Competition selection includes 'Art,' 'Kinky,' 'Smoking'
The 12th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival unveiled a full lineup for its Film Discovery Program on Monday, with a sked of 23 pics to unspool.Competition selection is dotted with highlights from other recent fests, including Sundance (“Art School Confidential,” “Friends With Money,” “Kinky Boots”), Slamdance (“The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang”) and Toronto (“Thank You for Smoking”). Lineup will also feature six world preems, including Damon Wayans’ “Behind the Smile”; the Chevy Chase and Penelope Ann Miller starrer “Funny Money”; and “Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas,” which stars Patrick Fugit and will subsequently play at SXSW. Comedy Arts fest runs March 8-12 in Aspen, Colo., and its film lineup was announced with sponsor HBO. Also on tap are special screenings of Paul Weitz’s “American Dreamz,” Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and Michel Gondry’s docu “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Ron Livingston will reunite in the mountains to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the trio’s seminal Los Angeles dating comedy “Swingers.” For a full Comedy Arts film lineup, go to hbocomedyfestival.com.