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    SLAMDANCE 2014

    By | December 3, 2013

    Slamdance 2014

    After enjoying so much of the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival program, I have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of their 2014 slate of films. Beating the Sundance Film Festival out of the gate by a couple of days, Slamdance announced their Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs, which includes 10 narrative and 8 documentary films.

    Culled from over 5,000 submissions this year and programmed entirely by filmmakers, the 20th anniversary of Slamdance promises to premiere the best of first-time feature filmmakers who are truly pushing the boundaries of filmmaking. All competition films are feature-length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million and without US distribution. Jury Awards are presented to feature films in both categories and all films are eligible for the Spirit of Slamdance Award judged by the filmmakers themselves, as well as the Audience Awards.

    Year after year, Slamdance continues to evolve into a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent. With over half of Slamdance‘s features from its 2013 slate having found distribution after premiering in Park City, the festival continues to prove itself to be a place for new filmmakers to begin their careers.

    Based at the Treasure Mountain Inn (255 Main Street, Park City, UT), the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will run January 17-23, 2014 (concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival).

    NARRATIVE FEATURES PROGRAM

    Copenhagen – Director & Screenwriter: Mark Raso
    (USA, Canada, Denmark)
    A charming scoundrel visiting the city of his father’s birth, William is drawn to his impromptu guide Effy – wise, spontaneous, and half his age.
    Cast: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Tamzin Merchant

    Goldberg & Eisenberg – Director & Screenwriter: Oren Carmi
    (Israel)
    A lonely computer programmer finds his life disrupted by a boorish thug who becomes dangerously obsessed in this darkly absurd drama.
    Cast: Yitzhak Laor, Yahav Gal, Roni Dotan

    I Play With The Phrase Each Other – Director & Screenwriter: Jay Alvarez
    (USA) North American Premiere
    Young city dwellers with lyrical musings and a sliding sense of entitlement hold court in this film comprised entirely of cell phone conversations.
    Cast: Jay Alvarez, Will Hand, Megan Kopp, Alexander Fraser

    I Put A Hit On You – Directors & Screenwriters: Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart
    (Canada) World Premiere
    A broken-hearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to try and stop the hitman she accidentally hired to kill him.
    Cast: Aaron Ashmore, Sara Canning

    My Blind Heart – Director & Screenwriter: Peter Brunner
    (Austria) North American Premiere
    Suffering from an incurable disease, a young man rebels against his body and the expectations forced upon him in this black and white expressionist film.
    Cast: Christos Haas, Jana McKinnon, Susanne Lothar, Robert Schmiedt, Georg Friedrich

    The Republic of Rick – Director: Mario Kyprianou; Screenwriters: Mario Kyprianou, Becky Leigh
    (USA) World Premiere
    In this politic satire, a self-proclaimed President of the Republic of Texas rallies to lead a paranoid militia for Texas’s independence in the late 1990s.
    Cast: Dave Abed, Angie Gregory, Lori Jean Wilson

    Rezeta – Director & Screenwriter: Fernando Frias de la Parra
    (Mexico) US Premiere
    A jet-setting model leads a freewheeling and spontaneous life in Mexico City that starts to change when she falls in love with an unexpected young artist.
    Cast: Rezeta Veliu, Roger Mendoza, Paulina Davila, Sebastian Cordova

    Rover – Director & Screenwriter: Tony Blahd
    (USA) World Premiere
    A dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves when their leader fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world.
    Cast: Liam Torres, Jonathan Randell Silver, Steve Siddell, Natalie Thomas

    The Sublime and Beautiful – Director & Screenwriter: Blake Robbins
    (USA) World Premiere
    David and Kelly descend into a complicated hell of grief but they take very different paths to make things right after losing their children to a drunk driver.
    Cast: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro, Armin Shimerman

    Wizard’s Way – Director & Screenwriter: Metal Man
    (UK) North American Premiere
    A champion online fantasy video game player, his encouraging best friend, and two ambitious would-be filmmakers who decide to capture it all for posterity.
    Cast: Chris Killen, Joe Stretch, Kristian Scott, Socrates Adams-Florou, Sadie Frost

    DOCUMENTARY FEATURES PROGRAM

    Elliot – Directors & Screenwriters: Matthew Bauckman, Jaret Belliveau
    (Canada) World Premiere
    The bizarre story of Elliot Scott, his supportive partner Linda Lum, and their cast and crew of outrageous dreamers all striving to achieve success.

    Glena – Director & Screenwriter: Allan Luebke
    (USA) World Premiere
    Glena Avila is a single mother in her 30’s who is fighting to become a professional Mixed Martial Artist.

    Huntington’s Dance – Director: Chris Furbee
    (USA) World Premiere
    Told through 20 years of home movie footage, Huntington’s Dance is a personal and devastatingly raw look at how hereditary disease can shatter a family and a future.

    Kidnapped For Christ – Director: Kate S. Logan; Screenwriters: Yada Zamora, Kate S. Logan
    (USA, Dominican Republic) World Premiere
    The personal stories of American teenagers who are taken from their homes and sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school located in The Dominican Republic.

    Little Hope Was Arson – Director: Theo Love
    (USA)
    January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history.

    Skanks – Director: David McMahon
    (USA) World Premiere
    A community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounts a gender-bending new musical titled “Skanks In A One Horse Town.”

    Sometimes I Dream I’m Flying – Director & Screenwriter: Aneta Popiel-Machnicka (Poland) North American Premiere
    The poignant story of a young dancer preparing to perform at the Berlin Opera and the serious injury that threatens her lifelong dream.

    Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe à la Hache – Director & Screenwriter: Nailah Jefferson
    (USA) World Premiere
    In Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana, the residents of this ruined fishing community continue dealing with the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in US history.

    All Access, Industry, Local’s, and Student Festival Passes are available now online, and individual tickets will be available shortly. To purchase, click here: http://showcase.slamdance.com/#1598746/Passes-and-Tickets

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