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Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2013 Global Shorts & New Beyond Program

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2013 Global Shorts & New Beyond Program

A long list ahead… This year’s Slamdance Film Festival short film competition slate features 32 live action shorts, 10 documentary shorts, and 19 animated shorts – for a total of 61 short films!

A jury will present awards to short films in competition in the following categories: Narrative, Animation, and Documentary. Competition shorts are also eligible for the Spirit of Slamdance Award.

The full list follows via press release from Slamdance, below:

SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 GLOBAL SHORTS & NEW BEYOND PROGRAM

SHORTS & BEYOND BOW IN PARK CITY FOR SLAMDANCE 2013 BRINGING 26 NEW WORLD PREMIERES AND 21 US PREMIERES



LOS ANGELES – December 12, 2012 – Slamdance today announced their Shorts Programs for the 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival, as well as the launch of Beyond, a brand new section. Beyond showcases bold and daring films from emerging Narrative and Documentary filmmakers, working just beyond their first features. These films include American and International productions that are either World or US Premieres, including the World Premiere of Cullen Hoback’s Terms and Conditions May Apply, featuring Margaret Atwood and Mark Zuckerberg among others. The 2013 Shorts Programs feature 67 shorts, and includes Live Action Competition, Documentary Competition, Animation, and Anarchy Shorts.

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 18 – 24, 2013 in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn: 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.



“Our focus is to keep innovation in filmmaking forefront by highlighting films expanding the vista of independent film,” stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder.



All Access, Industry, Locals, and Student Festival Passes are available now online, and individual tickets will be available shortly. To purchase, go to: 
http://showcase.slamdance.com/#1598746/Passes-and-Tickets



This year’s Slamdance short film competition slate features 32 live action shorts and 10 documentary shorts programmed both in blocks and in front of features, and 19 animated films programmed in a signature animation block. A jury will present awards to short films in competition in the following categories: Narrative, Animation, and Documentary. Competition shorts are also eligible for the Spirit of Slamdance Award.




BEYOND SLATE:



Diamond on Vinyl

Director and Screenwriter: 

J.R. Hughto

(USA) World Premiere



A very singular voyeur finds his engagement in jeopardy after his fiancee discovers his audio recordings of their lovemaking, along with a taped rehearsal of his proposal. Then into both of their lives comes an enigmatic young woman who begins an incredibly strange seduction.

Cast: Brian McGuire, Sonja Kinski, Nina Millin, Jeff Doucette, Jessica Golden, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Katherine Pawlak



Domestic

Director and Screenwriter: 

Adrian Sitaru

(Romania) US Premiere



A bittersweet comedy about people who eat the animals they love and animals that love people unconditionally.

Cast: Adrian Titieni, Gheorghe Ifrim, Sergiu Costache, Ioana Flora, Clara Voda, Dan Hurduc, Ariadna Titieni



Musgo

Director and Screenwriter: 

Gami Orbegoso

(Spain) World Premiere



In the rural eastern Pyrenees province of Spain, a wealthy older woman manipulates the sexual/emotional entanglements of her deceased husband’s adult daughter; the tension builds to a climax of terror and violence.

Cast: Meritxell Ortega, Merçe Espelleta, German Parreño, Joan Manel Chilet



Terms and Conditions May Apply

Director and Screenwriter: 

Cullen Hoback

(USA) World Premiere



A shocking exposé of the basic civil rights we surrender when we agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies connected to every website we visit, phone call we make, or app we use.

Cast: Margaret Atwood, Danah Boyd, Orson Scott Card, Ray Kurzweil, Doug Rushkoff, Moby, Sherry Turkle, Mark Zuckerberg




LIVE ACTION SHORTS PROGRAM:



37

Director and Screenwriter:

Puk Grasten

(USA) World Premiere



In March 1964, two bystanders silently watch their neighbor’s murder. They aren’t the only ones. 

Cast: Lynn Cohen, George S. Irving, Heather Lind, Korey Jackson 



A Time in A Dark Cloud

Director and Screenwriter:

Rebecca Sgan-Cohen

(USA) World Premiere



A young woman desires intimacy, despite pervasive internal conflict. 

Cast: Emilie Sabath, Alex Thomas, James Levanas, Travis Young, Christopher Gordon, Lauren White, Joseph Pedi, Harold Hyde



All You Can Eat

Directors: Samy Burch, Alex Mechanik

Screenwriters: Samy Burch, Alex Mechanik

(USA)



A food television host tours a hamburger joint and wonders how his life got so crappy. 

Cast: Matt Warzel, Donna Stamm, Jamie Warzel, Gray Hawks, Marty Siu



Baby Blues

Director and Screenwriter:

Pascal Plante

(Canada) International Premiere



In order to meet the man she loves, Mel leaves her two young children alone in the apartment. 

Cast: Chloé Bourgeois, Jessy Gagnon, Félix Brière, Marc Beaupré, Martin Rouette, Dji Haché



Caterwaul

Director and Screenwriter:

Ian Samuels

(USA)



An aging fisherman develops an intimate relationship with a lobster.

Cast: George Murdock



Donald Cried

Director and Screenwriter:

Kris Avedisian

(USA)



Returning to his hometown to retrieve his grandmother’s ashes, Peter must rely on his only local contact, estranged buddy Donald.

Cast: Jesse Wakeman, Kris Avedisian, Ron Barron, Nick Riess, Jeremy Furtado, Bridget Grenier



Dreemer

Director and Screenwriter:

Laura Dawe

(Canada) International Premiere



A surreal love story about a 19-year-old girl and her oppressively misguided boyfriend.

Cast: Jenessa Grant, Vladimir Cubrt, Patrick Stevenson 



Fireworks

Director: Victor Hugo Duran

Screenwriter:Kevin James McMullin

(USA)



During the Fourth of July in South Los Angeles, a teenage boy and his brother scour the neighborhood for fireworks in order to win the admiration of a girl.

Cast: Roger Cruz, Alberto Castañeda, Irene Sorto, Azucena Benitez, Edgar Vanegas, Julio Duran



For Dorian

Director and Screenwriter:

Rodrigo Barriuso

Canada (US Premiere)



A father struggles with the maturation and sexual awakening of his son, a teenager living with Down syndrome. 

Cast: Ron Lea, Dylan Harman, Tova Smith, Victor Pereira, Jerald Bezener



Gigantic

Director and Screenwriter: 

Georgia Fu

(USA/Taiwan) World Premiere



What happens when two suicidal people meet and fall in love?

Cast: Grace Chen 陳柏蓁, Kris Ko 柯昶宇



Glory Days

Director and Screenwriter:

Benjamin Rutkowski

(USA)



On New Years Eve, Jack, a recovering alcoholic, takes his two children on a road trip to the country.

Cast: Mike Lubik, Joseph Covino, Paige Smith, Cory Nichols, Vanessa Hollingshead, Janette Martinez, Maren Uecker, Joe Lenihan



Hearts of Napalm

Director and Screenwriter:

Andy Irvine

(USA) World Premiere



There are 6.8 billion orgasms every night. Ashley is just looking for one.

Cast: Ashley Spillers, Alex Dobrenko



Indoor

Directors: Si & AD

Screenwriters: Si & AD

(UK) International Premiere



An 11-year-old boy, unable to fly his kite alone, befriends a peculiar girl who cannot leave her caravan. 

Cast: Alfie Righelato, Katie Miller



Josephine and the Roach

Director: Jonathan Langager

Screenwriters: Jonathan Langager, Joe Swanson

(USA)



A violin-playing cockroach falls in love with the woman whose apartment he infests.

Cast: Jenna Augen, Jerry White Jr., Circus Szalewski, Jeremy Gladen, Olivia Choate, Josh Helmuth, Emelie O’Hara, *Roach by Lino Stavole



Keep the Fire

Director and Screenwriter: 

Jake Rice

(USA)



A behind-the-album-cover story of Kenny Loggins’ classic Keep The Fire.

Cast: Jake Rice, James Zimmerman, Tiffany Elle, Shaun Paul Gordon, Marco Ragozzino, David Slaughter, Joe Toppe and Bernie Gomez



Lu’bba (Game)

Director: Saleh Nass

Screenwriters: Saleh Nass, Laila Al-Beiti

(Bahrain/UAE) US Premiere



A school boy is dropped off for yet another weekend football game and faces a recurring reality of life.

Cast: Omar Mahboob, Mohammed Al-Beiti, Shiva Yogeswaren, Abu Baker Kahtan, Abdullah Shafiq, Haider Islam, Youssof Ahmed, Mahmood



MAELSTRØM

Director and Screenwriter: 

Tom Geraedts

(UK/Netherlands) US Premiere



A young woman experiences an out-of-body trip that transcends everything she has thought or done before.

Cast: Sabrina Kaici 



Pearl was Here

Director and Screenwriter: 

Kate Marks

(USA) World Premiere



A troublemaking child finds comfort in a sea of stuffed animals.

Cast: Miana Abramson, Sharon Eisman, Cara Danielle Brown, Brady Allen, Sharon King, Mike McGill, Rachael Caselli, Chris Magorian



Prometheus

Director and Screenwriter:

Tannaz Hazemi

(USA) World Premiere



A blind man on dialysis plays a drinking game alone.

Cast: Elijah Hobbes, Dr. Amir Shahid



Resurrection Slope

Director and Screenwriter:

Tamara Feldman

(USA) World Premiere



An adolescent boy performs a holy ritual to come to terms with his neglectful upbringing.

Cast: Elliot Moore, Tamara Feldman, John Hawkes, David Yow, Paula Casmaer, Vanessa Campbell, Allie Paul, Nikki McCauley, Maurice Harris



Rotkop

Directors: Jan Roosens, Raf Roosens

Screenwriters: Bert Van Dael, Sanne Nuyens

(Belgium) US Premiere



When an outcast’s mortally ill mother throws a birthday party for him, he needs to find friends to invite.

Cast: Enrique De Roeck, Marthe Schneider, Sara De Bosschere



Seed Story

Director and Screenwriter:

William D. Caballero

(USA) World Premiere



The worst aspects of humanity are evoked as a single dandelion brings big change to a tiny society.



Shale

Director and Screenwriter: 

Jed Cowley

(USA) World Premiere



A shale pit owner and his once dutiful wife confront each other after months of separation.

Cast: Walter Dalton, Sandra Seacat, Danforth Comins



Spark

Director and Screenwriter: 

Annie Silverstein

(USA)



While a boy waits out his father’s tryst, he is unexpectedly forced to deal with the lady-friend’s daughter.

Cast: Varun Reddy, Elise Gardner, Conrad Gonzales, Amy Esacove



Start the Engine and Reverse

Director: Andrey Zagidullin

Screenwriter: Mikhail Arkhipov

(Russia) US Premiere



A young couple faces the consequences of a road accident.

Cast: Lubov Novikova, Egor Kharlamov



Summer Suit

Director: Rebecca Peniston-Bird

Screenwriter: Francesca Sciacca

(Australia) International Premiere



10-year-old tomboy Robbie’s discovery of an old suit gives her a new sense of identity, but can it survive the trials of summer? 

Cast: Damian Walshe-Howling, Diana Glenn, Lucy Tyler, Bethany Whitmore, Jesse Creighton, Zac Soderstrom



Suspended

Director and Screenwriter: 

Damian Walshe-Howling

(Australia) US Premiere



Mother Nature provides a magical alternative to stark realities for 7-year-old Caleb, leading to impossible fulfillment.

Cast: Finn McLeod Ireland, Ewen Leslie, Leeanna Walsman, Damon Gameau, Clare Bowen



Sweetheart

Director and Screenwriter: 

Eva Riley

(UK) US Premiere



Lou’s frustrations with her controlling sister Ashley come to a head when they become rivals in love.

Cast: Jo Eastwood, Nicola Jo Cully, Iain Louden, Anthony Bowers



The Devil’s Ballroom

Director and Screenwriter: 

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

(Norway)



Along his strenuous journey to the North Pole, a chance encounter forces a fearless explorer to make an impossible decision.

Cast: Svein Harry Schöttker Hauge, Batzorig Chinbayar, Narmandakh Erdenee, Melinda Bokeli, Marte Tangen



The Robber

Director and Screenwriter: 

Felix Schaffert

(Switzerland) US Premiere



An 11-year old girl is in turmoil and struggles for words.

Cast: Ella Huesler, Ursina N. Früh, Simon Grossenbacher



To the Bone

Director: Erin Li

Screenwriters: Silka Luisa, Erin Li

(USA) World Premiere



A pre-teen migrant farmworker attempts to rebel against the status quo with unintended consequences for herself and her family.

Cast: Naomie Feliu, Jaime Alvarez, Carlos C. Torres, Maria Elena Laas, Eliezer Ortiz



Turtle

Director and Screenwriter:

Ian Wittenber

(USA) World Premiere



Sam and Jen have a unique dilemma in their relationship that pulls them closer together even as their time runs out.

Cast: David Crane, Jennifer Marks




DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM:



April

Director: Alan Spearman

(USA) World Premiere



Faith, 9, created a haven in a hollow magnolia tree. Inside is a portal to the safety of her imagination.

Cast: Faith Jackson, Hattie Mae Winfield



Chicken & Zoe

Director: Yael Bridge

(USA)



Eating chicken takes on new meaning for 4-year old Zoe as she observes her first slaughter.



Good Karma $1

Directors:Jason Berger, Amy Laslett

(USA)



Advertising guru Alex Bogusky explores the most fundamental, ever-present form of advertising – cardboard signs created by the homeless.

Cast: Alex Bogusky and Dave Schiff



Lollywood

Director: Todd Looby

(Liberia/USA) World Premiere



Edwin G. Kollie, a 15 year old Liberian War Orphan, always wanted to make a Nollywood movie; so, he wrote a script, built an entire African village, cast the 30 characters needed and shot it all the next day.

Cast: Edwin G. Kollie, Mulbah J. Kollie, Jerome C. Cabeen, David Barkollah, Aaron JayJay



Rebel, Rebel, Rebel

Director: Kyle Schneider

(USA) International Premiere



Despite peer rejection and total incompetence, DJ Josh Lecash’s fame and fortune expands.

Cast: Josh Lecash, Katy Perry, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jeremy Scott, Jamie Clayton, Daniel Linton, Yung Skeeter, Annette Lamothe-ramos



Sandwich Nazi

Director: Lewis Bennett

(Canada)



Deli owner Salam Kahil is an art collector, a former male escort, an amateur piano player, and a sandwich maker to the homeless in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside but his true passion is talking about blowjobs.



The Birdman

Director: Jessie Auritt 

(USA)



Despite the bad economy, online music sales, and gentrification, The Birdman rules the roost at his unique cluttered used music store.



The Corner Garden

Director: Duygu Eruçman

(USA) World Premiere



Can kale chips replace Cheetos? In this small garden, a group of teenagers learn to think about the food they eat in a different way.



The Mercantile

Director: Brian Bolster

(USA) World Premiere



A glimpse into a young couple’s proprietorship and preservation of an unchanged, century old business enterprise in a modern and ever-changing world.

Cast: Flannery Coats, Stuart Reiswig



Track by Track

Track by Track

Director: Anna Moot-Levin

(USA) World Premiere



A young sketch artist with autism journeys from the world of his imagination into adulthood.




ANARCHY PROGRAM:



Desert Hopes

Director and Screenwriter: 

Michael Patten

(USA) World Premiere



On New Year’s Eve, an aging man tends to a litter of newborn rabbits.

Cast: Victor Pagan



FIX

Director: Benjamin McPherson

Screenwriters: Benjamin McPherson, Justin Taylor

(USA) World Premiere



Deep in the abandoned corridors of a sprawling subway system, a disheveled and broken man struggles to obtain the thing he desires most.

Cast: Phil Ristaino, Butch Escobar, Zofie Alvarez, Arie Bender, Shawna Nygren, Ed Jackson, Janet Robinson



SCI-FLY

Director: Joey Shanks

(USA) World Premiere



A journey through time & space tells of the fight for existence using exclusively ‘in-camera’ effects.



Shepherds, Have You Seen My Love?

Director and Screenwriter: 

Benji Kast

(USA) World Premiere



A man is transported into the memories of an 18th century aristocrat.

Cast: Ara Shehigian, Roxanne Kapitsa, Don Arrup, Josh Westfal, Keiichi Kondoh



The Compositor

Director: John Mattiuzzi

Screenwriter: John Mattiuzzi, Anney Bonney

(USA) World Premiere



Paul Paxton, a New York City film compositor, struggles to decode his mind-body existence.

Cast: John Mattiuzzi, Len Rella, Thomas Hoyt Godfrey, Rashelle Stocker, Linda Leven, Ana Berry, Marusya Panchenko, Bill Cory



The War Profiteers 

Director and Screenwriter: 

Benjamin Markus

(USA) World Premiere



An instantaneous act of violence immediately restores peace to a war-torn city. 

Cast: Devin Anderson Wiley, Erik Lehman, Pascal Miller, Alexander Jordonov




ANIMATION SHORTS:



An Elegy for Eden

Director: Jason Guy McLagan

(USA) World Premiere



A pixel’s perspective at the moment of its death.





Baboon

Director:Einar Baldvin

(USA) US Premiere



By all accounts, it was a bad day to punch a clown in the head.





Ballpit

Director: Kyle Mowat

(Canada)



Lifeforms struggle to assert and organize themselves within a hostile environment. 





Bermuda

Director and Screenwriter: 

Calvin Frederick

(USA) US Premiere



A hyper-psychedelic tour of a homemade, four-wall kaleidoscope.



Drifters

Director and Screenwriter: 

Ethan Clarke

(USA)



Three strangers acquaint on a train.

Cast: Gina Napolitan, Flaminia Bonfiglio, Ethan Clarke



El Delirio Del Pez Leon

Director and Screenwriter: 

Quique Rivera

(Puerto Rico/USA)



Inspired by the Lionfish plague, this underwater neo-noir tells a story about greed and hierarchy in the Caribbean reefs.



Gum

Director and Screenwriter: 

Noam Sussman

(Canada)



The consequences of swallowing gum.





Home

Director and Screenwriter: 

Luiz Stockler

(UK/Brazil) US Premiere



A look at the idea of belonging and what that may or may not mean to people.



I Am Tom Moody

Director and Screenwriter: Ainslie Henderson

(UK)



A trip through the subconscious of a stifled musician as he struggles to sing.

Cast: Mackenzie Crook, Jude Crook



Noodle Fish

Director and Screenwriter: 

Kim Jin man

(Republic of Korea)



Dreaming of another life, a small “noodle fish” begins his journey to the world outside the water to discover the secret of his world.



Royal Issues

Director and Screenwriter: 

NOMINT

(UK)



To celebrate NOMINT’s brand new office in London, we created a very special Diamond Jubilee gift for Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second.



Shelter

Director: Carl Burton

(USA)



A vast secret world is revealed within an attic during a rainstorm.





Snail Trail

Director and Screenwriter: 

Philipp Artus

(Germany) US Premiere



A snail invents the wheel and goes through a cultural evolution to get back to its origins.



Sugarcoat

Director: Meejin Hong

(USA) US Premiere



As the crayon melts, succumb to temptation.







Tap to Retry

Director and Screenwriter: 

Neta Cohen

(Israel) US Premiere



A surreal collection of disparate abstract sketches and an attempt to tackle some aspects of modern life. 



The Eater

Director: Wally Chung

(USA)



A man has a strange experience that affects the people around him.





The Jennings Account

Director and Screenwriter: 

Sean Buckelew

(USA)



10% of men age 40-60 have an age-related midlife crisis.



Triangle

Director and Screenwriter: 

Grace Nayoon Rhee

(USA) US Premiere



If a stranger disrupts your daily routine, the choice is to either accept him as a friend or reject him as an outsider.



What is Dead May Never Die

Director: François Grumelin-Sohn

(Netherlands) US



The movie explores and plays with various graphic codes and genres of the past audio-visual world.

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