distribution rights. Bible Quiz, directed by Nicole Teeny, toured the US in 2013 as part of Slamdance's wildly successful On The Road series. Beginning in March of 2014, Slamdance Studios in partnership with Virgil Films will begin the limited US theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles, and will play across the country in cooperation with Alamo Drafthouse theaters in Houston, Kalamazoo, Lubbock, and Austin. Slamdance Studios will also partner with Virgil Films & Entertainment on the VOD and DVD release. The deal was brokered by Steven Beer for Bible Quiz and Peter Baxter for Slamdance Studios.
The wildly successful Slamdance On The Road series has expanded its cross country appeal, offering audiences the opportunity to experience a select indie slate in eight cities and counting, including:
03/26 New York, NY
04/03 Los Angeles, CA
04/10 Kansas City, MO
04/18 Austin, TX
05/08 Detroit, MI
06/25 Minneapolis, MN
07/17 San Francisco, CA
08/09 Salt Lake City, UT
Bible Quiz follows seventeen-year-old Mikayla as she memorizes thousands of Bible verses on her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain. This John Hughes-eque documentary explores coming of age in the midst of faith, doubt, fierce competition, and teen love. To follow Bible Quiz, visit https://www.facebook.com/biblequizmovie and https://twitter.com/BibleQuizMovie
Nicole Teeny, the film's director, states, "debuting Bible Quiz at Slamdance was life changing, and we're incredibly excited to have audiences around the country connect with our film."
"As we've worked with Nicole at the festival as well as part of our On The Road series we feel that she is a great emerging filmmaking talent and her film will find an even bigger audience," explains Peter Baxter, president of Slamdance Film Festival and Studios.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, this year's Slamdance slate consisted of 93 films, including the premiere of the DIY short documentary, which follows the historical development of the Do-It-Yourself indie film movement, as well as a number of thought-provoking films by a variety of acclaimed and visionary filmmakers from all over the world.
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival took place from January 17th - 23rd, 2014, in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, located at 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.
The Slamdance Film Festival runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Slamdance continues to serve as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and unique cinematic visions. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers. With over half of 2013's feature films having found distribution after premiering in Park City, Slamdance continues to be a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers.
Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), 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), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday).
The organization supports its alumni beyond the festival, by increasing exhibition opportunities through international and domestic On The Road events and developing commercial distribution through Slamdance Studios. 2013 VOD releases included Daniel Martinico's OK, Good, Rudd Simmons' The First Season, Monteith McCollum's Hybrid, and Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal's Stranger Things. Slamdance's 2013 On The Road program traveled to Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, further supporting award-winning feature films such as Nicole Teeny's Bible Quiz, Matt Johnson's The Dirties and James E. Duff's Hank and Asha, as well as a selection of local short filmmakers.
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors included MixBit, Blackmagic Design, Vimeo, and The Directors Guild of America. Further support was given by Different By Design, Pierce Law Group, InkHead Promotional Products, and Variety. Multimedia platform Gawk is the exclusive presenting sponsor of Slamdance TV coverage of the 2014 Festival. Slamdance is proud to partner with sponsors who share their unique vision, and support emerging artists who push the boundaries of independent filmmaking.
Slamdance was proud to introduce MixBit and Blackmagic Design as festival award sponsors. The Slamdance Trailer Competition, presented by MixBit, offered all filmmakers accepted into the 2014 festival an opportunity to create their best trailer. Entrants' work was presented on MixBit.com and the finalists had their trailers shown during the festival. The winner was announced during the Awards Ceremony on January 23, 2014. Blackmagic Design joined the presentation with their sponsorship of the 2014 Blackmagic Design Cinematography Award.
Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival is available at www.slamdance.com
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