Slamdance soph sesh sets dozen

The second annual Slamdance Intl. Film Festival & Market has unveiled its slate of 12 competition films, including pics directed by Rupert Wainright (“Blank Check”), screenwriter Rich Wilkes (“The Jerky Boys”) and Michael Hacker, a protege of Wim Wenders.

Slamdance runs concurrently in Park City with the Sundance fest; in its sophomore outing, the festival seems to have attracted some titles of a slightly higher caliber.

James Le Gros, Parker Posey, Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Fell appear in competition films; and Dudley Moore, James Coburn and Pierce Brosnan are in the festival’s out-of-competition opening night premiere, “The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson,” directed by Francis Megahy (a mockumentary about the disappearance of a wealthy Brit producer).

The competition will feature Steven Bilitch’s “Ruta Awakening,” Michael Hacker’s “The Destiny of Marty Fine,” Marc Foster’s “Loungers,” Greg Mottola’s “Daytrippers,” David Orr’s “Blossom Time,” Demian Lichtenstein’s “Lowball,” Rich Wilkes’ “Last Call,” Julian Whatley’s “The Social Disease,” Geoffrey Sharp’s “Slings and Arrows,” Kevin Lewis’ “The Method,” Erica Jordan’s “Walls of Sand,” and D.W. Harper’s “The Delicate Art of The Rifle.”

Closing-night pic is Wainright’s “The Sadness of Sex.” Nine of the 12 competition films are world premieres. Slamdance also will feature a web site at

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