Slamdance Unveils Competition Lineup (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Slamdance Film Festival, launched two decades ago as an alternative to Sundance, has unveiled 18 titles for its narrative and documentary feature film competition programs.

The lineup — which includes 11 world premieres, four North American premieres, and one U.S. premiere — was selected from more than 5,000 submissions. All competition films are feature film directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million and without U.S. distribution.

The 20th iteration of the festival will take place Jan. 17-23 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn.

The fest has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Actvity,” Marilyn Argrelo’s “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Seth Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”  Slamdance alumni include Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin and Lynn Shelton.

The narrative lineup includes Mark Raso’s “Copenhagen”; Oren Carmi’s  “Goldberg & Eisenberg”;  Jay Alvarez’s “I Play With The Phrase Each Other”; Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart’s “I Put a Hit on You”; Pete Brunner’s “My Blind Heart”;  Mario Kyprainou’s “The Republic of Rick”; Fernando Frias de la Parra’s “Rezeta”; Tony Blahd’s “Rover”; Blake Robbins’ “The Sublime and Beautiful”: and Metal Man’s “Wizard’s Way.”

The documentary lineup Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau’s “Elliot,” Allan Luebke’s “Glena”; Chris Furbee’s “Huntington’s Dance”; Kate S. Logan’s “Kidnapped for Christ”; Theo Love’s “Little Hope Was Arson”;  David McMahon’s “Skanks”; Aneta Popiel-Machnicka’s “Sometimes I Dream I”m Flying”; and Nailah Jefferson’s “Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache.”

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  1. Mel says:

    Chris Furbee’s Huntington’s Dance was 18 years in the making. Features a few pieces of home video along with a lot of footage shot by the director and his friends over the years. A raw look at the devastating effects of Huntington’s Chorea, the genetic disease that killed Woody Guthrie, and claimed the lives of Furbee’s mother,aunt,and grandfather and continues to plague thousands of people. Important to see.

  2. Klara says:

    Hey Dave, you are writing that My Blind Heart was made by Aaron Ashmore and Sara Canning, but it was in fact made by Peter Brunner. Cheers

  3. Alexis says:

    “Vanishing Pearls” is a MUST SEE!!! So excited about seeing this amazing doc!!! Congrats Nailah Jefferson!!!

  4. Pamela says:

    SO THRILLED Kidnapped for Christ made this list. As a NHYM survivor I can’t wait to see this and in PC!!!!!! YES!!!!!!

  5. Jeff sawyer says:

    Kidnapped for Christ is an AMAZING film. I’m so excited for the public to see it.

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