ArcLight Presents... is proud to announce the 2016 Slamdance Cinema Club lineup. Every month, Slamdance Cinema Club will present new films from the 2016 festival slate. Screenings will take place at both Hollywood and Chicago ArcLight Cinemas, and each screening will be accompanied by a filmmaker Q&A, with high-profile surprise guests and moderators. Every Hollywood screening will be followed by Q&A.
Synopsis: Like a darker, less whimsical version of Vernon Florida, Myrtle Beach profiles a charismatic cast of local eccentrics, survivors, and lone wolves. Disarmingly quiet and visually arresting, these candid monologues and conversations gently coax disparate world views to the fore a fix a circamspect gaze on the uncharted flip side of life in resort towns.
Synopsis: Raised in a church by the island’s insular priest, Hannah Newcombe has led a sheltered life. She plans on attending a prestigious boarding school on the mainland at the summer’s end, but the sudden disappearance of a classmate, swallowed by the sea, leads her to reexamine her ambitions. Hannah’s quiet obsession with the missing boy grows, leading to haunting dreams and visions. To pacify them, she vies to fill the missing boy’s role as a stern-man on his father’s lobster boat. Now, torn between her commitment to the man who raised her and the man she hopes to save, Hannah is confronted with questions of her own identity for the first time
Slamdance Anarchy Shorts
Synopsis: Slamdance was born out of an oppositional, D.I.Y. gesture, and Anarchy is our attempt to recapture the early spirit of the festival. The casual cinephile might associate the Anarchy program with avant-garde, transgressive, or underground cinema. It is all of these things and none of them. We like to think of Anarchy as an anti-genre. It is a form of resistance to dominant cultural paradigms. The films value innovation of form, violation of taboo, and disdain for institutional modes of representation.
Synopsis: In a small town, tucked deep in rural Florida, a group of blue-collar folks gather to participate in a bi-annual wild event, Figure-8 School Bus Racing! Nineteen full-size busses pack a 3/8 mile figure-8 track and race twenty harrowing laps to crown a victor. Smash follows three drivers and the track promoter during a three-week push to prepare for race night.