Slamdance Announces Their Feature Competition Titles For 2013!

Ben Umstead, East Coast Editor
Howdy there, folks. Today I come to you as Twitch's correspondent for all things Slamdance 2013. While you can expect much coverage from Slamdance's big brother fest up the street in Park City this coming January, I'll be down on the alt. end of things, giving you all the news that's fit to print (and then some) for the 2013 edition of Slamdance. For me personally, going to the fest is a big deal as I've reviewed for Twitch, and truly fallen in love with, several Slamdance selected titles from years past. That is why it is with great pleasure that I get to share with you today the first slate of titles from this year's festival -- it's the feature film narrative and documentary competition! Take a look below at the full list of films playing in Park City from January 18 - 24. Anything that sounds rather intriguing that you'd like us to cover here at Twitch? Let us know in the comments!


SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FASCINATING 2013 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION SLATE

GROUNDBREAKING FIRST TIME FILMMAKERS DEBUT IN PARK CITY

LOS ANGELES - December 5, 2012 -- 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. With 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, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn: 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.

"Our goal is to showcase exhilarating filmmaking with a revolutionary take on our world. These filmmakers have a tremendous ability to innovate, explore and revitalize the independent filmmaking landscape," said Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder.

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

Awards will be presented to competition films in the following categories: Jury Award for Feature Doc, Jury Award for Narrative Feature, Audience Award for Feature Doc, Audience Award for Feature Narrative, and Filmmaker Award for Spirit of Slamdance. Kodak will present the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography.

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM, PRESENTED BY KODAK:
The Narrative Competition is comprised of American and International productions.  All 12 films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and were programmed entirely from blind submissions.

Best Friends Forever -- Director: Brea Grant, Screenwriters: Brea Grant, Vera Miao
(USA) World Premiere
Harriet 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 Storey

Big Words -- Director and screenwriter: Neil Drumming
(USA) World Premiere
A 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 Grae

The Court of Shards -- Director and screenwriter: Jan Eilhardt
(Germany) World Premiere
In 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-Kahn

The Dirties -- Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Evan Morgan, Josh Boles
(Canada) World Premiere
Two 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 McCarrol

Fynbos -- Director: Harry Patramanis, Screenwriters: Harry Patramanis, Jonathan Glatzer
(South Africa) US Premiere
On 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 Herbert

Billy Chen Presents: Ghost Team One -- Directors: Ben Peyser, Scott Rutherford, Screenwriters: Andrew Knauer, Arthur Pielli, Scott Rutherford, Ben Peyser
(USA) World Premiere
A 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 Stott

Hank and Asha -- Director: James E. Duff, Screenwriters: James E. Duff, Julia Morrison
(USA) World Premiere
In 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 Kakkar

He'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 Stiller

Joy De V. -- Director and screenwriter: Nadia Szold
(USA) World Premiere
An 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 Imperioli

Kohlhaas -- Director and screenwriter: Aron Lehmann
(Germany) US Premiere
An 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 Pinkowski

Visitors -- Director: Constanze Knoche, Screenwriters: Leis Bagdach, Constanze Knoche
(Germany) US Premiere
Three 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 Nebbou

What Isn't There -- Director: Marie Jamora, Screenwriters: Marie Jamora, Ramon De Veyra
(Philippines) US Premiere
In 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 Abaya


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM:

The Documentary Competition is comprised of American and International productions.  All 10 films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and were programmed entirely from blind submissions.

Battery Man -- Directors: Dusan Saponja, Dusan Cavic
(Serbia) US Premiere
Thanks 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 Pajkic

Bible Quiz -- Director: Nicole Teeny
(USA) World Premiere
Seventeen-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 Irle

The 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 Gaynor

The Last Shepherd -- Director: Marco Bonfanti
(Italy) US Premiere
Renato, 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 Premiere
The inspiring journey of a remarkable cowboy who triumphs in his quest to protect wild horses and the American West.
Cast: Dayton O. Hyde

My Name Is Faith -- Directors: Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker
(USA) US Premiere
Faith, 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 Maron

The 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 Hull

Where I Am -- Director: Pamela Drynan
(Ireland) World Premiere
Robert 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 Drake

Without Shepherds -- Director: Cary McClelland
(Pakistan/USA) World Premiere
Six 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
Around the Internet:
  • Ren Aguila

    I believe that a contributing writer to Twitch from Manila, Oggs Cruz, reviewed What Isn't There when it first premiered at the Cinemalaya Festival in July 2012. You may want to see that film and his review of it.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Best Friends Forever -- Director: Brea Grant, Screenwriters: Brea Grant, Vera Miao"

    Could be fun to watch......

    "The Dirties -- Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Evan Morgan, Josh Boles
    (Canada) World Premiere
    Two 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."

    I hope they avoid the mockumentary format, but hey, it might work anyway.

    "Bible Quiz -- Director: Nicole Teeny
    (USA) World Premiere
    Seventeen-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."
    Sounded like a very interesting doc.
    Thanks for the list Mr Umstead.

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