The Slamdance Film Festival revealed its Narrative and Documentary feature Competition programs Wednesday, with ten narratives and eight docs made by first-time feature film directors worldwide joining the two sections. The Competitions includes 13 world premieres at the 18th annual event taking place in Park City, UT at the Treasure Mountain Inn.
“Our competition showcase reflects new approaches to filmmaking that mirror the challenging times in which we currently live,” commented Peter Baxter, Slamdance president and co-founder in a statement. “These films showcase filmmakers who have a tremendous ability to innovate, experiment, and lead us boldly into the future of independent filmmaking.”
Awards will be presented to competition films in the following categories: Jury Award for Feature Doc, Jury Award for Narrative Feature, Audience Award for Feature Doc, Audience Award for Feature Narrative, and Filmmaker Award for Spirit of Slamdance and the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography.
The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival takes place January 20 – 26. [Check out Indiewire’s “Meet the Slamdance Film Festival Programmers” profile published Monday.]
Narrative Feature Competition Program, Presented by Kodak:
“BINDLESTIFFS” – Director: Andrew Edison, Screenwriters: Andrew Edison, Luke Loftin. (USA)
Three smart-mouthed high school virgins, suspended from school on a graffiti charge, flee to the
inner city to live out the plot of The Catcher in the Rye.
Cast: Andrew Edison, Luke Loftin, John Karna
“Comforting Skin” – Director: Derek Franson, Screenwriter: Derek Franson. (Canada) US
A lonely young woman’s desperate need for emotional and physical companionship draws her
into a surreal and ultimately destructive relationship with a shifting and whispering tattoo she
has willed to life on her skin.
Cast: Jane Sowerby, Tygh Runyan, Victoria Bidewell
“Doppelgänger Paul (or A Film About How Much I Hate Myself)” – Director: Dylan Akio Smith,
Kris Elgstrand, Screenwriter: Kris Elgstrand. (Canada) US Premiere
The unlikely relationship of two lonely men whose connection sets off a chain of events resulting
in the loss of a thumb, the theft of a manuscript, and two appearances on a popular morning talk
Cast: Brad Dryborough, Tygh Runyan
“Faith, Love and Whiskey” – Director: Kristina Nikolova, Screenwriters: Kristina Nikolova, Paul
Dalio. (Bulgaria) World Premiere
A young Bulgarian woman, engaged to a well-off American, panics and runs back home,
reuniting with her drifter friends and the wild life of her past and falling in love with her
passionate but alcoholic best friend.
Cast: Ana Stojanovska, Valeri Yordanov, John Keabler, Lidia Indjova, Yavor Baharov
“Heavy Girls” – Director: Axel Ranisch, Screenwriters: Axel Ranisch, Heiko Pinkowski, Peter
Trabner. (Germany) US Premiere
Sven lives with his elderly mother; Daniel is her caregiver. When she wanders off, their
misadventure to find her leads them to discover their confusing affection for each other.
Cast: Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner, Ruth Bickelhaupt
“OK, Good” – Director: Daniel Martinico, Screenwriters: Hugo Armstrong, Daniel Martinico. (USA)
A series of demoralizing auditions and a cultish movement workshop push a struggling actor
over the edge.
Cast: Hugo Armstrong
“Roller Town” – Director: Andrew Bush, Screenwriters: Andrew Bush, Mark Little, Scott Vrooman.
(Canada) US Premiere
At the peak of disco-mania, three friends try and stop a local crime syndicate from turning their
beloved roller rink into a video arcade.
Cast: Kayla Lorette, Mark Little, Scott Vrooman
“The Sound of Small Things” – Director/Screenwriter: Peter McLarnan. (USA) World Premiere
Sam and Cara’s attempt to navigate their young marriage is complicated by miscommunication,
suspicion and her deafness.
Cast: Cara Krippner, Sam Hoolihan
“Sundowning” – Director/Screenwriter: Frank Rinaldi. (Singapore/USA) World Premiere
A story about the relationship between a young woman who has lost her memory and her
Cast: Shannon Fitzpatrick, Susan Chau
“Welcome to Pine Hill” – Director/Screenwriter: Keith Miller. (USA) World Premiere
A reformed drug dealer, now a claims adjuster by day and bouncer by night, receives earthshattering
news that compels him to return to his past and seek transcendence beyond the
Cast: Shannon Harper, Mary Meyers, David Williams
Documentary Feature Competition Program:
“Buffalo Girls” – Director: Todd Kellstein. (Thailand/USA) World Premiere
Two eight year old girls fight in rural Thailand’s underground child boxing economy to earn
money to support their families.
“Danland” – Director: Alexandra Berger, Screenwriters: Ann Husaini, Alexandra Berger. (USA)
Amateur porn producer Dan Leal, aka ‘Porno Dan,’ searches for intimacy despite his industry
and in spite of himself.
“The First Season” – Director: Rudd Simmons. (USA) World Premiere
To achieve their version of the American dream, the Van Amburg family struggle as they fight
against relentless toil, financial ruin and the harsh reality of dairy farming.
“Getting Up” – Director: Caskey Ebeling, Screenwriter: Tempt. (USA) World Premiere
After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed,
Tony “Tempt” Quan, a legendary L.A. graffiti artist, regains his voice through technology that
reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art and write once again.
“I Want My Name Back” – Director: Roger Paradiso. (USA) Utah Premiere
Thirty years after the historic recording of the iconic mega-hit “Rapper’s Delight,” Master Gee &
Wonder Mike come back to reclaim their identities and rightful place in Hip Hop history.
“Kelly” – Director: James Stenson. (USA) World Premiere
Having fled a provincial past, a young, transgender prostitute searches for love and acceptance
in a landscape of broken Hollywood Dreams.
“No Ashes, No Phoenix” – Director/Screenwriter: Jens Pfeifer. (Germany) World Premiere
A locker room expose about young basketball players in Hagen, Germany who face their fears
of losing and challenge enormous odds to succeed.
“We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” – Director/Screenwriter: Brian Knappenberger.
(USA) World Premiere
An intimate look inside the world of Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has
redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.