TOOTH, a short film directed and edited by Jillian Corsie (BFA Media Arts, ‘10), and featuring the work of several fellow TFTV alumni, has been officially selected to screen at the 29th annual Slamdance Film Festival in January 2023. The film was chosen for the festival lineup from more than 7,700 submissions. It is Corsie’s first narrative film following her award-winning documentaries Trichster and Second Assault.
A dark comedy about vengeful teeth fed up with decades of flossing, whitening and forced perfection, TOOTH was written by fellow TFTV alum Katie Gault (BFA Media Arts, ’10). Jared Potter (BFA Media Arts, ’11) brought the teeth to life via 3D-animated models and VFX. Tom Smith (BFA Media Arts, ’11) contributed 2D artwork, and Monique Dias (BFA Media Arts, ’10) was the film’s production designer.
“TOOTH started as a weird idea I pitched to my fellow BFA grads at a party one afternoon and grew into a bigger production than I could have imagined,” says Corsie. “Working with your friends is always better than working with strangers, and it was really important to me that making TOOTH felt like a bunch of friends getting together to shoot a movie, rather than the typical stressful LA shoot. Getting into Slamdance is a dream come true – it’s the perfect fit for TOOTH and I can’t wait to go to Park City for the first (and hopefully not last) time!”
Slamdance has a track record for discovering influential new voices. Filmmakers who made their debut at past editions include Rian Johnson (Knives Out), Ari Aster (Midsommar), The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), Lynn Shelton (Little Fires Everywhere) and Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk). The hybrid festival will feature events in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah from January 20-26, and online on the Slamdance Channel from January 23-29.Find out more at the Slamdance Website