Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Sundance and Slamdance 2013

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Sundance and Slamdance 2013

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Sundance Film Festival 2013

Once again, Journal of Religion and Film reviewers attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and we saw many of the fine films shown there. These included documentaries that dealt with a clear religious subject matter, such as God Loves Uganda or Fall to Grace (both of which deal with Christian approaches to homosexuality), as well as some with a more indirect relationship to religion. Dramatic films also tell stories related to religion, such as Fill the Void, about arranged marriage among Ultra-Orthodox Jews, as well as stories that relate less explicitly to religion such as Touchy Feely, a story about human relationships and the importance of physical connection. The films that are shown at Sundance often challenge the normal conventions of filmic storytelling (such as Interior. Leather Bar.) or they tell stories that might otherwise not be told at all about suppressed emotions, lost hopes, or new possibilities. All of these are about the human condition, and so arguably are religious as well.

As always, we want to thank the Press Office of the Sundance Film Festival for all of their help. Elizabeth Latenser, Eric Sherman and all of the people in the Press Office do a terrific job. We could not do our jobs without their assistance. But, they also do their job with a smile that makes us feel welcome. We also want to thank the volunteers who assist everyone at the Festival and the Sundance Institute employees who work so hard to make the Festival an enjoyable experience.

Slamdance Film Festival 2013

The Slamdance Film Festival is in its 19th year. Over the years it has grown in size and it now attracts many high quality films. We were able to find a number of Slamdance films that fit our criteria for being related to religion. Of particular note are Bible Quiz, which dealt with the national competitions focused on Bible memorization that exist in the world of Evangelical Christians, and Resurrection Slope, an unusual story of death and rebirth. We want to give a special thanks to Melanie Mãrquez of the Slamdance Press Office. …

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