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Jason Ritter Sci-Fi Film ‘Embers’ to Be First Narrative Feature Released by Slamdance Presents

Claire Carré’s directorial debut “Embers,” which closed this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, has been set for an August release through the one-year-old Slamdance Presents label, Variety has learned exclusively.

Embers,” starring Jason Ritter and Iva Gocheva, is the first narrative feature to be released by Slamdance Presents. The sci-fi film will begin a week-long theatrical release at the ArcLight Hollywood on Aug. 5.

“Embers” revolves around the collective loss of memory after a global neurological epidemic. The movie has won awards from the New Orleans Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival.

“Slamdance is known for supporting and launching new filmmakers, and they live up to their reputation, ” Carré said. “I’m thrilled for my first feature to be chosen as the first narrative released theatrically by Slamdance Presents. From screening my film at the festival even though it wasn’t a premiere, to breaking new ground to bring it to the ArcLight for a week, I feel so fortunate to have Slamdance in my corner, pushing to make it possible for my film to be seen on the big screen.”

Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter said, “Slamdance wanted to stand up and get behind this amazing directorial debut both commercially and for new passionate supporters.”

Arclight’s theatrical release of “Embers” will include a week-long program of Q&As with the filmmakers and special guests following each evening screening. The pic will be released online by The Orchard on VOD during the same week as its theatrical play.

Slamdance launched the Slamdance Presents distribution label in September with the documentary “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake.” The documentary reached No. 1 on iTunes in December.

Slamdance’s announcement of the “Embers” release coincides with the organization’s opening of submissions for the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, which will run from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26 in Park City, Utah.

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 by first-time directors.

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