What a whirlwind!
2016 marks the second year of Digital Bolex’s collaboration with the Slamdance Film Festival for the Fearless Filmmaking showcase, and this year’s showcase expanded upon the program created for the first year, evolving into an even more dynamic experience for our filmmakers.
New for 2016, on the morning of the showcase we hosted a filmmaker brunch courtesy of the Canadian house and the Calgary International Film Festival, where our filmmakers (and honorary Canadians) met in front of a crackling fire, ate a delicious home-cooked breakfast, and got to know each other and discuss their projects before the afternoon screening.
Photo by Hilary Campbell
Photo by Jimmy Nguyen
Seven of our fourteen filmmakers and members of their cast & crews were able to make it out to Park City this year and attend the showcase, which sold out for the 2nd year in a row. The slate, which featured 6 films directed by women, was featured before the fest in HollyWomen’s roundup of 23 Innovative And Crazy Short Films To Watch At Slamdance 2016
and was packed to the gills. An in-depth look at locally shot film B+A also appeared in The Utah Review
Mixing up the program from last year, we started this year’s screening with trailers for three of the many upcoming features shot on D16: found-footage horror film SCREAMERS, Nick Corporon’s road movie RETAKE, and Kevin Ford’s experimental documentary BY THE RIVER, featuring Ellar Coltrane.
An engaging Q&A followed the screening with the filmmakers and DPs in attendance, who answered questions from the D16’s similarities to film to post-production workflow.
Our 2016 alumni jury, Lindsey Haun, Jeremy Osbern, Misti Boland, Ben Kasulke, Leah Shore, and Michael Dunaway, chose to award three films with honors at the Slamdance Closing Night Awards ceremony.
Elle announced the Special Prize for Cinematography, with last year’s Fearless Filmmakers Jeremy Osbern and Misti Boland announcing the Honorable Mention, and 2015 Grand Prize winner Lindsey Haun announcing this year’s prize.
Special Prize for Cinematography
EYES OF THE CITY – Luke Randall
“A stylish, brooding thriller whose urban landscapes and interiors exude the cool and grittiness of the best of Seventies cinema.”
YOU WILL FIND A WAY – AJ Molle
“A visionary film that tells a vibrant narrative without the need of dialogue infusing tight editing, poignant sound and a retro picture.”
SMALL TALK – Hilary Campbell
“A simple premise brilliantly executed by a strong storyteller, this film engaged an entire audience, producing smiles, laughs and a unique snapshot of the modern day suburbs. From street corners to backyards to wine drenched living rooms, Hillary Campbell perfectly captures the quirkiness of the street she grew up on and the people she grew up near.”
SMALL TALK and select other films from the showcase were awarded VOD distribution through Seed&Spark‘s Cinema platform at the end of their festival run.
Hilary was previously a winner of the Digital Bolex sponsored No Budget Film Festival with her first film, THIS IS NOT THE END, shot on a Bolex H16. SMALL TALK, her second film, is centered partially around sound bytes from an H16 film that went unrealized when her short-end footage was discovered to have been pre-fogged. New D16 footage was shot exclusively on Switar lenses.
We are happy to welcome Hilary to the Digital Bolex family, along with all our other 2016 Fearless Filmmakers, and hope to see all of their wonderful films coming to festivals near you!
Check out the image gallery of all the festivities below. (Photos for Slamdance by Ian Stroud.)