The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 25-year jubilee and documentary full-length film competition program, as well as the setup for its new breakouts section.
The narrative line-up includes the coming-of-age drama "Spiral Farm", starring Piper De Palma, daughter of director Brian De Palma, who makes her feature début as a teenage girl growing up in a commune where life is disturbed by the arrival of two outsiders, a father and a son. Amanda Plummer ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"), Teo Halm ("Earth to Echo") and Jade Fusco ("Youth in Revolt") co-star.
The festival, which was introduced in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, includes impressions of remarkable titles such as Paranormal Activity & # 39; from Oren Peli. The fest is from January 25 to January at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah. 31, will display 18 films including 10 world premieres, four North American premieres and four US premieres.
Slamdance alumni include Joe and Anthony Russo, Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles have debuted at Slamdance such as "Mad Hot Ballroom" and Gordon's "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." The winners of this year were "Rock Steady Row" from Trevor Stevens in the narrative category and Pablo Bryant's "Mr. Fish: Cartooning From the Deep End" for documentary.
The competition with the Slamdance function is limited to films made by first-time directors with budgets of less than $ 1 million and without US distribution.
"When it comes to discovering talent, Slamdance has consistently shown that its community led by artists can do it themselves", says Peter Baxter, co-founder and president of Slamdance. "In a milestone year, our competition set-up symbolizes this constant pursuit, full of incredible talent representing a global diversity that we believe will play an important role in our cultural future."
The 2019 festival will see the return of the Russo Fellowship – a prize of $ 25,000, launched in 2018 by the celebrated festival alumni Anthony and Joe Russo ("Captain America: Civil War," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Avengers : Infinity War ") to give a filmmaker the opportunity to continue his journey with the mentoring of the filmmaking duo.
The new breakout section is intended for films by directors who do not have a function for the first time and who show a determined vision of filmmaking with work by various Slamdance alumni, including Steven Soderbergh, who is the performer & # 39; Beats & # 39; produced, and Canadian filmmaker Alexandre Franchi who received the audience Award for the best storytelling film at the 2010 festival for The Hunt & # 39;
The 2019 competition functions include:
A Great Lamp (USA) – World premiere
Director: Saad Qureshi
Scriptwriters: Saad Qureshi, Donald R. Monroe and Max Wilde
Two sad vandals and an unemployed einzelgänger are waiting for a legendary rocket launch on the river towns of North Carolina.
Cast: Max Wilde, Spencer Bang, Steven Maier, Julian Semilian, Laura Ingram Semilian, Netta Green, Connie Stewart, Smokey, Spaz
Boni Bonita (Brazil, Argentina) – North American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Daniel Barosa
Raised from the death of her mother, Beatriz moves to Brazil, where she begins an intense and poisonous relationship with Rogério, an older musician struggling with the artistic heritage of his family.
Cast: Ailín Salas, Caco Ciocler
Cat Sticks (India) – World premiere
Director: Ronny Sen
Scriptwriters: Ronny Sen, Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas
A group of Calcutta youths are looking for more lust and life in their ruthless pursuit of Brown Sugar (dirty heroin) … and it is an untenable high.
Cast: Tanmay Dhanania, Sumeet Thakur, Joyraj Bhattacharjee, Rahul Dutta, Saurabh Saraswat, Sreejita Mitra, Raja Chakravorty, Kalpan Mitra
Crystal Swan (Belarus, United States, Germany, Russia) – North American premiere
Director: Darya Zhuk
Screenwriter: Helga Landauer
In the middle of the 90s, Belarus, the big overseas plans of a young DJ, got derailed when a typo in her visa application sent her to a factory town in the backwaters, where she is determined to make her way to the American dream. to follow.
Cast: Alina Nassibulina, Ivan Mulin, Yury Borisov
Dollhouse: the extermination of female subjectivity from American Popular Culture (US, Canada) – North American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Nicole Brending
A puppet animation that charts the rise and fall of fictional child pop star Junie Spoons.
Cast: Aneikit Bonnel, Sydney Bonar, Nicole Brending, Erik Hoover, Maggie Morrisson, Peter Ooley, Adam Sly
Hurry Slowly (Norway)
Director / screenwriter: Anders Emblem
In a hurry, Fiona slowly follows a number of life-changing summer months on the north-west coast of Norway, where she juggles her brother, her work on the local ferry and her interest in music.
Cast: Amalie Ibsen Jensen, David Jakobsen, Lars Halvor Andreassen
Impetus (Canada) – American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Jennifer Alleyn
In the process of her ongoing film shoot in New York City, a filmmaker questions the origin of the print. As she tries to overcome loss through creation, an unexpected event illuminates her journey.
Cast: Pascale Bussières, Emmanuel Schwartz, Jorn Reissner, Esfyr Dyachkov
Lost Holiday (USA) – World premiere
Directors / scriptwriters: Michael Matthews, Thomas Matthews
Two old high school friends solve a Christmas mystery in D.C.
Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Thomas Matthews, Keith Poulson, William Jackson Harper, Ismenia Mendes, Tone Tank, Joshua Leonard and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Spiral Farm (USA) – World premiere
Director / screenwriter: Alec Tibaldi
When two outsiders arrive at an isolated, deliberate community, seventeen-year-old Anahita begins to question her role at home, and what a future in the world as a whole could be.
Cast: Piper de Palma, Amanda Plummer, Jade Fusco, Teo Halm, Cosimo Fusco, Countries Beattie, Akuyoe Graham, Kayleigh Gilbert
The Vast of Night (USA) – World premiere
Director: Andrew Patterson
Screenwriter: James Montague, Craig W. Sanger
At the beginning of the space race in America, two radio-obsessed teens discover a strange frequency above the ether waves that could change their lives, their small towns and the whole earth forever.
Cast: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, Bruce Davis
We Are Thankful (South Africa) – North American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Joshua Magor
When Siyabonga, a young South African actor hungry to expand his craft, gets wind of a film production that shoots in a neighboring city, the enthusiastic thespian decides to make a journey that will take him away from his quiet home life and outside. a vibrant world of possibilities.
Cast: Siyabonga Majola, Sabelo Khoza, Xolani "X" Malinga, Amanda Ncube, Percy Mncedicy Zulu, Ntokozo Mkhize, Sibusiso "Sbu" Nzama, Luthando "Cminzah" Ngcobo
Behind the Bullet (USA) – World premiere
Director / screenwriter: Heidi Yewman
An in-depth look at four people who pull the trigger and the deep impact it has had on their lives.
The Beksinskis. A sound and photo album (Poland) – American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Marcin Borchardt
A famous Polish painter known for his dark and distorted imagery tells the life of his son from the 1950s to the millennium.
Desolation Center (US) – American premiere
Director: Stuart Swezey
Scriptwriters: Stuart Swezey, Tyler Hubby
The untold story of a series of anarchist punk-rock desert events in Reagan that still resonate through our culture.
Down or Disco (US)
Director: Jonathan Sutak
A scandal in the field of lip synchronization pits an American singer against an Italian male model about the legacy of the nineties & # 39; Italo Disco & # 39; star Den Harrow.
Markie in Milwaukee (USA) – World premiere
Director: Matt Kliegman
A midwestern transgender woman struggles with the prospect of de-transition under the pressure of her fundamentalist church, family and community.
Memphis & # 39; 69 (USA) – World premiere
Director: Joe LaMattina, screenwriters: Joe LaMattina, Lisa LaMattina
A year after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, a group of blues legends came together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Memphis, TN. This concert documentary, recorded in 3 days in June 1969, celebrates an American art form that unites us all.
The Professional: A Stevie Blatz Story (USA) – American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Daniel La Barbera
A look behind the scenes at the magic of Stevie Blatz, an entertainment entrepreneur in Bethlehem, PA.
Seadrift (USA) – World premiere
Director / screenwriter: Tim Tsai
In 1979, the deadly shooting of a white crab fisherman in a fishing village in Texas ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast.
Sudan: The Last Male Standing (USA, Kenya) – World Premiumagain
Director: David Hambridge
Because of the conservation efforts of a rhino-care unit in Kenya, we look in real time past the headlines in the void of extinction.
Beats (UK) – North American premiere
Director: Brian Welsh, screenwriter: Kieran Hurley, Brian Welsh
A universal story about friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered young people – set on a soundtrack that is as eclectic and exciting as the scene in which it was born, BEATS is a story for our time.
Cast: Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser
Demolition Girl (Japan) – World premiere
Director: Genta Matsugami, screenwriters: Yoshitaka Kasui, Genta Matsugami
A high school girl living in a rural city in Japan struggles to determine her own way in life. To help her impoverished family, she works as a video fetish performer who causes problems for her and her family with a criminal underworld.
Cast: Aya Kitai, Hiroki Ino, Haruka Imo, Yura Komuro, Yota Kawase, Ko Maehara, Ryohei Abe, Nobu Morimoto
Happy Face (Canada) – American premiere
Director: Alexandre Franchi, screenwriter: Alexandre Franchi, Joëlle Bourjolly
Desperate to become less superficial, a handsome teenager distorts his face with bandages and visits a support group for deformed people.
Cast: Robin L & # 39; Houmeau, Debbie Lynch-White, David Roche, E.R. Ruiz, Alison Midstokke, Cindy Nicholsen, Noémie Kocher.
History of Love (Slovenia, Italy, Norway) – North American premiere
Director / screenwriter: Sonja Prosenc
A teenage swimmer / high diver Iva, endures a grieving process, such as family secrets and mysteries, especially those of her mother, reveal.
Cast: Doroteja Nadrah, Kristoffer Joner, Matej Zemljic, Zoja Florjanc Lukan, Matija Vastl, Zita Fusco