American Spectrum and World Cinema Section Offer Diverse Group of Films; Frontier and Midnight Films Round Out Lineup

by John Bernstein

The dramatic and documentary films included in the non-competitive 1998
American Spectrum fit the festival's definition of a section that "enables
audiences to view an eclectic array of work by the nation's emerging
independent filmmakers." The 18 movies which will be showcased are:

-- "A,B,C ...Manhattan", by Amir Naderi

-- "Animals", by Michael Di Jiacomo, featuring Tim Roth, Mickey Rooney,
Martin Landau, and John Turturro

-- Derek Cianfrance's "Brother Tied"

-- Lynn Hershman Leeson's "Conceiving Ada", featuring Tilda Swinton and Karen
Black, with music by The Residents

-- Dan Rosen's "Dead Man's Curve"

-- Forensic Films' "First Love, Last Rites", by Jesse Peretz

-- Bill Condon's "Gods & Monsters", which is executive produced by Clive
Barker and features Brendan Fraser, Ian McKellan, Lynn Redgrave and Lolita

-- Evan Dunsky's "Life During Wartime", featuring Stanley Tucci, Kate
Capshaw, and Michael Learned

-- "Melvin Van Peebles' Classified", by Mark Daniels

-- "Niagara, Niagara" directed by the Shooting Gallery's Bob Gosse

-- Tony Barbieri's "One"

-- "Party Monster", by Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato

-- "Relax, It's Just Sex", by P.J. Castellaneta, featuring Jennifer Tilly and
Lori Petty

-- Eric Drilling's "River Red", featuring Tom Everett Scott

-- Sundance Lab project "Spark", by Garret Williams

-- Wonsuk Chin's "Too Tired To Die", featuring Mira Sorvino

-- Susan Skoog's "Whatever" which was recently acquired by Sony Picture Classics

-- and "Wicked", by Michael Steinberg

While Sundance focuses mainly on American independents, the festival will
again present foreign films in the World Cinema program, additionally a
special jury prize will be presented recognizing the work of a Latin
American filmmaker. The World Cinema lineup includes:

-- "Rocage: The Triumph Of Love (Bocage O Triunfo Do Amor)", by Djalma
Limongi Batista

-- "The Castle", by Rob Sitch

-- "Chile, The Obstinate Memory", by Patricio Guzman

-- Bruce Sweeny's "Dirty"

-- "Friend Of The Deceased", by Viatcheslav Krichtofovitch

-- "Girls Night", by Nick Horan

-- "Hana-Bi (Fireworks)", by Takeshi Kitano from Japan

-- "The Hanging Garden", by Thom Fitzgerald

-- "I Went Down", by Paddy Breathnach

-- Pal Sletaune's "Junk Mail"

-- Nick Broomfield's "Kurt And Courtney", a documentary about Nirvana's Kurt

-- John Duigan's "Lawn Dogs"

-- Eduardo Milewicz's "Life According To Muriel"

-- "Marie Bale Des Anges", by Manuel Pradal

-- "Martin (Hache)", by Adolfo Aristarain

-- Park Ki-Yong's "Motel Cactus"

-- Peter Schr's "Obsession"

-- "Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos)", by Alejandro Amenabar

-- Sabu's "Postman Blues"

-- Ulrike Koch's "The Saltmen Of Tibet"

-- Alanis Obomsawin's "Spudwrench Kahnwake Man"

-- "Twentyfourseven", by Shane Meadows

-- Sylvie Verheyde's "Un Frere (Brother)"

-- Carine Adler's "Under The Skin"

-- Davido Ferrario's "We All Fall Down"

-- "The Well", by Samantha Lang

-- and Carlos Marcovich's "Who The Hell Is Juliette?"

The avant-garde fare served up in the Sundance Frontier program will
include; Daniel Burman's "Chrysanthemum Burst Into Cinquoesquinas";
"Goshogoaka", by Sharon Lockhart; "Inside/Out", by Rob Tregenza; Max Makowski's
"The Pigeon Egg Strategy"; and "Scars", by Athens, GA filmmaker Jim Herbert.

Another off-beat and popular program at the festival, "Park City at
Midnight" are back again with Joe Carnahan's "Blood, Guts, Bullets, & Octane"; "Cuba", by Vincenzo Natali; "Orgazmo", from South Park co-
creator Trey Parker; "Safe Men" by John Hamburg; and Louis C.K.'s
"Tomorrow Night".

[Eugene Hernandez contributed to this article.]