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Slamdance announces competition slate for 2013 film festival

Published December 5, 2012 2:26 pm

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Slamdance today announced their Narrative and Documentary Feature Competition Programs for the 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival.

The Feature Competition Programs present breakthrough films by first-time feature film directors from around the world.

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will showcase 22 feature-length competition films — 12 Narrative Films and 10 Documentary Films, including 13 World Premieres and 7 US Premieres.

Slamdance received over 5,000 submissions this year, Slamdance is proud to be able to present the best of emerging filmmakers pushing the boundaries of filmmaking with innovation and unique talent. This year's festival celebrates Slamdance's true independent spirit through groundbreaking cinema. The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 18 — 24, 2013 in Park City, once again at the Treasure Mountain Inn (255 Main Street).All Access, Industry, Locals, and Student Festival Passes are available now online, and individual tickets will be available shortly. To purchase, go to: http://showcase.slamdance.com/#1598746/Passes-and-Tickets

The folowing titles are bolded with music-related films as well as familiar names:NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM, PRESENTED BY KODAK:Best Friends Forever — Director: Brea Grant, Screenwriters: Brea Grant, Vera Miao(USA) World PremiereHarriet and Reba hit the road in this darkly comedic apocalypse tale that explores the boundaries of friendship, the danger of hipsters, and nuclear fallout.Cast: Brea Grant, Vera Miao, Sean Maher, Glen Powell, Kit Williamson, Alex Berg, Alex Fernie, Stacey StoreyBig Words — Director and screenwriter: Neil Drumming(USA) World PremiereA lively drama that captures members of a once-promising hip-hop group, now in their late 30's, as they struggle with regret, disappointment, and change on Election Night 2008. Cast: Darien Sills-Evans, Dorian Missick, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Yaya Alafia, Zachary Booth,Amir Arison, Jean GraeThe Court of Shards — Director and screenwriter: Jan Eilhardt(Germany) World PremiereIn this experimental narrative, two disabled women fight in their own way to maintain their independent loves and lives against an overpoweringly caring family. Cast: Caroline Fricke, Silvia Giehle, Natalia Bondar, Frank Hoffmann, Doris Egbring-KahnThe Dirties — Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Evan Morgan, Josh Boles(Canada) World PremiereTwo best friends think it would be funny to make a movie about getting revenge on the bullies at their school. One of them isn't joking. Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison, David Matheson, Brandon Wickens, Josh Boles, Alen Delaine, Jay McCarrolFynbos — Director: Harry Patramanis, Screenwriters: Harry Patramanis, Jonathan Glatzer(South Africa) US PremiereOn a lavish and remote property, within the walls of a glass house, six lives intersect and lay bare their secrets and psyches in this twisting drama. Cast: Jessica Haines, Warrick Grier, Cara Roberts, Chad Phillips, Susan Danford, S'Thandiwe Kgoroge, John HerbertBilly Chen Presents: Ghost Team One — Directors: Ben Peyser, Scott Rutherford, Screenwriters: Andrew Knauer, Arthur Pielli, Scott Rutherford, Ben Peyser(USA) World PremiereA subversive, comedic take on the found footage genre, where two roommates deathly afraid of ghosts both fall in love with a girl who believes their home is haunted. Cast: Carlos Santos, Fernanda Romero, J.R. Villarreal, Meghan Falcone, Tony Cavalero,James Babson, Scott MacArthur, Craig StottHank and Asha — Director: James E. Duff, Screenwriters: James E. Duff, Julia Morrison(USA) World PremiereIn this voyeuristic love story, an Indian student in Prague and a lonely New Yorker correspond online through video letters — two strangers aching for human connection in a hyper-connected world.Cast: Andrew Pastides, Mahira KakkarHe's Way More Famous Than You — Director: Michael Urie, Screenwriters: Halley Feiffer, Ryan Spahn(USA) World Premiere A struggling actress will stop at nothing to get her movie made in this sharp comedy, bolstered by absurdist touches and a bravura lead performance. Cast: Halley Feiffer, Ryan Spahn, Tracee Chimo, Jesse Eisenberg, Mamie Gummer,Michael Urie, Ralph Macchio, Natasha Lyonne, Ben StillerJoy De V. — Director and screenwriter: Nadia Szold(USA) World PremiereAn expressionistic, gritty look at the intersection of madness and love that follows a young con-artist who wakes up to discover his pregnant wife is missing.Cast: Evan Louison, Claudia Cardinale, Josephine de La Baume, Iva Gocheva, Victoria ImperioliKohlhaas — Director and screenwriter: Aron Lehmann(Germany) US PremiereAn obsessed director and his cast seek to adapt the true story of a 16th-century revolutionary when their actions behind the scenes begin to mimic the book's subject. Cast: Robert Gwisdek, Jan Messutat, Thorsten Merten, Rosalie Thomass, Michael Fuith,Heiko PinkowskiVisitors — Director: Constanze Knoche, Screenwriters: Leis Bagdach, Constanze Knoche(Germany) US PremiereThree adult siblings are surprised by their parents' announcement that they are cutting off finances in this commanding and evocative look at the oppressive results of stasis. Cast: Uwe Kockisch, Corinna Kirchhoff, Irina Potapenko, Jakob Diehl, Anne Muller,Anjorka Strechel, Bernhard Schütz, Andreas Leupold, Janusz Kocaj, Mehdi NebbouWhat Isn't There — Director: Marie Jamora, Screenwriters: Marie Jamora, Ramon De Veyra(Philippines) US PremiereIn this lyrical exploration of love, music and expression, a self-imposed mute returns home for Christmas and the anniversary of his twin brother's accidental death. Cast: Dominic Roco, Annicka Dolonius, Boboy Garrovillo, Dawn Zulueta, Felix Roco, Alcris Galura, Mercedes Cabral, Marc AbayaDOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM:Battery Man — Directors: Dusan Saponja, Dusan Cavic(Serbia) US PremiereThanks to the powers he discovered by accident, Biba Struja has spent his entire life experimenting with electricity and proving to himself and others that it cannot harm him.Cast: Slavisa PajkicBible Quiz — Director: Nicole Teeny(USA) World PremiereSeventeen-year-old Mikayla memorizes books of the Bible on her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain, in a film that explores coming of age in the face of faith, doubt, fierce competition and teen love.Cast: Mikayla Irle, JP O'Connor, Christopher Teeny, Brandon Duffy, Rich Nelson, Rachel Dawson, Rachel Holley, Gary IrleThe Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants — Directors: Gavin McInnes, Steve Durand, Bryan Gaynor(USA/Canada) World Premiere'Godfather of hipsterdom' Gavin McInnes goes on a stand-up comedy tour with his best friend from high school and things go from bad to worse to downright catastrophic.Cast: Gavin McInnes, Steve Durand, Bryan GaynorThe Last Shepherd — Director: Marco Bonfanti(Italy) US PremiereRenato, the last traveling shepherd left in Milan, has a dream — get to the inaccessible center of the city to meet the children who have never seen a flock of sheep.Cast: Renato Zucchelli, Piero Lombardi, Lucia Zucchelli, Patrizia Frisoli, Hedy Krissane, Barbara Sorrentini (voice)Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde — Director: Suzanne Mitchell(USA) World PremiereThe inspiring journey of a remarkable cowboy who triumphs in his quest to protect wild horses and the American West.Cast: Dayton O. HydeMy Name Is Faith — Directors: Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker(USA) US PremiereFaith, a 13-year-old girl who suffers from Reactive Attachment Disorder, attempts to heal from the trauma inflicted by her birthmother's lifestyle.The Bitter Buddha — Director: Steven Feinartz(USA)Cult-Comic Eddie Pepitone's life is on display in this unhinged portrait of creativity, enlightenment and rage.Cast: Eddie Pepitone, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Sean Conroy, Paul Provenza, Dana Gould, Marc MaronThe Institute — Director: Spencer McCall(USA) Is it a cult? Is it a game? Or is it a life-changing adventure?Cast: Daniel Shoup, Arye Michael Bender, Carolee Gilligan Wheeler, Garland Glessner, Michael Wertz, Kiyomi Tanouye, Geordie Aiken, Jeff HullWhere I Am — Director: Pamela Drynan(Ireland) World PremiereRobert Drake, a courageous gay American writer, struggles to return to the scene of a crime in Ireland where he was left for dead more than 10 years ago.Cast: Robert DrakeWithout Shepherds — Director: Cary McClelland(Pakistan/USA) World PremiereSix bold individuals struggle to find their role in the turbulent waters of Pakistan and build a better tomorrow.Cast: Vaneeza Ahmad, Arieb Azhar, Abdullah Khan, Imran Khan, Ibrahim Waheed, Laiba Yousafzai