‘Bible’ in Slamdance’s good books

PARK CITY, Utah – Daniel J. Harris’ ”The Bible and Gun Club” won the grand jury prize at the third annual Slamdance Intl. Film Festival, the indie film fest that bills itself as a gritty alternative to Sundance.

”The Bible and Gun Club” is a comic satire that follows five aging Orange County Bible salesmen to Las Vegas for their annual convention.

”Choosing the winners was obviously very difficult,” said Slamdance’s John Fitzgerald. ”We felt we had chosen the best of the best in selecting a small number of films to compete, and we felt the level of competition was very high.”

Cabbie pic picked

”Driven,” Michael Paradies Shoob’s portrayal of three L.A. cabbies trying to get ahead in life, won an honorable mention in the feature category.

Michael Davis’ ”Eight Days a Week,” a romantic comedy about a teenage boy who camps outside the window of his beloved for an entire summer, won the Slamdance audience award in the dramatic category.

Nicholas Hondrogen’s ”Perfect Moment” won the documentary audience award, and Duane Lavold won the audience award for best short.

Publicity stunt

The first annual Ilford award for best black-and-white film went to ”Angryman,” David Baer’s black comedy about a guy at the end of his rope. The Park City police department was not amused by Baer’s clever promotional ploy for his film; he plastered the windshields of cars parked on Main Street with bogus $300 parking tickets, which the police found a little too realistic.

The jury prize for best short was shared by Azazel Jacobs’ ”Kirk and Kerry” and Paul Benz’s ”Three Minutes.”

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