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American Spectrum and World Cinema Section Offer Diverse Group of Films; Frontier and Midnight Films

American Spectrum and World Cinema Section Offer Diverse Group of Films; Frontier and Midnight Films

American Spectrum and World Cinema Section Offer Diverse Group of Films; Frontier and Midnight Films Round Out Lineup

by John Bernstein

The dramatic and documentary films included in the non-competitive 1998
American Spectrum fit the festival’s definition of a section that “enables
audiences to view an eclectic array of work by the nation’s emerging
independent filmmakers.” The 18 movies which will be showcased are:

— “A,B,C …Manhattan“, by Amir Naderi

— “Animals“, by Michael Di Jiacomo, featuring Tim Roth, Mickey Rooney,
Martin Landau, and John Turturro

— Derek Cianfrance’s “Brother Tied

— Lynn Hershman Leeson’s “Conceiving Ada“, featuring Tilda Swinton and Karen
Black, with music by The Residents

— Dan Rosen’s “Dead Man’s Curve

— Forensic Films’ “First Love, Last Rites“, by Jesse Peretz

— Bill Condon’s “Gods & Monsters“, which is executive produced by Clive
Barker and features Brendan Fraser, Ian McKellan, Lynn Redgrave and Lolita

— Evan Dunsky’s “Life During Wartime“, featuring Stanley Tucci, Kate
Capshaw, and Michael Learned

— “Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified“, by Mark Daniels

— “Niagara, Niagara” directed by the Shooting Gallery’s Bob Gosse

— Tony Barbieri’s “One

— “Party Monster“, by Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato

— “Relax, It’s Just Sex“, by P.J. Castellaneta, featuring Jennifer Tilly and
Lori Petty

— Eric Drilling’s “River Red“, featuring Tom Everett Scott

— Sundance Lab project “Spark“, by Garret Williams

— Wonsuk Chin’s “Too Tired To Die“, featuring Mira Sorvino

— Susan Skoog’s “Whatever” which was recently acquired by Sony Picture Classics

— and “Wicked“, by Michael Steinberg

While Sundance focuses mainly on American independents, the festival will
again present foreign films in the World Cinema program, additionally a
special jury prize will be presented recognizing the work of a Latin
American filmmaker. The World Cinema lineup includes:

— “Rocage: The Triumph Of Love (Bocage O Triunfo Do Amor)“, by Djalma
Limongi Batista

— “The Castle“, by Rob Sitch

— “Chile, The Obstinate Memory“, by Patricio Guzman

— Bruce Sweeny’s “Dirty

— “Friend Of The Deceased“, by Viatcheslav Krichtofovitch

— “Girls Night“, by Nick Horan

— “Hana-Bi (Fireworks)“, by Takeshi Kitano from Japan

— “The Hanging Garden“, by Thom Fitzgerald

— “I Went Down“, by Paddy Breathnach

— Pal Sletaune’s “Junk Mail

— Nick Broomfield’s “Kurt And Courtney“, a documentary about Nirvana’s Kurt

— John Duigan’s “Lawn Dogs

— Eduardo Milewicz’s “Life According To Muriel

— “Marie Bale Des Anges“, by Manuel Pradal

— “Martin (Hache)“, by Adolfo Aristarain

— Park Ki-Yong’s “Motel Cactus

— Peter Schr’s “Obsession

— “Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos)“, by Alejandro Amenabar

— Sabu’s “Postman Blues

— Ulrike Koch’s “The Saltmen Of Tibet

— Alanis Obomsawin’s “Spudwrench Kahnwake Man

— “Twentyfourseven“, by Shane Meadows

— Sylvie Verheyde’s “Un Frere (Brother)

— Carine Adler’s “Under The Skin

— Davido Ferrario’s “We All Fall Down

— “The Well“, by Samantha Lang

— and Carlos Marcovich’s “Who The Hell Is Juliette?

The avant-garde fare served up in the Sundance Frontier program will
include; Daniel Burman’s “Chrysanthemum Burst Into Cinquoesquinas“;
Goshogoaka“, by Sharon Lockhart; “Inside/Out“, by Rob Tregenza; Max Makowski’s
The Pigeon Egg Strategy“; and “Scars“, by Athens, GA filmmaker Jim Herbert.

Another off-beat and popular program at the festival, “Park City at
Midnight” are back again with Joe Carnahan’s “Blood, Guts, Bullets, & Octane“; “Cuba“, by Vincenzo Natali; “Orgazmo“, from South Park co-
creator Trey Parker; “Safe Men” by John Hamburg; and Louis C.K.’s
Tomorrow Night“.

[Eugene Hernandez contributed to this article.]

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