The Slamdance feature competition section is limited specifically to first-time filmmakers working with limited budgets who have not yet found U.S. distribution. Many of the films in the non-competitive section are also directed by first-time filmmakers. “Whether you’re an agent looking for a new client, a distributor looking for new films, or you just want to see new filmmakers proudly screening their work for the first time, Slamdance is more than ever the place to go this year in Park City,” said Dan Mirvish, festival co-founder.
Feature Films Screening in Competition
“All Night Bodega” – directed by Felix Olivier ^ A troubled teen is learning to assert herself and make her own choices as she comes of age in a foster home in Spanish Harlem.
“Assisted Living” – directed by Elliott Greenebaum ^ A janitor in a nusing home spends his days getting high and enjoying the surrealisn of resident life. When he develops an unlikely friendship with an elderly woman, whose mind is faltering, his compassion drives him to knowingly jeopardize his job.
“Briar Patch” – directed by Zev Berman ^ A modern, Southern Gothic tale of true love and murder.
“Die Kurve” – directed by Felix Fuchssteiner ^ Two outcast brothers live at the base of a rocky mountain ensconced in dangerous, curving roads. The spoils from the numerous car wrecks are their livelihood. Then one day, there is a survivor.
“Go Wherever You Wanna Go” – directed by Nan Wu ^ A haunting story about two Chinese teens, who kidnap a business woman and hold her for ransom in an effort to fund the trip of their dreams. The experience transforms the older woman in unexpected ways.
“In Smog and Thunder” – directed by Sean Meredith ^ A mockumentary about a Civil war between Northern and Southern California.
“Lou Loves People” – directed by Bret Carr ^ In order to take a job coaching kids, Lou Benedetti, an ex-boxer, must lose his stutter and confront a lifetime of violent behavior.
“Melvin Goes to Dinner” – directed by Bob Odenkirk ^ Melvin goes to dinner with three almost complete strangers. They discuss marital infidelity, religion, a guy in heaven wearing a Wizard’s jersey, anal fetishes, cigarettes, schizophrenia, ghosts, stewardesses, masturbation, and how it’s all going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
“The Real Old Testament” – directed by Curtis and Paul Hannum ^ Reality TV meets The Book of Genesis as we find out what happens when Biblical patriarchs stop being hallowed religious figures and start getting real!
“Robot Stories” – directed by Greg Pak ^ Four stories about love, death, family… and robots. The film depicts utterly human characters struggling to connect with each other in the face of technological changes in society.
“Various Positions” – directed by Ori Kowarsky ^ A law student, from an Orthodox Jewish family, falls in love with a non-Jewish girl, while his father gets into a scandal involving the local Jewish Cemetery.
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Posted on December 11, 2002 in Festivals by Film Threat Staff
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