Recently we ran a Talk Back by actor Graham Sibley, whose film Zombie Honeymoon made a big splash at the Slamdance Film Fest in 2005. Unfortunately, Graham hasn't seen any extra dough since the movie was picked up for distribution and is still slinging won-tons in an L.A. restaurant, but he got good exposure and had a great time at the fest. Submissions are now being sought for Slamdance 2007. We're sure Graham would say it's worth a shot.
The 13th annual Slamdance Film Festival, scheduled to take place Jan. 18-27, 2007, in Park City, Utah, has officially launched its call for entries. Slamdance will screen about 100 films in total; however, only 26 features in the narrative- and documentary-feature categories combined will make it into the main competition. The 2006 festival received more than 3,000 submissions from all over the world. Slamdance alumni include Memento and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan, and Monster's Ball and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster. Film selections will be posted on the 2007 festival Web page during the second week of December. Submission deadlines are Aug. 28, 2006, and Oct. 16, 2006. Short films under 40 minutes must be submitted by Oct. 10, 2006. Entry fees range from $25 to $60. For entry forms and application information, visit www.slamdance.com.
The Elephant in the Theatre
The Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood has launched a school at its theatre at Santa Monica Boulevard and Lillian Way. Classes in the Elephant Theatrical Training Lab include acting fundamentals for teens, acting basics for adults, scene study, on-camera acting, and yoga for actors. Company members Dave Fofi, Patrick Pankhurst, and Matt Huhn will serve as resident instructors. Professional workshops this summer will cover topics such as commercial casting, musical theatre, solo performance, and improv.
Casting directors Mike Fenton (The Godfather: Part II, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Ann Frederick (Cloud 9), and Nicole Hilliard-Forde (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) are signed on to cast Camille, a drama following newlyweds on their way to Niagara Falls (not a remake of the 1936 George Cukor film of the same name). James Franco and Sienna Miller have been cast in the lead roles. Produced by A-Mark Entertainment, Gregory Mackenzie is directing and Nick Pustay wrote the script.