The Slamdance Film Festival returns for its 29th edition in a hybrid format, running in-person in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah from Jan. 20-26 and virtually from Jan. 23-29 on the Slamdance Channel. As in years past, alums from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia can be spotted across multiple categories, ranging from documentary features to animated shorts.
Established in 1995, Slamdance seeks to raise the profile of emerging filmmakers across the globe. The annual independent film festival runs somewhat concurrently with Sundance Film Festival, to which it has been described as a “vital alternative.”
“From the streets of Seattle to the psychedelic skies of a unicorn-run dystopia, our filmmakers are transporting audiences to new dimensions with stories that explore the nuance of disability, immigration and gender,” Festival Manager Lily Yasuda stated in the official release. “This year’s lineup represents a generation of new directors who are breaking boundaries and redefining what filmmaking looks like in 2023.”
CalArtians featured in the 29th Slamdance Film Festival lineup:
“Wisdom Gone Wild” – (United States)
Director: Rea Tajiri (Art BFA 1980, MFA 1982); Screenwriter: Rea Tajiri; Producers: Rea Tajiri, Sian Evans
In this moving and original reflection on aging, mortality, and transformation, Rea Tajiri partners with her mother, Rose Tajiri Noda, to create a film about the final sixteen years of Rose’s life as a person living with dementia.
Cast: Rose Tajiri, Rea Tajiri
“MiND MY GOOFiNESS: The Self Portrait: – (United States) World Premiere
Director: Alex Michel (Film/Video MFA 2021) ; Screenwriter: Alex Michel; Producer: Alex Michel
A strange dream; favors for friends; the end of the world. It’s just one of those days for Alex as he runs errands he never needed to, all while making sense of a recurring deja vu throughout the journey of his day.
Cast: Alex Michel, Duante Wingham, Symone Holmes (Theater MFA 2020), Rob Rice, Perry Goeders (Theater MFA 2021), Ian Peterson, Juice Wood, Emara Vee
“The Mad Writer” – (United States) World Premiere
Director: Zach Kashkett; Screenwriter: Zach Kashkett; Producers: Jon Webb, Zach Kashkett, Trevor Metscher, Katherine LeBlond, James Haygood, Michael Raimondi, Michael Tolle (Film/Video BFA 2012)
With his star on the rise, Hip Hop phenom, L’Orange, confronts a stunning diagnosis that threatens both his hearing and his burgeoning career.
Director: Ida Lasic (Film/Video MFA 2022)
In the span of 10 years, a club empire has taken over the small remote Croatian island of Pag.
Director: Zach Dorn (Film/Video MFA 2020)
A filmmaker attempts to fulfill a promise to an ex-girlfriend in Canada.
To view the full festival lineup visit the official Slamdance website.