The 21st annual Slamdance Film Festival kicks off this week, Jan. 23–29 in Park City, Utah.
This year’s selection of 11 narrative films and 8 documentaries includes, or most interest to this blog, the world premiere of “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang,” Colin Offland’s documentary on Dennis Rodman’s so-called “hoops diplomacy” in North Korea, when he met with dictator Kim Jong-un; and the world premiere for “Sweet Micky for President,” also a documentary, directed by Ben Patterson, featuring the contributions of Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel of the Fugees, as well as presidential candidate Michel Martelly, aka Sweet Micky, who campaigns against all odds in Haiti’s third ever democratic election.
“Music and politics collide when international music star Pras Michel of the Fugees returns to his homeland of Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010 to mobilize a presidential campaign for Haiti’s most controversial musician: Michel Martelly aka Sweet Micky. The politically inexperienced pair set out against a corrupted government, civil unrest and a fixed election. When Pras’ former bandmate – superstar Wyclef Jean – also enters the presidential race, their chances seem even further doomed. But despite the odds, they never give up on their honest dream of changing the course of Haiti’s future forever.”
For those attending Slamdance, the film screens Saturday, Jan 24 at 5:30 P.M. and Thursday, Jan 29 at 6:10 P.M.
S&A won’t be at the festival, but we should have a review of the film for you.
In the meantime, full poster below.
All films will be eligible for the Audience Awards, as well as the Spirit of Slamdance Award, and Jury Awards that will be presented to feature films in both the narrative and documentary categories. All in competition are directorial debuts with no U.S. distribution, and budgets less than $1 million.
The 2015 Slamdance Film Festival will take place Jan. 23–29 in Park City, Utah.