We spent another morning sleeping in (well, 7:45) then headed to the Spotted Frog to post our blog. We were delighted to see that our cinematic adventures were mentioned by our hometown press, The Star Tribune.
We caught a shuttle into town to see the Slamdance $99 Specials (films made by Slamdance alums who’ve been given a $99 budget to make films under 5 minutes long). The offerings were campy, silly, crowd pleasers and truly low budget filmmaking at its core.
Since Park City is mostly a ghost town lately and the Slamdance staff was busy packing up the office, we amused ourselves with a trek to World Market and TJ Maxx. Not really blog-worthy material, but we were mega-bored.
We didn’t see any new celebs but we never did share with y’all that we also spotted Billy Baldwin and Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars during our trip – both in the lobby of Slamdance HQ. Did you know Billy Baldwin is actually really tall? You do now.
We planned once again to meet up with Duncan Ferguson, our favorite Virginian, for a dishy dinner. Tonight it was bowls of noodly Vietnamese soup and talk about art schools. We all got fun fortunes in our cookies, but William’s seemed the most apropos.
We headed to the TM Inn for the awards ceremony and closing night party. The Main Screening room had been converted into a festive party room, and the thermostat was cranked to 117 degrees.
We soon learned William’s Fortune Cookie fate was indeed accurate. Guess which film won the 2007 Spirit of Slamdance Award?
The Mallorys Go Black Market did! Chosen by the 2007 filmmakers, The Spirit of Slamdance Award “is presented for exhibiting passion and talent as a filmmaker, commitment to the independent community and enthusiastically embracing all Slamdance has to offer.”
Thank you to all our fellow filmmakers for voting for us and becoming our friends. You’re Foxy! Thanks to the Slamdance staff for including us in the 2007 program, and embracing our lo-fi, little project. And thanks times ten to our families for always enduring and supporting our chaotic commitment to cinema. Most importantly, thanks to Lizzie, Tina, Allison and Ben – the best and brightest cast we’ve ever had.
The prize for The Spirit of Slamdance was 3 bottles of whisky. Since we’re totally tee-totalers at Candy Eye we offloaded our bountiful booze to a handful of our new filmmaker friends.
Once home, we’ll be sharing joint custody of Sparky, the Slamdance dog statuette who’s making the trip home to Minneapolis via carry-on luggage tucked safely in a boot.
This trip has been the ultimate emotional rollercoaster. Such highs, such lows, such twists, turns and over so fast. We’ll never forget this ride and it was great to share it with you our bloggy buds.
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Later, gators – for now!
J.F.F. – Here’s the complete list of Slamdance 2007 Award Winners.
Here they are!
The winners of the Grand Jury Awards are as follows:
• Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature
“Tijuana Makes Me Happy” Written/Directed by Dylan Verrechia
• Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
“Unsettled” Written/Directed by Adam Hootnick
• Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short
“The Ballad of Mary Slade” Directed by Robin Fuller
• Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short
“A Map with Gaps” Directed by Alice Nelson
• Grand Jury Award for Best Experimental Short
“Avant Petalos Grillados” Directed by Cesar Velasco Broca
• Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
“The Cow Thief” Directed by Charles Williams
The winners of the Audience Awards are as follows:
• Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
“Murder Party” Written/ Directed by Jeremy Saulnier*
• Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
“Red Without Blue” Written/Directed by Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills & Todd Sills
• Global Audience Award for Best Anarchy Film
“Commode Creations: The Artwork of Barney Smith” Directed by Danny Bourque
• Spirit of Slamdance Award
“The Mallorys Go Black Market” Directed by JoEllen Martinson and William Scott Rees
Awarded by the 2007 filmmakers, for exhibiting passion and talent as a filmmaker, commitment to the independent community and enthusiastically embracing all Slamdance has to offer.
• Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography
“Under the Sun” Director of Photography – Nikolaus Summerer