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Slamdance Unveils Competition Lineup (EXCLUSIVE)

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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