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Best Of 2014: Ben Umstead's Reflections And Favorites

As much as I can see 2014 packed to the gills with films people fell head over heels for, many of those mainstream and even Twitch favorites will be vacant from this list, simply because I thought this was a... 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 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   
  

Slamdance 2014 Preview

20 years in and Slamdance is still considered the upstart in Park City. A veteran with the spunk of youth then, the fest has become one of the premiere places to scope out first time directors and truly low-budget independents.... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Exclusive: LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON Poster Debut

We are pleased to present the exclusive debut of the poster for Little Hope Was Arson, a documentary directed by Theo Love that will screen at the Slamdance Film Festival next week. January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Slamdance Announces Special Screenings, Beyond And Shorts

Last week, the Slamdance Film Festival, now entering their 20th year, laid bare their competition slate of films for 2014. Today brings us the rest of their program. Rounding it out we have the always eclectic and well worth catching... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: DIAMOND ON VINYL Strikes A Provocative Groove

Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Brian de Palma's Blow Out are two films in the American cinematic canon that present to their audiences worlds of conspiracy and voyeurism through the provocative role of the audiophile. No less important or... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance Competition Titles Announced

Last year's Slamdance Film Festival was responsible for bringing the astounding Canadian indie The Dirties to audiences for the first time so with today's announcement of the festival's slate of narrative and documentary features in competition, the question becomes: Will... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Indie Beat: Matt Johnson And The Unbearable Lightness Of Movies -- THE DIRTIES Director On Media And Obsession

Matt Johnson is the director, co-writer, co-editor and co-producer of The Dirties. That's a fair number of hats, to be sure, but in the world of micro-budget filmmaking this is more often than not the norm. What makes these roles... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Indie Beat: Ben's Favorite Indies Of 2013 (Thus Far)

As I was compiling this list, an alternate subtitle that came to mind was "Indies On Parade". I'm still not sure if that means anything, but I like the energy behind it and hope that crackle transfers over to this... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

"We're Just Here For The Bad Guys": New Trailer For THE DIRTIES Drops

An absolute favorite of mine when it premiered and won the top two prizes at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, Matt Johnson's The Dirties has been turning heads and racking up awards all year long on the festival circuit for... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY Investigates The Death Of Privacy

A mere click of the mouse is all it takes for you to strike an almost Faustian bargain with one of the mega corporations on the planet. With that click we get access to fantastic email service, genius music players... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Indie Beat: Much Ado About Summer Movies (But Not Those Kind!)

My summer movie season started two weekends ago when I saw Before Midnight twice in two days, and continued in earnest this past Sunday with Carlos Reygadas beguiling Post Tenebras Lux (which, if you live in LA, and want something... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
 
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