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The Producer’s Legal Guide to COVID-19: A Series of Virtual Legal Clinics

The Producer's Legal Guide to Covid-19: A Series of Virtual Legal Clinics on Your Rights & Obligations During the Pandemic. with David Albert Pierce of Pierce Law Group, LLP Entertainment attorney David Albert Pierce answers the pressing legal questions submitted by filmmakers on what you legally can and should do to protect yourself, your production, your for-profit or non-profit company, or your employees in light of these unprecedented circumstances. Are you an independent film producer who's had to postpone or cancel a shoot? Do you run a production company figuring out payroll when there is no longer any income? Are you an event producer who's had to cancel events and wondering what expenses you can recover or what is protected by insurance? Do you wonder what filmmaking and productions will need to look like post-quarantine? If you've missed our livestream Legal Clinics so far. you can still watch them below. Check back soon for updated information on our next session!   https://www.facebook.com/SlamdanceFilmFestival/videos/2517020621735084/ https://www.facebook.com/SlamdanceFilmFestival/videos/244623609964830/ The California Department of Public Health announced that film production could re-open as early as June 12, but there’s always a catch… Our friends at Pierce Law Group have been following and compiling the new state-wide, nation-wide, and even worldwide rules and guidelines that film and TV crews must abide by when...

An Important Update on Emergence LA and Slamdance Miami

Dear Slamdance Community, It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of Slamdance’s LA Emergence event (March 26-29) and the cancellation of Slamdance Miami (May 28-31). Given the rapidly changing situation regarding the spread of COVID-19, and recommendations from State and Local government officials against large public gatherings, we feel this is the best decision for the health and safety of our filmmakers and our communities in Los Angeles and Miami. Ticket holders for any Emergence screenings can obtain a full refund for their reservations through ArcLight Cinemas. You can find instructions here on how to cancel your tickets. Pass holders can contact us directly at submissionsslamdance.com for refunds. Emergence LA will be held at a later date this year, so if you’d like to wait on canceling your pass, it will automatically be valid for the new dates. We will continue to monitor the situation closely with the ArcLight in the coming weeks and months as we look towards future dates for Emergence. Submitters to Slamdance Miami will receive a refund of their submission fees in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding in the time it will take to do this. Slamdance has always been first and foremost about community. We have navigated through the terrain of independent...

Announcing Emergence: Los Angeles March 26-29

February 26, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) - ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance today announced the lineup for their inaugural Emergence Film Festival, taking place March 26th - 29th at ArcLight Cinemas’ Hollywood location. The lineup includes both premieres and Slamdance Park City festival favorites and will showcase Features, Shorts, and Episodics along with Slamdance’s signature categories Anarchy and DIG. This new partnership is an extension of the two organizations’ successful Slamdance Cinema Club screening series. Tickets and passes are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online and at the theater. Passes can be purchased in advance through the Slamdance website here. The lineup is comprised overwhelmingly of local filmmakers, with a Los Angeles connection for 90% of the features, further supporting the local independent film community. There will be eight features with a mix between documentaries and narratives, nineteen shorts and episodes, 11 Anarchy shorts and four DIG experiences. All feature films are directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million USD and without US distribution. Films were selected by a team of Slamdance alumni and are programmed democratically. Feature Films and Shorts will be eligible for an audience award and ArcLight Cinemas will award the Shorts winner with distribution across its chain. Photos of selected films available here. “With the launch of Emergence,...

Official Selection of Slamdance 2020

Presenting the Film Programs of Slamdance 2020: NARRATIVE FEATURES 1986 (Germany, Belarus) North American Premiere Director/ Screenwriter: Lothar Herzog While Elena repeatedly has to drive into the 'forbidden zone' of Chernobyl in order to make deals for her father, her life seems more and more contaminated by a destructive force... Cast: Daria Mureeva, Evgeni Sangadzhiev, Vitali Kotovitski, Alexei Filimonov, Helga Filippova, Alexei Kravchenko &nbsp A Dog's Death (Uruguay, France, Argentina) North American Premiere Director: Matías Ganz Veterinarian Mario and his wife Silvia enjoy a bourgeois life in Montevideo but two events will disturb their tranquility. A dog surgery goes wrong for Mario and Silvia discovers retirement. They will be dragged from paranoia to violence and from violence to nonsense. Cast: Guillermo Arengo, Pelusa Vidal, Soledad Gilmet, Lalo Rotaveria, Ruth Sandoval, Ana Katz Beware of Dog (USA, Russia, Germany) World Premiere Director/ Screenwriter: Nadia Bedzhanova Three young adults experience parallel struggles with mental health and identity. In Moscow a woman struggles with severe OCD, while her cousin in Berlin tries to build a romantic relationship ignoring her own mental condition. Meanwhile in New York City, a heartbroken boxer faces addiction and lack of self worth in the aftermath of a break-up. Cast: Marina Vasileva, Buddy Duress, Paula Knüpling, Marina Prados, Kevin Iso, Pavel Tabakov Murmur (Canada)...

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

Get Tickets to DIG 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...

2019 Screenplay Competition Results

The Top 12 Scripts of 2019   Grand Prize The Fall by Tamra Teig & Michael Lipoma Feature 1st: The Fall by Tamra Teig & Michael Lipoma 2nd: Margo & Perry by Becca Roth  3rd: Cherries by Matt Sadowski & Amelia Wasserman   Horror 1st: Cherry by Jordan Prosser 2nd: Into the Trees by Matt O’Connor  3rd: They Live on Skid Row by RJ Daniel Hanna Pilot 1st: Bitterroot by Maria Hinterkoerner & Kayne Gorney 2nd: American Infamy by Evan Iwata 3rd: Devil’s Garden by Steve Wang   Short 1st: Dig Deeper by by Girault Seger 2nd: Dunked by John Bickerstaff 3rd: 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...

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...

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