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EVENTS | "American Teen" to Open Sundance at BAM Series; 22 Features Slated

By Indiewire | Indiewire April 9, 2008 at 7:36AM

Twenty-two feature films and 36 shorts including dramatic winner "Frozen River" and doc winner "Trouble the Water" from January's Sundance Film Festival will screen at the third annual Sundance Institute at BAM series taking place May 29 - June 8, the Sundance Institute and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) unveiled Wednesday. Kicking off the event is the New York debut of "American Teen," which won the 2008 Sundance documentary directing award for Nanette Burstein as well as the audience prize for best doc.
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Twenty-two feature films and 36 shorts including dramatic winner "Frozen River" and doc winner "Trouble the Water" from January's Sundance Film Festival will screen at the third annual Sundance Institute at BAM series taking place May 29 - June 8, the Sundance Institute and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) unveiled Wednesday. Kicking off the event is the New York debut of "American Teen," which won the 2008 Sundance documentary directing award for Nanette Burstein as well as the audience prize for best doc.

In addition to screenings, the series will also feature free concerts in the BAMcafe, and screenplay readings, including an evening with pianist Anthony de Mare as well as heavy metal band, Anvil. The band is the subject of Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," which tells the story of the influential Canadian band. The series will host the New York debut of the doc. Scheduled conversations include a discussion of Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Intitiative with filmmakers in addition to Sundance Collection screenings of director Gregg Araki's "The Living End: Remixed and Remastered," and the director's latest effort, "Smiley Face" is also slated as a Midnight Screening.

"Sundance Institute at BAM is a combination of the public and intimate: a 10-day showcase of talent," commented John Cooper, director of programming, Sundance Film Festival in a statement. "To watch a provocative film like "Sleep Dealer" and then have New York filmmaker Alex Rivera talk about his eight-year journey developing his first film at Sundance Labs...that's a moment in time we want people to share."

Features in the series:

"American Son," directed by Neil Abramson; Screenwriter: Eric Schmid)
"American Teen," ," directed and written by Nanette Burstein
"Anvil! The Story of Anvil," directed by Sacha Gervasi
"Ballast" directed and written by Lance Hammer
"Captain Abu Raed," directed and written by Amin Matalqa
"Choke," directed and written by Clark Gregg, adapted from the novel by Chuck
Palahniuk
"Flow: For the Love of Water," directed by Irena Salina
"Frozen River," directed and written by Courtney Hunt
"Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson," directed by Alex Gibney
"Good Dick," directed by Marianna Palka
"Made in America," directed by Stacy Peralta, written by Stacy Peralta and Sam George
"Man on Wire," directed by James Marsh
"The Order of Myths," directed by Margaret Brown
"Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains," directed and written by Gonzalo Arijon
"Trouble The Water," directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Filmmakers Journey Screenings:

"Adopt Me, Michael Jordaon," directed by Melanie Judd and Susan Motamed (work in progress)
"Sleep Dealer," directed by Alex Rivera and written by David Riker

Special Screenings:

"Dark Matter," directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, written by Billy Shebar
"The Linguists," directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger, written by Daniel A.Miller
"The Living End: Remixed and Remastered," directed and written by Gregg Araki
"Smiley Face," directed by Gregg Araki, written by Dylan Haggerty

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