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The 2019 Award-winning Screenwriters

  Grand Prize & 1st Place Feature The Fall by Michael Lipoma & Tamra Teig East Berlin 1989 - A single mother is forced to become a spy to save her son when he’s framed for murder, and her act of revenge, woven into historic events, leads to the fall of the Berlin Wall. "Our producing partner's uncle was accused of being a KGB agent, and died under suspicious circumstances when he tried to extricate himself to protect his family. We used that as the inspiration and chose another time in history that was filled with espionage--the Cold War world behind the Berlin Wall. As we researched the idea of a mother who's forced to become a spy to save her son, we discovered the real cause of the fall of the Berlin Wall--a communication error. We wove real stories of East Berliners' struggles to free themselves from their oppressive regime into historic events and imagined how these events could have unfolded, through the eyes of single mother trying to keep her children safe behind the Iron Curtain."...

Slamdance DIG Showcase Merges Art, Technology and Immersive Experience at DTLA’s Wisdome

This October, Slamdance brings its 5th annual DIG (Digital, Interactive & Gaming) showcase to Los Angeles featuring works by emerging visual artists and indie game developers from around the world. DIG will be open to the public October 24-25, 2019 at the Los Angeles Art District’s new immersive art park Wisdome, adding to the city’s rich offerings of interactive art experiences. DIG 2019 features a diverse lineup that explores the breadth of possibilities of new technologies and ways they can be used for creative expression. Projection pieces IMMERSIVE and tx-reverse 360° envelop the viewer from above and take advantage of Wisdome’s unique domed architecture. Cinematic VR documentaries How to Tell a True Immigrant Story and Children Do Not Play War bring Slamdance’s strong background in supporting cutting-edge filmmaking into new frontiers of film technology. An AI-generated new album, Chain Tripping, from LA based electro pop duo YACHT, and a reinterpretation of Hitchcock classic Vertigo are among projects exploring the creative possibilities of artificial intelligence. The diverse program also features interactive experimental dance, indie games, social AR filters, and a brain-wave generated musical performance.   Slamdance will also be previewing a selection of DIG works at Mobile World Congress in collaboration with 4YFN on October 23 and 24. This collaboration with 4YFN is a new step...

Screenplay Competition Finalists

The Top 12 Scripts of 2019   Feature Cherries by Matt Sadowski & Amelia Wasserman The Fall by Tamra Teig & Michael Lipoma Margo & Perry by Becca Roth    Horror Cherry by Jordan Prosser They Live on Skid Row by RJ Daniel Hanna Into the Trees by Matt O’Connor    Pilot American Infamy by Evan Iwata Bitterroot by Maria Hinterkoerner & Kayne Gorney Devil’s Garden by Steve Wang   Short Dig Deeper by by Girault Seger Dunked by John Bickerstaff Hawk Bells by Kristian Mercado   Semifinalists Feature Art In Tandem by Elizabeth Blackmer Cherries by Matt Sadowski & Amelia Wasserman The Fall by Tamra Teig & Michael Lipoma It’s Christmas, Where in the Fucking Fuck is Daryl?! (Um…it’s a Working Title) by Sean Kohnen & Matthew Kohnen Joppatown Hustle by Michael Mirabella Jungle by Sophie Webb & Pete Carboni Margo & Perry by Becca Roth Oh Mists, My Mists by Guilherme Viegas Punch Drunk by Brian Bourque   Horror Cherry by Jordan Prosser They Live on Skid Row by RJ Daniel Hanna Into the Trees by Matt O’Connor Open House by Sean J.S. Jourdan & John Ingle The Shepherd by Jorge Sermini & Nicole Elmer Visiting Hours by Joe Bandelli & Matthew Wise   Pilot American Infamy by Evan Iwata Bitterroot by Maria...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reframe: Kelly Sears & Sam Gurry in Conversation

Filmmakers Kelly Sears and Sam Gurry are 2019 Slamdance alumni who create innovative and powerful films by repurposing and reframing found imagery and objects. Kelly's film Applied Pressure, features sequential images sourced from dozens of massage books activated to reflect on recent public conversation surrounding bodies, massage, and assault. Sam's animated documentary, Winners Bitch, was inspired by a found collection of photos and documents belonging to Virginia Hampton, a real life doyenne of the dog competition world, and ruminates on the many sacrifices it can take to be a woman of distinction. We invited them to chat about about their work and the ways they create new meaning in the materials they find around them.   Kelly Sears:  It's great to watch all your work together!  I love getting a sense that questions or approaches become more pronounced through watching multiple works.  Here are some thoughts and musings and let's use this as a first step to see where our conversation goes.  We can make space for questions to questions and responses to responses. Sam Gurry: Thanks for watching my films! Likewise, it was lovely getting to be so engrossed in your world, Kelly. It’s interesting watching all of your pieces together and feeling certain manifestations throughout. I feel like I know you better now somehow. ...

We Stole a Movie

By Max Wilde Like probably all of you, my life is plagued with older professionals who tell me to “grow up,” “be realistic,” and “always have a dream,” but “understand that a realistic career comes first,” etc etc. Don't listen to them. Fuck dreams. We don't dream of making movies. We find ways to make them now, with the help of friends with empty couches, food stamps, and broken laws. I’m here to argue for the possibility of film outside its industry form, not only as an accessible and immediately doable alternative (for people who hate being an employee as much as I do), but more importantly as a form that has specific and crucial advantages over the financed, professionally staffed, and strictly standardized film producing technique. I think it's important you know that approximately one and a half food service jobs were quit to make A Great Lamp. A Great Lamp is a DIY movie made by 7 friends with no budget or resources. If you want to check it out, shoot me an email at maxkazaam@protonmail.com and I’ll give you a link. Having said that, you don’t need to watch it to read this piece and understand what is being said here. Seeing the film being referenced is mostly useful for the reader who...

Screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney on ‘High Flying Bird’

  Tarell Alvin McCraney is an award winning screenwriter and playwright. He cowrote the screenplay for 2016’s Moonlight, based on his original play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Tarell most recently wrote the screenplay for High Flying Bird, directed by Steven Soderbergh. High Flying Bird had its world premiere at the 25th Slamdance Film Festival in January 2019 and was later released by Netflix.  Tarell talks to Slamdance co-founder Peter Baxter about his influences, working with Steven Soderbergh, being a black artist in the industry, and how the sports world that High Flying Bird depicts has played a role in the way American society commodifies black bodies for capitalist gain....

2019 Slamdance Award Winners

Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture Directed by Nicole Brending – Narrative Feature  Grand Jury Prize & Spirit of Slamdance Award 1 Kifaru Directed by David Hambridge – Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award 1 The Vast of Night Directed by Andrew Patterson – Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature 1 Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story Directed by Patrick Creadon – Best of Breakouts Audience Award 1 Cat Sticks Directed by Ronny Sen – Narrative Feature Honorable Mention 1 Markie in Milwaukee Directed by Matt Kliegman – Documentary Feature Honorable Mention 1 Woman in Stall Directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli – Narrative Short Grand Jury Prize 1 Tungrus Directed by Rishi Chandna –  Documentary Short Grand Jury Prize 1 Las Del Diente Directed by Ana Perez Lopez – Documentary Short Honorable Mention 1 Wayward Emulsions Directed by Tina Takemoto – Experimental Short Grand Jury Prize 1 Applied Pressure Directed by Kelly Sears –  Experimental Short Honorable Mention 1 Shalva (Tranquility) Directed by Danna Windsor – Animation Short Grand Jury Prize 1 Siyabonga Majola (We Are Thankful) Slamdance Acting Award 1 Aya Kitai (Demolition Girl) Slamdance Acting Award Honorable Mention 1 Lauren McCune (Ready for Love) Slamdance Acting Award Honorable Mention 1 East of The River Directed by Hannah Peterson...

Why Come to Slamdance?

Slamdance Alumni share their experiences and tips for visiting Park City Ah…Park City in late January. It’s freezing cold, it’s the middle of Utah, and everything’s super expensive. But for just a couple of weeks, the town swells with filmmakers, film lovers, press, industry folks and celebrities. The potential for opportunities when you have a group of people like this gathered together in a small, freezing cold ski town… are endless. If your film is selected to screen at Slamdance, there are a million reasons to brave the cold, start another crowdfund, book an international flight and do whatever it takes to get yourself to Park City. Here are some first hand insights and advice on why you should come and how to navigate the experience, from Slamdance alumni who’ve done it before. Because it’s worth the effort. Icy outside, warm inside. As a foreign (French here) filmmaker, the idea to go to Park City was a bit daunting. It’s far; it’s cold; distances and accessibility seemed somewhat uncertain… but having attended, I must say that the result was worth the effort. By far one of the most communal, immersive and genuinely cinephilic festivals I’ve experienced. As a filmmaker going to Park City, you get the very nuanced impression that you don’t merely attend Slamdance but that you...

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