Slamdance 2013 Review: Atmospheric JUG FACE Is Ultimately Half-Baked Horror

The Deep South can be a very strange place for outsiders. Mired in traditions and rituals which may now seem foolish or outdated, it is still a ripe place to cull old legends anew, projecting them up on the silver... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Exclusive Video: Forest Whitaker Talks Producing & VIPAKA

One cool aspect of Slamdace that I have yet to talk about is Slamdance TV, which is  a very cool gang of folks -- including Ben Hethcoat, Michael Felker and Eric Ekman -- who run around Park City making videos... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Exclusive: Get A Taste Of Slam Anarchy From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

Not in Park City but want a taste of the cinematic anarchy that is Slamdance? No problem.Slamdace Studios have teamed up with the Facebook VOD platform, Cinecliq to bring you something uber special: Slamdance titles that you can catch right... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: THE DIRTIES Asks The Question 'Can You Laugh With The Boy Holding The Gun?'

The short answer is, "Yes."The slightly longer answer is, "Quite a lot, but with a hell of a caveat."And the longest answer is the rest of this review.Looking like the freshest-faced 16-year old you could imagine, Canadian filmmaker Matt Johnson... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY Is A Riveting Investigation On 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   
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: KOHLHAAS Wonderfully Captures The Comedy And Tragedy Of Filmmaking

We all have visions that we hold dear, ideas and ideals that we keep close to our hearts, ready to share in that moment when we absolutely must go forth and claim our stake in the world. As German author... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: HE'S WAY MORE FAMOUS THAN YOU Is Excessive, Obnoxious And Hilarious

He's Way More Famous Than You is a zany bit of fame-whore lambasting, with co-writer and star Halley Feiffer fearlessly taking aim at just about everything under the Hollywood/celebrity sun, most notably herself, and more importantly her appearance in "Noah... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: JOY DE V. - Bright Lights, Big City & The Lost Soul

Nadia Szold's feature debut Joy de V. charts the speed of dreams; the layers and shapes, patterns and cadence of a fever dream. Of a man met with madness that may be of his own doing, by the flick of... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER Ends The World With Classic DIY Spunk

Brea Grant's debut feature Best Friends Forever is essentially a B-movie. And that's a compliment. So then is it an essential B-movie? Imagine if Roger Corman gave a couple of Punky, feminist chicks a bundle of money to make a... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: FYNBOS Is A Brilliantly Anti-Cathartic Piece Of Cinema

A young white woman in high heels walks down a street in a black working-class neighborhood. Though clearly on edge, she walks with a purpose. She pauses at a row of trash cans. Clothes billow in the wind, threaded on... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Interview: Director J.R. Hughto & Star Sonja Kinski Talk DIAMOND ON VINYL

J.R. Hughto's second feature Diamond On Vinyl premiered today at Slamdance. In my review I called the film a "SoCal-set Noir that effortlessly weaves genre into a naturalistic story of a man who is just trying to gain some semblance... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 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 2013 Review: BIBLE QUIZ Is An Enduring Coming-Of-Age Doc

It's fitting that Nicole Teeny's feature documentary debut is my first proper film at Slamdance. Fitting as I knew that its focus on a group of Christian teens who compete in a hard-hitting game of memorizing and then citing Bible... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Exclusive: Check Out The Poster For Noir Flick JOY DE V.

One of my most anticipated titles at this year's Slamdance has gotta be Nadia Szold's feature debut Joy de V. Every bit of info that has come my way, every still for this Brooklyn-set noir has piqued my interest more... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2013 Preview: 10 Films To Catch At The Fest

Within 24 hours the whole of the film world will have their sights locked onto Park City, Utah. I hope you've been reading my pal Ryland's coverage of Sundance, 'cause he knows what's up. As for me, my eyes will... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Haunting First Trailer For Berlin And Slamdance Selected Thriller FYNBOS

Selected for both the Berlin and Slamdance film festivals following a world premiere in Durban, award winning commercial director Harry Patramanis has crafted a unique and haunting dramatic thriller with his debut feature, Fynbos.A real estate developer, on the brink... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

The Pit Wants What It Wants And It Wants A Trailer For JUG FACE

Chad Crawford Kinkle takes us into a backwoods cult with his upcoming Slamdance selection Jug Face. The story of a small community that worships a pit that brings them health in exchange for blood sacrifice, genre faves Larry Fessenden, Sean... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Meet The Crew Of GHOST TEAM ONE In First Trailer

Slamdance is getting paranormal with the arrival of Scott Rutherford and Ben Peyser's horror comedy Ghost Team One.In order to impress a girl, two roommates set out to make a documentary about a murder that took place in their house... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Slamdance Embraces Controversy With First Trailer For THE DIRTIES

If there is a more controversial topic right now than schoolyard violence I don't know what it is. And the Slamdance Film Festival is sure to rile some feathers and provoke some conversation with Matt Johnson's debut feature The Dirties.The... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Slamdance 2013 Interview: The Programmers Talk The Nuts & Bolts Of Festival Building

In preparation for my first visit to Park City, Utah next week I was able to sit down for a conference call with three veteran players of the Slamdance Film Festival. Co-founder Peter Baxter has been heavily involved with the... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
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