Line up for the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival
(indieWIRE/12.12.01) — The Line up for the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival:
FEATURE FILMS SCREENING IN COMPETITION:
“EASY LISTENING,” (USA, 85 min., Narrative) WORLD PREMIERE An aging hipster finds his groove and a pretty young flautist in the very unhip world of easy listening musicians. Directed by Pamela Corkey.
“HOLY LAND,” (USA, 96 min., Narrative) A rabbinical student falls in love
with a Russian prostitute during a period of suicide bus bombings in
contemporary Jerusalem. Directed by Eitan Gorlin.
“ISRAEL IN EXILE,” (USA, 87 min., Narrative) US PREMIERE An old woman
enlists the aid of the Mexican spiritual icon, Guadalupe, to help her son
recapture his dream and find his way home. Directed by Juan Ramirez.
“LEFTY-RIGHT,” (USA, 50 min., Narrative) WORLD PREMIERE After hearing a news report about left-handed people dying earlier than right-handers, a
telemarketer decides that converting his handedness is his best option for
shortening his life span and getting out of a world which seems to have left
him behind. Directed by Rae McGrath.
“LOUDER THAN BOMBS,” (Poland, 92 min., Narrative) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE On the day of his father’s funeral, a young man’s girlfriend tells him she’s
emigrating to America in this comedy about love, loss, and barbecue.
Directed by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek.
“THE MALLORY EFFECT,” (USA/Canada, 96 min., Narrative) WORLD PREMIERE
Stalking and revenge are the best medicines for a broken heart. Cast
includes fashion model Josie Maran. Directed by Salt Lake City native Dustin
“MY FATHER, THE GENIUS,” (USA, 80 min., Documentary) WORLD PREMIERE Enlisted to write the biography of her visionary architect father, filmmaker Lucia Small meets her subject head on with a film that exposes the controversial, comical, and inspirational layers of his life. Includes interviews with such architects as Frank Gehry. Directed by Lucia Small. Shot on DV.
“RONNIE,” (USA, 87 min., Narrative) WORLD PREMIERE A young man who is “a
little bit different” becomes amorous towards a mentally disabled woman and
through a series of mishaps, experiences love, life, death, and the loss of
his family. Cast includes Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills 90210”) and
Aimee Graham (sister of Heather Graham). Directed by Christopher Haifley.
“STANDING BY YOURSELF,” (USA, 57 min., Documentary) US PREMIERE A riveting
portrait of two outcast teenage boys living in a suburban area of upstate
New York. Directed by Josh Koury. Shot on DV.
“STONE READER,” (USA, 153 min., Documentary) WORLD PREMIERE A filmmaker
discovers a great unknown novel and sets out on a quest to learn why the
book and writer vanished. Directed by Mark Moskowitz.
“THANK YOU FOR THE RUBBISH,” (USA, 70 min., Documentary) WORLD PREMIERE An
insider of the British press reveals how he has gotten rich through his
obsession of scavenging through rubbish, finding discarded documents, and
then selling them to story-hungry newspapers. Directed by Iain Jones. Shot
“WHERE HAS ETERNITY GONE?,” (USA, 49 min., Documentary ) WORLD PREMIERE A
married couple from North Dakota try to defeat Al Gore in the Presidential
election with their ability to channel songs from the dead Beatle, John
Lennon. Directed by Barney Snow. Shot on DV.
SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION:
“Better Life,” (USA, 12 min.) Multiple forms of animation allow us to
rediscover familiar moments. Directed by Atsuko Kubota.
“Candy Money,” (USA, 10 min.) An intimate look at a day in the life of two
entrepreneurial, pre-pubescent boys trying to make a buck in the backwoods
of Arkansas. Directed by Chris Strother.
“Delhi House,” (USA, 11 min.) WORLD PREMIERE A makeshift “Western” hospital in one of India’s poorest inner-cities attempts to ease the suffering of the untouchables through renegade clinical and rehabilitative practices. Shot on DV. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar.
“The First Story,” (USA, 11 min.) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE An experimental documentary that explores images of power and transportation in the American West. Directed by Cindy Still Well.
“The Hunger Artist,” (USA, 16 min.) WORLD PREMIERE Achingly beautiful
stop-motion animation retells this Franz Kafka story about a performer whose
art consists of denying himself nourishment. Directed by Tom Gibbons.
“I Know Where I’m Going,” (USA, 32 min.) A hypnotic encapsulation of a young woman’s complete passage through romance, cohabitation and the politics of a relationship. Directed by Andrew Semans.
“Impressions From Rustaveli,” (USA, 14 min.) WORLD PREMIERE Inspired by the
prophetic 800 year old manuscript of a Georgian Monk. Directed by Nana
“Lurch,” (Germany, 20 min.) A man with the unlikely job of preserving animal corpses at the Berlin Natural History Museum has a most unusual accident.
Directed by Boris Hars-Tschachotin.
“The Man With A DV Cam,” (Canada, 10 min.) WORLD PREMIERE Lindsay Farnsworth is a film poet who has just acquired his first Digital Video camera. Watch him learn to express himself in increasingly colorful ways. Directed by
Justin Adam & Mike Hawley. Shot on DV.
“P.E.,” (USA, 10 min.) WORLD PREMIERE Three girls attempt to get rid of
their P.E. teacher instead of having to face the horrors of summer school
should they not pass their P.E. final. Shot in wide screen. Directed by M.
“Vessel Wrestling,” (USA, 13 min.) Hairy, blood-sugar-sex-magic happens
around dinnertime in this sensual claymation household. Directed by Lisa Yu.
“Water From the Moon,” (USA, 9 min.) WORLD PREMIERE Live action marionettes tell the story of a lonely washerwoman who discovers a winged man in her closet. Directed by Jenny McCracken.
“ANACARDIUM,” (USA, 90 min., Narrative) WORLD PREMIERE A contemporary
mystery/thriller. This film will be presented as an interactive audience
experience with three endings. Directed by Scott Thomas.
“FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME,” (USA, 60 min., Documentary) WORLD PREMIERE Filmed over the course of 8 years, the film follows the living art of some
of the best known, as well as unknown, hip-hop MC’s ever to bless the mic.
Featuring performances by Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Mos Def and Slamdance
2001 opening night band, The Roots. Directed by Kevin Fitzgerald.
“JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER,” (CANADA, 85 min., Narrative) WORLD PREMIERE The filmmaking team that won the “Spirit of Slamdance” prize in 2000 with the
short, “Harry Knuckles and the Treasure of the Aztec Mummy,” returns to the Lounge and ups the ante with this tale of the ultimate action hero: Jesus Christ. Directed by Lee Demarbre.
“ROCKS WITH WINGS,” (USA, 113 min., Documentary) This compelling documentary follows the ups and downs of a Navajo girls’ high school basketball team as their coach leads them to the New Mexico state finals. Directed by Rick Derby.
“A.U.R.A.,” (Italy, 7 min.) WORLD PREMIERE If an artwork loses a bit of its aura at every reproduction, what then happens to humans in the age of
cloning? Shot on DV. Directed by Cinzia Rossello.
“Beached,” (Ireland, 14 min.) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Romance develops
between an ice cream vendor and a shy dogwalker in an Irish seaside town.
Directed by Karl Golden.
“Border,” (USA, 8 min.) WORLD PREMIERE An old man and a goose have many
things in common until they reach a road block. Directed by Annette
“Breaker,” (USA, 23 min.) A desperate and unruly teenager invades the life of a man she presumes to be her father. The film pulsates with the raw,
live-for-now energy and sexuality found only in adolescence. Shot on DV.
Directed by Lisa Robinson.
“Cleave,” (USA, 15 min.) An autopsy of a recently-deceased marriage that
reveals the simultaneous urge to both cling to and sever the relationship.
Directed by Hollie Lavenstein.
“Death on a Friendly Border,” (USA, 25 min.) This film puts a human face on
an international tragedy – the daily deaths of persons crossing the
militarized southern US border. Directed by Rachel Antell. Shot on DV.
“Der Warter,” (The Wait) (Germany, 15 min.) WORLD PREMIERE A weak-chinned
man finds something he doesn’t want to leave as he waits for his friends to
come out of a club that he couldn’t get into. Directed by Christian
“Drunky,” (USA, 3 min.) WORLD PREMIERE Our hopeless hero awakens from a
drunken stupor to find himself in the bed of another man, leading him into a
nightmare world of sex and violence. Shot on DV. Directed by Aaron
“Good Brother,” (USA, 16 min.) WORLD PREMIERE When two young brothers deeply connected to their small town find out that they must move, they innocently resort to painful measures in order to stay put. Directed by Greg Fadell & Matthew Zacharias. Shot on DV.
“Heaven’s Crossroad,” (USA, 35 min.) WORLD PREMIERE This striking travelogue through Vietnam asks, “Who is the observer, and who are the observed?” Shot on DV. Directed by Kimi Takesue.
“The Hitch,” (USA, (15 min.) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE A driver picks up a
hitchhiker on a deserted country road. But will his passenger win him over
before he can carry out his plans? Directed by Michael Booth & Damon
“Hotel Hidajet,” (USA, 10 min.) A curious Bosnian refugee becomes a tour
guide, vividly illustrating the plight of survivors in post-war Sarajevo.
Shot on DV. Directed by Kelly Nathe.
“Lust is a Woman,” (USA, 5 min.) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE A groping couple in an old movie house is magically transported to the dark woods of Finland
where harpies look like Betty Page and ghosts are ready to sew your stuff
back together after your girlfriend cuts it to shreds. Directed by Ada
“Modern Daydreams,” (USA, 16 min.) A foursome of Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life and examining machinery as metaphor for isolation. Shot with the camera Mitchell won at Slamdance 2000 for his Grand Jury-winning short “Elevator World.” Directed by Mitchell Rose.
“Pedro + Tony,” (USA, 19 min.) WORLD PREMIERE It’s the six month anniversary of a dog named Pedro, and his “boyfriend-who-just-happens-to-be-a-chicken.” Tony. They aren’t prepared for the unexpected things that go wrong on their special date. Shot on DV. Directed by Don Thomas.
“Pillow Fight,” (USA, 4 min.) Late one night, a young husband is awakened by his sleeping wife. When his patience runs out, three sleepy words turn his
attitude around. Directed by Scott Rice.
“Prayer,” (Sweden, 18 min.) A mysterious meditative journey through one day
of ancient rites in the heart of religious India. Directed by Alexa Wolf.
“Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Mayan Healer,” (USA, 20 min.) WORLD
PREMIERE Sastun tells the extraordinary story of an American herbologist,
who’s quest to explore the healing powers of plants leads her to the
rainforest of Belize, where she befriends one of the last remaining Maya
shamans. Directed by Guido Verweyen.