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Sundance Sets Slates for Spectrum, Frontier, and Midnight Sections

Sundance Sets Slates for Spectrum, Frontier, and Midnight Sections

Making the second of four program announcements, the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the rosters for the Spectrum, Frontier, and Park City at Midnight sections. The new Spectrum section, renamed from the former ‘American Spectrum’ section, will now include both American and international titles. As always, Spectrum films are eligible for the festival’s audience award. This year’s inaugural Spectrum will offer a total of twenty-four titles, nine of which are docs. In the Frontier section are 5 feature films and one live performance project, while 8 films are set for the Park City at Midnight section.

[EDITORS NOTE: The complete list of Spectrum, Frontier and Park City at Midnight titles is published below. The Premiere’s section lineup, including the festival’s opening and closing films will be announced on Thursday, December 1st at 1:00 a.m. ET. The festival’s short film lineup will be released on Monday, December 5th.]

The Sundance Film Festival competition lineups were announced yesterday and festival director Geoff Gilmore and head of programming John Cooper spoke with indieWIRE yesterday about this year’s lineup.


A Matter of Degrees,” directed by Davis Guggenheim (U.S.A.)
Al Gore has recently been traveling the world delivering a mesmerizing, bracing and visually exciting presentation on global climate change, proving that humankind must confront global warming now or face devastating consequences. “Matter of Degrees” both captures that presentation and explores Gore’s journey as a worldwide environmental champion. [World Premiere]

Adam’s Apples,” directed and written by Anders Thomas Jensen (Denmark)
A dark comedy featuring a neo-Nazi sentenced to community service at a church who clashes with the blindly devotional priest. [U.S. Premiere]

All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise,” directed by Shari Cookson (U.S.A.)
In this documentary film, Rosie and Kellie O’Donnell create a floating utopia for 500 gay and lesbian families. [World Premiere]

Battle in Heaven,” directed and written by Carlos Reygadas (Mexico, France, Germany, Belgium)
Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. [U.S. Premiere]
CAST: Jr. Valentin, Soliman Cruz, Neil Ryan, Ping Medina, Bodjie Pascua, Nathan Lopez

Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs In On Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture,” directed Byron Hurt (U.S.A.)
In this documentary film, a former college quarterback and hip-hop head tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in hip-hop culture. [World Premiere]

Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon,” directed by Peter Richardson (U.S.A.)
A documentary about a rural Oregon timber town that is torn apart when a rift between conservative and liberal values in the school district threatens a college scholarship that has paid the tuition of every local graduate for the last 40 years. [World Premiere]

Dreamland,” directed by Jason Matzner and written by Tom Willett (U.S.A.)
A young woman living in a trailer park in the desert struggles with the question of caring for her hapless father and ill friend or fulfilling her own destiny. [World Premiere]
CAST: Agnes Bruckner, John Corbett, Kelli Garner, Gina Gershon, Justin Long, Brian Klugman

EV Confidential: Who Killed the Electric Car,” directed and written by Chris Paine (U.S.A.)
A documentary that investigates the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country’s future. [World Premiere]

Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out,” directed and written by Stewart Copeland (U.S.A.)
A rare documentary compiled from the drummer’s personal Super 8 footage gives an intimate, inside look at what it was like to be a member of the ’80s rock band The Police, from CBGBs to Shea Stadium. [World Premiere]

Factotum,” directed by Bent Hamer and written by Jim Stark (U.S.A.) Based on the novel by cult author Charles Bukowski, “Factotum” is the story of a man living on the edge; of a writer willing to risk everything to make sure his life is poetry. [U.S. Premiere]
CAST: Matt Dillon, Lily Taylor, Fisher Stevens, Marisa Tomei

Forgiving the Franklins,” directed and written by Jay Floyd (U.S.A.)
A repressed God fearing Southern family is spiritually changed by an auto accident and their transformation puts them at odds with the conservative values of their community. [World Premiere]
CAST: Robertson Dean, Teresa Willis, Aviva, Vince Pavia, Mari Blackwell

Jewboy,” directed and written by Tony Krawitz (Australia)
“Jewboy” is a film about a young orthodox man searching for his place in the world, his family and his faith. [North American Premiere]
CAST: Ewen Leslie, Naomi Wilson, Saskia Burmeister, Leah Vandenberg, Nicholas Eadle, Chris Haywood, Nathan Besser, Alice McConnell

Journey from the Fall,” directed and written by Ham Tran (Thailand, U.S.A.)
Set during the thirteenth anniversary of the Vietnam War, “Journey from the Fall” tells the epic story of a family who is painfully torn apart by the war, forced to emigrate across a dangerous sea, reunified and struggling to survive in America. [North American Premiere]
CAST: Kieu Chinh, Long Nguyen, Diem Lien, Nguyen Thai Nguyen, Khanh Doan, Cat Ly

La Tragedia de Macario,” directed and written by Pablo Veliz (U.S.A.)
A drama inspired by the tragic, true events of immigrants struggling to cross the Mexican-American border. [World Premiere]
CAST: Rogelio Ramos, Milicent Figueroa, Tina Rodriguez, Victor Agustin, Juanito Castro, Allan Horwath

Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man,” directed by Lian Lunson (U.S.A.)
An ubiquitous influence even as he remains elusively elsewhere, ladies and gentlemen, this documentary shows Leonard Cohen is back. [U.S. Premiere]

Man Push Cart,” directed and written by Ramin Bahrani (Iran/U.S.A.) The story of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee and donuts from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan. [North American Premiere]
CAST: Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera, Charles Daniel Sandoval.

Off the Black,” directed and written by James Ponsoldt (U.S.A.)
An unusual friendship develops between an aging high school baseball umpire and a teenage pitcher after the young player vandalizes the older man’s house. [World Premiere]
CAST: Nick Nolte, Trevor Morgan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Kirkland, Timothy Hutton

Open Window,” directed and written by Mia Goldman (U.S.A.)
A struggling young photographer and an assistant professor are newly engaged and madly in love when their lives are shattered by a random act of violence. [World Premiere]
CAST: Robin Tunney, Joel Edgerton, Cybil Shepherd, Matt Keeslar, Scott Wilson, Shirley Knight, Elliott Gould

The Proposition,” directed by John Hillcoat, written by Nick Cave (Australia)
Set at the end of the bushranger era, this atmospheric Australian epic tale concern family, loyalty and betrayal. [U.S. Premiere]

Punching at the Sun,” directed and written by Tanuj Chopra (U.S.A.)
In the aftermath of 9/11 and his older brother’s murder, a fiery South Asian teen struggles to find a path between rage and redemption on the streets of Elmhurst, Queens. [World Premiere]
CAST: Misu Khan, Nino Edmonds, Ferdusy Dia, Mohammed Mirza, Kazi Rehman, Taran Singh, Hassan El-Gendi

Special,” directed and written by Jeremy Passmore and Hal Haberman (U.S.A.)
Les Franken leads a painfully unremarkable life as a meter maid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant. [World Premiere]
CAST: Michael Rapaport, Alexandra Holden, Josh Peck, Robert Baker, Paul Blackthrone, Jack Kehler, Ian Bohen

What Remains,” directed by Steven Cantor (U.S.A.)
An investigation into the creative process and life of controversial and celebrated American photographer Sally Mann. [World Premiere]

Who Needs Sleep?” directed by Haskell Wexler (U.S.A.)
Unsettled by the preventable death of a co-worker, filmmaker Haskell Wexler shows in this documentary that sleep deprivation and long work hours are a deadly combination. [World Premiere]

Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,” directed by Freida Lee Mock (U.S.A.) This documentary is a rich tapestry of the personal and political life of Tony Kushner, the award-winning playwright and activist whose provocative and truthful work has contributed to a national dialogue on the most pressing issues of our times. [World Premiere]


A Darkness Swallowed,” directed and written by Betzy Bromberg (U.S.A.)
A personal investigation of cellular memory, a bio-meta-physical musical, “A Darkness Swallowed” is a meditation of the evanescent traces of memory and loss.

Cinnamon,” directed and written by Kevin Everson (U.S.A.)
This experimental feature film provides a glimpse into the world of African American drag racing with the story that contrasts the consistent routine of a bank teller and mechanic as they prepare for the sport. [World Premiere]

Old Joy,” directed by Kelly Reichardt and written by Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt (U.S.A.)
The story of two old friends who reunite for a weekend camping trip in Oregon’s Cascade mountain range. As the two seekers move through the beautiful landscapes, they move through confusion, sudden insight, and spiritual battles. [World Premiere]

Pine Flat,” directed and written by Sharon Lockhart (U.S.A.)
An intimate portrait of a town’s children set in the stunning landscape of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Both an anthropological look at youth and a meditation on solitude, nature, socialization and the line between fact and fiction. [World Premiere]

Wild Tigers I Have Known,” directed and written by Cam Archer (U.S.A.) A lyrical coming of age story about a 13-year-old boy who learns to cope with his newfound sexuality and his unrequited love for the cool kid in school. [World Premiere]
CAST: Malcolm Stumpf, Patrick White, Max Paradise, Hailey Anne Nelson, Fairuza Balk, Kim Dickens, Lydia Lunch

Frontier Live:

Our Second Date,” artists: Jennifer McCoy and Kevin McCoy (U.S.A.)
The McCoy’s latest installation is a miniature movie set gearred for live robotic cinema that puts the production, post-production, and exhibition of a film all in one room.

Park City at Midnight

American Hardcore,” directed by Paul Rachman and written by Steven Blush (U.S.A.)
Inspired by Steven Bush’s book, “American Hardcore: A Tribal History,” Paul Rachman’s feature documentary debut is a chronicle of the underground hardcore punk years from 1979 to 1986. [World Premiere]

Awesome, I Fuckin’ Shot That!” directed by Nathanial Hornblower (U.S.A.)
On October 9, 2004 the Beastie Boys handded out 50 HI 8 cameras to audience members at their sold-out performance in New York’s Madison Square Garden. This film is the result. [World Premiere]

The Descent,” directed and written by Neil Marshall (U.S.A.)
An all-female caving expedition goes horribly wrong as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. [North American Premiere]
CAST: MyAnna Buring, Craig Conway, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Molly Kayll, Shauna Macdonald, Oliver Milbum, Saskia Mulder, Nora Kane Noone, Alex Reid

Destricted,” directors and screenwriters: Matthew Barney, Larry Clark, Gaspar Noe, Marco Brambilla, Sam Taylor Wood (U.S.A.)
Art meets sexuality in this unprecedented compilation of erotic art films made by the leading visual artists and filmmakers working today. [World Premiere]

The Foot Fist Way,” directed and written by Jody Hill (U.S.A.)
A Tae Kwon Do instructor who is king of his small kingdom, tries to keep it together after his wife cheats on him, taking his anger out on everyone around him in the funniest way ever. [World Premiere]
CAST: Danny McBride, Mary Jane Bostic, Spencer Moreno, Carlos Lopez, Ben Best, Jody Hill

Moonshine,” directed by Roger Ingraham, written by Roger Ingraham and Lori Isbell Salvage (U.S.A.)
In the rural Midwest, a young convenience store clerk burdened with new love and family troubles, mysteriously begins to turn into a vampire. [World Premiere]
CAST: Brian Greer, Sarah Ingraham, Gareth Duvall, Ginny Fitzpatrick, Carol Neiman, Eric Almassy, Raymond Turturro, Thea McCarlan, Theodore Bouloukos, Jay Maynard, Zachary Sandler, Kim Houston

Salvage,” directed and written by Josh Crook and Jeff Crook (U.S.A.)
World College student Claire is stalked and murdered by serial killer Duke Desmond. Claire assumes it was a nightmare and wakes up to relive the day of her death over and over until she uncovers the terrifying mystery that guides her fate. [World Premiere]
CAST: Chris Ferry

Subject Two,” directed and written by Philip Chidel (U.S.A.)
A troubled medical student volunteers for resurrection experiments – and is killed over and over again by a reclusive doctor intent on reinventing life. [World Premiere]
CAST: Christian Oliver, Dean Stapleton, Courtney Mace, Jurgen Jones

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