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2001 Slamdance Winners To Screen In Los Angeles!!!

Park City, Utah -- The Slamdance Film Festival announced their winners January 26th in 12 categories at the Closing Night Ceremonies at the festival's headquarters at the Silver Mine in Park City.

The winners are as follows:

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE: HYBRID directed By Monteith McCollum. With a blend of poetic cinematography, animation and an evocative soundtrack, HYBRID is a film about a 100-year old Iowa farmer with a life long obsession with hybrid seed corn. Sponsored by Express.com.

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT: BOUNDARIES directed by Greg Durbin. A woman is pursued across the international border by a mute trombonist. Sponsored by Exposure (A Sci-Fi Channel Short Film Program).

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE: AMERICAN CHAI directed by Anurag Mehta. Sponsored by the Maryland Film Office. A funny, heartfelt coming of age story about a first generation Indian-American college boy who canít tell his traditional parents he wants to be a musician, not a doctor.

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT: WHITE FACE directed by Brian McDonald. A serious comedy about racism. Sponsored by Eveo.

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE: DAYDREAM BELIEVER directed by Debra Eisenstadt. An age old story about a small town girl who leaves home to try her luck in the big city as an actress.

ILFORD BLACK AND WHITE AWARD: OLD MAN AND THE GOBLINS directed by Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero. Puppet animation about an old man who is visited nightly by playful goblins. Sponsored by Ilford Photo. Prize - $2,000 gift certificate for Ilford Film.

KODAK VISION AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: MEMENTO MORI (Republic of Korea) directed by Kim Tae-yong and Min Gyo-dong. Cinematography Kim Yoon-soo. In a Korean girls school a diary is found that is capable of arousing hallucinations. Sponsored by Kodak. Prize - $2,500 gift certificate for Kodak Film.

AWARD FOR BEST EDITING: BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE (Republic of Korea) directed by Bong joon-ho. Edited by Lee Eun-soo. The interwoven stories of characters searching for a lost dog construct a microcosm of Korean society. Sponsored by Trakker Technologies, Digital Origin Inc. & Partners. Prize Editing software.

SPIRIT OF SLAMDANCE AWARD: THE BALLAD OF LITTLE ROGER MEAD (9 min.) directed by Mark Carter. Little Roger Mead emerges from a cocoon of parental repression and finds the courage to share his unique gift with the world.

Runner-Up goes to THE ACCOUNTANT (38 min.) directed by Ray McKinnon. Two brothers are trying to save their farm. Suddenly they are visited by an odd accountant with a solid business plan. Sponsored by BARCO.

GLOBAL ANARCHY AUDIENCE AWARD: VOODOO (6 min.) directed by Gregg Bishop. In this comedy, a little girl tries to use voodoo to get rid of her mother's date.

MOVIEMAKER BREAKTHROUGH AWARD: THE TROUBLE WITH LOU directed by Gregor. In the style of 1950's educational films, this is he story of a chronic masturbator. Sponsored by Moviemaker Magazine.

SCREENPLAY WINNERS: The Slamdance Film Festival is pleased to announce the winners of the 5th Annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition. The top three awards - which include cash prizes and Screenplay.com software packages - are as follows: 1st place: "Gotta Keep Movin'" by Russell Paquette; 2nd place: "Tokens" by Thomas Russell; 3rd place: "Lemon Grove" by David Guest. "Gotta Keep Movin'" is the Citizen Kane-like retelling of the life of legendary blues musician Robert Johnson recounted to a New York City music scout searching for him to play Carnegie Hall.

 

Screenings will take place in Los Angeles at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre as follows:
Feb. 7 / 8:00 PM HYBRID (93 min.) with "The Accountant" (38 min.) &

"The Old Man & The Goblins" (4 min.)
Festivities will take place in the courtyard before and/or after the screenings TBD.
Feb. 8 / 7:00 PM AMERICAN CHAI (92 min.) & "White Face" (14 min.)
Feb. 8 / 9:15 PM DAYDREAM BELIEVER (79 min.) & "Boundaries" (19 min.) &

"The Ballad of Little Roger Mead" (7 min.)
For more information see
www.egyptiantheatre.com. Tickets are $5 for AC Members & IFP Members and $7 general admission. The Egyptian is at 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

In his story on Slamdance, Variety reporter, Scott Foundas wrote, "if there was a commonality among the 20 features and 41 shorts screened at this year's Slamdance Film Festival, it was one of highly individualistic distillations of reality." (Friday, Jan. 26, 2001).

The year-round Slamdance Film Festival debuted its $99 Specials program in late 2000. The first batch of 5 minute films from Slamdance Alumni (who spent no more than $99 on production) have been finished and are on www.slamdance.com

Awards were also given for out in three categories for promotion of one's film at the festival. Todd Rohal won "Best Poster" for making his posters out of men's white underwear with iron on promotional information. Anthony Howard won "Most Original Press Kit" for press kits made out of sandpaper, photos and electrical tape to get across the abrasiveness of his film. "Best On The Street Promotion" went to THE TROUBLE WITH LOU for their effort to woo crowds by showing them dolls made for the film, sandwich boards and handing out hand cream in THE TROUBLE WITH LOU bottles. The film is about a chronic masturbator.

Winners were awarded their "Sparkies" (bronze statuettes shaped like sitting dogs) at the Closing Night Award Ceremony.

According to Chris Gore's recent book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, "Slamdance has become THE festival to watch for the next big thing." Since its inception, Slamdance has come to be recognized as "The ultra independent film festival" (Sam Rubin, "Good Morning America") and Variety's Len Klady recently made the comparison to Cannes by referring to Slamdance as "the unofficial Directors Fortnight to Sundance." The festival has also attracted the support of such critics as Roger Ebert.

Maintaining its grassroots style into its seventh year, Slamdance is a festival by filmmakers, for filmmakers, and is dedicated to promoting new talent. The festival has been involved with such critically acclaimed first features as Greg Mottola's THE DAYTRIPPERS, produced by Slamdance supporter, Steven Soderbergh and Daniel J. Harris' THE BIBLE & GUN CLUB.

The 2000 Grand Jury Prize Winner for Best Feature, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, directed by Frank Novak, was invited to screen at Critics Week in Cannes and was acquired there by Shooting Gallery/Universal. The 1999 Festival discovered MAN OF THE CENTURY which not only won the Audience Award, but was also distributed by Fine Line. At the 1998 festival, 20 DATES by Myles Berkowitz received the Audience Award, as well as a distribution deal with Fox Searchlight. SIX-STRING SAMURAI won two awards (for cinematography and editing) and was picked up by Palm Pictures. Grand Jury winner Kevin DiNovis' SURRENDER DOROTHY has since gone on to 23 international film festivals, including winning the top prizes at both the Chicago and New York Underground Film Festivals.

For the second year, Slamdance has increased its virtual space with "Anarchy," an online portion of the Slamdance Film Festival that will be streaming films year-round. While the Festival has remained intimate by not heavily the number of films in the festival or the number of days, the festival has expanded through its popular On the Road screenings that started with an invitation from the Smithsonian to show the award-winners in Washington DC in 1997 and have increased yearly to include more locations.

The festival has annually traveled to Baltimore, Maryland; Cannes, France; Los Angeles; New York; Park City in the Summer; Santiago, Chile; Stockholm, Sweden; and Washington DC. Slamdance On the Road 2001 will start in Los Angeles on February 7th and 8th at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre. Films will go to Brooklyn at BAM, March 16-18; New York at Two Boots Pioneer Theatre, March 20 and March 25 at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore. Dates in Cannes will follow.

The Titanium Sponsors for Slamdance 2001 are Eveo and express.com. Platinum Sponsor is Barco. Gold Sponsors include: Kodak, The Maryland Film Office and Exposure. Silver Sponsors are Crest National; The Directors Guild of America; Moviemaker Magazine; and Salt Lake City Weekly. Bronze Sponsor: ASCAP; Brewvies Cinema Pub; Urban Outfitters; Hypnotic; JVC professional; X-96; Techit Solutions; Wexler. Contributing Sponsors: Dolby, Gold Standard; Screenplay Systems. Advertising Sponsors: IFF; Film Festival Reporter; PAPER Magazine. Event Sponsors: Evian; Jetblue Airways, Yahoo! Movies, Timbuk2 Designs, Total Movie Magazine, ifilm, estudionetworks.com, Skinmarket and Dos Equis.

The Slamdance Film Festival ran January 20-28, 2001 at Park City, Silver Mine, coinciding with the Sundance Film Festival. FOr more information see www.slamdance.com

For press inquiries, please send e-mails to Margot Gerber at mgerber@slamdance.com or call the Slamdance office at 323 466 1786 after January 31st.

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