Indiegogo Returns to Park City for Sundance and Slamdance ‘17

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We’re all about starting the New Year off right here at Indiegogo, and that’s just what we’ve been doing. We recently saw the first project get fully funded from Indiegogo Film’s new partnership with Morgan Spurlock and Warrior PoetsWe Believe in Dinosaurs. And just yesterday, we launched Indiegogo’s first-ever equity film offering, through our funding portal First Democracy VC, called The Field Guide To Evil, which will be produced by Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League and Ant Timpson and the team over at Drafthouse Films. Yes, you too can now be a film investor!

Of course, you don’t have to step out into the cold and snow to back an Indiegogo film. However, if you want to see one at Sundance and Slamdance this week, you just might have to brave freezing temperatures and snow showers in Park City, Utah. where the annual festivals are held. They’re expected to be overrun with filmmakers, film lovers and well, Indiegogo films.

As the Indiegogo Film team descends into the snowy resort town in the days ahead, let’s take a look at some of the Indiegogo-funded films that are playing the iconic festivals, and if you’re in town, please be certain to say hello: film@indiegogo.com

And The Whole Sky Fit Into The Dead Cow’s Eye – (Sundance – Narrative Shorts) Directed by Francisca Alegría

Emeteria is visited by the ghost of her patrón, Teodoro. She believes he has come to take her to the afterlife—but he has more devastating news.

Dayveon  (Sundance – NEXT Section)
Directed by Amman Abbasi

In the wake of his big brother’s violent death, 13-year-old Dayveon (Devin Blackmon) struggles to find his way in an economically depressed Arkansas town. With no parents and few role models around, Dayveon is soon torn between the lure of a local gang and the friendship of his sister’s boyfriend, who reluctantly acts as a father figure.

Hardware (Sundance – Narrative Shorts)
Directed by Stephen Jacobson

An amateur electronic drum enthusiast travels to a housewares trade show looking to strike up the perfect business partnership. When things don’t go as planned, he finds himself at the mercy of the electronic drumbeat playing in his head.

Strangers (Sundance – Short Form Episodic Showcase)
Directed by Mia Lidofsky and Celia Rowlson-Hall

After a painful breakup, Isobel is forced to rent out her spare bedroom in order to generate extra income. With the help of her best friend, Cam, she navigates the most emotionally, sexually, and professionally complicated time of her life—all while hosting a constant stream of unpredictable guests. The Festival debuts the first three episodes of this short-form episodic series. “Strangers” originally launched on Indiegogo through our partnership at AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.


SLAMDANCE

Bird With Human Heads – (Slamdance – Narrative Short)
Directed by Max Wilde

Basking in the wildlife of a handmade universe, a girl receives her first stick and poke tattoo from her best friend.

Cortez (Slamdance – Narrative Competition)
Directed by Cheryl Nichols

Struggling musician Jesse tracks down his ex Anne in a small town in New Mexico, and is forced to face the decisions of his past as present day consequences set in.

Dim The Fluorescents (Slamdance – Narrative Competition)

Directed by Daniel Warth

A struggling actress and an aspiring playwright funnel their uninhibited passion into the only paying work they can find: role-playing demonstrations for corporate seminars.

Get Out Fast (Slamdance – Narrative Shorts)
Directed by Haley Elizabeth Anderson

Alex’s best friend, Coyote Boy, is missing and he doesn’t know why.

Who Is Arthur Chu? (Slamdance – Documentary Competition)
Directed by Scott Drucker and Yu Gu

Arthur Chu, eleven time Jeopardy! winner turned internet iconoclast, battles dark forces as a blogger and cultural pundit ultimately realizing that to create positive change in the world he must first heal his own wounds.

We hope you can catch one of these amazing videos at or after the festival! A final note as we start the year: Indiegogo continues to prioritize equality in filmmaking and as such will be attending and supporting the Horizon Awards for the third year in a row in Park City. Funded through Indiegogo the award is given out by indie film producing icons: Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell and Christine Vachon and supports female voices in cinema, both financially and creatively. The Horizon Award was important to us when the award was first founded, and is now more important than ever.  

Don’t forget to say hello film@indiegogo.com if you’re in town for Sundance or Slamdance, until then: keep watching movies! 

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