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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

15th Slamdance Film Festival


Running concurrently to Sundance the fest will screen 29 movies from first time directors, with 20 films from USA, 4 from Canada, 3 from UK and 2 from Europe. The fest has the following sections: Narrative Features, Documentaries, Special Screenings, Twilight Screenings, and Shorts.

Here are the films in the Narrative Feature Competition

The Ante
Max Perrier (Director), Danek S. Kaus, James Chancellor & Simon Perrier (Writers)
West Coast Premiere, Black Comedy/Thriller, 2006, CANADA, 82 minutes
An innocent man becomes the killer everyone wants him to be when he gambles with his freedom in order to save it.

A Quiet Little Marriage
Mo Perkins (Director/Writer)
Utah Premiere, Drama, 2008, USA, 83 minutes. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Cy Carter, Jimmi Simpson.
A loving young couple square off against each other in a covert, domestic battleground of their own making.

City Rats
Steve M. Kelly (Director), Simon Fantauzzo (Writer)
World Premiere, Drama, 2008, UK, 96 minutes. Cast: Susan Lynch, Kenny Doughty, Tamer Hassan.
A modern day Dickensian tale of eight haunted people who meet and fall apart while searching for redemption in each other.

I Sell the Dead (Opening Night Film)
Glenn McQuaid (Director/Writer)
US Premiere, Horror/Black Comedy, 2008, USA, 85 minutes. Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman, Angus Scrimm, Larry Fessenden.
Set in the late 1800’s, a duo of bumbling graverobbers begin to unearth peculiar corpses.

Mississippi Damned
Tina Mabry (Director/Writer)
World Premiere, Drama, 2009, USA, 120 minutes. Cast: DB Woodside, Malcolm David Kelly, Malcolm Goodwin, Tessa Thompson, Michael Hyatt.
Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

Only
Ingrid Veninger & Simon Reynolds (Directors/Writers)
US Premiere, Coming of Age Drama, 2008, CANADA, 74 minutes
One day shared between a young boy and girl, whose story unfolds as a luminous and lyrical study of pre-teen ennui and loneliness.

Punching the Clown
Gregori Viens (Director), Henry Phillips & Gregori Viens (Writers)
World Premiere, Comedy, 2008, USA, 90 minutes. Cast: Henry Phillips
A satirical songwriter comes to LA and puts his life’s work in jeopardy.

Son of the Sunshine
Ryan Ward (Director/Writer)
World Premiere, Drama, 2008, CANADA, 95 minutes. Cast: Ryan Ward
After an experimental surgery seems to curb the symptoms of his Tourette’s Syndrome, a young man (played by writer/director Ryan Ward) must confront the complexities of his life head on.

Spooner
Drake Doremus (Director), Lindsay Stidham (Writer)
World Premiere, Comedy, 2008, USA, 83 minutes. Cast: Matthew Lillard, Nora Zehetner, Shea Whigham, Christopher McDonald.
Facing eviction from his parent’s home on his 30th birthday, a thoroughly average guy meets the girl of his dreams and creates his own rules for growing up.

You Might As Well Live
Simon Ennis (Director), Simon Ennis & Josh Peace (Writers)
World Premiere, Comedy, 2008, CANADA, 82 minutes. Cast: Michael Madsen, Stephen McHattie, Joshua Peace.
Robert R. Mutt, town loser, sets out to attain the three keys to success - money, a girl, and a championship ring.

To check the films in the other sections go here.

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