Slamdance Announces Award Winners

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 9:05pm PST

SlamdanceAs Sundance continues in Park City, the 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival wrapped tonight with its awards ceremony. The fest handed its Audience Award for Narrative Feature going to Mark Raso’s Copenhagen and the documentary nod to Kate S. Logan’s Kidnapped For Christ. Slamdance 20 logoThe Jury Awards went to Fernando Frias De La Parra’s Rezeta (Narrative) and Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau’s Elliot (Documentary). And The Spirit Of Slamdance Award went to The Greggs, from directors Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Rob Malone, Kira Pearson, Alex Mechanik, Jessie Levandov, Jonathan Rosenblit. The feature competition films in the Documentary and Narrative Programs are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of less than $1 million. Here is the full list of winners and special mentions:

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Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite To Remake Slamdance Pic ‘Wizard’s Way’

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Slamdance: ‘Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello’s Male Strip Docu ‘La Bare’ Is Well Endowed By Main Street Films Distribution Deal

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:29pm PST
Mike Fleming

joemEXCLUSIVE: Main Street Films has acquired distribution rights to La Bare, a documentary directed by Joe Manganiello about the history, lives and culture of the world’s most popular male strip club, La Bare Dallas. Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie alongside … Read More »

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Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite To Remake Slamdance Pic ‘Wizard’s Way’

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 12:28pm PST
Mike Fleming

jackblackJack Black’s Electric Dynamite has come on to executive produce Wizard’s Way, the film that premieres this weekend at Slamdance. Black will serve as an executive producer along with Electric Dynamite’s Priyanka Mattoo on a mockumentary written and … Read More »

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Christopher Nolan’s Park City Return

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 8:13am PST
Mike Fleming

nolSlamdance, the tiny indie film gathering that plays out quietly as most are consumed with the Sundance Film Festival, is trying to make at least a little splash for itself. They’ve established a Founder’s Award and will bestow it Saturday, … Read More »

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‘Jug Face’ Digital Rights Go To Gravitas

By | Sunday March 24, 2013 @ 10:38pm PDT

Gravitas Ventures has acquired digital rights to Slamdance favorite Jug Face, with a VOD release planned for July. The horror/thriller concerns a demonic power worshipped by an isolated rural community that offers health and protection in exchange for human sacrifices, … Read More »

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Sundance: Slamdance Awards Winners

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 9:35pm PST

As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Park City, Slamdance ended tonight with its awards ceremony. The 19th annual festival handed out jury awards for Short Film, Animation, Feature Documentary, Short Documentary and Narrative Feature. They also gave out Audience Awards for Feature Documentary and Feature Narrative. The festival gave sponsored awards and the Filmmaker Award for Spirit of Slamdance. This year’s Slamdance ran from January 18 to today. Check out the 2013 winners below:


Audience Award for Feature Documentary: MY NAME IS FAITH by Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker

Audience Award for Feature Narrative: HANK AND ASHA by James E. Duff


This year’s Slamdance Narrative Grand Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Nancy Schafer, Meira Blaustein and Chris Gore.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Narrative: THE DIRTIES by Matt Johnson. “Terrifyingly timely and brutally honest, ‘The Dirties’ uses film references to the extreme as dreams of youth and intense growing pains collide.”

Special Mention: JOY DE V., by Nadia Szold. “Filled with humor, flawless characters and performances and a highly developed visual style, ‘Joy de V’ is a film that signals the arrival of a powerful new filmmaking talent.”


This year’s Slamdance Documentary Grand Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Daniel J. Harris, Brian Knappenberger, and Dan Schoenbrun.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Documentary: BIBLE QUIZ by Nicole Teeny. “Director Nicole Teeny’s careful storytelling and her subject’s passion, angst, and youthful uncertainty are captured with universal empathy.”

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Documentary: THE BIRDMAN by Jessie Auritt. “We felt this slice-of-life portrait said a lot about the economy and changing way of life in a New York City neighborhood.”

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Hot Slamdance Trailer: ‘Ghost Team One’

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 12:19pm PST
Mike Fleming

Haven’t spent much time doting on Slamdance, but here’s a trailer for one of the titles playing, Ghost Team One. It’s a cross between Harold and Kumar and Paranormal Activity and it cost about $100,000 to make.

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Sundance: Gravitas Ventures Nabs Trio Of Slamdance Films

By | Monday January 21, 2013 @ 3:01pm PST
Mike Fleming

Gravitas Ventures announced today the acquisitions of three raucous Slamdance films: Steven Feinartz’s documentary The Bitter Buddha, Michael Urie’s comedy He’s Way More Famous Than You and Peter Baxter’s documentary Wild In The Streets. As part of the arrangement, each film will be released in the next three months in over 100 million North American Video On Demand homes.

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John Karna In Talks For ‘Premature’

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 12:44pm PDT

John Karna is in negotiations to play the lead in Premature. The University of Oklahoma freshman would play a high school student in the movie, which occurs on Groundhog Day. Dan Beers will direct Premature from the script … Read More »

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Kapow! EPIX Pre-empts Stan Lee Documentary Before Slamdance Debut

By | Saturday January 21, 2012 @ 4:54pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While we wait for the offers on Sundance films like The Words, Celeste and Jessie and others to turn into deals, the other Park City festival, Slamdance, has scored a good one. EPIX is closing a preemptive deal for … Read More »

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Slamdance Debut ‘No Room For Rockstars’ Nabs Nationwide March Rollout

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 10:52am PST

Cinedigm Entertainment Group will bow the Slamdance premiere No Room For Rockstars as an exclusive one-night engagement in select U.S. theaters on March 1, 2012, followed by an iTunes and home video release. Parris Patton’s documentary, which spotlights true stories … Read More »

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