The 22nd Slamdance Film Festival took place this past January in Park City, Utah. It features low-budget independent films from emerging filmmakers and has helped the careers of directors like Christopher Nolan and Lena Dunham. Claire Carré’s directorial debut “Embers,” starring Jason Ritter and Iva Gocheva, closed out this year’s festival and will now receive a theatrical release from Slamdance Presents, the festival’s distribution wing. It will be the first narrative feature to be released by the enterprise, which “is dedicated to creating innovative theatrical and commercial opportunities for independent filmmakers.”
“Embers” follows five interwoven stories that examine life without memory after a global neurological epidemic. Survivors have been stricken with short-term memory loss and must live in a world without a concrete past. At the film’s center is a couple, played by Ritter and Gocheva, who wake up each day uncertain of their surroundings or how they’re related. The film has won awards from New Orleans Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, and Sarasota Film Festival.
“Embers” will begin its theatrical release at ArcLight Hollywood on August 5th. It will also be released online by The Orchard on VOD during the same week. Slamdance has officially opened up submissions for next year’s festival, which will take place between January 20th and 26th.