2012 Slamdance Film Festival

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The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival was a film festival held in Park City, Utah from January 20 to January 26, 2012. It was the 18th iteration of the Slamdance Film Festival, a complimentary fest to the Sundance Film Festival.

Festival[edit]

With nearly 5,000 submissions, 18 feature-length films were shown along with 75 short films and 8 special screenings selected from across the globe.[1] The festival took place at the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street in Park City. Festival alumni include acclaimed directors, such as Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight'), Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") and Oren Peli ("Paranormal Activity").[2]

Festivities included the Opening and Closing Night Parties at the Carhartt Lounge, panel discussions, daily happy hours and the annual Sled Off. The festival also featured Morning Coffee Master Classes with Neil Young, Jonathan Demme and Stan Lee. “These events with Stan Lee, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme are incredible opportunities to learn from some of the world's best storytellers, and a rare chance to experience the stories, wisdom, and tribulations of iconic artists and filmmakers,” said Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder. Demme and Young shared their stories about making the documentary Neil Young Journeys.[3] Young also confirmed that he is working with longtime collaborator Crazy Horse on a new album.[4] Stan Lee and director Will Hess discussed the making of their new doc With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story.[5]

Special screenings, included Wild In The Streets, No Room For Rockstars, Neil Young Journeys and Ed Wood's Lost Film Final Curtain.[6]

Films[edit]

The feature competitions at Slamdance are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of $1 million or less. The festival showcased 10 Narrative Films and 8 Documentary Films, including 13 World Premieres.[7]

Narrative competition[edit]

Title Country Director Premiere
Bindlestiffs USA Andrew Edison World Premiere
Comforting Skin Canada Derek Franson US Premiere
Doppelgänger Paul (or A Film About How Much I Hate Myself) Canada Dylan Akio Smith, Kris Elgstrand US Premiere
Faith, Love and Whiskey Bulgaria Kristina Nikolova World Premiere
Heavy Girls Germany Axel Ranisch US Premiere
OK, Good USA Daniel Martinico World Premiere
Roller Town Canada Andrew Bush US Premiere
The Sound of Small Things USA Peter McLarnan World Premiere
Sundowning Singapore/USA Frank Rinaldi World Premiere
Welcome to Pine Hill USA Keith Miller World Premiere

Documentary competition[edit]

Title Country Director Premiere
Buffalo Girls Thailand/USA Todd Kellstein World Premiere
Danland USA Alexandra Berger World Premiere
The First Season USA Rudd Simmons World Premiere
Getting Up USA Caskey Ebeling World Premiere
I Want My Name Back USA Roger Paradiso Utah Premiere
Kelly USA James Stenson World Premiere
No Ashes, No Phoenix Germany Jens Pfeifer World Premiere
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists USA Brian Knappenberger World Premiere

Awards[edit]

Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter is quoted as saying, “This year's narrative and documentary competitions are stronger than ever, and these filmmakers represent the vanguard of true independent filmmaking.”[8] The following films were honored with prizes from the Grand Jury, audience members and festival sponsors.[9]

Grand Jury Awards[edit]

  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film - Welcome to Pine Hill by Keith Miller
  • Special Jury Award for Bold Originality - Heavy Girls by Axel Ranisch
  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Documentary - No Ashes, No Phoenix by Jens Pfeifer
  • Grand Jury Award for Short Documentary - The Professional by Skylar Neilsen
  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Animation - Venus by Tor Fruergaard
  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Film - I am John Wayne by Christina Choe
  • Special Jury Prize for Experimental Short - Solipsist by Andrew Huang
  • Honorable Mention for Best Ensemble - I'm Coming Over by Sam Handel

Audience Awards[edit]

  • Audience Award for Feature Documentary - Getting Up by Caskey Ebeling
  • Audience Award for Feature Narratives - BINDLESTIFFS by Andrew Edison

[edit]

  • Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Award - Heavy Girls by Axel Ranisch
  • The Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography - Faith, Love and Whiskey by Kristina Nikolova
  • Panasonic AF100 Award for 'The Five Flavors of Filmmaking' Competition - Josh Gibson, director of the short film Kudzu Vine

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gregg Kilday (December 14, 2011). "Slamdance Film Festival Unveils 2012 Competition Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Slamdance Film Festival: Another year of accepting the unaccepted". The Salt Lake Tribune. January 13, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Gregg Kilday (December 21, 2011). "Slamdance Film Festival to Present Documentaries About Neil Young, Stan Lee". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Neil Young Discussing Crazy Horse Reunion". Rolling Stone. February 2, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gregg Kilday (December 21, 2011). "Slamdance Film Festival to Present Documentaries About Neil Young, Stan Lee". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sean P. Means (December 20, 2011). "Slamdance films rock out, celebrate holidays". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Gregg Kilday (December 14, 2011). "Slamdance Film Festival Unveils 2012 Competition Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Jay A. Fernandez, Daniel Miller (January 26, 2012). "Slamdance 2012 Awards Announced". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Michelle Profis (January 27, 2012). "Slamdance 2012: Winners announced". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 18, 2012.