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Park City fest sets 23 premiere pix

A correction was made to this article on Dec. 14, 2004.

Marilyn Agrelo’s ballroom-dancing documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom” will be the opening pic of the 11th annual Slamdance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 21-28 in Park City, Utah.

Work-in-progress doc “I Know I Am Not Alone,” directed by Michael Franti, will close the fest.

Twenty-three world and U.S. features will premiere at the fest. Lineup includes 11 competition narrative features, eight competition docs, six special screenings and seven midnight screenings, as well as close to 80 shorts.

Rob Stefaniuk’s laffer “Phil the Alien,” Arin Crumley and Susan Buice’s “Four-Eyed Monster” and David Greenspan’s romantic comedy “Mall Cop” are among narrative pics in competition.

The competitive docu category includes Jennifer Abel and Jeff Hockett’s “Abel Raises Cain” and Don Bernier’s “In a Nutshell.”

The fest has expanded to include a second screening venue. In addition, the event will expand its Salt Lake City screenings to two theaters.

The Big C Gaming Competition and the Teleplay Competition are new additions to the fest.

The 2005 Slamdance Film Festival Line Up:

COMPETITION (narrative features), :

Mall Cop David Greenspan (USA), World premiere

Milk Can Matt Kresling (USA), World premiere

Phil the Alien Rob Stefaniuk (Canada), US premiere

Zombie Honeymoon Dave Gebroe (USA)

Frozen Juliet McKoen (UK)

On the Outs Lori Silverbush & Michael Skolnik (USA), US premiere

This Very Moment Christoph Hochhäuser (Germany)

Four-Eyed Monsters Arin Crumley & Susan Buice (USA), World premiere

The Dry Spell John Dowdle (USA), World premiere

Strahl Manuel Flurin Hendry (Switzerland), US premiere

Ellektra Rudolf Mestdagh (Belgium), US premiere

COMPETITION (feature documentaries):

Closer She Gets Craig Ouellette (USA), World premiere

La Sierra Scott Dalton & Margarita Martinez (Columbia/USA), World premiere

In a Nutshell Don Bernier (USA)

Liquid Vinyl Taylor Neary (USA), World premiere

Abel Raises Cain Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett (USA), World premiere

Georgi and the Butterflies Andrey Paounov (Bulgaria)

Tragedy: The Story of Queensbridge Booker Sim (USA), World premiere

Jisoe Eddie Martin (Australia)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Mad Hot Ballroom Marilyn Agrelo (USA), World premiere

The Read Dirt on Farmer John Taggart Siegel (USA), World premiere

Amelia Edouard Lock (Canada), World premiere

Male Fantasy Blaine Thurier (Canada)

Commune Jonathan Berman (USA), World premiere

I Know I am Not Alone Michael Franti (USA), work-in-progress

MIDNIGHT SERIES

All Souls Day Jeremy Kasten (USA), World premiere

Ill Fated Mark A. Lewis (Canada), US premiere

Ringers: Lord of the Fans Carlene Cordova (USA), World premiere

Malfunkshun Scot Barbour (USA), Work-in-progress

Sledge Brad Martin (USA), World premiere

Off Beat Claudia Rudolph (Germany), US premiere

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