By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 5, 2012 at 10:56AM
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM:
The Documentary Competition is comprised of American and International productions. All 10 films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and were programmed entirely from blind submissions.
Battery Man – Directors: Dusan Saponja, Dusan Cavic
(Serbia) US Premiere
Thanks to the powers he discovered by accident, Biba Struja has spent his entire life experimenting with electricity and proving to himself and others that it cannot harm him.
Cast: Slavisa Pajkic
Bible Quiz – Director: Nicole Teeny
(USA) World Premiere
Seventeen-year-old Mikayla memorizes books of the Bible on her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain, in a film that explores coming of age in the face of faith, doubt, fierce competition and teen love.
Cast: Mikayla Irle, JP O'Connor, Christopher Teeny, Brandon Duffy, Rich Nelson, Rachel Dawson, Rachel Holley, Gary Irle
The Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants – Directors: Gavin McInnes, Steve Durand, Bryan Gaynor
(USA/Canada) World Premiere
‘Godfather of hipsterdom’ Gavin McInnes goes on a stand-up comedy tour with his best friend from high school and things go from bad to worse to downright catastrophic.
Cast: Gavin McInnes, Steve Durand, Bryan Gaynor
The Last Shepherd – Director: Marco Bonfanti
(Italy) US Premiere
Renato, the last traveling shepherd left in Milan, has a dream – get to the inaccessible center of the city to meet the children who have never seen a flock of sheep.
Cast: Renato Zucchelli, Piero Lombardi, Lucia Zucchelli, Patrizia Frisoli, Hedy Krissane, Barbara Sorrentini (voice)
Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde – Director: Suzanne Mitchell
(USA) World Premiere
The inspiring journey of a remarkable cowboy who triumphs in his quest to protect wild horses and the American West.
Cast: Dayton O. Hyde
My Name Is Faith – Directors: Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker
(USA) US Premiere
Faith, a 13-year-old girl who suffers from Reactive Attachment Disorder, attempts to heal from the trauma inflicted by her birthmother's lifestyle.
The Bitter Buddha – Director: Steven Feinartz
Cult-Comic Eddie Pepitone’s life is on display in this unhinged portrait of creativity, enlightenment and rage.
Cast: Eddie Pepitone, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Sean Conroy, Paul Provenza, Dana Gould, Marc Maron
The Institute – Director: Spencer McCall
Is it a cult? Is it a game? Or is it a life-changing adventure?
Cast: Daniel Shoup, Arye Michael Bender, Carolee Gilligan Wheeler, Garland Glessner, Michael Wertz, Kiyomi Tanouye, Geordie Aiken, Jeff Hull
Where I Am – Director: Pamela Drynan
(Ireland) World Premiere
Robert Drake, a courageous gay American writer, struggles to return to the scene of a crime in Ireland where he was left for dead more than 10 years ago.
Cast: Robert Drake
Without Shepherds – Director: Cary McClelland
(Pakistan/USA) World Premiere
Six bold individuals struggle to find their role in the turbulent waters of Pakistan and build a better tomorrow.
Cast: Vaneeza Ahmad, Arieb Azhar, Abdullah Khan, Imran Khan, Ibrahim Waheed, Laiba Yousafzai