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How to watch Slamdance films without going to Utah

January 12, 2011 |  3:35 pm


Continuing the trend of bringing the experience of Park City to a wider, not necessarily snowbound audience, the Slamdance Film Festival has announced that a slate of films will be available through video on demand during this year's fest, running from Jan. 20-27. (And a selection of previous years' films will be available year-round.) Last year, Slamdance had a handful of titles available on VOD; this year it has upped the number to 17.

Working in partnership with Microsoft, the Slamdance titles will be available through the Xbox and Zune platforms for $4 for standard definition and $6 for high definition. Slamdance splits its share 50-50 with filmmakers. (The festival is also providing 10%  of its Park City box office proceeds to filmmakers.)

From this year's narrative competition, Doug Manley's "Modern Imbecile's Planet World," Damon Russell's "Snow on Tha Bluff" and Albert Birney and Jon Moses' "The Beast Pageant" will be available for the duration of the festival alongside the competition documentaries "Road Dogs" by Shane Aquino and "Scrapper" by Stephan Wassman.

A selection of 12 films from previous editions of Slamdance will also become available starting Jan. 20 and remain up year-round. Among those titles are the documentaries "Off the Grid" by Jeremy and Randy Stulbery, "Orwell Rolls in His Grave" by Robert Kane Pappas and "Zombie Girl" by Justin John and Aaron Marshall. Narrative features that will be available year-round include "Omaha: The Movie" by Slamdance co-founder Dan Mirvish and previous Grand Prize winner "We Go Way Back" by Lynn Shelton.

-- Mark Olsen

Image courtesy Slamdance Film Festival

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