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   
  

EXCLUSIVE: Get To Know The Inner World Of THE DIRTIES' Matt & Owen With This Fresh Trailer

Phase 4 and Kevin Smith Movie Club will be dropping The Dirties into North American theaters and on VOD this Friday, October 4. If you've been paying attention than you know we're big fans of the multi-award winning film here... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

"You Can't Make A School Shooting Movie": Watch Two New Clips From THE DIRTIES

Fresh off showings at Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark, and just a week ahead of it's release from Phase 4 and The Kevin Smith Movie Club, we've got a pair of clips from The Dirties, the Slamdance Grand Jury... 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   
  

Slamdance Comes Home: Fest Partners With Cinedigm To Bring Winners And Faves To VOD

If you regularly catch my reviews and articles here at Twitch than you know I totally dig the Slamdance Film Festival, that beautiful anarchic step child of Park City who shines a considerable spotlight on first-time filmmakers with flicks made... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Kevin Smith And Phase 4 Films Embrace Slamdance Favorite THE DIRTIES

I ain't gonna lie, it's always fun to get in on the ground floor of a movie you just know is gonna be a buzz film all year long and beyond because not only is said film really, really, funny,... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Watch The Hilariously Absurd, Yet Genuinely Bittersweet Short Film TURTLE

One sure-footed thing about going to a festival like Slamdance is, ironically enough, the mini-surprises that can come in the form of short film programming. Playing in front of the Grand Jury prize winning feature The Dirties this past January,... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013: All Wrapped Up

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival has been over for 12 days now and I just don't want it to end, hence no wrap up of the festival... until now. Better late than never then. So without much fuss let's dive... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Interview: The Filmmakers Talk The Festival Experience

In the final hours of the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival a group of filmmakers and I confiscated the Gallery screening room at Treasure Mountain Inn, made an impromptu circle and tossed a chair in the middle for my digital recorder... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Exclusive Video: Feast On The Anarchy That Is Slamdance!

The awards have been given, the screening rooms and offices are being disassembled as we speak, but Slamdance 2013 lives on and today we have a little video treat from the Slamdance TV gang of Ben Hethcoat and Michal Felker.... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 News: And The Awards Go To...

And so it was on January 24th 2013, just after 10pm Utah time, amongst a few hundred warm bodies in the main screening room at the Treasure Mountain Inn that The 19th Slamdance Film Festival came to close with a... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 News: Slamdance Comes Home - Part Deux

After a week in Park City I can tell you there is nothing quite like living and breathing The Slamdance Film Festival. But seeing some of these films at home ain't a bad option either. And It's a good thing... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: DOMESTIC Finds Its Bliss

Adrian Sitaru's third feature Domestic begins with the residents of an apartment building in modern Romania gathering in the lobby to discuss with their building president Mr. Lazar (Adrian Titieni) the pesky presence of one mangy mutt whose been hanging... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
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