Slamdance Announces Partial Line-up: Dramatic Films
The Slamdance International Film Festival announced its 1997
competition films today, in addition to two of the special out-of-competition
films, and the closing night film that will screen at January's event. Among
the ten competition films are five world premieres and two US premieres, and
all ten are from first-time directors. In a prepared statement, Slamdance
Executive director John Fitzgerald said that "there were an overwhelming
number of films submitted by female directors." Indeed, 4 of the 10
competition films are made by women. Fitzgerald went on to say that with
"close to 1,000 submissions this year, it's clear there's a need for
Although the opening night film has not been announced, the closer will be
"Sweethearts", a romantic-comedy by Aleks Horvat, starring Janeane Garofalo,
Bobcat Goldthwait, and, Margaret Cho. The 1997 festival runs from January
17-23, and takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, UT.
The world premiere competition films are: "A Gun, A Car, A Blonde", by Stefani Ames, starring Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter, and Kay Lenz; "Pieces", written and directed by Joe and Anthony Russo; "The Maze", written and directed by Joelle Bentolila and starring: Sally Kellerman, Richard Lewis, Giancarlo
Esposito, Pamela Gidley, and Cheryl Pollack; "The Gaugin Museum", directed by
21 year-old Alexander Kane on his summer vacation between his junior and
senior year at Vassar; and "Take a Number", written and directed by Fritzi
The US premieres are "Nowhere Fast", the debut film by Spike Lee's brother,
Cinque and "The Size of Watermellons", a film by Kari Skogland starring Paul
Rudd ("Clueless"), Donal Logue, Ione Sky ("Say Anything", "The Rachel Papers"), and her brother, Donovan Leitch. The remaining three films are: "Eight Days a Week", written, produced, and directed by Michael Davis; "The Bible and Gun Club", written, produced, and directed by Daniel J. Harris; and "Driven", by Michael Paradies Shoob. The latter two films screened at last October's Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF).
The two special screenings that have been announced are: the world premiere
of Eric Schaeffer's sophomore solo effort, "Fall", starring Amanda DeCadenet
and Schaeffer, and "Schizopolis", by writer/director Stephen Soderbergh, which
screened out-of-competition at HIFF.
The rest of the field - shorts, foreign, and documentary sections - will be
announced shortly, bringing the total number of films to about 40.