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Slamdance 2016 Review: IF THERE'S A HELL BELOW Offers Prime Post-Snowden Intrigue

Nathan Williams' debut feature steps onto the independent film stage with the calm, steady aim of a confident marksman ready to make the shot. A meticulously crafted tale of government secrets and whistle blowers in a post Edward Snowden world,... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Award Winners Announced

Tonight saw the 22nd Annual Slamdance Film Festival come to a close with filmmakers packing every inch of the Treasure Mountain Inn's ballroom for the awards ceremony. Top winners include my personal favorite from the festival, Driftwood, which won the... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: EXCURSIONS, The Best Worst Trip

Sometimes you just have to get away. Far, far away. Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. And sometimes those trees seem to get to talking to you. Fuck. Filmmakers Daniel Martinico & Hugo Armstrong came to Slamdance... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: EMBERS, Fresh And Fascinating Sci-Fi

When we talk about ourselves we are building the conversation off a varied, often strange and impressionistic collection of moments stored over the culminating years of our lives. When we talk about ourselves, we talk about our memories. The time... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Have Your Say: Which Festival Fever Do You Favor?

As I write this, Slamdance 2016 is on its finishing lap, Sundance 2016 is in full swing and making headlines, Rotterdam 2016 starts tomorrow, and mere days after that one we get this year's Berlinale. And no doubt there are... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Watch The Exclusive Trailer For Sci-fi Feature EMBERS

Finding deeply thoughtful and rich Sci-fi for the big and small screen always seems like an up hill battle. Even with more adult fare like Ex Machina finding audiences, this kind of work is once in a blue moon.Enter: Embers,... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: DRIFTWOOD, On The Strange Life Of Objects

Against the onslaught of the crashing surf we arise into a world of soft, foaming white. From a distance, we can make out an approaching figure. Soon we see it's a she, a young woman, soaked to the bone, shivering... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: DEAD HANDS DIG DEEP Only Scratches The Surface

There is much within Jai Love's Dead Hands Dig Deep (which premiered at Slamdance 2016 tonight) that is meant to shock us --- from footage of genitals and other body parts being pierced with screws and bolts, to a flap of skin... More »
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: MAD Finds The Humor In Sadness

Robert G. Putka has built up a smart and sharp filmography of shorts over the last half decade, emphasizing rich, rude and raw performances, deriving his drama and comedy with character first. MAD, his feature debut, is as charming as... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Preview: TwitchFilm's Top Picks

Tomorrow, the Slamdance Film Festival returns to the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah for its 22nd edition. Chock full of indie gumption and DIY brass from across the globe, the "For filmmakers by filmmakers" festival features a film... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Preview: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 2

On Monday, we introduced you to a slew of first-time feature filmmakers from the 22nd Slamdance Film Festival, taking place in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, January 22nd-28th,We continue today with a fresh batch of filmmaker Q&As... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Preview: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 1

The reason I consider the Slamdance Film Festival a high priority on the fest circuit can be summed up in one word: Discovery.While most press mention fest alumni like Christopher Nolan, The Russo Brothers and Lena Dunham, I'd like to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016: DEAD HANDS DIG DEEP Trailer Explores Madness And Music

As per usual, anyone headed to Slamdance 2016 film festival will have a dizzying array of truly independent features and shorts from which to choose. This includes documentaries on odd subjects, such as Dead Hands Dig Deep, which explores the... More »
  

Slamdance 2016 Exclusive: FURSONAS Clip Answers The Question 'Who Are We?'

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the upcoming Slamdance Film Festival, Fursonas is a documentary about enthusiasts who get dressed up in animal costumes. Yet they are far more than mascots who might be sighted at a sporting event.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Oscilloscope Laboratories Gets Their Hands On Berk And Olsen's BODY

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Dan Berk and Robert Olsen's Body. The film premiered at Slamdance and will play next at the Stanley Film Festival, the genre festival that takes place in the hotel that inspired The Shining. A... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Slamdance 2015 Interview: DIAMOND TONGUES, Pavan Moondi, Brian Robertson And Leah (Fay) Goldstein Talk Their New Film

Shooting a film and getting it out there is brave business.Considering the number of factors often at stake for the independent filmmaker - personal finances, the time and hard work of a crew devoted to your confidence, and perhaps most... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Slamdance 2015: TwitchFilm Wraps It Up

It felt like yesterday that the 21st Slamdance Film Festival was getting underway in Park City. Making their mark as future indie darlings today, this year's fest was a robust one, featuring a smorgasbord of smart genre fare and bold... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015 Exclusive Clip: Share The Joy Of CONCRETE LOVE

TwitchFilm is proud to present an exclusive clip from the Slamdance selected Concrete Love, a documentary by Maurizius Staerkle Drux about the Böhms, a renowned family of German architects in their third generation. The film is a marvel of filmmaking,... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015 Awards Winners

Last night at Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, the 21st edition of the Slamdance Film Festival came to a close with a packed house gathering for the awards ceremony.This festivals diverse slate of films yielded a palpable excitement in... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015 Review: YOSEMITE Beautifully Captures The Fearful Majesty Of Boyhood

What is it about childhood that makes us adults so wary of who we once were? Perhaps it is that great fear of the unknown, a shadow, a whisper of adulthood that scares us as children into submission of these... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
 
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