Fest premiered 'Paranormal Activity' in 2008
The Slamdance Film Festival, launched as an alternative to Sundance, is touting its Do-It-Yourself roots for the 2014 fest on Jan. 17-23.
The fest — which has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Actvity” — will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the world premiere of Slamdance documentary “DIY,” directed by Slamdance President and Co-Founder Peter Baxter and Slamdance veterans Ben Hethcoat and Eric Ekman.
Besides Peli, the best-known Slamdance alumni include Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles that debuted at Slamdance include “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”
The Slamdance feature competition is limited to films made with budgets under $1 million and made by first-time directors.
“From humble beginnings we all shared one thing in common: a Do-It-Yourself filmmaking spirit which, along with self-governance, has allowed the Slamdance community to grow,” Baxter said. “You’ll see this in ‘DIY’ and you’ll see this throughout our 2014 festival.”
The festival has also unveiled a logo by artist David Flores, known for his Los Angeles street murals. It has also promoted Anna Germanidi to festival manager.