Contact: Margot Gerber
323/461-2020, ext. 115
January 27, 2003


February 12 & 13, 2003

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque will present THE BEST OF THE SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2003 on February 12 & 13, 2003, a screening of selected award-winners of the 9th annual Slamdance Film Festival. Winners were announced on Friday, January 24th in Park City, Utah at the Sparky Award Ceremony. Filmmakers will appear in-person subject to availability. Slamdance is a year-round organization dedicated to new filmmakers and their vision. Started in 1995 by a group of writer/director/producers, Slamdance continues to be organized and programmed by active filmmakers. Now in its ninth year as a festival that runs simultaneous to the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets. With a renowned film festival at its heart, Slamdance has expanded to include On The Road screenings, a thriving screenplay competition, a very active website at, the Anarchy online short film competition, a "$99 Specials" short film production wing and now a Bootcamp education program. Tickets are $9 general admission; $8 for students/seniors and $6 for Cinematheque, IFP/West, LACMA MUSE, WGA, DGA and SAG Members. Festival organizers Peter Baxter and Dan Mirvish will also be on hand to present the films. All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003 @ 7:30 PM

The Wednesday, February 12th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature screening of ASSISTED LIVING (77 min.), with shorts, "Tom Hits His Head" (11 min.); "The Lady In The Lake" (8 min.) and DIE KURVE (THE CURVE) with "Shadowman" (United Kingdom, 12 min., 2002). SPIRIT OF SLAMDANCE PRIZE: "Tom Hits His Head" (USA, 11 min., 2003) WORLD PREMIERE at the festival. Tom hits his head, has panic attacks and becomes afraid to leave the house. A comedy. Directed by Tom Putnam (SHAFTED, STATIC). Prize: $5,000 Credit for Film Processing from Deluxe.

THE ROSEBUD AWARD: "Lady of the Lake" (USA, 8 min., 2002) A puppet fairytale about a boy's sexual awakening which takes a comically sordid turn. Directed by Michael Lucid. New this year, the Rosebud Award, awarded by the staff to the filmmaker who has shown exceptional talent, promise and enthusiasm.

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE: ASSISTED LIVING - (USA, 77 min., Narrative, 2002) WORLD PREMIERE at the festival. A janitor in a nursing home spends his days getting high and interacting with the elderly. When a woman begins to confuse him with her son, he must choose whether or not to play the part. Shot and staged in a real nursing home with actual residents. Directed by Elliot Greenebaum. Award sponsored by JVC Professional. $2500 in services from Alpha Cine.

Special Jury Mention for Short: "Shadowman" (United Kingdom, 12 min., 2002) A young girl reaches out to befriend a man with shadowy intentions. Directed by Amanda Rudman.

Special Jury Mention: DIE KURVE - (THE CURVE, Germany, 45 min., Narrative, 2002) WORLD PREMIERE at the festival. Two outcast brothers live at the base of a rocky mountain ensconced in dangerous, curving roads. The spoils from the numerous car wrecks are their livelihood. Then one day there is a survivor. Directed by Felix Fuchssteiner.

Filmmakers Eliott Greenebaum, Michael Lucid and Tom Putnam will appear in person for discussion following the screening.

Thursday, February 13, 2003 @ 7:00 PM

AUDIENCE AWARD FEATURE: MISSING PEACE - (USA, 82 min., 2002) WORLD PREMIERE at the festival. Intending to follow controversial Colombian Presidential Candidate Ingrid Betancourt on the campaign trail, these documentary filmmakers switched gears when she was kidnapped, to tell the story of her husbandıs desperate quest to free her and keep her campaign alive. Directed by Karin Hayes and

Victoria Bruce. Award sponsored by Maryland Film Office. The filmmakers will appear in person for discussion following the screening.

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT: "Little Hearts" (USA, 26 min., 2002) This film captures a brief moment in an unexpected friendship between a lonely Korean boy and the mysterious twins he befriends while visiting his grandmotherıs apartment. Directed by Stephen T. Maing. The short will

precede the feature.

Thursday, February 13, 2003 @ 9:15 PM

The Thursday, February 12th program continues with a 9:15 PM screening of LONG GONE (95 min.), with short, "The Snell Show" (8 min.). BEST DOCUMENTARY & KODAK VISION AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: LONG GONE (90 min.) Directed Intertwining stories of six tramps who hop freight trains to travel across America over a seven year period, form a portrait of contemporary 'hobos' who struggle to overcome their pasts, haunting war memories, substance abuse, shattered marriages and criminal warrants. Original music by Tom Waits. Directed by Jack Cahill & David Eberhardt. Award sponsored by Kodak.

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT: "The Snell Show" (USA, 8 min., 2002) Every year the community gathers at Old Man Snellıs trailer for the greatest show on earth. Directed by Andrew Black. Filmmakers from the short and the feature are scheduled to appear for a discussion following the film.

The jurors included: Actor David Alan Grier ("Life With Bonnie," "In Living Color"); Alumni Director Montieth McCollum (his film HYBRID won the 2001 Slamdance Grand Jury prize); Film Critic Jean Oppenheimer (President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association); Slamdance Projectionist Chris Riley (Coordinator of the annual Cornell Environmental Film Festival and the Special Projects coordinator of Cornell Cinema) and Jerome Henry Rudes (Founder and Director of the Avignon Film Festival and co-editor of the new Samuel Fuller memoir titled A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking, published by Random House).

Winners were awarded their "Sparkies" (bronze statuettes shaped like sitting dogs) at the Closing Night Award Ceremony. Best of Slamdance Screenings in New York will take place at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre, starting on Tuesday, February 25: 8:00 PM MISSING PEACE (92 min.) & "Little

Hearts" (26 min.).


In his Festival wrap story for (2002), Scott Foundas wrote, "The festival slogan, "By filmmakers, for filmmakers," is not a superficial mantra, but a true ideology that has steadfastly maintained by festival co-founders Peter Baxter and Dan Mirvish. There's hardly another festival where the staff and filmmakers are of such a similar mindset -- they want to make you aware of their films, but they don't try to force them on you -- Slamdance is about discovering films for yourself. Not yet a teenager, it has already produced a series of real finds, like Christopher Nolan's "Following," Monteith McCollum's "Hybrid" and Larry Fessenden's "Wendigo."

Slamdance, at one time considered a rival or alternative to the more established Sundance Film Festival which runs simultaneously in Park City, Utah, officially garnered Sundance founder, Robert Redford's acceptance in a 2002 interview conducted by Robert Welkos of the Los Angeles Times when he said, "The truth is I don't mind... because the whole point is to promote independent film and we can't possibly show all the films." Films in competition at Slamdance must be by first time filmmakers and are made on a fairly low budget. For more information about Slamdance see or call 323.466.1786.

Highlights from the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City included over $70,000 in cash and prizes awarded to the winning films. Gotham-based production and distribution company Cavu Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Eitan Gorlin's debut feature, "The Holy Land," which won the feature Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival.Each year several Slamdance films have been picked up for distribution and almost all films were invited to other festivals around the world. Slamdance films also have won Spirit Awards, the Palm d'Or and even an Oscar!

Ray McKinnon won the 2002 Oscar for his short "The Accountant" which premiered at Slamdance 2002. David Greenspan won the Palme D'Or for his 2001 Slamdance entry, the short film "Bean Cake," at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival. Frank Novak's GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, the Slamdance 2000 Grand Jury Winner - - went on to screen in the prestigious Critics' Week section of the Cannes Film Festival and is currently in theatres. Alumni include MEMENTO director Christopher Nolan ('99 award-winner FOLLOWING); the Russo Brothers ('97 entry PIECES) and MONSTER'S BALL director Marc Forster ('96 Audience Award winner LOUNGERS). Participation in the Slamdance Film Festival helped to discover these filmmakers and to propel their next features into production. Participation in the festival helped to discover these filmmakers and to propel them into their next feature productions.

The 2000 Grand Jury Winner - Frank Novak's GOOD HOUSEKEEPING - went on to screen in the prestigious Critics' Week section of the Cannes Film Festival, where it was acquired for US distribution by Shooting Gallery in conjunction with Universal Studios. Alumni include MEMENTO director Christopher Nolan ('99 award-winner FOLLOWING); the Russo Brothers ('97 entry PIECES) and MONSTER'S BALL director Marc Forster ('96 Audience Award winner LOUNGERS). Participation in the Slamdance Film Festival helped to discover these filmmakers and to propel them to their next features into production. More information at WWW.SLAMDANCE.COM.

All films are separate admission except those listed as Double Features which are one ticket price for both films. There is a five minute break between films on double bills. Slamdance will host a beverage only reception after selected screenings.


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General admission price: $9. Sr./Student rate is $8 and Cinematheque/IFP/SAG/WGA/AIVF/FAF Members are $6. Programs listed as double features are one price for both films. See special ticket price for EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS. There will be a 5-7 minute intermission between programs (or longer if a Q & A is scheduled in between the screenings).

The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition And Beyond..., the American Cinematheque's on-going series focusing on independent and new forms of cinema was created to serve the public as well as the independent film community in Los Angeles by providing a year-round venue for independent feature films that have not yet secured wide commercial distribution. Whatever the ALTERNATIVE SCREEN offers from month to month, it promises to be provocative, innovative and fiercely independent. Select Alternative Screen alumni include THE BIBLE & GUN CLUB, HABIT, STAR MAPS, OUR SONG and THE LAST BIG THING.

The Alternative Screen takes on-going submissions for consideration of fiercely independent work in all genres. Please send a 1/2" tape to: Margot Gerber, The Alternative Screen, c/o American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA., 90028. Include a SASE if you would like your tape returned. Inquiries should be directed to 323.461.2020, ext. 115. Short films should be sent to the attention of Andrew Crane. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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