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Slamdance Film Festival reveals competition setup – variety

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

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