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January 15, 2009 | Mark Olsen
Every year about this time aspiring filmmakers head to Utah to show their work. Hoping to launch their career or at least make that next important contact, they flock to a festival that emphasizes scrappy self-reliance, low-budget creativity and the homegrown spirit of (really) independent cinema. The Sundance Film Festival, you say? No, the Slamdance Film Festival. Opening its 15th edition today (and running through Jan.
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January 16, 2009 | Mark Olsen
At a time when the very foundations of how films are made, shown and distributed are in flux, it makes sense that new and different kinds of filmmakers will emerge. While the stereotype of a Sundance director may still be that of a sharp twentysomething guy straight out of film school running on credit cards and bratty gumption, director Lynn Shelton is a married, 43-year-old part-time art school teacher and mother of a 10-year-old boy. How's that for the new face of independent film?
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January 26, 2008
Artist selected: Artist Bruce Nauman, whose work includes photography, sculpture and neon, has been selected by the U.S. State Department to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale exhibition next year. -- Slamdance: The first film picked up at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah this year is "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer," a horror-comedy by writer-director Jon Knautz, acquired by Anchor Bay Entertainment for what was said to be a "mid-six-figure deal."
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January 15, 2009 | Mark Olsen
Every year about this time aspiring filmmakers head to Utah to show their work. Hoping to launch their career or at least make that next important contact, they flock to a festival that emphasizes scrappy self-reliance, low-budget creativity and the homegrown spirit of (really) independent cinema. The Sundance Film Festival, you say? No, the Slamdance Film Festival. Opening its 15th edition today (and running through Jan.
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February 10, 1999
SOCIAL The Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. hosts "Be My Valentino!" West Hollywood, Saturday. (800) MEN-SING. * FILM The Best of Slamdance Film Festival 1999. Tonight, Thursday at Hollywood's Egyptian Theater. (323) 466-3456. * POETRY Poet Adrienne Rich reads from "Midnight Salvage" at the L.A. Public Library, downtown, Thursday. (213) 228-7025. * CLUBS Comeback kid Vanilla Ice performs tonight at the House of Blues, Hollywood. (323) 848-5100.
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December 9, 2008 | John Horn
Continuing to try to be even more independent-minded than the concurrent Sundance Film Festival, organizers of the Slamdance Film Festival announced a lineup of low-budget films Monday for Slamdance's 15th annual gathering. Sundance, now in its 35th year, has spawned any number of "dance"-suffixed knockoffs, but Slamdance has enjoyed the greatest success of any. The festival launched the acclaimed documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom," which Paramount Classics acquired, and DreamWorks bought the creepy "Paranormal Activity" after a successful Slamdance screening.
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January 12, 2004 | Elaine Dutka
On Saturday, the 10th annual Slamdance Film Festival will get underway in Park City, Utah -- a destination for Hollywood folk seeking edgier fare than that at the higher-profile Sundance Film Festival, opening in the same town just two days before. The goal of the festival, which was started by a group of upstart writers-directors-producers, is to showcase emerging global talent -- a challenge in an industry in which even independent movies are going mainstream, festival organizers maintain.
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January 23, 2008 | Gina McIntyre, Times Staff Writer
Most young actors spend years going through the audition process, working their way up from bit parts and walk-ons to something a little meatier. Trevor Matthews decided to take a different approach. The enterprising 25-year-old gathered a group of friends, founded his own indie film company and produced his own starring vehicle, "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2009 | Mark Olsen
At a time when the very foundations of how films are made, shown and distributed are in flux, it makes sense that new and different kinds of filmmakers will emerge. While the stereotype of a Sundance director may still be that of a sharp twentysomething guy straight out of film school running on credit cards and bratty gumption, director Lynn Shelton is a married, 43-year-old part-time art school teacher and mother of a 10-year-old boy. How's that for the new face of independent film?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2008 | John Horn
Continuing to try to be even more independent-minded than the concurrent Sundance Film Festival, organizers of the Slamdance Film Festival announced a lineup of low-budget films Monday for Slamdance's 15th annual gathering. Sundance, now in its 35th year, has spawned any number of "dance"-suffixed knockoffs, but Slamdance has enjoyed the greatest success of any. The festival launched the acclaimed documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom," which Paramount Classics acquired, and DreamWorks bought the creepy "Paranormal Activity" after a successful Slamdance screening.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2008
Artist selected: Artist Bruce Nauman, whose work includes photography, sculpture and neon, has been selected by the U.S. State Department to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale exhibition next year. -- Slamdance: The first film picked up at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah this year is "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer," a horror-comedy by writer-director Jon Knautz, acquired by Anchor Bay Entertainment for what was said to be a "mid-six-figure deal."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2008 | Gina McIntyre, Times Staff Writer
Most young actors spend years going through the audition process, working their way up from bit parts and walk-ons to something a little meatier. Trevor Matthews decided to take a different approach. The enterprising 25-year-old gathered a group of friends, founded his own indie film company and produced his own starring vehicle, "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer."
NEWS
April 26, 2007 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
THE eighth edition of the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles has a lineup that seems focused on bleak and bruising yet illuminative character studies.
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January 17, 2007 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Though the Sundance Film Festival takes understandable pains to distance itself from Hollywood, it becomes more apparent every year that William Goldman's great rule of studio filmmaking applies to the independent world as well: Nobody knows anything.
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January 19, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
It's big and it's getting bigger. It's powerful and it's looking to expand its reach. The Sundance Film Festival has been accused of many things, but resting comfortably on its accomplishments is not one of them.
NEWS
April 26, 2007 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
THE eighth edition of the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles has a lineup that seems focused on bleak and bruising yet illuminative character studies.
NEWS
August 14, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The Slamdance Film Festival joins with the American Cinematheque in presenting "Rockets Redglare!," tonight's Alternative Screen offering at the Egyptian. When Rockets, born Michael Morra, says "Everything I ever liked I did to excess," he's definitely not exaggerating. Emerging as a stand-up comic in the Lower Manhattan club scene of the 1980s, he became an actor and appeared in numerous independent features and the occasional mainstream movie.
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January 14, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Gradually, stealthily, like the pod people taking over the tiny town of Santa Mira in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," documentary filmmakers are taking over the not-so-tiny town of Park City, Utah, and the Sundance Film Festival, whose 2004 edition opens Thursday night with, what else, a documentary. That would be "Riding Giants," a look at surfing directed by Stacy Peralta of "Dogtown and Z-Boys."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2004 | Elaine Dutka
On Saturday, the 10th annual Slamdance Film Festival will get underway in Park City, Utah -- a destination for Hollywood folk seeking edgier fare than that at the higher-profile Sundance Film Festival, opening in the same town just two days before. The goal of the festival, which was started by a group of upstart writers-directors-producers, is to showcase emerging global talent -- a challenge in an industry in which even independent movies are going mainstream, festival organizers maintain.
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