Convaid | R82 congratulates Director Lisa France, wheelchair trekker Gabe Cordell and the unyielding cast and crew of Roll With Me for their Slamdance Film Festival screening this weekend. The iconic alternative film festival is now in its 24th year and has been the discovery ground for some of today’s top filmmakers.
In 2018, Convaid | R82 was festival sponsor at the 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival, where the feature length documentary walked away with top honors for Roll With Me, that depicts Gabriel Cordell’s 3,100-mile journey across 13 states in 100 days – in an unmodified wheelchair.
Ms. France said that Roll With Me “is about the pioneer in all of us. When someone does something no one else has ever done before, a door opens for others to step through.”
Convaid | R82 Marketing Communications Manager Milena Rimassa is one of the film’s co-producers.
She said, “It is exceptional to be part of a team that has told a story of empowerment – about success against all odds. It speaks to the limitless ability in each of us notwithstanding our ability to ambulate, communicate traditionally or other challenges.”
Slamdance runs from January 19-25, 2018, with a provocative line-up of work that celebrates the independent nature of the festival itself.
Roll With Me is one of four features in the Special Screenings Program that includes Bernard and Huey, directed by Dan Mirvish; Quest, directed by Santiago Rizzo; and the world premiere of Pick Of The Litter, directed by Don Hardy and Slamdance alumni Dana Nachman. Pick Of The Litter will screen as the festival’s Opening Night Film presentation.
Over the past two decades, Slamdance has grown into a year-round organization fostering the development of unique and innovative filmmakers. The organization now consists of the Film Festival, Screenplay Competition and Slamdance Studios. It has also created Slamdance On The Road, a traveling theatrical showcase that brings popular Slamdance films to audiences that otherwise would not have the opportunity to see them.
The film festival was founded by Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn and Peter Baxter along with co-conspirator Paul Rachman, who fought for truly independent filmmakers by giving them a voice in 1995 at the very first Slamdance Film Festival.
Since then, the festival runs concurrent to Sundance Film Festival every year in January.
According to its founders, “Slamdance lives and bleeds by its mantra By Filmmakers For Filmmakers. No other film festival in the world is entirely run and organized by the creative force that can only be found in filmmakers. Slamdance adamantly supports self-governance amongst independents, and exists to deliver what filmmakers go to festivals for – a chance to show their work and a platform to launch their careers.”
The festival has earned a solid reputation for premiering films by first-time writers and directors working within the creative confines of limited budgets.