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Slamdance Film Festival 2014 Unveils Feature Film Competition Lineup

Slamdance Film Festival 2014 Unveils Feature Film Competition Lineup

The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the Narrative and
Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 20th fest, kicking off in
Park City, Utah, January 17-23, 2014. What this means is that Sundance has already notified filmmakers of whether they got in or not. And these filmmakers were free to accept the Slamdance invitation. 

The lineup includes 10 narrative and 8 documentary films,
including 11 World Premieres, 4 North American, and 1 US Premiere. The fest,
which is the smaller of the two Park City winter film festivals and runs
parallel to the Sundance Film Festival (those announcements are rolling out
December 4, 5, 9 and 10), received over 5,000 submissions this year.

All competition films are feature film directorial debuts
with budgets of less than $1 million and without US distribution, and were
programmed from blind submissions by the Slamdance filmmaking community.

NARRATIVE FEATURES PROGRAM

 Copenhagen – Director & Screenwriter: Mark Raso

(USA, Canada, Denmark) World Premiere

A charming scoundrel visiting the city of his father’s
birth, William is drawn to his impromptu guide Effy – wise, spontaneous, and
half his age.

Cast: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian
Armesto, Tamzin Merchant

Goldberg & Eisenberg – Director & Screenwriter: Oren
Carmi

(Israel)

A lonely computer programmer finds his life disrupted by a
boorish thug who becomes dangerously obsessed in this darkly absurd drama.

Cast: Yitzhak Laor, Yahav Gal, Roni Dotan

I Play With The Phrase Each Other – Director &
Screenwriter: Jay Alvarez

(USA) North American Premiere

Young city dwellers with lyrical musings and a sliding sense
of entitlement hold court in this film comprised entirely of cell phone
conversations.

Cast: Jay Alvarez, Will Hand, Megan Kopp, Alexander Fraser

I Put A Hit On You – Directors & Screenwriters: Dane
Clark, Linsey Stewart

(Canada) World Premiere

A broken-hearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to try
and stop the hitman she accidentally hired to kill him.

Cast: Aaron Ashmore, Sara Canning

 

My Blind Heart – Director & Screenwriter: Peter Brunner

(Austria) North American Premiere

Suffering from an incurable disease, a young man rebels
against his body and the expectations forced upon him in this black and white
expressionist film.

Cast: Christos Haas, Jana McKinnon, Susanne Lothar, Robert
Schmiedt, Georg Friedrich

 

The Republic of Rick – Director: Mario Kyprianou;
Screenwriters: Mario Kyprianou, Becky Leigh

(USA) World Premiere

In this politic satire, a self-proclaimed President of the
Republic of Texas rallies to lead a paranoid militia for Texas’s independence
in the late 1990s.

Cast: Dave Abed, Angie Gregory, Lori Jean Wilson

 

Rezeta – Director & Screenwriter: Fernando Frias de la
Parra

(Mexico) US Premiere

A jet-setting model leads a freewheeling and spontaneous
life in Mexico City that starts to change when she falls in love with an
unexpected young artist.

Cast: Rezeta Veliu, Roger Mendoza, Paulina Davila, Sebastian
Cordova

 

Rover – Director & Screenwriter: Tony Blahd

(USA) World Premiere

A dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves when
their leader fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their
story with the world.

Cast: Liam Torres, Jonathan Randell Silver, Steve Siddell,
Natalie Thomas

 

The Sublime and Beautiful – Director & Screenwriter:
Blake Robbins

(USA) World Premiere

David and Kelly descend into a complicated hell of grief but
they take very different paths to make things right after losing their children
to a drunk driver.

Cast: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro, Armin
Shimerman

 

Wizard’s Way – Director & Screenwriter: Metal Man

(UK) North American Premiere

A champion online fantasy video game player, his encouraging
best friend, and two ambitious would-be filmmakers who decide to capture it all
for posterity.

Cast: Chris Killen, Joe Stretch, Kristian Scott, Socrates
Adams-Florou, Sadie Frost

Documentary Features, after the jump:

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES PROGRAM

 

Elliot – Directors & Screenwriters: Matthew Bauckman,
Jaret Belliveau

(Canada) World Premiere

The bizarre story of Elliot Scott, his supportive partner
Linda Lum, and their cast and crew of outrageous dreamers all striving to
achieve success.

Cast: Elliot Scott, Blake Zwicker, Linda Lum

 

Glena – Director & Screenwriter: Allan Luebke

(USA) World Premiere

Glena Avila is a single mother in her 30’s who is fighting
to become a professional Mixed Martial Artist.

Cast: Glena Avila, Stormy Back, Ron Andersen

 

Huntington’s Dance – Director: Chris Furbee

(USA) World Premiere

Told through 20 years of home movie footage, Huntington’s
Dance is a personal and devastatingly raw look at how hereditary disease can
shatter a family and a future. Cast: Chris Furbee, Rosemary Shockey, Gene
Furbee

 

Kidnapped For Christ – Director: Kate S. Logan;
Screenwriters: Yada Zamora, Kate S. Logan (USA, Dominican Republic) World
Premiere

The personal stories of American teenagers who are taken
from their homes and sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school located in
The Dominican Republic.

Cast: David Wernsman, Tai Matheiu, Elizabeth Engle

 

Little Hope Was Arson – Director: Theo Love

(USA)

January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches
burn to the ground igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas
history.

 

Skanks – Director: David McMahon

(USA) World Premiere

A community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounts a
gender-bending new musical titled “Skanks In A One Horse Town.”

 

Sometimes I Dream I’m Flying – Director & Screenwriter:
Aneta Popiel-Machnicka (Poland) North American Premiere

The poignant story of a young dancer preparing to perform at
the Berlin Opera and the serious injury that threatens her lifelong dream.

Cast: Weronika Frodyma, Anna Linnik, Sergey Basalayev

 

Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe à la Hache –
Director & Screenwriter: Nailah Jefferson

(USA) World Premiere

In Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana, the residents of this
ruined fishing community continue dealing with the aftermath of the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in US
history.

Cast: Byron Encalade, Stanley Encalde, Kenneth Feinberg

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