By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire September 21, 2011 at 3:44AM
Slamdance is going on the road this year with "On The Road," its new traveling theatrical showcase which will screen the acclaimed documentary "Superheroes," about actual community superheroes who patrol their streets, along with Andrew Putschoegl's short film "Hello Caller."
The program launches in October at New York's IFC Center before traveling to 12 theaters across the US, Canada and Ireland.
Full press release reprinted below:
SLAMDANCE ANNOUNCES 2011 ON THE ROAD TOUR
Filmmakers extend theatrical exhibition with the help of real-life Superheroes
Los Angeles – September 19th, 2011 - In addition to its Video On Demand development, Slamdance has established a traveling theatrical showcase supported by the film festival organization and its filmmakers – Slamdance On The Road. This year Slamdance On The Road presents the award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary Superheroes directed by Michael Barnett. Superheroes is a profoundly funny, eccentric and inspiring film that chronicles the extraordinary lives of real-life superheroes as they take to the streets to protect and support their communities.
Eight months after the world premiere of Superheroes at the 2011 festival, the Slamdance team continues to demonstrate a commitment to their alumni. As director Michael Barnett puts it, “The tremendous exposure our film gained from Slamdance helped us sell Superheroes to HBO. Partnering with Slamdance for a theatrical release shows how forward thinking they really are. Slamdance is truly a festival that is ‘By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers.’”
The On The Road program will launch in October at the IFC Center in New York and travel to 12 theaters across the US, Canada and Ireland. In addition to screening in major cities, On The Road brings popular Slamdance films to audiences that otherwise would not have the opportunity to see them on the big screen. The 2011 venue slate will include several commercially renowned venues as well as micro cinemas like 14 Pews in Houston.
Each screening will begin with the award-winning short film Hello Caller about a suicidal woman who makes a call for help with unexpected and hilarious results. “We’re still in shock that Hello Caller is getting a theatrical release,” admits director Andrew Putschoegl. In his view, “Short films are hard enough to make, let alone find distribution. Slamdance has been a true partner in every sense of the word (well, not sexually...yet...) and we cannot imagine jumping off this cliff with anyone else.”
Slamdance President and Co-Founder Peter Baxter explains, “Slamdance has a proven track record of unearthing great films; yet the commercial challenges many of our alumni face post festival acclaim are harder than ever. This means we are compelled to develop a theatrical program beyond the festival as well as driven to help filmmakers find popular audiences. The standard of Slamdance films like Superheroes and Hello Caller deserve this much and we believe audiences will respond.” On The Road screenings will conclude with a Q & A with the filmmakers and real-life superheroes.
2011 Slamdance On the Road Tour Dates:
October 7-13 – New York, IFC Center
October 14 – Dublin, Ireland. Film Base
October 26 – Brunswick, Maine. Frontier
October 27 – Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake Film Center
October 28-29 – Houston Texas. 14 Pews
October 31 – November 3 - Seattle, Washington. Grand Illusion
November 1-2 – Jeneau, Alaska. Gold Town Nickelodeon
November 2 – Atlanta, Georgia. Plaza Theater
November 5 – Los Angeles, Downtown Independent
November 18-20 – Vancouver, Pacific Cinematheque
November 26 – Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis Film Society
Additional dates are being added in Omaha, Nebraska at Film Streams and Seattle’s are subject to change.
About Slamdance: As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. For the 2011 Festival, Slamdance received a record number of over 5,000 submissions and is well on the way to surpassing that record with the 2012 festival submissions. No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance counts among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity). New filmmakers and writers today realize Slamdance is a great place to launch their careers. In 2010, Slamdance began a Video on Demand partnership with Microsoft and has continued to expand its exhibition efforts theatrically through Slamdance On The Road. New filmmakers and writers today realize Slamdance is a great place to launch their careers. Slamdance 2012 takes place January 20th-26th in Park City and is currently calling for festival entries.