By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire December 21, 2011 at 10:29AM
The Slamdance Film Festival announced a long list of special screenings and short films that will play at its 2012 edition. Included in the mix is Jonathan Demme's "Neil Young Journeys," a portrait of the rock star at his 2011 summer solo shows in Toronto. The festival will also screen a never-before-seen TV pilot from Ed Wood as part of their program.
The Slamdance Film Festival will run from January 20-26 in Park City, Utah.
The complete list of films announced today is below. For the competition slate for this year's Slamdance, check out the earlier announced list.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS – NARRATIVE:
Holiday Road – Directors/Screenwriters: Todd Berger, Bill Palmer, Bobby Miller, Daron Nefcy,Benny Grinnell, Ian Eastin, Marcy McIlwain, Aaron Arendt, Michael Suter, Dee Robertson, DougManley, Helena Wei, Andrew Putschoegl. (USA)
A feature length comedic anthology celebrating the hilarious, poignant, and absurd aspects of America's twelve most recognized holidays.
Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jerry Trainor, Thomas Lenk, Blaise Miller, James Carpinello,Jeff Grace, Kent Osborne, Christing Ulloa
Old Dog – Director/Screenwriter: Pema Tseden. (China)
On the high Tibetan plains, an old shepherd will do anything to prevent his Tibetan Mastiff from being sold to an urban Chinese dealer.
Cast: Yanbum Gyal, Drolma Kyab, Lochey, Tamdrin Tso
Unconditional - Director: Bryn Higgins, Screenwriter: Jo Fisher. (UK)
The psycho-love story of two teenage twins who fall under the spell of a charismatic manoffering love on one condition: the boy becomes his own sister.
Cast: Christian Cooke, Melanie Hill, Harry McEntire, Madleine Clark
SPECIAL SCREENINGS – DOCUMENTARY:
Neil Young Journeys – Director: Jonathan Demme. (USA)
A personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of iconoclast Neil Young – astold through intimate performances from Young’s 2011 summer solo shows in Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall, and insightful, wistful stories from his life while driving from his idyllic Canadian hometown.
No Room for Rockstars – Director: Parris Patton. (USA)
Through the experiences of four musicians on The Vans Warped Tour, No Room For Rockstars takes you on an emotional journey of hope and determination, and documents the extremehighs and lows that occur in the pursuit of success in today’s era of rock and roll.
Terra Blight – Director: Isaac Brown. (USA)
A global examination of the unseen life cycle of computer consumption, from manufacturing todisposal, that has created one of the largest, most common toxic wastes on our planet.
Wild in the Streets – Director: Peter Baxter, Screenwriters: Peter Baxter, Jay Nelson. (UK/USA)
Every year, thousands of locals from rival sides of a rugged English town brutally compete in an ancient sports game that is the lifeblood of the community – and the origin of soccer, rugby, and football.
Narrator: Sean Bean
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story – Directors: Will Hess, Nikki Frakes, Terry Dougas, Screenwriters: Will Hess, Nikki Frakes. (USA)
The story of maverick pop culture icon Stan Lee - one man’s journey of perseverance, and howby sticking to what he loved, he became an internationally influential and successful artist.
Cast: Stan Lee, Nicolas Cage, Michael Chiklis, Roger Corman, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Elfman, James Franco, Samuel Jackson, Tobey Maguire, Eva Mendes, Frank Miller, Seth Rogen, Bryan Singer, Kevin Smith, Ringo Starr
SPECIAL SCREENINGS – SHORTS:
Ed Wood's Lost Film Final Curtain – Director/Screenwriter: Edward D. Wood, Jr. (USA)
In a never before seen Ed Wood television pilot, a weary actor prowling a darkened theater at night searches anxiously for meaning which leads him to a surprising end.
Cast: James "Duke" Moore, Dudley Manlove, Jenny Stevens
Franchi is Back - Director/Screenwriter: Alexandre Franchi. (Canada)
A Filmmaker talks about his bout with cancer in a self-promo film in order to avoid repeating his damn story 1000 times to people because it's a pain in the ass.
Cast: Alexandre Franchi
SPECIAL SCREENING - $99 SPECIAL:
Filmmakers are challenged to make a short film in 99 days with $99
Harold's Bad Day – Director: Jordan Brady, Screenwriter: R.J. Buckley. (USA)
A wry, dark comedy about a well-intentioned teacher with a gambling debt.
Cast: Doug Benson, Nicholas Sadler, Zack Pearlman, Curtiss Frisle
SPECIAL SCREENING - MADE IN IRAN: 7 SHORT PREMIERES:
Dances With The Armchair - Director/Writer: Dariush Nehdaran. (Iran)
As an armchair burns down to the ground, all the faces and memories embedded inside it dance away from its body through the flames.
Far From Him, Towards Him - Director/Screenwriter: Javad Rezaei Monfared. (Iran)
An atheist with a terminal disease goes on a journey to find and reconnect with his father whom he believes is a servant in a holy shrine.
Room No. 8 - Director/Screenwriter: Zohreh Keshavarz Motlagh Shirazi. (Iran)
A story about a group of people trapped in various social and psychological confines who yearnto break free.
Pondering - Director/Screenwriter: Mohammad Hossein Keshavarz Motlagh Shirazi (Iran)
On a crisp night, under the blue moonlight, a man explores his inner child as he strangely interacts with the streetlights hovering above him.
A Pore As Big As a Knuckle - Director/Screenwriter: Ali Ahmadi. (Iran)
A story about a family that has to face the consequences of a painfully unusual rape incident committed by one of their own.
The Tree - Director/Screenwriter: Hamed Siami. (Iran)
A studio photographer loses the ability to associate people with their pictures.
When The Kid Was a Kid - Director/Screenwriter: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. (Iran)
A ten-year-old girl strives to understand her divorced mother's world, while preparing for a play in which children imitate their parents.
SPECIAL SCREENING - ANARCHY SHORTS PROGRAM:
At The Formal – Director/Screenwriter: Andrew Kavanagh. (Australia).
Modern and ancient rituals collide in this macabre depiction of a high school formal.
The Dude – Director: Jeff Feuerzeig. (USA)
As the inspiration for the beloved central character in the Coen Brothers' cult-favorite film TheBig Lebowski, Jeff Dowd has become a popular figure at Lebowski Fests around the country.
The Fritzl Effect - Director/Screenwriter: Stefanos Sitaras. (Greece)
A musician keeps a young woman in his basement for inspiration. As she tries to escape, she only falls deeper into his trap.
I Saw Your Sister Yesterday – Director: Mina Park. (USA)
Experimental animation about a woman's inner pain due to societal restrictions.
The Magic Man – Director/Screenwriter: DC Kasundra. (USA)
Hoping to secure fame and fortune, a struggling vaudeville magician turns to the dark arts, but the power unleashed could cost him the one thing he truly loves.
Mahahula The Giant Rodent of Happiness - Director/Screenwriter: Nomint Motion Design.(Greece)
An animated short film about happiness.
The Severe Psychosis of a Musicless Man – Director: Ian McClerin, Screenwriter: Matt Gomez. (USA)
A cartoonish journey into the mundane life of Preston: a middle-aged family man who begins hearing music in his head, fusing with his eccentric family, that plummets him into insanity.
Stihl – Directors/Screenwriters: James Benning, James Raymond (USA)
Experimental filmmaker James Benning and video artist James Raymond collaborate to create a world founded on modern day fears: darker images of chainsaws, teddy bears, porno and masked men that question whether we are the monsters we envision and perhaps want to be.
Stokje – Director/Screenwriter: Léonie de Boer. (Netherlands)
A tale of two boys at the playground, and their descent from child's play to immorality.
We'll Become Oil – Director/Screenwriter: Mihai Grecu. (Romania/Hungary)
The story of oil taking over history.
LIVE ACTION COMPETITION SHORTS:
33 Teeth – Director/Screenwriter: Evan Roberts. (USA)
A 14 year-old boy has a heightened fascination with the comb of his attractive neighbor, Chad.
The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit – Directors/Screenwriters: D. Jesse Damazo, JoeBookman (USA)
Two cowboys on a hunt. What are they hunting? Triumph.
Angelito - Director: Paula Lima, Screenwriter: Vitor Coral. (USA/Brazil)
Luisa the nanny tries to find peace taking care of a defiant young boy.
Another Bullet Dodged – Director: Landon Zakheim, Screenwriters: Landon Zakheim, Todd Luoto. (USA)
A wolf in sheep's clothing who thinks he is a sheep.
The Centrifuge Brain Project - Director/Screenwriter: Till Nowak. (Germany)
Portrait of a group of American scientists who in the 1970s conducted bizarre experiments involving amusement park rides.
Codes of Honor - Director/Screenwriter: Jon Rafman. (Canada)
A pro arcade gamer relives his triumphs, defeats and fading legacy.
Cold Blood - Director/Screenwriters: Martin Thibaudeau. (Canada)
An exhausted mother brings her terrified son to the hospital.
Crown – Director/Screenwriter: AG Rojas. (USA)
A middle-aged junkie experiences a surreal high.
DeafBlind - Director/Screenwriter: Ewan Bailey. (UK)
A deaf and blind woman and a young man share a spiritual and disturbing connection.
Eat - Director/Screenwriter: Janicza Bravo. (USA)
After locking herself out of her apartment, a young woman finds herself in the company of a reluctant neighbor.
Eileen Pratt - Director/Screenwriter: Michael Kratochvil. (Austrailia)
A socially awkward bus driver seeks to return to the only place she feels she belongs.
February - Director/Screenwriter: Nick Singer. (USA)
A young plumber has a series of abbreviated encounters.
The Good Person – Director: Yukihiro Katô. (Japan)
A housewife with a missing husband has a bizarre encounter with mysterious visitors.
Hope. You Like Crap. - Director/Screenwriter: Shaun Parker. (USA)
Me, looking back and painfully deconstructing my stupid, insipid student film 20 years later.
I Am John Wayne - Director/Screenwriter: Christina Choe. (USA)
A young black cowboy struggles with the death of his best friend.
I’m Coming Over - Director/Screenwriter: Sam Handel. (USA)
In an eccentric mountain town, a borderline neo-luddite struggles to maintain and share a fragile state of enlightenment.
Cast: Lauren Ambrose
The Kook – Directors/Screenwriters: Nat Livingston Johnson, Gregory Mitnick. (USA)
A gentle and unassuming member of an eccentric religious sect in the Catskill Mountains experiences a crisis in faith.
Lin - Director/Screenwriter: Piers Thompson. (UK/Bulgaria/Turkey)
A woman appears to be running away from her past.
Little Horses - Director/Screenwriter: Levi Abrino. (USA)
A divorced small town postal worker tries to use a pony to win his family back.
Memory by Design - Director/Screenwriter: Nathan Punwar. (USA)
The objects that three young women use to mark their past take on memories of their own.
New Skin - Director/Screenwriter: Vladimir de Fontenay. (USA)
Helen spends New Year's Eve working at a gas station, where she meets an intriguing young man just before midnight.
Park – Director/Screenwriter: Liz Cambron. (USA
)An unnamed girl living in a trailer park, drifting through life, beginning sexual explorations, and stealing her dad's Vicodin.
People Parade – Director: John Wilson, Screenwriters: John Wilson, Chris Maggio. (USA)
After the star of a long-running variety show passes away, his son is obligated to reunite a weathered cast of television performers and host the final episode.
Reinaldo Arenas - Director/Screenwriter: Lucas Leyva. (USA)
Told from the point of view of a dying shark, the film captures the last moments in the life of an unintentional immigrant in downtown Miami.
Rose and Sophia - Director/Screenwriter: Natalie Neal. (USA)
A childhood interest in spying is rekindled among two teenage girls stuck between adolescence and adulthood.
A Scene at the Sea - Director/Screenwriter: Jaehee Lee. (South Korea)
A father and son, roles now reversed as one becomes the caretaker of the other, execute a delicate dance at the edge of the sea.
A Short Film About Ice Fishing – Director/Screenwriter: Jason Shahinfar. (USA)
In rural South Dakota, two friends go out for an explosive day of ice fishing.
Silent River – Director/Screenwriter: Anca Miruna Lazarescu. (Germany)
Gregor and Vali want to get away from Romania and the Ceausescu regime in 1986.
Solipsist - Director/Screenwriter: Andrew Huang. (USA)
A three part psychedelic fantasy film about otherworldly beings whose minds and bodies converge into one entity.
Soy Tan Feliz – Director/Screenwriter: Vladimir Duran. (Argentina/Colombia)
Fragments of a Saturday winter day with the Vittenzein brothers, who find themselves in a strange intimacy on a stop during a drive to their mother's house.
TMI - Director: Jeff Tomsic, Screenwriters: Jordan Klepper, Laura Grey. (USA)
Obnoxiousness begins at conception.
When Rabbits Fly – Director: Helgi Jóhannsson, Screenwriters: Helgi Jóhannsson, HalldorRagnar Halldorsson. (Iceland)
North American Premiere
A family of three living with a rabbit in a cardboard box seeks six strangers to get their old lifeback.
ANIMATED COMPETITION SHORTS:
Birdboy – Directors/Screenwriters: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero. (Spain)
A terrible industrial accident changes little Dinky's life forever.
Follow the Sun! - Director/Screenwriter: MK12. (USA)
An homage and/or affront to a Great American Tradition: the drive-in intermission snack reel.
Hietsuki Bushi - Director/Screenwriter: Ryo Hirano. (Japan)
A seamless mixture of traditional Japanese song, blip music, universe, and agriculture.
Hollow - Director/Screenwriter: Oliver Anderson. (USA)
Two young brothers stumble across a disturbing secret in the fleeting light ofa Midwestern summer.
The House - Director/Screenwriter: David Buob. (Germany)
A family story in a revolving house.
The Observer - Director/Screenwriter: Abbey Luck. (USA)
A disenchanted citizen learns how to free his village from a tyrant king by observing patterns in nature.
Peekaboo - Director/Screenwriter: Cecilia Fletcher. (USA)
A woman must decide between reporting a crime and going on vacation.
Soil - Director/Screenwriter: Meejin Hong. (USA)
As imagery transforms between figures and abstraction, the life cycle of an organism and dualities within human nature are explored.
Thumb Snatchers from the Moon Cocoon - Director/Screenwriter: Bradley Schaffer. (USA)
A short tempered Texas sheriff uses his cowboy logic to recklessly defeat a race of condescending, cocoon dwelling critters.
Venus – Director: Tor Fruergaard, Screenwriter: Sissel D. Thomsen. (Denmark)
An erotic comedy in claymation.
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SHORTS:
Ben Franklin Blowing Bubbles at a Sword: The Journeys of a Mental Athlete – Director:Jonathan Napolitano. (USA)
Three mental athletes stretch the limits of their minds as they train for and compete in the 2011 USA Memory Championship.
The Devotion Project: More Than Ever - Director: Antony Osso. (USA)
The inspiring true story of two men who forged a 54-year love story despite the odds.
I’m Never Afraid! - Director: Willem Baptist. (The Netherlands)
Eight-year-old Mack ‘the motor midget’ should be dead but nothing is stopping him.
Kiss the Paper – Director: Fiona Otway. (USA)
A poetic documentary contemplating the revival of the nearly obsolete, centuries-old craft of letterpress printing.
Kudzu Vine - Director: Josh Gibson. (USA)
This ode to the climbing, trailing, and coiling species Pueraria lobata evokes the agricultural history and mythic textures of the American South.
The Lookout - Director: Brian Bolster. (USA)
Watching over some of the most fire-prone landscape in North America, a Fire Lookout reflects upon his work.
Murder Mouth - Director: Madeleine Parry. (Australia)
Could you kill what you had for dinner? Maddie, a 21 year-old meat eater, decides to take the question into her own hands.
No Relation - Director: Kieran Dick. (Canada)What is real and how do you capture it?
No Wine Left Behind - Director: Kevin Gordon. (USA)
An Iraq War hero leads a ragtag group of veterans as they try to conquer the wine industry.
On Tender Hooks - Director: Kate Shenton. (UK)
Freak show magician Damien Lloyd-Davies pierces his flesh with meat hooks and performs a "suicide suspension.”
The Professional- Director: Skylar Nielsen. (USA)
Metal-fabricator Neil Youngberg never planned on taking over his grandfather's business and is now faced with passing on his legacy.
We Win or We Die - Director: Matthew Millan. (Libya, USA)
The inspiring story of one man’s heroic sacrifice that liberated a city from the yoke of oppression.
You Can't Win - Director: Jorge Torres-Torres (Puerto Rico/USA)
A typical night at the cockfights in the island of Puerto Rico.