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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sundance Is Ready For Launch; So Is Slamdance

The famous Sandance Film Festival runs Jan 16-26 in Park City and surrounding areas. It is generating tremendous media buzz and will be covered by reporters from around the world.

The less famous Slamdance anti-film festival runs Jan 17-23 and is headquartered at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street, Park City.

Below we offer last minute info about both:

NY Times has this insider's guide to navigating Sundance, and it actually offers some pretty good advice. Here's one quote:

All the big films sell out, but here’s the thing: those films are going to be bought and distributed, and you’re going to be able to see them in theaters in six months to a year. In all fairness, what you should be doing is focusing away from the Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig movie, and go see those obscure little movies that Sundance has to offer. has this article claiming: All the Details on the Stars, Parties and Nightlife

The lists are very different but both have some insights.

Of course, the Sundance website has excellent info on "how to Sundance."

What About Slamdance?

This introductory info was taken from the Slamdance website:

It all began 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. Nearly 20 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 and Teleplay Competition and Slamdance Studios.

No other film festival in the world is entirely run and organized by the creative force that can only be found in filmmakers. Slamdance adamantly supports self-governance amongst independents, and exists to deliver what filmmakers go to festivals for – a chance to show their work and a platform to launch their careers. The festival has earned a solid reputation for premiering films by first-time writers and directors working within the creative confines of limited budgets.

See the list of films.

Slamdance doesn't get the hype, but it does get some good flicks.


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