On Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX, Slamdance will present “Slamdance on the Road: Austin,” showcasing 2013 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury award winners Bible Quiz and The Dirties alongside Texas-made shorts Hearts of Napalm and Winkelmann, TX. From the official press release:
Slamdance announces March 2nd in Austin, TX as the first leg of “Slamdance On The Road” today from the HQ in Los Angeles. “On The Road” brings popular Slamdance films to audiences that otherwise would not have the opportunity to see them. The traveling showcase also supports local filmmaking and the development of independent filmmaking with live discussions known as “Coffee With…” events.
On Saturday, March 2, 2013 in downtown Austin’s historic Paramount theatre, Slamdance will showcase 2013 Grand Jury award winners Bible Quiz (Best Documentary) and The Dirties (Best Feature Narrative) together with Texas made shorts, Hearts of Napalm and Winkelmann, TX.
5:00pm Feature: Bible Quiz w/ Short: Winkelmann, TX (and filmmaker Q&A)
7:30pm Feature: The Dirties w/ Short: Hearts of Napalm (and filmmaker Q&A)
9:00pm Slamdance On The Road Coffee With… The Dirties
Following the screening of The Dirties, there will be a “Coffee With..” discussion with director Matt Johnson and producer Matt Miller. We will hear how the film really got made and answers to the question “can you laugh with the boy holding the gun?”
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 “The Dirties” and “Bible Quiz”, deserve this much and we believe audiences will respond.”
About the Feature Films:
Bible Quiz, directed by Nicole Teeny, is a documentary that challenges stereotypes as it tells the story of teen love set against the unusual backdrop of the religious sport of Bible Quiz. The film portrays an even-handed look at religion through the eyes of teenagers Mikayla and her crush, team captain JP, as they explore faith, identity, sexuality, and competition at one of the most unique summits in American religion today.
“Nicole Teeny’s documentary about young love and the role religion can play in confusing budding romantic feelings is simple, unbiased, and ultimately quite moving” – Beth Hanna, IndieWire
The Dirties is about best friends, Matt and Owen, who live in a world of endless movie references and hijinks. It would be perfect, if not for the cruel and insane bullies at their high school who make their lives hell. While working on a movie about their revenge, the lines between fiction and reality blur together. What was once a harmless fantasy takes the form of a real-life school shooting in this comedic and horrifying look at the devastating effects of high school bullying. Directed by Matt Johnson
“…the most controversial (and arguably best) film in all of Park City: “The Dirties”… the most empathetic and human portrait of bullying, and its deadly consequences, ever put on film.” – Xaque Gruber, Huffington Post
Texas Made Shorts:
Hearts of Napalm
After another anticlimactic night, a sexually frustrated girl challenges her unimaginative boyfriend to stimulate her in new ways. Directed by Andy Irving.
A history in rotting wood. Some people collect stamps or foreign currency as way of quantifying the places they have been or the places they have always wanted to see. It is a sort of documentation of a history either lived or longed for. In Texas, people collect property. Directed by Caleb Garcia.