Slamdance Bookends Docs for 11th Park City Event
by Brian Brooks
Styling itself as the "independent alternative festival in Park City," Slamdance announced its line up for its 11th edition taking place in the mountain resort town in Utah January 21-28, concurrent with the Sundance Film Festival, featuring 23 world and U.S. premieres and a slate that includes 11 competition narrative films, eight competition documentaries, six special screenings and seven films that will comprise its new Midnight Screenings section.
Two docs will bookend the fest. Amy Sewell's "Mad Hot Ballroom," which chronicles New York City children training for a ballroom dance contest will open the event as a world premiere, while Michael Franti's doc, "I Know I Am Not Alone," a work-in-progress, will close the festival. Slamdance describes the film as a "personal diary of one man's journey to discover the 'truth' of the US war in Iraq and the war between Israel and Palestine."
"We were sifting through these [nearly] 2,800 films and these two kept staying at the top," commented Slamdance Film Festival director Kathleen McInnis in a conversation with indieWIRE yesterday. "They really cap off the talent that you'll see throughout the rest of the festival. Plus the docs are truly independent, and they're the type of films that are what Slamdance are all about."
McInnis praised this year's line-up, describing it as one of the strongest to date. "I know it sounds obvious for me to say this, but this is easily one of the strongest line-ups we've had. This year's filmmakers have really put a stamp on their films."
In addition to the line up, McInnis also gave details of this year's festival including a new 'Gaming competition' that will encourage the public to play games in the lobby of the fest's headquarters at the Treasure Mountain Inn near the top of Main Street in Park City. The new competition for "independent game developers," will be held the first weekend of the event, and the winner will be announced at the closing night festivities at Suede nightclub in Kimball Junction.
Along with the Treasure Mountain Inn, Slamdance will offer a screening space at 608 Main Street as well as The Murray Theatre and pub theater Brewvies in Salt Lake City.
The 2005 Slamdance Film Festival Line Up (information provided by the festival:
COMPETITION (narrative features):
"Mall Cop," directed by David Greenspan (USA, world premiere)
"Milk Can," directed by Matt Kresling (USA, world premiere)
"Phil the Alien," directed by Rob Stefaniuk (Canada, US premiere)
"Zombie Honeymoon," directed by Dave Gebroe (USA)
"Frozen," directed by Juliet McKoen (UK)
"On the Outs," directed by Lori Silverbush & Michael Skolnik (USA, US premiere)
"This Very Moment," directed by Christoph Hochhäuser (Germany)
"Four-Eyed Monsters," directed by Arin Crumley & Susan Buice (USA, world premiere)
"Dry Spell," directed by John Erick Dowdel (USA, world premiere)
"Strahl," directed by Manuel Flurin Hendry (Switzerland, US premiere)
"Ellektra," directed by Rudolf Mestdagh (Belgium, US premiere)
COMPETITION (feature documentaries):
"Closer She Gets," directed by Craig Ouellette (USA, World premiere)
"La Sierra," directed by Scott Dalton & Margarita Martinez (Columbia, world premiere)
"In a Nutshell," directed by Don Bernier (USA)
"Liquid Vinyl," directed by Taylor Neary (USA, world premiere)
"Abel Raises Cain," directed by Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett (USA, world premiere)
"Georgi and the Butterflies," directed by Andrey Paounov (Bulgaria)
"Tragedy: The Story of Queensbridge," directed by Booker Sim (USA, world premiere)
"Jisoe," directed by Eddie Martin (Australia)
"Mad Hot Ballroom," directed by Amy Sewell (USA, world premiere)
"The Read Dirt on Farmer John," directed by Taggart Siegel (USA, world premiere)
"Amelia," directed by Edouard Lock (Canada, world premiere)
"Male Fantasy," directed by Blaine Thurier (Canada)
"Commune," directed by Jonathan Berman (USA, world premiere)
"I Know I am Not Alone," directed by Michael Franti (USA, work-in-progress)
"All Souls Day," directed by Jeremy Kasden (USA, world premiere)
"Ill Fated," directed by Mark A. Lewis (Canada, US premiere)
"Ringers: Lord of the Fans," directed by Carlene Cordova (USA, world premiere)
"Malfunkshun," directed by Scot Barbour (USA, work-in-progress)
"Sledge," directed by Brad Martin (USA, world premiere)
"Off Beat," directed by Hendrik Hoelzemann (Germany, US premiere)