As one of the biggest supporters of the Do-It-Yourself indie film movement, the annual Slamdance Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
Offering thought-provoking films by a variety of acclaimed and visionary filmmakers from all over the world, this year's festival featured many notable filmmakers, including Bill Plympton, Lise Raven and Slamdance veterans in front of the camera including Benh Zeitlin, Chris Nolan, Rian Johnson and Marc Forster, as well as the directorial debut of Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") with his film "La Bare”.
Here's a special birthday ode to Slamdance from artist, poet and playwright Monteque Pope-Le Beau.
Happy Birthday Slamdance
By Monteque Pope-Le Beau
Among beautiful pristine powdered mountains in the heart of Park City, Utah there is an unbelievable Jewel. It was a jewel that was created for and by filmmakers, artists, and storytellers. These would be the trailblazers, the rebels, the ones who would fight against the system to make sure their art form remained pure and reached the masses. Doing so without giving into a system that is often not fair and works against them most of the time. Even through the hardest of times they pressed on with perseverance and determination with a dream to one day create a grassroots film community with a DIY attitude. 20 years later Slamdance has done exactly that launching the careers of some of the most prominent independent filmmakers and storytellers in the industry. Out of rejection came an explosive alchemy and unwavering creative spirit which makes Slamdance so unique. Slamdance might be little, but it is mighty; mighty in the spirit of of its founders, the volunteers, those who have fought in the trenches for it, and those who have believed in the vision of Slamdance from the beginning. It is filled with an explosive force of change in the vision of it’s filmmakers and storytellers of tomorrow. It is also true that without Slamdance they might not have had a place to let their voice be heard and share their vision. So let us all together say happy 20th birthday Slamdance, my you continue to be a place to nurture new voices and to discover new stories with the power to change the world. Slamdance is small and needs help and support. If you would like to help please go to http://www.slamdance.com
This year's Slamdance Film Festival ran January 17-23, 2014 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn.
Special Thanks to Monteque Pope-LeBeau.