• Elena Moscatt

SLAMDANCE is About to Hit Park City in 3 weeks! Here are some of the films!!


Slamdance is the Alternative Festival happening in Park City, Utah at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival.

It all began in January 1995, when a group of cheerful, subversive filmmakers weren’t accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. Unwilling to take “no” for an answer, they instead started their own event - Slamdance: Anarchy in Utah. 25 years later, Slamdance has become a year-round organization fostering the development of unique and innovative filmmakers. The organization now consists of the Film Festival, Screenplay Competition and Slamdance Studios. It has also created Slamdance On The Road, a traveling theatrical showcase that brings popular Slamdance films to audiences that otherwise would not have the opportunity to see them.

This year's schedule will be January 25th thru January 31st.

For their full Schedule - Click On This: http://www.slamdance.com

Here are some Selected films:

High Flying Bird During a pro basketball lockout, a sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business proposition.

Director: Steven Soderbergh - Screenwriter: Tarell Alvin McCraney

Producer: Joseph Malloch - Executive Producer: Ken Meyer, André Holland

Cast: André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Glenn Fleshler, Jeryl Prescott, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley, Caleb McLaughlin and Bobbi Bordley, with Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke - Cinematographer: Peter Andrews

Editor: Mary Ann Bernard - Music: David Wilder Savage

Ballroom

255 Main St, Park City, UT 84060

January 27, 2019, 3:00 - 5:15 PM

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SPIRAL FARM

Writer/director Alec Tibaldi’s "Spiral Farm,” a powerful coming of age drama leading the narrative competition feature film slate with it's World Premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Narrative Competiton section. "Spiral Farm," stars Piper De Palma, daughter of iconic film director Brian De Palma, making her feature debut and Amanda Plummer (“Pulp Fiction,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), Jade Fusco (“Youth in Revolt,” “ Wonder Valley”), Cosimo Fusco (“Angels & Demons,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds”), Sara Anne (“Public Disturbance, “Open Season”), and Teo Halm (“Earth to Echo,” “Memoria") star.

"Spiral Farm," stars Piper De Palma, daughter of iconic film director Brian De Palma, making her feature debut as a teenage girl growing up on a commune where life is disrupted by the arrival of two outsiders, a father and son. Amanda Plummer (“Pulp Fiction,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), Jade Fusco (“Youth in Revolt,” “ Wonder Valley”), Cosimo Fusco (“Angels & Demons,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds”), Sara Anne (“Public Disturbance, “Open Season”), and Teo Halm (“Earth to Echo,” “Memoria") star.

When two outsiders arrive on an isolated intentional community, seventeen-year old Anahita (De Palma) begins to question her role at home, and what a future out in the world-at-large could be if she were able to escape the chains of obligation and live her dreams.

Film Synopsis: Up a dirt road, nestled in the hills of Southern California lies Spiral Farm, a vibrant and colorful intentional community inspired by the communes of the late 60’s. Its eclectic inhabitants look out for each other, as they work side by side on this completely self sustaining permaculture farm. 17 year-old Anahita (Piper De Palma), has lived on Spiral Farm for as long as she can remember and dreams of one day leaving the safety of Spiral and pursuing a career as a dancer. However, whenever she makes these plans she is always deterred by the thought of leaving Ocean, her eight year old nephew who she cares for and shares a deep bond with. Stifled by her responsibilities to her family and the commune, Anahita has developed what her mother (Amanda Plummer) calls a “bashfulness” when it comes to sexuality. When her mother’s old flame, Maurizio (Cosimo Fusco) arrives for an unexpected visit, he brings along his teenage son, Theo (Teo Halm). Anahita is immediately drawn to him, confused by her newfound feelings. When Theo discovers her passion for dance he encourages her to journey into the city for an audition. Away from the confines of the communes, Anahita discovers that although she lacks the technical skills to be a professional dancer, she may still be able to leave Spiral by going to college in the city changing the course of her life. But will Anahita, who has been so dedicated to others chose to live for herself?

Screening Schedule at the Treasure Mountain Inn:

Saturday, January 26th, 9:45pm in the Gallery Screening Room

Tuesday, January 29th, 7:45pm in the Ballroom Screening Room

THIS TEACHER

“This Teacher,” the third feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Mark Jackson (“Without” & “War Story”) explores a French Muslim woman’s vacation to New York to visit a childhood best friend. The reunion proves the friends have changed too much and in an attempt to escape the city her trip devolves into an eye opening study of the intolerance and suspicion she encounters and reflects back to an Islamophobic America.

Written & directed by Mark Jackson, “This Teacher” is a Grand Jury winning film (LAFF), and a crowd favorite at BFI London this fall, features a score composed from the Grammy nominated Dave Eggar, and the film stars: Cesar-winner Hafsia Herzi (“The Secret of the Grain”) Sarah Kazemy (“Circumstance”) Lucy Walters (“Power”), Kevin Kane (“Inside Amy Schumer”), and Lev Gorn (“The Americans”). Jackson’s previous films have won 17 awards including an Independent Spirit Award and a Gotham Nomination. He is a Slamdance Alumni for his breakout film “Without” and a Sundance, Cinereach and Skywalker Sound Fellow.

Film Logline: A Muslim woman's vacation to New York devolves into a nightmare.

Film Synopsis: “This Teacher" follows a French Muslim woman (Cesar-winner Hafsia Herzi) as she travels to New York City to visit her childhood best friend from the rough neighborhoods outside of Paris. When the reunion proves disastrous, Hafsia steals her friend's credit card and identity, and disappears to a remote cabin upstate. Deep in the woods and alone for the first time in her life, she experiences a divine revelation of an existence without borders. But when she discovers that she's not alone on the property, Hafsia's sojourn in nature gradually descends into a terrifying study of the intolerance and suspicion she encounters and reflects back to an Islamophobic America.

Screening Schedule at the Treasure Mountain Inn:

Sunday, January 27th, 10pm in the Ballroom Screening Room

Thursday, January 31st, 5:30pm in the Ballroom Screening Room

Documentary Competition Film:

BEHIND THE BULLET

“Behind the Bullet,” the directorial debut from author and activist, Heidi Yewman. When her former basketball coach and teacher, Dave Sanders was killed in the Columbine High School massacre along with 12 students, she began profiling the lives of those altered by the impact of gun violence.

She is a tireless advocate for gun safety, sitting on the boards of The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Women Donors Network, Stop our Shootings, and Trauma Intervention Program of Portland, OR.

In “Behind the Bullet” which will make it’s world debut as a documentary competition selection at this years Slamdance Film Festival, Yewman chronicles an in-depth look at four individuals who have pulled the trigger and the profound impact it’s had on their lives.

Logline: An in-depth look at four individuals who have pulled the trigger and the profound impact it’s had on their lives.

Synopsis: Every year, almost 40,000 people are shot and killed in America. Each shooting devastates and forever changes the victim’s family and friends. Behind the Bullet, explores a side of gun violence that’s rarely talked about- the impact a shooting has on the shooter. Four individuals share how the pull of a trigger, changed them emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually. They describe the conflicting emotions and moral injury that comes after a self-defense, accidental, or unintentional shooting, offering a new and unbiased perspective on gun violence.

Screening Schedule at the Treasure Mountain Inn:

Friday, January 25th, 1:45pm in the Gallery Screening Room

Tuesday, January 29th, 5:45pm in the Ballroom Screening Room

We will feature more films soon, as well as interviews with some of the filmmakers, actors and crew.

This year's schedule will be January 25th thru January 31st.

For their full Schedule - Click On This: http://www.slamdance.com

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