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Slamdance To Open with “Riders” and Close with “Minnesota”

Slamdance To Open with "Riders" and Close with "Minnesota"

Slamdance To Open with “Riders” and Close with “Minnesota”

by Eugene Hernandez

Richard Dreyfuss in the Slamdance opening night film, “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls.” Photo credit: Zev Greenfield/Image provided by The Freemantle Corporation.

Organizers of the Slamdance Film Festival, the annual alternative to Sundance, have announced that Ken Bowser’s documentary, “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls,” will open Slamdance 2003 this Saturday night in Park City, Utah. The doc, based on Peter Biskind’s best-selling book about filmmaking in the ’70s, will kick off the seven-day festival (now back at Slamdance’s longtime home on Main Street, the Treasure Mountain Inn). The film, produced by Rachel Talbot and Bowser and executive produced by Josh Braun, will air on the Trio network in March.

Closing the festival will be Allan Mindel’s “Milwaukee, Minnesota” on January 24. “The past meets the present,” explained a Slamdance description of the film. “When Milwaukee’s best fisherman, a young man perceived to be mentally disabled, finds himself the target of two separate con artists out to steal his money.” The screening will be followed by the Sparky Awards presentation and closing night party.

“Easy Riders,” narrated by William H. Macy, includes interviews with actors Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda (“Easy Rider”), producer Roger Corman (“Boxcar Bertha”) and Stanley Jaffe (“Kramer vs. Kramer”), among others. It is one of two ’70s docs that will be unveiled in Park City. The Independent Film Channel’s “A Decade Under the Influence,” directed by Richard LaGravenese and Ted Demme, is screening in competition at Sundance.

Gianna Chachere is on board as the director of the Slamdance Film Festival for the first time this year, the event’s ninth anniversary.

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