15 pix set for Slamdance

Event sees record submissions

See lineupThe Slamdance 2003 Film Festival has invited 15 features to compete at its ninth annual event from a record 2,800 submissions. Slamdance runs Jan. 18-25 in Park City, Utah.

The feature competition includes 11 narratives and four documentaries. Slamdance also will screen 12 short films in competition.

Festival headquarters this year return to the Treasure Mountain Inn on Park City’s Main Street after two years at the less convenient Silvermine.

The Slamdance feature competition is restricted to first-time filmmakers working on limited budgets who have not yet found U.S. distribution.

Narrative features in competition are “All Night Bodega” by Felix Olivier, “Assisted Living” by Elliot Greenebaum, “Briar Patch” by Zev Berman, “Die Kurve” by Felix Fuchssteiner, “Go Wherever You Wanna Go” by Nan Wu, “In Smog and Thunder” by Sean Meredith, “Lou Loves People” by Bret Carr, “Melvin Goes to Dinner” by Bob Odenkirk, “The Real Old Testament” by Curtis and Paul Hannum, “Robot Stories” by Greg Pak and “Various Positions” by Ori Kowarsky.

Documentaries in competition are “Civilian Casualties: Fragments From the War on Terror” by Frances Anderson, “End of the Century” by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields, “Long Gone” by David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill and “Missing Peace” by Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce.

Slamdance also has selected 12 titles for its short film competition. They are “Blank,” by Steven Young, “Clyde” by Mans Mansson, “Faithful” by Marzena Grzegorczyk, “Himrod Forever” by Karen Leo, “Little Hearts” by Stephen T. Main, “Miguelina” by Reyther Ortega, “Peluca” by Jared Hess, “Second Place” by John Hime, “The Secret Heaven” by Sun Koh, “Shadowman” by Amanda Rudman, “The Snell Show” by Andrew Black and “V.O.” by Antonia San Juan.

The Slamdance 2003 Film Festival features are . . .

“All Night Bodega” – A troubled teen comes of age in a foster home in Spanish Harlem. Directed by Felix Olivier.

“Assisted Living” – A janitor in a nursing home spends his days getting high and enjoying the surrealism of resident life. When he develops an unlikely friendship with an elderly woman, his compassion drives him jeopardize his job. Directed by Elliot Greenebaum.

“Briar Patch” – Southern Gothic tale of true love and murder. With Dominique Swain, Henry Thomas and Karen Allen. Directed by Zev Berman.

“Die Kurve” – Two outcast brothers live at the base of a rocky mountain and the spoils from car wrecks are their livelihood until one day there is a survivor. Directed by Felix Fuchssteiner.

“Go Wherever You Wanna Go” – Two Chinese teens kidnap a businesswoman and hold her for ransom in an effort to fund the trip of their dreams. Directed by Nan Wu.

“In Smog And Thunder” – A mockumentary about a Civil war between Northern and Southern California. Directed by Sean Meredith.

“Lou Loves People” – An ex-boxer must lose his stutter and confront a lifetime of violent behavior. Written by Quinn K. Redeker (“The Deer Hunter”) and directed by Bret Carr.

“Melvin Goes To Dinner” – Melvin goes to dinner with three almost complete strangers. Directed by Bob Odenkirk.

“The Real Old Testament” – Reality TV meets The Book of Genesis as we find out what happens when Biblical patriarchs stop being hallowed religious figures and start getting real. Directed by Curtis and Paul Hannum.

“Robot Stories” — Four stories about love, death, family and robots. Directed by Greg Pak.

“Various Positions” — A law student from an Orthodox Jewish family falls in love with a non-Jewish girl, while his father gets into a scandal involving the local Jewish Cemetery. Directed by Ori Kowarsky.

Documentaries in competition are:

“Civilian Casualties: Fragments From The War On Terror” – Story of Afghan civilian casualties during Operation Enduring Freedom as seen through the eyes of four Americans who lost loved ones in 9/11. Directed by Frances Anderson.

“End Of The Century” – Story of The Ramones and their impact on music history. Directed by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields.

“Long Gone” – Intertwining stories of six tramps who hop freight trains to travel across America over a seven-year period. Original score by Tom Waits. Directed by David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill.

“Missing Peace” – Intending to follow controversial Colombian Presidential Candidate Ingrid Betancourt on the campaign trail, the filmmakers switched gears when she was kidnapped, to tell the story of her husband’s desperate quest to free her and keep her campaign alive. Directed by Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce.

Slamdance has also selected 12 titles for the short film competition. They are:

“Blank.” Evil seductresses, drug addled vampires, sex fiend neighbors, vague declarations of insect war are all part of life’s rich tapestry for a mania-cally lonely oddball. Directed by Steven Young.

“Clyde.” In this documentary a black homeless man contemplates his life in the wake of 9/11. Directed by Måns Månsson.

“Faithful.” A wife, a sister and an alleged lover are confronted by the limits of their own honesty as they deal with uncovering the truth about an extramarital affair. Directed by Marzena Grzegorczyk.

“Himrod Forever.” Love, loss and yarn in Queens, NY unravels in this story of a life-sized sock puppet and his relationships with smaller companions and ghosts. Directed by Karen Leo.

“Little Hearts.” A brief moment in an unexpected friendship between a lonely Korean boy and the mysterious twins he befriends while visiting his grandmother’s apartment. Directed by Stephen T. Maing.

“Miguelina.” Faith is everything for a woman living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Directed by Reyther Ortega.

“Peluca.” Seth, a guy with a penchant for drawing, fanny packs and illegal ninja books, makes friends in rural Idaho. Directed by Jared Hess.

“Second Place.” Two roommates can’t stop competing with each other, even when faced with impending eviction. Directed by John Hime.

“The Secret Heaven.” A five-year-old girl who hates her piano lessons reaches for a way to break free. Directed by Sun Koh.

“Shadowman.” A young girl reaches out to befriend a man with shadowy intentions. Directed by Amanda Rudman.

“The Snell Show.” Every year the community gathers at Old Man Snell’s trailer for the greatest show on earth. Directed by Andrew Black.

“V.O.” Goya Award-nominated film about a blind date gone awry. Directed by Antonia San Juan.

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