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Special Slamdance

Fest sets slate, adds Filmmakers' Lounge

The Slamdance Film Festival has named six features and one short for the Special Screenings category, as well as 30 features and shorts to be screened in the festival’s new second venue, the Slamdance Filmmakers’ Lounge.

Fest runs Jan. 22-29 in Park City, Utah’s, Treasure Mountain Inn, concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival.

Special Screenings highlights include the opening night film: “Road to Park City,” a dark comedy about filmmakers desperate to get into Sundance, by first-time helmer Bret Stern. Fest will also screen, in its U.S. premiere, Jason Priestley’s feature directorial debut, “Barenaked in America,” a documentary about rock group the Barenaked Ladies.

Other Special Screenings include “Amargosa,” directed by Todd Robinson; “Home Sweet Hoboken,” directed by Yoshifumi Hosoya; “Swimming,” directed by Robert J. Siegel; and “What I Like About You,” directed by Jeff Stolhand.

The Special Screenings short will be Charlie Call’s “Peep Show.”

Second venue

The Filmmakers’ Lounge will serve as an official second screening venue for Slamdance 2000. “We are delighted to be able to give more filmmakers than ever a chance to participate in Slamdance,” said festival executive director Peter Baxter. Unlike Special Screenings and Competition films, Filmmakers’ Lounge screenings are free of charge.

Also new for 2000, pics unspooling in the Filmmakers’ Lounge will be eligible for the Spirit of Slamdance Award, to be voted on by all participating Lounge filmmakers.

“We wanted to figure out a way to recognize the filmmaker who most embodies the Slamdance spirit,” said Slamdance co-founder-at-large Dan Mirvish. “And if that means turning the Lounge into a bubbling cauldron of glad-handing, back-slapping and baby-kissing filmmakers trying to win their colleagues’ votes, then that sounds like fun to me.”

Lounge pics

Filmmakers’ Lounge feature screenings include “Enter” (Veit Bastian); “A Galaxy Far, Far Away” (Tariq); “Here We Are Waiting for You” (Marcelo Masagao); “Searching for Roger Taylor” (Aaron Barnett); “System Noise” (Josh Ferrazzano); and “Wilbur Whateley’s Sex Drive” (H. Turner).

Filmmakers’ Lounge short screenings include “Best in Beef” (Rob Smits and Britta Hosman); “The Bum Spangled Banner” (Jangho Choi); “Crash Pad and the One Arm Bandit,” (Richard Allen); “Dot Down” (Christopher Duvert); “Family Portrait” (Chris Harris); “Fledgling” (Eron Sheean); “Harry Knuckles and the Treasure of the Aztec Mummy” (Lee Demarbre); “Hell House” (Dewey Nicks); and “Hello Kitty” (Noel Dowd); “The Last Dance” (Alwine van Heemstra); “Legs” (David Ostry); “Macca Strewth” (Dylan Crooke); “The Midnight Carnival” (Aaron Avgenblick); “Miss Gentilbelle” (Tara Miele); “Moonshine” (Kelly Riley); “Mosquito” (Frieder Wittich); “Otto, I Am Another” (Lucas Bambozzi and Cao Guimaraes); “Pacifier” (O. Perez); “Restless” (Adam Gault); “The Rooster” (Scott Gardner); “Rosewater” (Kimi Takesue); “Tonite” (Masa Tsuyuki); “Undesirables” (Marianna Yarovskaya); and “Vedma” (Allison Schulnik).

Additional info on Slamdance 2000 is available at Slamdance.com.

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