Cannes Spawns Another Alternative, SLAMDUNK II
by Eugene Hernandez
The creators of SLAMDUNK, which screened films in Park City in
January as an alternative to the Sundance and Slamdance film
festivals, are heading to France this month to present a handful
of films, alongside the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. SLAMDUNK
creators Chris Mehringer and Cabot Orton confirmed their plans
to indieWIRE late last week, on the heels of a similar recent
announcement by the creators of SLAMDANCE who will be in
Cannes with their own alternative event, "Cannes You Dig It."
SLAMDUNK II, jokingly referred to as "The Wrath of Cannes" by
organizers, is essentially a brief two-day showcase of three
independent films (the lineup may grow to five). Set to screen
are Adam Goldberg's "Scotch and Milk" which recently debuted
at the LAIFF, Christopher Hanson's "Scrapple" which screened at
Slamdance, SXSW and is screening this week at Gen Art, and Nick
Broomfield's "Kurt and Courtney" which will be screened in
conjunction with the film's European sales company, Capital Films.
SLAMDUNK captured media attention for coordinating a private
midnight screening of "Kurt and Courtney" in Park City after the
film was bumped from the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for legal
problems. The showing created awareness for the event's showcase
of indies at the town's Elk's Lodge.
According to Mehringer and Orton, SLAMDUNK's Cannes event will
primarily be held on Friday, May 15th at a 150 seat venue at the
College International du Cannes, near the Cannes' festival's famed
Palais. Each film will be screened once, with a party also on tap.
Meanwhile, the "Kurt and Courtney" showing will be held in the
larger Ambassades Theater the following night.
With realisitic expectations, but an eye on the possibilites,
"Scrapple" producer George Plamandon told indieWIRE that the
screening will offer a unique venue for their first European showcase
of the project. While the filmmakers have yet to settle on a festival
for their European premiere, the screening can clearly be a
rewarding one if SLAMDUNK organizers reach their target audience
of distributors and sales agents.
"Any independent film is looking for the greatest amount of
exposure that it can possibly attain," Plamandon explained, "The
challenge of course is to get the right people to see the film." In
addition to closing New York's GEN ART Film Festival tomorrow,
the film is on tap to screen next month at the Atlanta Film and
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