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Slamdance taps competition jurors

11 notable members of the indie community selected

Slamdance has tapped 11 notable members of the indie community as its competition jurors for its 19th annual festival, which takes place Jan. 18-24.

The Slamdance Awards will be presented on Jan. 24 at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah. The rules at Slamdance, launched as an alternative to Sundance, stipulate that films in competition have budgets under $1 million.

Jury members include Nancy Schafer, who was was executive director of the Tribeca Film Festival and exec VP of Tribeca Enterprises along with creating and runing the South by Southwest Film Festival for eight years; Meira Blaustein, co-founder/exec director/programmer of the Woodstock Film Festival; Dan Schoenbrun, the communications and programming coordinator at the Independent Filmmaker Project; Brian Knappenberger, who has created documentaries and feature films for the Sundance Channel, PBS, The Travel Channel, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel; Sheri Candler, who directs digital marketing strategy for The Film Collaborative; and Daniel J. Harris, who produced the documentary collective feature “I Want to be an American” for Slamdance.

Other jurors include the team of Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal, whose debut feature “Stranger Things” won the grand jury prize for best narrative feature at the 2011 Slamdance festival; Chris Gore, a comedian, writer, and regular on G4TV’s “Attack of the Show”; Skizz Cyzyk, a filmmaker/writer/musician/artist who is in his 17th year as a Slamdance projectionist and 10th year on the Slamdance advisory board; and Paul Rachman, a founding filmmaker, programmer and east coast director for Slamdance.

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