2001 Slamdance Film Festival Feature Films Screening in Competition
(indieWIRE/12.14.00) — The Feature films screening in competition for the 2001 Slamdance Film Festival:
“AMERICAN CHAI,” directed by Anurag Mehta
(US, 92 min. World Premiere) A funny, heartwarming story about a first generation Indian-American college student who deceives his traditional, immigrant parents so he can follow his dreams of being a musician.
“BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE,” directed by Bong Joon-ho
(South Korea, 106 min., North American Premiere) In this microcosm of Korean society, ordinary people’s lives intertwine as they search for a kidnapped puppy.
“BLACK DAYS,” directed by Ari Margolis & James Morley III
(USA, 80 min. World Premiere) The classic story of a nice guy
who falling for the wrong dame takes a grisly, yet esoteric turn in this
darkly comic exploration of the film noir genre.
“DAYDREAM BELIEVER,” directed by Debra Eisenstadt
(USA, 79 min. World Premiere) A small-town actress’
dream turns into a surreal New York City nightmare.
“HYBRID,” directed by Monteith McCollum
(USA, 93 min.) Documentary. In this beautifully evocative film,
Iowa director Monteith McCollum explores his 100-year-old grandfather’s
obsession with hybrid seed corn.
“MEMENTO MORI,” directed by Kim Tae-yong & Min Gyo-dong
(Republic of Korea, 97 min., US Premiere) A tragic love story of two schoolgirls who share a secret diary.
“PAUL IS DEAD” directed by Hendrik Handloegten
(Germany, 75 min., US Premiere) Believing that Paul McCartney was really murdered in 1966, a 12-year-old boy tries to track down his killer.
“PLAY DEAD,” directed by Jeff Jenkins
(USA, 80 min. World Premiere) Dark comedy about a teen who loses his virginity to a corpse.
“SHOCKING TRUTH,” directed by Alexa Wolf
(Sweden, 59 min., US Premiere) Documentary. A look at the tragic effects of child abuse and the acceptance of hardcore pornography in western society today.
“THE TROUBLE WITH LOU” directed by Gregor
(USA, 85 min. World Premiere) In the style of a 1950’s educational film, this comedy is about a teenager’s struggle to stop excessively masturbating.
“UP SYNDROME,” directed by Duane Graves
(USA, 85 min.) Documentary. Director Duane Graves chronicles
the pivotal year after high school graduation of his charismatic childhood
chum, a San Antonio, TX, native with Down Syndrome.
“VIRGIL BLISS,” directed by Joe Maggio
(USA, 94 min. World Premiere) A career criminal with an explosive temper relies on a troubled relationship to put some meaning into his life.