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Slamdance Studios Begins Limited US Theatrical Release for Critically Acclaimed Documentary “Bible Quiz” Beginning Spring 2014.

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.

About Slamdance 
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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Variety.com editor Stuart Oldham (@s_oldham) has provided excellent coverage of Christopher Nolan's visit to Slamdance HQ at the Treasure Mountain Inn, and his reception of the inaugural Slamdance Founder's Award.

Mr. Oldham's story can be found on Variety.com, and is quoted in full below.


The Sundance Film Festival may be the biggest and brightest star this weekend in Park City, Utah, but quietly down the road, the event’s “sister” program Slamdance stole the show Saturday evening by hosting one of the most high-profile filmmakers in the world.

Christopher Nolan, who debuted his first movie at Slamdance back in 1999 before going on to launch such blockbusters as “The Dark Knight” and “Inception,” was on hand to receive the event’s Founder’s award among a lucky few at the Treasure Mountain Inn screening room.


Photo By Slamdance

“Thank you…it’s an incredibly long time since I was here last but it feels like yesterday,” the filmmaker said.

With his wife and producing partner Emma and their four children sitting in the front row, Nolan discussed the process of making his first feature film, “Following,” which he made for only $6,000, while also offering advice to the young filmmakers in attendance.

“It’s not about the one screening you have,” he said. “In many ways that’s where the work begins.”

Nolan, who directed his first movie at age 29 “with friends on the weekends,” said the hard work and self-promotion ultimately led to third parties financing his breakout hit “Memento,” which premiered the following year at Sundance.

“One of the things I took away from the festival is that anyone paying any attention to your film is a fantastic thing,” he said, adding that a Variety review of “Following” gave him a huge boost of confidence, despite the review being “pretty negative (laughs).”

The U.K. filmmaker also credited Brad Pitt as one of the main reasons “Memento” caught the eye of festival programmers, saying Pitt’s initial interest in the project (he later passed) generated a buzz around Hollywood, which ultimately led to Guy Pearce’s casting.

“I’m very, very grateful,” he told Slamdance president and moderator Peter Baxter at Saturday’s Q&A.

When asked whether or not he would ever re-visit smaller scale films like “Memento,” after recent billion-dollar hits like “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception,” Nolan calmly said that big budgets weren’t his thing.

“I’ve only ever been driven by story, I try not to think not too much about why I want to make a film,” he said before noting, “I think there’s also a sense of opportunity, that opportunity’s not always going to be there.”

As for his current involvement with Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” and Batman projects, Nolan insists it was never really a plan or mission of his but rather a seamless transition from the time he spent in Gotham.

“We almost fell into being engaged with the studio on the Batman character and then it became Zack’s film,” he said. “To be honest, that’s the only experience I’ve had producing someone else’s film.”

Nolan is currently in production on his next film, “Interstellar,” which stars Matthew McConaughey and opens Nov. 7, 2014.

“The idea of spending someone else’s money is quite daunting,” he admitted. “I think the thing you have to do is to have expectations for yourself.”


"Inception" Filmmaker, Christopher Nolan, is Honored with the Historic Founder's Award at the 20th Slamdance Film Festival

(LOS ANGELES, CA - January 10, 2014) – Today, the Slamdance Film Festival announced the introduction of the Slamdance Founder's Award. The award, in its inaugural year, will be presented to acclaimed filmmaker, Slamdance alumnus, and long-time supporter of indie film, Christopher Nolan.

His first film, Following, screened at Slamdance. This film introduced his artistic vision to the film community long before audiences worldwide would discover his later films Memento, Insomnia, his re-imagining of the Batman saga, The Prestige, and Inception. As Slamdance celebrates its 20th festival season and renegade DIY spirit, Nolan serves as the ideal honoree as both an innovative filmmaker and a generous supporter of his fellow indie filmmakers. Nolan will be honored at the Slamdance Film Festival headquarters, in the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, UT on Saturday, January 18th, during the festival.

"Throughout his incredible successes, Christopher Nolan has stood firmly behind the Slamdance filmmaking community. We are honored to present him with Slamdance's inaugural Founder's Award," stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder.

Nolan states, "I'm honored to be recognized by a Festival that gave me some of my first opportunities to connect with an audience. Slamdance continues to provide an important forum for emerging filmmakers and I'm proud to be part of their history.”

This year's anniversary slate consists of 93 films, including the premiere of DIY, a 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 will take place from January 17th - 23rd, 2014, in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, located at 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.

About Slamdance:
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 17-23, 2014 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 include 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 has 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 include MixBit, Blackmagic Design, Vimeo, and The Directors Guild of America. Further support is given by Different By Design, Pierce Law Group, InkHead Promotional Products, and Variety. Multimedia platform Gawk will be the exclusive presenting sponsor of Slamdance TV for the 2014 Festival. Slamdance is once again proud to partner with sponsors who share our unique vision, and support emerging artists who are pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

Slamdance is proud to introduce MixBit and Blackmagic Design as festival award sponsors. The Slamdance Trailer Competition, presented by MixBit, offers all filmmakers accepted into the 2014 festival an opportunity to create their best trailer. Entrants' work will be presented on MixBit.com and the finalists will have their trailers shown during the festival. The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on January 23, 2014. Blackmagic Design will be joining the presentation with their sponsorship of the 2014 Blackmagic Design Cinematography Award.

Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival is available at http://twitter.com/slamdance
http://www.facebook.com/SlamdanceFilmFestival
https://mixbit.com/slamdance/

PRESS CONTACT:
Annie Jeeves/Cinematic Red
Phone: 323.834.9733
Annie@CinematicRed.com

THE SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS TOGETHER A VIRTUAL "WHO'S WHO" OF THE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TO CELEBRATE THE FEST'S PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY.

(LOS ANGELES, CA - January 7, 2014) The Slamdance Film Festival announced their Jury members for the 20th Anniversary today, which includes many of the minds behind Fantastic Fest, Filmmaker's Alliance, and WithoutABox, to name a few. As in previous years, juries of leading industry experts and esteemed filmmakers determine the Slamdance Grand Jury Awards for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, and Short Film categories. These awards will be presented on January 23rd during the Awards Ceremony.

"We are thrilled to have such independent filmmaking revolutionaries judging for our 20th Anniversary's diverse slate of films. These exemplary jurors have embraced our motto of being a film festival 'by filmmakers, for filmmakers'," stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President & Co-Founder.

The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 17th - 23rd, 2014 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. Individual tickets are also available. To purchase passes or tickets, Click Here.

JURORS FOR THE 2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

Tom Hall is the Director of The Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, FL. Previously, Hall held the position of Artistic Director and Director of Programming at the Sarasota Film Festival (2005 - 2010) and Programming Director at newportFILM in Newport, RI (2009-present). In addition, Hall was Programmer for The Nantucket Film Festival in Nantucket, MA (2002-2005), as well as a former Director of New Media for Bravo/The Independent Film Channel (1997-2000). He has also worked in the Industry and Guest Services Offices at The Hamptons International Film Festival (2002-2003). In January of 2010, Tom was named one of Spring Board Media's 20 under 40 in Film. Tom has directed short films for Bob Mould's Carnival of Light and Sound Tour and was an inaugural member of the indieWIRE blogging community with his blog, The Back Row Manifesto, which is now a standalone website. A graduate of the University of Michigan ('94), Hall resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two sons.

Matt Harrison's feature film Kicked In The Head was Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, released theatrically by Universal and premiered as an official selection at Cannes. His network and cable television directing credits include Sex And The City for HBO. Matt's feature film Rhythm Thief won a Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He recently completed his new comedy My Little Hollywood and is now preparing his sixth feature film. The production division of Harrison's company Film Crash produced the feature film Big Heart City starring Seymour Cassel (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) and Shawn Andrews (Dazed And Confused). Matt currently teaches film at UCLA Extension and has taught graduate film at CalArts. He has lectured at New York University Tisch, AFI, São Paulo School of Film in Brazil, Syracuse University, and The New School For Social Research.

Katie Mustard has overseen the production of 32 feature films, 20 short films, three feature documentaries, and dozens of commercials. In 2013, Katie produced the documentary The Console Wars, and the narrative features We'll Never Have Paris by Simon Helberg; Paul Bettany's directorial debut Shelter, and The World Made Straight. Katie has her ninth film premiere at Sundance this year with Appropriate Behavior. Other Sundance premieres include Restless City, The Missing Person, The Greatest, Special, The Son of No One, and Night Catches Us which went onto be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Katie also produced Made In China (winner Best Feature at SXSW Film Festival 2009), Natalie Portman's short film Eve, A Case of You, and In The Morning, which screened at over 50 film festivals and before the US Congress on Human Rights.

Tim League is the Alamo Drafthouse CEO and Founder. League graduated from Rice University in 1992 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art/Art History. After a two-year stint at Shell Oil, Tim left engineering to enter the theater business. In 1997, Tim and his wife Karrie founded the Alamo Drafthouse where Tim remains CEO today. League also co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States, and recently launched Drafthouse Films, a distribution label committed to releasing provocative, visionary, and artfully unusual films from around the world. The Alamo is expanding nationwide to New York, San Francisco, and Dallas, with many more locations on the horizon.

Herb Stratford is the Programming Director at the Napa Valley Film Festival. He also serves as a film critic in Tucson, Arizona with a weekly presence in print, on radio, and on television. Additionally, he is a Criticwire critic on IndieWire and a freelance writer and artist. Prior to all this, he restored a 1,200-seat 1929 art deco movie palace in Tucson - The Fox Tucson Theatre. He lives in Tucson, Arizona and Napa, CA when not in Park City.

Monteith McCollum is an inter-media artist working in film, sound, and sculpture.  His films have screened at festivals and museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn, Wexner Center for the Arts, and various festivals, including SXSW, Slamdance, Hot Docs, and Amsterdam & Osnabruck European Media Arts Festival. His films have garnered dozens of festival awards, including an IFP Truer Than Fiction Spirit Award. His first feature Hybrid premiered at Slamdance in 2001 and was broadcast on PBS's series P.O.V. and ARTE France. His short Lawn also aired on P.O.V as well, and received top prizes at the Los Angeles Film Festival among others. His recent feature A Different Path premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 and was an International Documentary Association Nominee for the Pare Lorentz Award.

Andrew Edison (Writer/Actor/Director) is a young Austin-based filmmaker. His first feature, Bindlestiffs won the Audience Award at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival and went on to be picked up by Kevin Smith as the first acquisition under his Smodcast distribution label. You can check out the film on Netflix Instant Watch, iTunes, and Amazon. Edison is currently working on his sophomore effort, as well as developing studio comedies. He lives in the Slackerwood Hills with his French bulldog, Pee Wee.

David Greenspan is an editor and director for ABC's Grey's Anatomy. David has a BA from Harvard and an MFA from the University of Southern California. His USC graduate film, Bean Cake, won the 2001 Cannes Palme d'Or for shorts. His feature Mall Cop premiered at Slamdance 2005 and will be released this March.
 
Lise Raven is a Writer/Director/Producer. Raven's first feature film, Low, was one of the founding Slamdance Film Festival films, after which she wrote and directed three films for the Showtime Cable network. In 2000, Raven moved to Berlin, Germany after being awarded the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm Artist Residency in Film. Raven's feature film project Snipe received development funding from the Irish Film Board. Lise was selected to develop Snipe at the prestigious Moonstone Director's Lab in Drymen, Scotland. Raven is also an Assistant Professor at Drexel University Department of Cinema and Television. Raven's feature film Kinderwald is playing out of competition as the Closing Night Film of the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival.
 
Jacques Thelemaque is a writer-director, who, in 1993, co-founded Filmmakers Alliance, and in 2004, FA Productions, of which he is co-president. He is the former Chief Community Officer at Withoutabox.com. Jacques has written and directed numerous short films, including Transaction, which played at the Sundance Film Festival, and won the Grand Prix du Jury Award in the Labo Competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Thelemaque wrote, directed and produced the feature film The Dogwalker, as well as producing five other feature films. He has been a juror, guest lecturer, or invited speaker for many film schools, film festivals, film organizations, workshops, and other film-related events. He has been a programming associate for the Los Angeles Film Festival since 2011.

Kendall Shanks (formally Kendall Music) is a self-taught artist and filmmaker out of Chapel Hill, NC. Kendall specializes in art and set design. In 2012, Kendall created the characters for the stop motion film Wiggle Room. Wiggle Room would go on to win the 42nd annual USA Film Festival and be one of 56 animated shorts films in contention for an Oscar nomination in 2012. She currently is the production designer for the Shanks FX web series and is in-charge of developing the content for each episode. "If you're making an experimental film, the Shanks FX series is essentially the bible." NoFilmSchool (Nov 2013).
 
Joey Shanks had his short film Sci-Fly screen at Slamdance in 2013, where he also proposed to his now wife Kendall Shanks during the Q&A's at their last screening. Shanks is a filmmaker who optimizes the DIY approach to making movies. His web series Shanks FX is produced by PBS Digital Studios and gives an in-depth look at how his signature visual effects are achieved. Shanks FX has been featured by IndieWire, NoFilmSchool, USA Today, Colossal, Gizmodo, Geek Magazine, and has received two Vimeo Staff picks.
 
Skizz Cyzyk has held positions at MicroCineFest, Maryland Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and has served on juries and advisory boards at many other festivals. This is his 18th year as a Slamdance projectionist, 11th year on the Slamdance advisory board, and 7th non-consecutive year on the Slamdance jury. A filmmaker since 1983, his films include Hit & Stay, Freaks In Love, Little Castles, Managers Corner, and music videos for Beach House and Young Fresh Fellows. He also performs music with Go Pills, The Jennifers, Garage Sale, Half Japanese, and Mink Stole & Her Wonderful Band.

About Slamdance: 
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 17-23, 2014 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 include 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 has 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 include MixBit, Blackmagic Design, Vimeo, and The Directors Guild of America. Further support is given by Different By Design, Pierce Law Group, InkHead Promotional Products, and Variety. Multimedia platform Gawk will be the exclusive presenting sponsor of Slamdance TV for the 2014 Festival. Slamdance is once again proud to partner with sponsors who share our unique vision, and support emerging artists who are pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking.
 
Slamdance is proud to introduce MixBit and Blackmagic Design as festival award sponsors. The Slamdance Trailer Competition, presented by MixBit, offers all filmmakers accepted into the 2014 festival an opportunity to create their best trailer. Entrants' work will be presented on MixBit.com and the finalists will have their trailers shown during the festival. The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on January 23, 2014. Blackmagic Design will be joining the presentation with their sponsorship of the 2014 Blackmagic Design Cinematography Award.  
 
Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival is available at http://twitter.com/slamdance
http://www.facebook.com/SlamdanceFilmFestival
https://mixbit.com/slamdance/

PRESS CONTACT:
Annie Jeeves/Cinematic Red
Phone: 323.834.9733
Annie@CinematicRed.com

This Year’s Slate Brings A Look Into The World Of DIY Filmmaking, The Lives Of Legendary Screenwriter Zoe Tamerlis Lund & Former Mr. America And Mr. USA Jim Morris, And The World Premiere Of Joe Manganiello's "La Bare”

(LOS ANGELES, CA - December 9, 2013)
The Slamdance Film Festival today announced its Special Screenings, Beyond and Shorts programs for the 20th Festival season including details about the premiere of the DIY documentary, which follows the historical development of the Do-It-Yourself indie film movement. The programs present thought-provoking films by a variety of acclaimed and visionary filmmakers from all over the world. This year's films include such notable alumni filmmakers as Bill Plympton, Lise Raven and Slamdance veterans in front of the camera including Benh Zeitlin, Chris Nolan, Rian Johnson and Marc Forster, as well as the directorial debut of Joe Manganiello of "True Blood" fame. Slamdance alumni films will open the festival with Bill Plympton’s “Cheatin’,” and will close the festival with Lise Raven’s “Kinderwald.”

The expanded short film programs include 62 American and International productions including 24 World, 5 North American and 8 US Premieres. The 2014 Shorts showcase includes Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Anarchy and a new Experimental Program. This year’s programs bring us a magical French chateau, a deconstructed 'Dante's Inferno,' street musicians, a southern gospel choir, and such powerful topics as infidelity, grief, love, survival, depression and adolescent friendships.

Jury Awards are presented to short films in all categories and all films are eligible for the Spirit of Slamdance Award judged by the filmmakers themselves. Films in the Beyond and Special Screening programs are eligible for the Audience Awards.

"We're excited to present these innovative feature and short films as part of the 20th Festival. They involve many of our alumni who’ve given Slamdance its identity," stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder.

The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 17th - 23rd, 2014 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, located at 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.



SPECIAL SCREENINGS PROGRAM

FEATURES


Cheatin'
Director: Bill Plympton
(USA) North American Premiere

A newlywed wife proves the depth of her love by becoming her cheating husband's mistresses.



Kinderwald
Director: Lise Raven; Screenwriters: Lise Raven, Frank Brückner
(USA, Germany) North American Premiere

Two little boys vanish into the mountains in 1854, and their return becomes a mysterious and brutal test of their mother’s faith.

Cast: Emily Behr, Frank Brückner, Max Cove, Brian McCann



La Bare
Director: Joe Manganiello
(USA) World Premiere

An insider's look at the history, the lives and the culture of the greatest male strip club in the world, La Bare Dallas.



Waiting for Mamu
Directors: Thomas Morgan, Francois Caillaud, Dan Chen
(USA)

Pushpa Basnet has dedicated her life to ensuring no child spends life in prison.

Cast: Pushpa Basnet



SHORTS



DIY
Directors: Peter Baxter, Ben Hethcoat, Eric Ekman
(USA) World Premiere

DIY explores the development of the do-it-yourself indie film movement with filmmakers who have shaped it. Filmmakers include Benh Zeitlin, Chris Nolan, Rian Johnson, Marc Forster, Nina Menkes and Oren Peli.



La Mime
Director: Marjorie Cohen; Screenwriters: Marjorie Cohen, Alan Kininsberg
(USA) World Premiere

Two mimes make a connection through a battle that bends reality. 

Cast: Ekaterina Pirogovskaya, Jean-Louis Darville



Somewhere In The Valley
Director & Screenwriter: David Greenspan
(USA) World Premiere

A man has sex with his neighbor's wife 72 times, but it's okay because his neighbor paid him to do it.

Cast: Jill Bartlett, Craig Cackowski, Robert Dassie, Jean Villepique



Zoe Rising
Director & Screenwriter: Paul Rachman
(USA)

A haunting, poetic look back at the childhood of the late New York screenwriter and actress Zoe Tamerlis Lund, through the fading memories of her surviving mother, sculptor Barbara Lekberg.

Cast: Barbara Lekberg, Zoe Lund




BEYOND PROGRAM


Crimes Against Humanity
Director: Jerzy Rose; Screenwriters: Halle Butler & Jerzy Rose
(USA)

A sweet and trusting young woman is repeatedly injured in bizarre accidents, but her overconfident boyfriend is far from sympathetic - he's busy playing power games at the university where he works.

Cast: Mike Lopez, Lyra Hill, Ted Tremper, Adam Paul, Buki Bodunrin, Tommy Heffron



Forever Not Alone
Directors: Monja Art, Caroline Bobek
(Austria) North American Premiere

An astonishingly up-close and intimate look at the deep bonds of friendship amongst a group of adolescent girls, as one of them prepares to move away.

Love Steaks
Director: Jakob Lass; Screenwriters: Jakob Lass, Nico Woche, Ines Schiller, Timon Schaeppi
(Germany) US Premiere

A shy massage therapist and a rebellious kitchen worker at a luxury hotel develop a bond that turns into a complicated, bittersweet anti-romance.

Cast: Lana Cooper, Franz Rogowski



Three Night Stand
Director & Screenwriter: Pat Kiely
(Canada) US Premiere

Carl's plan to reconnect with Sue is compromised when he discovers that his former girlfriend is running the ski lodge where they're vacationing.

Cast: Sam Huntington, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Meaghan Rath, Jonathan Cherry



Who Took Johnny
Directors: David Beilinson, Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky
(USA) World Premiere

On September 5, 1982, Johnny Gosch, 12, disappeared while preparing to deliver newspapers in West Des Moines, Iowa. For the next 30 years his mother Noreen devoted her life to finding out what happened.

Cast: Noreen Gosch, John Walsh, John Gosch




NARRATIVE SHORTS PROGRAM


Anacos
Director & Screenwriter: Xacio Baño
(Spain)

An old woman's life is examined and reassembled by her son, who looks back on the many different stages she has passed through.

Cast: Mabel Rivera, Fernando Morán, Xosé Barato



Beat
Director & Screenwriter: Aneil Karia
(UK)

A man finds his withdrawal from the chaos and loneliness of the city challenged by a visceral inner force.

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Henry Garrett, Kieron Jecchinis, Chelsea Fitzgerald



Bradford-Halifax-London
Director & Screenwriter: Francis Lee
(UK) US Premiere

An irate father and pregnant mother argue vigorously after catching the 10:22 train from Bradford to London, with their sullen teenage daughter and the entire train car as audience.

Cast: Katy Cavanagh, Paul Barnhill, Kirsty Armstrong, Martin Preston



Daybreak
Director & Screenwriter: Ian Lagarde
(Canada) US Premiere

Growing tension in a group of friends leads to quiet violence and destruction as the children enter adolescence.

Cast: Alexander Fitchev, Emilie Senecal



Eidos
Director & Screenwriter: Louis D'Arpa
(USA)

A blind sculptor attempts to capture his aging mother's essence in an art piece.

Cast: Robin Martin, Pascal Yen-Pfister, Rachel Rear



First Baptist
Directors: Nedra McClyde, Jamund Washington; Screenwriter: Nedra McClyde
(USA) World Premiere

A young Southern Baptist choir soloist fights for the right for his place in both the choir and in his community.

Cast: Isaiah Johnson, Willie Teacher, Celestine Rae, Chike Johnson



Grand Morelos
Director & Screenwriter: Marco Coppola
(USA)

An old street musician's depression is shaken when an unexpected friend inspires him to examine what he wants most out of life.

Cast: Anthony Govine, Maria Mercedes Morales, Thomas Kaufman



The Greggs
Directors: Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Rob Malone, Kira Pearson, Alex Mechanik, Jessie Levandov, Jonathan Rosenblit; Screenwriter: Bruce Bundy
(USA) World Premiere

The esoteric and secluded group responsible for the creation of the world's standardized tests must find a way to adapt when their way of life is threatened by dissent within their ranks.

Cast: Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Kira Pearson, Rob Malone



I Love You So Much
Director & Screenwriter: Leah Shore
(USA) World Premiere

A man and woman express their affection for each other in increasingly bizarre and animated ways.

Cast: Jarret Kerr



Keep A Tidy Soul
Director & Screenwriter: Joshua Moore
(USA)

A young woman abruptly loses her soul and does everything she can think of to find it again.

Cast: Claire McConnell, Naomi Lila



Kuhani
Director & Screenwriter: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
(Uganda, USA) North American Premiere

A conflicted African priest wrestles with his conscience.

Cast: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Irene Sanga, Anania Ngoliga, Abiodun Ojora



Little Secret
Director & Screenwriter: Martin Krejci
(Czech Republic)

When his little white lie has unexpected large-scale consequences, an injured boy struggles to reach an understanding with his mother about how he was hurt.

Cast: Adam Misik, Klara Cibulkova, Jenovefa Bokova



Love Letter
Director & Screenwriter: Lindsey Martin
(USA)

A little girl attempts to make sense out of her parents' divorce, with only scraps of their life together and her imagination to help her.

Cast: Molly McQuoid, Martina Plag



Marla
Director & Screenwriter: Nick King
(Australia)

After encountering a man curious about her rare medical condition, a woman risks exploring new aspects of her sexuality.

Cast: Eddie Ritchard, Dale March, Lani Tupu



Meet My Rapist
Director & Screenwriter: Jessie Kahnweiler
(USA) World Premiere

After accidentally bumping into him at the farmers' market, Jessie is forced to confront the effect her rapist has had on her life.

Cast: Jessie Kahnweiler, Trenton Willey, Lori Alan, Amanda Foreman



Milk and Blood
Director: Markus Englmair;
Screenwriters: Markus Englmair, Ugla Hauksdóttir
(USA, Iceland) World Premiere

A lactose intolerant milk farmer takes revenge on his father after being wrongly accused for breaking the milk tank.

Cast: Hannes Óli Ágústsson, Guðmundur Ólafsson, Kjartan Bjargmundsson



Mother Corn
Director: Guillermo Lecuona;
Screenwriter: Tera Hollingsworth-Lecuona
(USA, Mexico)

A Triqui Indian teen wrestles spiritual visions that awaken appreciation for her grandmother and culture.

Cast: Luz Mariana Santiago, Maria Concepción Bautista Diaz, Tera Hollingsworth-Lecuona



Moving
Director & Screenwriter: Marc Horowitz
(USA) World Premiere

A series of peripheral conversations between two workers on the job raises more questions than answers.

Cast: Marc Horowitz, Chris Duce



Not Funny
Director & Screenwriter: Carlos Violadé Guerrero
(Spain)

When a woman turns the tables on her prankster husband, they are both forced to live with the serious consequences of a practical joke.

Cast: Mercedes Bernal, Andrés Berlanga



Odyssea
Director: Morrisa Maltz;
Screenwriter: Jeffrey Paul King
(USA) World Premiere

A young woman returns to her idyllic hometown and undertakes a private venture that involves both real and imagined inhabitants from her past.

Cast: Amy Ferguson, Natasha Warner, Beth Grant, Michael Chieffo




Off Ground
Director: Boudewijn Koole;
Screenwriters: Boudewijn Koole, Jakop Ahlbom
(The Netherlands)

A slender woman of 50 and a 12-year-old boy act as a single unit with one flowing movement, until suddenly they let go of each other.

Cast: Louise Lecavalier, Antoine Masson



Old Moon
Director & Screenwriter: Raisa Bonnet
(Puerto Rico)

A visit from her son-in-law and granddaughter causes Elsa, living deep in the mountains, to make a silent and dramatic decision.

Cast: María Velázquez, Julio Ramos, Laura Cristina Cardona



One Please
Director & Screenwriter: Jesse Burks
(USA) World Premiere

The perfect suburb has a rather gory method of currency when it comes to children's treats.

Cast: Michael Berryman, Sailor Holland, Catherine Burks, Langston Thompson



Pink & Baby Blue
Director & Screenwriter: Catrin Hedström
(USA) World Premiere

A transgendered woman decides between using the men's restroom or the ladies' restroom.

Cast: Alexander Leonn, Emilie Berman, Carmen LoBue, Travis Mitchell



Pui
Director & Screenwriter: Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat
(Thailand) World Premiere

A mother's attempt to discourage her daughter from acting like the neighborhood boys is successful, but only on the surface.

Cast: Parida Manomaiphibul, Putaranun Chotiprapa, Nattapum Thabthim



Trauma
Director & Screenwriter: Ethan Young
(USA) World Premiere

Proving that there's nothing menacing in the attic of her childhood home is the only thing standing between Isabelle and freedom, but even with her doctor's insistence, something still seems amiss.

Cast: Allyn Morse, Michael T. Francis, Charlie Ellis



The Voice Thief
Director & Screenwriter: Adan Jodorowsky
(USA, France) US Premiere

When an opera singer loses her voice, her husband embarks on an odyssey through Miami's dark underworld to recover it through supernatural means.

Cast: Asia Argento, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Helene Nymann, Jean Yves Thual



The Walk
Director & Screenwriter: Mihaela Popescu
(Romania) North American Premiere

An old solitary woman feels the urge to go outside and feel alive again.

Cast: Valeria Seciu, Sergiu Costache



The Way
Director: Max Ksjonda;
Screenwriters: Max Ksjonda, Ivan Timshyn
(Ukraine)

A neglected teenager makes a bet with his friends that leads him on a dangerous trip to another city.

Cast: Evgeniy Gerasymenko, Evgeniy Efremov, Svitlana Shtanko, Victor Glushkov



We Keep On Dancing
Director: Jessica Barclay Lawton; Screenwriter: Rhys Mitchell
(Australia)

Alan, a sensitive sculptor and grieving widower, connects with an aggressive mechanic in a rather unusual way.

Cast: William Gluth, John Brumpton, Rhys Mitchell




DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM


The Chaperone 3D
Directors & Screenwriters: Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone
(Canada) US Premiere

The story of a lone teacher who is chaperoning a middle school dance in 1970s Montreal when it is invaded by a menacing motorcycle gang.

Cast: Ralph Whims, Stefan Czernatowicz, Fred Nguyen, Yue Qi



Glass Eyes of Locust Bayou
Director: Simon Mercer
(Canada, UK)

Bayou-based filmmaker Phil Chambliss makes movies which blur the line between good and evil in rural Arkansas.

Cast: Phil Chambliss



Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness
Director: Ryan Vance
(USA) World Premiere

A former Mr. America and Mr. USA, amongst other impressive titles, Jim Morris is a 77-year-old vegan bodybuilder who continues to work today as a personal trainer in Venice, California.

Cast: Jim Morris, Paul Lubowicki, John Lewis, John Balik



Methel Island
Director: Meg Smaker
(USA) World Premiere

A meditation on the ravaging effects of meth in a small island community in the Sacramento Delta.



Pablo's Villa
Director: Matthew Salleh
(Australia)

Twenty-three years after the picturesque holiday town Villa Epecuen was submerged in front of Pablo's eyes, the modern-day Atlantis re-emerges from the sea, preserving both his memories and his home.

Cast: Pablo Novak



Punches & Pedicures
Director: Ash Brandon
(USA)

An ex-Vietnamese gangster escapes to Defiance, Ohio where he now runs his own nail salon by day and trains at-risk youth in the brutal sport of Mixed Martial Arts by night.

Cast: Victor Pham, Corey "KoKo" Simmons



What I Hate About Myself
Directors: Ben Mullinkosson, Bobby Moser
(China)

A local Chinese TV station pairs with a cosmetic surgery sponsor for a contest in which the winner receives free surgery in the hope of looking more "Western."



White Earth
Director: J. Christian Jensen
(USA) World Premiere

Three kids and an immigrant mother offer a glimpse into their lives in this poetic and poignant portrait of North Dakota's oil boom.

Cast: James McClellan, Leevi Meyer, Elena Guadalupe Loaiza, Flor Loaiza




ANIMATION SHORTS PROGRAM


Another
Director: Sean Buckelew;
Screenwriters: Sean Buckelew, Kevin Buckelew, Michelle Yu
(USA) US Premiere

A dreamlike narrative in which an intruding bear kills a family man and attempts to assume his role; mother and son try to adapt to the uneasy situation, but the threat of violence lingers.

Cast: Ian McDuffie



Butler, Woman, Man
Director: Michael Langan
(France)

A French château becomes a magical place of gliding servants and shifting physical spaces, creating a fascinating sense of displacement as a man becomes a butler, becomes a woman, becomes a man.

Cast: Fabrice David, Amandine Bréhéret, Eric Larzat



Lord I: The Records Keeper
Director & Screenwriter: Lori Damiano
(USA)

A colorful and mystical odyssey, dense and playfully-drawn: a woman weighed down by books and surrounded by her own mental projections attempts to find peace in the present moment.



The Path of Wind
Director & Screenwriter: Kim Ju-im
(South Korea) North American Premiere

A human office chair unravels its legs and goes on a wildly imaginative psychedelic vision quest filled with both terror and beauty, leading to a transformation into a musical instrument of liberation.



Salmon Deadly Sins
Director: Steven Vander Meer
(USA) World Premiere

Dreamy, gorgeously morphing fish imagery inspired by the seven deadly sins merges with floating anagrams, the entire piece hand-drawn on a series of 3x5 index cards.



A Tongue Silent Like Your Words
Director: Vita Weichen Hsu
(Taiwan, USA) World Premiere

Two bodies grasp and entwine in an elegant and bizarre animated pencil drawing, intercut with evocative imagery of combat and escape.



U U
Director: Yu Yu
(UK, South Korea) US Premiere

A humorous story of a man gazing into a mirror and discovering all of the pairs on his body; the thought that he could be not one, but two people takes him on a journey through the world of flesh and back to his origins.



Unicorn Blood
Director: Alberto Vazquez;
Screenwriters: Alberto Vazquez, Pedro Rivero
(Spain)

Two squabbling teddy bears who must kill to maintain their cuteness hunt in a hallucinatory wilderness for their favorite prey.




EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS PROGRAM


Between Regularity and Irregularity
Director: Masahiro Tsutani
(Japan) US Premiere

An overwhelming experience of pleasure forms when the timing of improvised sounds deviates slightly from the timing one expects.



Bird Shit
Director: Caleb Wood
(USA)

A study of birds through an arrangement of photos of bird shit.





The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again
Director & Screenwriter: Lucas Leyva
(USA) World Premiere

Two corals living in the underwater remains of Miami share their dreams of the city's former inhabitants.

Cast: Geraldo Pilatti, Fungia sp. stony coral, Epicystis crucifer anemones



Flower
Director: Naoko Tasaka
(USA)

A quiet audio narrative about a hungry bear hypnotically collides with bold and evocative natural and geometric imagery.

Cast: Lew Palter



R/B/G
Director: Alejandro Peña
(USA) World Premiere

An assaultive freakout of planetary catastrophe embedded into television signals.

Cast: Maqui Gaona, Brandon Burgman, Idea Steele, Joey Casseb



Ravel
Director: Gazelle Samizay
(USA) World Premiere

A woman traverses a multi-planar desert landscape in search of psychological release.



Real Etheral
Director: Evan Mann
(USA) World Premiere

An otherworldly journey through a fantastical metaphysical realm saturated with mystery and transition.

Cast: Deborah Mann, Evan Mann



Rough Trade
Director & Screenwriter: Drew Lint
(Canada)

An impressionist and assaultive character transformation of a young street hustler into a branded member of a leather cult.

Cast: Matt O'Connor



Those People of the South
Director: Ashley Christopher Leach
(USA) World Premiere

A three-part examination and deconstruction of the filmmaker's eccentric and troubling family utilizing a variety of home recordings.




ANARCHY SHORTS PROGRAM


After Arcadia
Directors & Screenwriters: Joe Tippett, Robert Brice
(UK) World Premiere

A lone scientist wracked with guilt over his part in the accidental extermination of humanity is hoping to rewrite history and erase his past mistakes.

Cast: Adam Bacon, Ben Challen



C#ckfight
Director: Julian Yuri Rodriguez;
Screenwriters: Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Ariel Castro
(USA)

A deconstructed adaptation of "Dante's Inferno," taking place at a bathsalt-fueled fighting ring in Miami's underworld.

Cast: Nassie Shahoulian, Badara Ndiaye



Der Nachtmahr
Director & Screenwriter: Akiz Ikon
(Germany) North American Premiere

An indulgent teenage girl discovers her self through the disgusting creature that visits her at night.

Cast: Carolyn Genzkow, Kim Gordon, Sina Tkotsch, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht



OVO
Director: Mihai Wilson;
Screenwriters: Mihai Wilson, Marcella Moser, Davide Di Saro
(Canada) US Premiere

Stranded, starving and facing certain death, three intergalactic criminals encounter an ominous harbinger that will change the fate of the universe.

Cast: Kazumichi Nakashima, Stacy Lundeen, Ron Stone, Marie-France Tessier



Wawd Ahp
Director & Screenwriter: Steve Girard
(USA) World Premiere

The filmmaker's rap manifesto and a collection of animated sea creatures come to a grisly head.

Cast: Steve Girard



Welcome
Director: Rachel Ruizhen Ho
(USA) World Premiere

A beautiful boy emerges to find himself awash in a scene that may or may not be welcoming.

Cast: Julian Petschek, Masa Fox, Chelsey Sullivan, Zane Johnson



White Hot Grid
Director: Jess Iglehart
(USA) World Premiere

A false article of 1980s futurism, rattled apart by multiple generations of dubbing.

Cast: Rachel Ho




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About Slamdance

The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 17-23, 2014 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 include Daniel Martinico's OK, Good, Rudd Simmons' The First Season, Monteith McCollum's Hybrid and Eleanor Burke's and Ron Eyal's Stranger Things. Slamdance's 2013 On The Road program has 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.

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