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Slamdance Presents Gets to First Base with Claire Carré’s “Embers”

Considered a film festival anomaly, Slamdance Presents are plucking from their own film festival in landing the distribution rights to their closing film. Claire Carré’s Embers will be released at ArcLight Hollywood on August 5th while The Orchard will handle VOD during the same week as its theatrical play. Starring Jason Ritter and Iva Gocheva, the sci-fi film has landed in several genre fests (Fantasia will unveil it in July), had its world preem at the Oldenburg International Film Festival and has nabbed wins at the New Orleans, Newport Beach and Sarasota Film Festivals.

Gist: Written by Claire Carré & Charles Spano, after a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories each explore a different facet of life without memory in a future that has no past.

Worth Noting: In her very first professional creds, Carré was an assistant to Patty Jenkins on Monster.

Do We Care?: Nominated for Gotham Awards’ Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant, IndieWIRE’s Eric Kohn has been one among many championing this film calling it “an elegant, brooding drama with a sprawling international cast, the movie presents its haunting premise with barely any explanation, leaving viewers to steadily make sense of the chaos along with the confused protagonists.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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