Slamdance Film Festival: The 2018 Lineup

The 24th Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for the 2018 installment of the film festival taking place Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, 2018, in Park City, Utah.  Next year’s festival will feature 18 movies (10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres). The fest will also see the inaugural Russo Fellowship named for festival alumni Joe and Anthony Russo.  It includes $25,000 cash prize and mentorship from the brothers. “The Russo brothers exemplify our…

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Slamdance: Supergirl comes to Chicago

Slamdance Film Festival selection Supergirl comes to Chicago for one night only at the Arclight Cinemas as a part of the Slamdance Cinema Club. Directed by Jessie Auritt, we get a glimpse into the life of a very unique pre-teen, Naomi Kutin.  She’s not like other Orthodox girls her age.  One wouldn’t expect to see a powerlifter when they look at Naomi, let alone someone who could lift three times her body weight.  The girl from New Jersey…

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Dedication pays off in On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone

On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone shows how dedicated director/producer Michael Rubenstone is when it comes to meeting the hard-to-find Sly Stone. Rubenstone paves the road in 2001 when he finds himself unhappy in New York and moves to Los Angeles to find acting work, listening to Sly and the Family Stone on the road trip.  Rubenstone lands a few small acting roles in LA but turns to seek out the reclusive…

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Dim the Fluorescents: A Below-the-Radar Indie Film

The winner of Slamdance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, Dim The Fluorescents is a below-the-radar film that shows us the working relationship between an artist and a playwright. Daniel Warth directs his first feature film from a screenplay he wrote with Miles Barstead.  The cast features Claire Armstrong, Naomi Skwarna, Andreana Callegarini-Gradzik, Brendan Hobin, Clare McConnell, and Todd Graham. The film follows actress Audrey (Armstrong) and playwright Lillian (Skwarna).  They aren’t…

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Future ’38: A Love Letter to 1930s and 40s Screwball Comedies

A love letter to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s, Future ’38 is a throwback screwball worth seeing. Written and directed by Carmen Sandiego veteran Jamie Greenberg, the film stars Betty Gilpin, Nick Westrate, Robert John Burke, Ethan Phillips, Sophie von Haselberg, and Ilana Becker. The film starts with Neil deGrasse Tyson introducing us to a lost film from 1938.  He talks about the science behind the movie and what they got right.…

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