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Slamdance Film Festival adds digital, gaming components with DIG

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“Thumper,” one of the works featured in the Slamdance Film Festival’s upcoming DIG show, is a rhythm violence game that combines classic rhythm-action with speed and physicality.

 

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The Slamdance Film Festival is adding a new component that will integrate digital, interactive and gaming work.

Big Pictures Los Angeles will host the inaugural DIG -- digital, interactive and gaming -- showcase in December and will feature 10 works on the cutting edge of filmmaking, much in the same vein as the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontiers section. The show will also be featured at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which runs alongside the annual Sundance Film Festival in January.

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“We deleted the rules and regulations to help encourage and find emerging artists pushing and breaking the boundaries of interactive storytelling through digital media and technology,” said Slamdance President and co-founder Peter Baxter in a statement. “We hope people coming to the show will find as much curiosity, fun and appreciation interacting with the work as we did programming it.”

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The film festival, which is dedicated to emerging independent artists working in hybrid, immersive and developing forms of digital media art, is expanding the segment to include more. DIG will showcase meta-narrative iPad apps, short films made for virtual reality, cubist-inspired video art pieces and video games being developed for PlayStation and PCs, according to the statement.

DIG opens Dec. 4 at Big Pictures Los Angeles and runs consecutive weekends, December 5-6 and 12-13 from 12 to 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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