By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Following its 26th edition in Park City, Utah, the Slamdance Film Festival will be making its way to Miami Beach from May 28 to May 31, 2020. O Cinema will serve as the Official Cinema Venue for the weekend, along with Miami Beach Cinematheque, The Colony Theater, The Wolfsonian-FIU and Faena Miami Beach.
Slamdance organizers promise to continue supporting emerging independent filmmakers, and the Miami Beach edition will focus on highlighting the multi-cultural and diverse communities of Florida, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
“We’re honored to be working with Miami Beach and contributing to its creative community, now and for our cultural future in the Americas,” said Slamdance President and Co-Founder Peter Baxter.
“Miami’s rich history involving the ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity of its creative community provide an inspiring glimpse into our cultural future. As an organization that has always valued inclusivity, Slamdance aims to do increasingly more to ensure our programming reflects the world we live in.”
“We see this collaboration with Miami’s vibrant arts scene and its ties to the Caribbean and Latin America as a valuable opportunity to engage with a broader range of perspectives and creative voices. Miami is the perfect place for us to nurture and showcase the new storytellers and storytelling to come.”
The festival will feature an entirely different lineup of films, programmed by Slamdance alumni from Miami, Central and South America in addition to leaders from a collection of Miami-based arts and education organizations.
Mayor Dan Gelber said in a press release, “We’re proud to have been selected by Slamdance as their next city destination. By attracting prestigious alumnae and providing resources to produce new work, Slamdance will be instrumental in ensuring our local, talented filmmakers can receive the recognition and reach they deserve.”
Miami Beach Director of Tourism and Culture Matt Kenny said, “Miami Beach is a hot spot for film and television, we have had an immense amount of success in films shooting in this tropical paradise, from Bad Boys 3 to The Last Resort and the most recent filming of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Kenny added, “We’re thrilled Slamdance recognizes the strong success of our local film industry and wants to be a part of the thriving scene.”
As the premiere film festival showcasing new talent, Slamdance Festival has discovered leading individuals in the industry, including Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), Ari Aster (Hereditary), Miami Beach resident Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Gina Prince Bythewood (Shots Fired), Lena Dunham (Girls), Marc Forster (Christopher Robin, World War Z).
Also, Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche), Bong Joon-Ho (Okja), Francis Lee (God’s Own Country), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, Interstellar), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War), Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room), Lynn Shelton (Outside In, Humpday), and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Founding support for Slamdance Miami has come from Sandy Lighterman, Miami Media and Film Market co-founders Patricia Arias and Jose Luis Martinez and Slamdance alumni Kareem Tabsch, co-director of O Cinema.
Alumni who first showcased their work at Slamdance have earned over $15 billion at the Box Office to date. Submissions for Slamdance Miami will open in 2020.