Indie film festival, Slamdance, kicks off in Park City, Utah on January 18. Organizers have announced a new slate of Special Screenings and the addition of the Slam Collective, which is being described as a collaboration with “global filmmakers using innovative methods and shared experience,” who are “inspired by the idea that with digital technology, cameras, online distribution, like-minded filmmakers from different cultures across continents can embrace a basic concept and create several films with one unifying theme; the discovery of community.” The group played a little filmic exquisite corpse and came up with the experimental doc, I Want to Be An American, which premieres on January 21. Check out a trailer for the fest and the newly announced titles, below. Head to Film School Rejects for the previously announced features. [via FSR]
SPECIAL SCREENINGS PROGRAM
Between Us – Director: Dan Mirvish, Screenwriters: Joe Hortua & Dan Mirvish
In this darkly comedic drama based on a hit Off-Broadway play, two couples reunite over the course of two volatile evenings where anything can happen.
Cast: Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Harbour, Julia Stiles
Jug Face – Director & Screenwriter: Chad Crawford Kinkle
(USA) World Premiere
Teen, pregnant with her brother’s child, tries to escape from a backwoods community when she discovers that she must sacrifice herself to a creature in a pit in this dramatic horror offering.
Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Bridgers, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, Daniel Manche, Scott Hodges, Katie Groshong, Alex Maisus
Vipaka – Director: Philippe Caland, Screenwriter: Shintaro Shimosawa (USA) World Premiere
You reap what you sow.
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, Ariana Neal
I WANT TO BE AN AMERICAN
(United States, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, India) World Premiere
I Want To Be An American – Director: Dale Yudelman
Stix, a 19-year-old youth has lived on the streets of Cape Town and the suburb of Manenburg all his life. The Americans he mentions are a notorious gang on the Cape Flats, but what Stix really wants is to see the world and America someday.
Clown In The Crowd – Director: Maya Newell
Yani, a 29-year-old Peruvian refugee, leads a double life: part wife and mother, part clown.
Aidee – Director: Dylan Verrechia
The story of Aidee, a stripper living in Tijuana struggling relentlessly to provide her daughter with a good education and a better life.
Suzanne Takes Me Down – Director: Q
Through the course of one night, Suzanne, a transgender sex worker, walks the streets of Kolkata, confessing her dreams.
Listen – Director: Monteith McCollum
A story about man’s love affair with shortwave radio.
All About Eve – Director: Peter Baxter
Eve, an outgoing 12-year-old girl living in Hollywood, California is preparing to meet the world and life in the 21st Century.
Rosa – Director: Daniel J. Harris
Rosa is about a traditional wedding song in Cape Malay culture, now sung mostly at choral competitions.