“CSA: Confederate States of America” (world premiere) ^ This speculative ken Burns-esque pseudo-documentary looks at an American history in which the South won the Civil War…creating discussion over whether they, in essence, actually did. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Kevin Willmott ^ CAST: Evamarii Johnson, Rupert Pate, Larry Peterson
“Dandelion” (world premiere) ^ In a small town of rolling fields and endless skies, an isolated 15-year-old boy meets a sweet and troubled girl. Together, they find what they are looking for, but with tragic consequences. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Mark Milgard ^ CAST: Vincent Kartheiser, Taryn Manning, Arliss Howard, Mare Winningham, Blake Heron, Michelle Forbes, Marshall Bell, Shawn Reaves

“Dirty Work” (world premiere) ^ “Dirty Work” follows the lives of three men who deal with our unpleasant business — Darrel, a septic tank pumper, Russ, a bull semen collector, and Bernard, an embalmer. ^ DIRECTOR: David Sampliner

“Everyday People” (world premiere) ^ When a neighborhood restaurant is threatened with closing due to gentrification, the lives of the employees are thrown into turmoil. ^ DIRECTOR: Jim McKay

“LBS.” (world premiere) ^ “LBS.” is the story of a 315-pound man and his struggles to overcome food addiction. After moving to the country, he proceeds to lose over 100 pounds. ^ DIRECTOR: Matthew Bonifacio ^ WRITERS: Matthew Bonifacio, Carmine Famiglietti ^ CAST: Miriam Shor, Michael Aronov, Sharon Angela, Carmine Famiglietti, Susan Varon, Lou Martini, Fil Formicola

“Let the Church Say Amen” ^ A small church becomes a powerful place for a community breaking free of its urban struggle in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the nation’s capital. ^ DIRECTOR: David Petersen

“Mean Creek” (world premiere) ^ A group of kids conspire to play a prank on the school bully, with tragic emotional, legal and moral consequences. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Jacob Aaron Estes ^ CAST: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder

“Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” (world premiere) ^
While recording their first original studio album in six years, heavy metal icons Metallica undergo group therapy to help them through their struggles with addiction, fatherhood, backlash from fans, and near-total disintegration. The most tumultuous period in their twenty-year history is captured as it unfolds in this intimate cinema-verite documentary. ^ DIRECTOR: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky ^ CAST: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo

“MVP” (world premiere) ^ Public defender Tony Smalls is called upon to defend his sister’s boyfriend, the reputed leader of the notorious MVP gang in Detroit. The trial becomes a battleground to determine who really controls the fate of young black men in a criminal justice system increasingly privatized by multi-national corporations. ^ DIRECTOR: Harry Davis ^ WRITER: Greg Pak ^ CAST: Wood Harris, Roger Guenveur Smith, N’Bushe Wright

“Open Water” ^ Based on a true story, “Open Water” follows an American couple who disappear while on holiday after a series of miscommunications on a diving expedition, with terrifying consequences. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Chris Kentis ^ CAST: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Estelle Lau

“Second Best” (world premiere) ^ “Second Best” is the story of five male baby boomers who are all nearing the age of fifty. A gathering of the old gang triggers intense feelings of inadequacy and “second bestness” among friends. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Eric Weber ^ CAST: Joe Pantoliano, Jennifer Tilly, Boyd Gaines, Bronson Pinchot, Peter Gerety, Matthew Arkin, Barbara Barrie, Polly Draper, Paulina Porizkova, Patricia Hearst

“September Tapes” (world premiere) ^ An American journalist sets off to Afghanistan one year after September 11th, searching for the truth about the hunt for Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. ^ DIRECTOR: Christian Johnston ^ WRITERS: Christian Johnston and Christian van Gregg ^ CAST: George Calil, Wali Razaqi

“Speak” ^ Based on the award winning book by Laurie Halse Anderson, “Speak” relates the story of a young girl struggling to recover from a terrible traumatic event. ^ DIRECTOR: Jessica Sharzer ^ WRITERS: Jessica Sharzer and Annie Young ^ CAST: Kristen Stewart, Hallee Hirsch, Steve Zahn
Get the Documentary selections in part three of SUNDANCE 2004 LINE-UP ANNOUNCED>>>

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