DAILY NEWS: Slamdance Festival Lineup and Sundance Lab Participants Set
with articles by Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE
>> 8th Slamdance Lineup Loaded with Discoveries, Docs
(indieWIRE: 12.13.01) -- The Slamdance Film Festival, Park City's number one
alternative event, has announced the slate its 2002 edition, which runs from
January 11 - 19, coinciding once again with the Sundance Film Festival.
Limited to first-time filmmakers working with limited budgets and without
U.S. distribution in place, Slamdance's feature competition includes 12
feature films, eight of which are world premieres, split between seven
dramatic films and a record five documentaries.
Nearly 2,500 films were submitted to the festival, up 142 from last year.
Digital submissions accounted for half of the total submissions, "a huge
leap from Slamdance 2001," said Peter Baxter, Slamdance President/Co-Founder. The festival also credited outreach programs, such as Slamdance's first event in Cologne, Germany as one of the reasons for the sustained increase.
Billing itself as "by filmmakers, for filmmakers," the eight-year-old
festival is organized and programmed by active members of the filmmaking
community. Over 50 programmers were involved in this year's selection
process, according to a press release.
"Our goal at this year's festival is to offer as many of these filmmakers a
platform that they might not otherwise have and attract industry members to
this talent pool," said Baxter. "If Hollywood is serious about discovering
new talent, then Slamdance has proven that we're the place to go." Previous
Slamdance films that went on to receive industry attention and film
distribution include Christopher Nolan's "Following," Larry Fessenden's "Wendigo," Veit Helmer's "Tuvalu," Frank Novak's "Good Housekeeping," and Adam Abraham's "Man of the Century."
Slamdance also announced 12 short films in competition and another four
features and 18 shorts for its "Filmmakers' Lounge" section. The festival
will once again take place at the Silvermine, outside of Park City -- but
for the first time, free public bus routes will extend to the tourist
attraction, providing "festival-goers with front-door service at the
Silvermine," said Slamdance Co-Director Brent Clackson. How's that for
legitimacy? [Anthony Kaufman]
>> 11 Projects Chosen for Upcoming Sundance Screenwriters Lab
(indieWIRE: 12.13.01) -- The Sundance Institute has announced the 11 projects
that will participate in next month's Screenwriters Lab at the Sundance Village in Utah (January 4 - 9, 2002).
Chosen to attend this year's Screenwriter's Lab are:
Karatechamp (writer/director), "1985"; Erik Weiner and Jordan Allen-Dutton
(co-creators/co-writers), "The Bomb-itty of Errors"; Anna Kang
(writer/director), "The Chungs: The Lost Tribe of Long Island"; Mark Bomback
(writer/director), "Disturbing the Peace"; Joshua Marston (writer/director),
"Maria Full of Grace"; Michael Kang (writer/director), "The Motel"; Laurence Coriat (writer), "Panic Beach"; Yaphet Smith (writer/director), "The
Supermarvelous"; Jodi Gibson (writer/director), "The Supreme Belief in Lady
Luck"; Doug Sadler (writer/director), "Swimmers"; Yesim Ustaoglu
(writer/director), "Waiting for the Clouds."
On board to server as advisors for this year's lab are: Alice Arlen, Robert
Caswell, Carol Doyle, Tony Drazan, Naomi Foner, Todd Graff, Stephen
Gyllenhaal, Becky Johnston, John Ridley, Howard Rodman, Susan Shilliday,
Zachary Sklar, David Veloz, and Audrey Wells.
Among the Lab alums scheduled to bring movies to the Sundance Film Festival
are Moises Kaufman ("The Laramie Project", Alex and Andrew Smith ("The Slaughter Rule"), Peter Mattei ("Love in the Time of Money"), and Lynn Hershman Leeson ("Teknolust"). [Eugene Hernandez]
The participants and projects selected for the 2002 January Screenwriters
Lab are (information provided by the Sundance Institute):
Karatechamp (writer/director), 1985: Karatechamp's (non-status Dene from
Alberta, Canada) first feature film, Deep Inside Clint Star, a documentary
about Aboriginal sexuality, screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
The film went on to win the Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) for Best
Social/Political Documentary. Other credits include Lost Songs, a
documentary short directed for the National Film Board of Canada; the short
drama My Cousin Albert (A Portrait in Shades of Black); and Miss 501 (A
Portrait of Luck), which is premiering at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
1985, Karatechamp's first dramatic feature, is a dark journey into the
collective mind of an aboriginal gang hustling the cold urban streets of the
Erik Weiner and Jordan Allen-Dutton (co-creators/co-writers), THE BOMB-ITTY
OF ERRORS: Erik Weiner attended the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York
University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has appeared on "The Sopranos,"
"The $treet," and "100 Centre Street," and will make his feature film debut
in the upcoming Fox Searchlight film "Brown Sugar." Jordan Allen-Dutton,
also a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing, lives in Brooklyn where he
writes, acts and directs. His writing for the stage includes
"Joinsolitude," "Mudswallow," and "Hit the Deck," and he is currently at
work on the screenplay "Junkie."
Together, G.Q. ("What's the Worst That Could Happen," "On the Line, Drum
Line"), Jason Catalano, Erik Weiner, Jordan Allen-Dutton, J.A.Q. (composer
of all "Bomb-itty" music and the Ringmaster of the Circus), and director
Andy Goldberg created and developed the hit show "The Bomb-itty of Errors."
Billed as "an ad-rap-tation of Willy Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors,'"
the show was developed as GQ's independent project when the members of the
group were all students at the Experimental Theatre Wing of New York
University's Tisch School of the Arts. The raucous hip-hop retelling
explodes with clever, outrageous rap lyrics and jaw-droppingly energetic
performances. The show ran for seven months off-Broadway to rave reviews
and was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
"Bomb-itty" then went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for Best Theatre Show
at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Following Aspen,
"Bomb-itty" ran at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago for four sold-out
months and received the prestigious Jeff Award for Best Touring Production.
Anna Kang (writer/director), THE CHUNGS: THE LOST TRIBE OF LONG ISLAND: Anna Kang, a native New Yorker, was born in the Bronx and raised on Long
Island. Set on pursuing a career in the Foreign Service, Kang graduated from
Tufts University with a degree in International Relations and Asian Studies.
She went on to work at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she edited
and coordinated the production of several publications, including "The Asia
Project," a two-year study of the impact of the economic boom in Asia on
U.S. policy. The project culminated in a trip to Asia, where Kang served as
an aide to former U.S. Cabinet members, including the former Secretaries of
Defense and the Treasury. Despite the allure of the world of international
policy, Kang returned to her first love and received her MFA from the
University of Southern California's School of Cinema and Television. Kang
recently directed the short documentary "Not Black or White," an irreverent
look at media stereotypes of Asian women. In "The Chungs: The Lost Tribe of
Long Island," after a move to suburban Long Island, 12-year-old Mary Chung
abandons her family's traditional Korean culture for a far more alluring and
exotic way of life