"Welcome to Pine Hill."
"Welcome to Pine Hill."

Scrubbing through the list of titles that came with this morning's announcement of the Slamdance 2012 lineup as promised, I came across this... a feature film titled Welcome To Pine Hill, made in collaboration with the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, a group which writer/director Keith Miller (a name I wasn't familiar with before today) belongs.

The film, a 2011 Independent Filmmaker Lab participant by the way, is said to have be inspired by a chance encounter between Miller and the film's star Shannon Harper, who found themselves fighting over a lost dog one night in Brooklyn, NY.

Here's its synopsis:

Straddling the worlds of fact and fiction, documentary and narrative, WELCOME TO PINE HILL follows Shannon, a recently reformed drug dealer, now working as a claims adjuster by day and bouncer by night. When Shannon receives earth-shattering news, he is compelled to make peace with his past and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York City. 

So, of course I'm left wondering how their fight over a lost dog comes into play here. I guess we'll find out eventually.

Harper plays himself, and is surrounded by an eclectic cast of both emerging talent and real-life people, including Jaiden Kaine, and Mary Meyers.

The film is produced by Elisabeth Holm and Keith Miller.

Its Slamdance 2012 screening will be the film's world premiere.

I couldn't find a trailer, except for these 2 clips from the film, which shows off its docu-drama style: