By Indiewire | Indiewire December 1, 1999 at 2:00AM
PARK CITY 2000: Sundance Unveils Competition and Spectrum Lineups; 48 Films Chosen from Nearly 1,200 Entries; Women Well-Represented
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
(indieWIRE/12.1.99) -- The Sundance Film Festival is unveiling the lineup
for its 2000 Film Festival this week, with organizers releasing the
Documentary & Dramatic Competition and American Spectrum lineups this
morning -- the 48 movies were chosen from nearly 1,200 entries. The list of
films for next month's festival -- which runs January 20 - 30, 2000 in Park
City, UT -- was finalized earlier this week. Competition and Spectrum films
are being announced this morning, while selections in the Premieres, World
Cinema, Frontier, Midnight, Native Forum, Special Screenings and Sundance
Collection sections will be unveiled to the public tomorrow morning. A
total of 113 feature films are set to screen at Sundance 2000 -- the short
film lineup will be released next week.
Programmers have selected 16 films for each Sundance category (Competition
and Spectrum), from a total or 849 dramatic feature entries and 347
documentary feature submissions. Notably, of the 32 competition films,
14 have women in the director's chair. In the documentary competition, Susan Todd
& Andrew Young return to Park City with a new doc, "Americanos: Latino
Life In the United States." This marks their fourth time in competition
(their 1995 entry "Cutting Loose" won two awards). Another pair of
competition mainstays are Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman ("The Celluloid
Closet," 1995 and "Where Were We?: Our Trip through America," 1992) who will
be in competition with "Paragraph 175." Also back in competition is Anne
Makepeace ("Baby, It's You," 1997) with "Coming To Light: Edward S. Curtis
and the North American Indians." Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato, who were
American Spectrum in 1998, are in competition this year with "Eyes of Tammy
Faye," while noted editor Deborah Hoffman and cinematographer Frances Reid
present "Long Night's Journey Into Day."
In the dramatic competition, Miguel Arteta ("Star Maps," 1997) will debut
his digitally shot feature "Chuck and Buck" from Blow-Up Pictures, while Jim McKay, director of
the award-winning 1996 festival entry "Girls Town," returns with "Our Song."
Lisa Krueger ("Manny and Lo," 1995) is in competition with "Committed,"
while Maggie Greenwald ("The Kill Off," 1990) is back in competition with
"SongCatcher." Rob Schmidt, director of the 1999 LAIFF debut "Saturn," is
in competition with his Killer Films project, "Crime and Punishment in
Suburbia," while Stacy Cochran offers "Drop Back Ten."
Finally, in the American Spectrum showcase, Shirley Cheechoo is presenting
her Sundance Lab Project, "Backroads," while Gary Walkow ("Notes from
Underground," 1996 and "Trouble with Dick," 1987) is screening, "Beat." Tom
Gilroy's "Spring Forward," a hit at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival and Adam
Marcus' "Snow Days" a winner at the 1999 AFI Festival, will both make the
trip to Park City in Spectrum.
"The single biggest development is women filmmakers, who have really arrived this year," Sundance Fest Chief Geoff Gilmore told Variety today, " Both in films that were submitted and that got in, there were more than ever.