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The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and HBO announced the lineup for the fest’s seventh annual Film Discovery Program, which will run Feb. 9-13 in Aspen, Colo.

Of 22 features, six will make their world premieres, led by Tom Green’s “Bob the Butler.” Pic, directed by Gary Sinyor and co-starring Brooke Shields and Simon Callow, centers on a jack of all trades who lands jobs alphabetically through the phone book.

“The themes of this year’s submissions are an interesting reflection of the times. A significant number explore war, midgets and unemployment. I suppose one can draw their own conclusions,” said film fest program director Kevin Haasarud.

Scott Marshall, son of Garry Marshall, brings his directorial debut, “Lucky 13,” about a young boy’s familial mishaps during his Bar Mitzvah. Daryl Hannah, Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz and Garry Marshall star.

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Donal Logue, star of “The Tao of Steve” and TV’s “Grounded for Life,” makes his helming debut with “Tennis, Anyone …?” about two emerging actors’ passion for the sport.

Filmmakers attending the fest will get a chance to rub elbows with the likes of New Line co-chair Bob Shaye, Newmarket prexy Bob Berney, Lions Gate CEO Jon Feltheimer and ThinkFilm distrib prexy Mark Urman during the Fireside Chat series.



World Premiere Special Presentations

Title (country, director)

Bob the Butler (U.S., Gary Sinyor)
Lucky 13 (U.S., Scott Marshall)
Partner(s) (U.S., Dave Diamond)
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic (U.S., Liam Lynch)
Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party (U.S., Robert Brinkmann)
Tennis Anyone. . .? (U.S., Donal Logue)

Surprise! Screenings

The Aristocrats (U.S., Paul Provenza, Penn Jillette)
Kung Fu Hustle (China, Stephen Chow)

Feature Films

World Cinema

The Boys and Girls from County Clare (Ireland, John Irvin)
Hatley High (Canada, Phil Price)It’s All Gone Pete Tong (UK, Michael Dowse) U.S. Premiere

Foreign Language

The Corsican File (France, Alain Berberian)
Dreamship Surprise — Period 1 (Germany, Michael “Bully” Herbig) North American premiere
Kontroll (Hungary, Nimrod Antal)
Take Me Home (Canada, Canuel) U.S. Premiere
Unconscious (Spain, Joaquin Oristrell)
Young Beautiful and Screwed Up (UK/France/Germany, Igor SK) North American premiere


The Art & Crimes of Ron English (U.S., Pedro Carvajal)
Goodnight, We Love You (U.S, Gregg Barson)
House of the Tiger King (Sweden, David Flamholc) U.S. Premiere

American Independents

Invitation to a Suicide (U.S., Loren Marsh)
The Thing About My Folks (U.S., Raymond DeFelitta)

Comedy Classics

Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke (U.S., Lou Adler)
Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (Japan, Yasujiro Ozu)

Critics Choice: Unsung Comedies

The Tall Guy (UK, Mel Smith)
The Wrong Box (UK, Bryan Forbes)
The Party (U.S. Blake Edwards)


Title (director)

Backseat Bingo (Liz Blazer)
Boy-Next-Door (Travis Davis)
Brand Spanking (John-Paul Harney)
Candy Paint (Andrew Waller)
Déformation Personnelle (Jean-Francois Asselin)
Fallen Art (Tomek Bagiñski)
How I Walked On The Moon (Samuel Jadok)
Jakarta Boom Boom (Leroy Koetz)
Jihad (Michael Shapiro)
Long Story Short (Simbi Hall)
Lucky (Nathan Hope)
Motel (Thor Freudenthal)
Our Time Is Up (Rob Pearlstein)
E-Motion Capture (Alex Feil)
The Sky Is Falling (Adam Kreps)
Spam-Ku: I Won a Haiku Contest About Spam (Steven Tsuchida)
The Adventures of Bob and Sam: Episode 1 (Jason Guerrero)
The Big Thing (Carl Laudan)
The Man Without A Head (Juan Solanas)
The Surprise (Lancelot von Naso)
The Tooth (Nathan Stone)
West Bank Story (Ari Sandel)
Willowbee (George Kenyon)