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Sundance Institute's Artists Services Program Announces New Digital Titles 'Primer,' 'Hipster,' 'Detropia,' 'The Slaughter Rule' and More

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by Sophia Savage
January 15, 2013 4:59 PM
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I Am Not A Hipster
Destin Cretton's "I Am Not A Hipster"

Sundance Institute Artists Services, In collaboration with Cinedigm Entertainment Group/New Video, announces the SI films releasing today on various digital platforms. Check here to watch them. The Artist Services program provides filmmakers with exclusive opportunities for self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions. Among the new releases are Shane Carruth's "Primer," "Destin Cretton's "I Am Not A Hipster" and Cinema Eye Honors' winner "Detropia."

DETROPIA – Winner of the Best Documentary Editing Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Direction and Original Score, DETROPIA chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive and make sense of what is happening to their city – once an industrial utopia, now on the brink of bankruptcy. Available day-date on Cable VOD and DVD.

I AM NOT A HIPSTER – Featuring music by indie electronic band, Canines, and a break-out performance by Dominic Bogart (Flash Forward), Destin Cretton’s music-focused drama premiered at sold-out screenings at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA – Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce’s provocative documentary takes viewers on a journey to nuclear reactor communities across the country.

WE'RE NOT BROKE – A timely exposé on how the government has allowed U.S. corporations to avoid paying taxes, and the growing wave of discontent that is has fostered. A 2012 Sundance Film Festival premiere from the filmmakers of The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt.

PURSUIT OF LONELINESS – Award-winning director Laurence Thrush’s (Left Handed) 2012 Sundance Film Festival premiere stars a cast of non-professional actors depicted in their own workplace roles.

TO.GET.HER – Five teenage girls with a shared secret get together for a weekend of “no consequences” in this 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiere that won the Best of Next! Audience Award. Chelsea Logan (Veronica Mars) and Taylor Kowalski (Homeland, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) star in a “mystery” written and directed by Erica Dunton (The 27 Club).

PRIMER – Shane Carruth’s 2004 sci-fi cult classic won the Grand Jury Prize and Alfred P. Sloane Prize that year at the Sundance Film Festival. Timed to the release of the director’s much-anticipated Sundance 2013 premiere, Upstream Color.

THE SLAUGHTER RULE – David Morse (Treme) and Ryan Gosling (Drive) star in Alex and Andrew Smith’s feature writing-directorial debut about a fatherless high-school quarterback. Nominated for the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and the Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award.

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD – In Ben Wolfinsohn’s semi-improvised 2005 “mock doc,” four exceptionally awkward 17-year-olds struggle through their senior year as moments of humiliation and triumph are caught on tape in a documentary shot by fellow classmates at a performing arts high school. The film features breakout performances from an incredible cast of non-professional actors and members of the indie bands No Age, Mika Miko, Lavender Diamond and the Minutemen.

BUDRUS – Documentary filmmaker Julia Bachas’s 2009 Sundance Film Festival premiere follows a Palestinian community organizer who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction. The film has won several awards, including Best Documentary at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Witness Award at the 2010 Silverdocs.

THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT – Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab Fellow Cory McAbee stars in his own sci-fi feature film as an interplanetary trader. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, the film also stars 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominee James Ransone (Starlet, HBO’s Treme and The Wire) as Bodysuit.

STINGRAY SAM – Cory McAbee’s 2009 follow up to The American Astronaut features writer-director McAbee as Stingray Sam and “Crugie” as The Quasar Kid, two space convicts in a series of episodic adventures narrated by David Hyde Pierce (Frasier).

WAVE TWISTERS – Animators Syd Garon (Superheroes, Last Call at the Oasis) and Eric Henry’s “turntablism-based musical” won the 2001 Midnight Films Audience Award at the 2001 SXSW Film Festival. Scripted to a recording by “scratch” artist DJ Qbert, WAVE TWISTERS follows a group of heroes traveling through inner-space on a quest to save the lost art of Hip Hop.

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