The Slamdance Film Festival, launched two decades ago as an alternative to Sundance, is getting into theatrical distribution with the documentary “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake.”
“Resurrection,” which premiered in January at Slamdance, will debut Sept. 2 in Portland, Ore., with a screening at the Portland Film Festival and a Q&A session moderated by UFC star Chael Sonnen with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page and director Steve Yu.
The event format will be used for the film’s continuing theatrical release with personal appearances by Roberts, the filmmakers and special guests. The theatrical release marks the initiation of Slamdance Presents as a means of giving commercial releases to titles that play at Slamdance.
“The Resurrection of Jake the Snake” documents Roberts battling his personal demons in a struggle to reclaim his life and family. The film also features Page, who is the producer, and Scott Hall, also known as Razor Ramon.
Other venues scheduled throughout the fall include Los Angeles; New York; Chicago; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Dallas; Nashville, Tenn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Yonkers, N.Y. Slamdance hosted a screening of the film via its Cinema Club at Hollywood’s ArcLight Theater in March, with a Q&A moderated by Slamdance alumni Joe Manganiello.
“We hope to enter the challenging theatrical arena with a strong showing, knowing that the festival and the film embody the true spirit of independent film,” said Peter Baxter, president and co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival.
Notable titles that have debuted at Slamdance include Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity,” “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Seth 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.