DAILY NEWS: Slamdance Announces 2003 Line Up and Santa Fe Names its Festival Winners
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Slamdance Unveils Plans for Ninth Festival
(indieWIRE: 12.11.02) -- Slamdance will return to Main St. in Park City,
Utah for its ninth annual film festival (positioned alongside the Sundance
Film Festival). Set for January 18-25, the event will return to the Treasure
Mountain Inn after two years up the hill at the Park City Silver Mine.
Organizers unveiled the lineup for the festival yesterday (it is available
now at indieWIRE.com).
Sixteen feature films have been chosen from 2,800 entries, a new festival record, according to new Slamdance Director Gianna Chachere. Twelve shorts are set to screen at the festival.
"This year's competition line-up is a reflection of the zest the
programmers felt towards youthful voices and the discovery of new
talent," commented Peter Baxter, Slamdance president/co-founder, in a
prepared statement. "While Slamdance has accumulated a large pool of alumni
talent since it's inception in 1995, the festival's goal is not to continue
to showcase the work of the same filmmakers year after year, but to continue
to reach out to newcomers, and to exhibit fresh, raw and largely unknown
talent at its best, in the spirit of filmmaking without apologies." [Eugene
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>> Santa Fe Concludes Third Festival with "Hukkle" Taking Top Nod
(indieWIRE: 12.11.02) -- The Santa Fe Film Festival concluded its event in
the picturesque New Mexico state capital awarding Hungarian Gyorgi Palfi's
dialogue-free debut, "Hukkle," its prize for best feature. Alex and Andrew
Smith's drama "The Slaughter Rule" received the third annual festival's
Milagro Award for best American indie. The film, starring Ryan Gosling, is
the story of a fringe football team and its obsessive coach set in rural
Montana. Santa Fe's best narrative film prize went to John C.P. Goheen's
documentary "Lady Warriors" about a girls' cross-country team from Arizona.
Best Latin film was presented to Argentine director Daniel Burman's romantic
comedy "Every Stewardess Goes to Heaven."
Hungarian-American co-production "Vakvagany" took the best documentary
prize. The experimental film by Ben Meade depicts a dysfunctional family
using stolen home movies. Also receiving honors was doc "Little Lourdes" by
Elisabeth Unna, about the Chimayo's spiritual heritage with rural New Mexico
and the contemporary community's battle with widespread heroin use, which
won best New Mexico film. The festival's inaugural audience award went to
Deborah Dickson's Seattle Film Festival and Outfest-winning doc, "Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House."
The festival also honored Shirley MacLaine, Peter Fonda, musician/composer Robbie Robertson, and director Robert M. Young ("Dominick and Eugene") with its Luminaria Lifetime Achievement awards during a banquet at a resort north of the city. Santa Fe estimated its attendance at 15,000 this year, an
increase of 36 percent from 2001. [Brian Brooks]