Slamdance 2015 Review: BIRDS OF NEPTUNE, Of Malady And Mysticism

Cinema has a way of acting like an echo chamber. it locks us into a space where we are asked to face up to ourselves through the guise of others: Our own doubts, and fears projected on the screen, looking... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015 Review: FEMALE PERVERT Cuts Cute With Gender Roles

Sex. We wouldn't be here without it. And we sure do like it. But who wants to talk about it? Especially all those particulars...Filmmaker Jiyoung Lee is ready to though, and her intelligent, equally charming and cheeky examination on female... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015 Review: RATTER, A New High Mark In Cyber-Suspense

Since the very beginning of the medium, cinema has been inextricably linked to voyeurism.For to see, we have to look. And sometimes that's in wrong or uncomfortable places. We are, as an audience -- at home, in the theater, sitting... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015 Review: TIRED MOONLIGHT, An Effervescent, Enchanting Debut

Britni West's debut feature is sure to be the most enchanting feature at this year's Slamdance. An ode to small town America, every moment in West's film is is one of effervescent discovery, culling childhood wonder and adult wanderlust with... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-Sees

The always surprising and exciting Slamdance Film Festival kicks off today, so we've got ten selections from their narrative and doc competitions, Beyond and special screening slates that you are gonna wanna keep an eye on. The festival looks to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 2

We're back with part 2 of our little discovery session on competition films and the first-time feature filmmakers behind them at the 21st Slamdance Film Festival. Will your new favorite filmmaker be amongst this year's crop? If you haven't already,... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 1

The reason why I consider the Slamdance Film Festival a high priority for any new festival going year can be summed up in one word: Discovery.Now, surely discovery plays heavily into any fest the world over, whether that's finding a... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015 Exclusive Clip: FEMALE PERVERT Insists You Play With Your Penis

TwitchFilm is proud to present an exclusive clip from Jiyoung Lee's Female Pervert, which will have its world premiere January 24 in the Beyond program at the 21st Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. To say this one is... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

James Franco To Close Slamdance 2015 With YOSEMITE

We all know the admittedly tired joke by now: James Franco is everywhere.The exception is that on January 29th, he'll specifically be somewhere. That'd be wrapping up the 21st Slamdance Film Festival in Park City with the world premiere of... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance Announces Their 2015 Narrative And Doc Competition Titles

While many of the below names in the narrative and documentary competition for the 21st edition of the Slamdance Film Festival will not be familiar to most of us out there right now, at least a couple of them should... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Watch This: Slamdance Winning Short Film THE GREGGS

Winner of the Spirit of Slamdance award at, you guessed it, this year's Slamdance Film Festival, The Greggs asks a simple question: Where do standardized tests come from?The answer is far sillier, far wackier, and far more frightening than one... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2014: This Clip From ROVER Will Tell You How To "Tone It Down" In Space

Slamdance is known for being totally DIY. And this clip from Tony Blahd's Rover (or Beyond Human: The Venusian Future and the Return of the Next Level) backs that up wholeheartedly. A clueless film crew (who also happen to be... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2014 Award Winners

And so it goes... Thursday evening saw the 20th Slamdance Film Festival come to a close with a festive awards ceremony, which included many original and long time Slamdance contributors sharing advice and support, as well as plenty of Sparky... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2014 Review: SOMETIMES I DREAM I'M FLYING Considers The Form Of Ballet With Grace

I recently told a friend that one of my dreams was to see The Rite Of Spring performed as full-on a ballet. I said that really just thinking of Stravinsky's music -- as most of us probably do -- and... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2014 News: Christopher Nolan Recieves The Founder's Award

Park City, Utah -- Saturday night. There was something in the air. The crowd of filmmakers, programmers and press that had gathered in the main screening room of the Treasure Mountain Inn knew it. The air just... crackled. And then...... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2014 Review: LOVE STEAKS Is Bold, Brash And Beautifully Ugly

A flash in the pan. Hands on a middle aged body. Scented oils. Grease. Steaks sizzling. Hips. Thighs. Raw meat. Chakras. Auras. A slab of frozen lamb. The fizz-boom-fizz of industrial music kicking our ears in. The images keep pummeling... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2014 Review: ELLIOT Will Make You Believe In Canada's First Action Hero

Yes. You read that right. Canada's first action hero. China has Jackie Chan and Jet Li. America has Arnold and Sly. Europe has Jean-Claude Van Damme. And if Elliot Scott has his way, Canada will have... Elliot "White Lightning" Scott.... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2014 Review: COPENHAGEN, A Heartfelt Ode To The City, To Sorrow, And To Change

William is a twenty-something American traveling in Europe. Except he's Canadian 'cause "that's still a thing right?" He's obnoxious, rude, a veritable asshole, putting anything he's got left (a potent mix of self-loathing, male ego and hormones) into drinking and... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2014 Review: LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON Finds Forgivness In Darkness Alight

I've never been one to articulate very well my stance on documentaries as a storytelling medium. Ironic perhaps given my standing here at Twitch, but I can count on own my two hands the number of docs I've reviewed (though... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Rebels With A Cause: Looking Back On Slamdance's First 20 Years

Salt Lake City, Utah -- 1995. A group of young filmmakers don't get their features into Sundance. That's the line we've heard countless times before. Rejection, dejection, deflation... where's a guiding light? Where to go? So much hard work after... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
 
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