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Slamdance Film Festival 2014 Unveils Feature Film Competition Lineup

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 3, 2013 at 11:24AM

The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 20th fest, kicking off in Park City, Utah, January 17-23, 2014.
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Slamdance Film Festival

The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 20th fest, kicking off in Park City, Utah, January 17-23, 2014. What this means is that Sundance has already notified filmmakers of whether they got in or not. And these filmmakers were free to accept the Slamdance invitation. 

The lineup includes 10 narrative and 8 documentary films, including 11 World Premieres, 4 North American, and 1 US Premiere. The fest, which is the smaller of the two Park City winter film festivals and runs parallel to the Sundance Film Festival (those announcements are rolling out December 4, 5, 9 and 10), received over 5,000 submissions this year.

All competition films are feature film directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million and without US distribution, and were programmed from blind submissions by the Slamdance filmmaking community.

NARRATIVE FEATURES PROGRAM

 Copenhagen - Director & Screenwriter: Mark Raso

(USA, Canada, Denmark) World Premiere

A charming scoundrel visiting the city of his father's birth, William is drawn to his impromptu guide Effy - wise, spontaneous, and half his age.

Cast: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Tamzin Merchant

Goldberg & Eisenberg - Director & Screenwriter: Oren Carmi

(Israel)

A lonely computer programmer finds his life disrupted by a boorish thug who becomes dangerously obsessed in this darkly absurd drama.

Cast: Yitzhak Laor, Yahav Gal, Roni Dotan

I Play With The Phrase Each Other - Director & Screenwriter: Jay Alvarez

(USA) North American Premiere

Young city dwellers with lyrical musings and a sliding sense of entitlement hold court in this film comprised entirely of cell phone conversations.

Cast: Jay Alvarez, Will Hand, Megan Kopp, Alexander Fraser


I Put A Hit On You - Directors & Screenwriters: Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart

(Canada) World Premiere

A broken-hearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to try and stop the hitman she accidentally hired to kill him.

Cast: Aaron Ashmore, Sara Canning

 

My Blind Heart - Director & Screenwriter: Peter Brunner

(Austria) North American Premiere

Suffering from an incurable disease, a young man rebels against his body and the expectations forced upon him in this black and white expressionist film.

Cast: Christos Haas, Jana McKinnon, Susanne Lothar, Robert Schmiedt, Georg Friedrich

 

The Republic of Rick - Director: Mario Kyprianou; Screenwriters: Mario Kyprianou, Becky Leigh

(USA) World Premiere

In this politic satire, a self-proclaimed President of the Republic of Texas rallies to lead a paranoid militia for Texas's independence in the late 1990s.

Cast: Dave Abed, Angie Gregory, Lori Jean Wilson

 

Rezeta - Director & Screenwriter: Fernando Frias de la Parra

(Mexico) US Premiere

A jet-setting model leads a freewheeling and spontaneous life in Mexico City that starts to change when she falls in love with an unexpected young artist.

Cast: Rezeta Veliu, Roger Mendoza, Paulina Davila, Sebastian Cordova

 

Rover - Director & Screenwriter: Tony Blahd

(USA) World Premiere

A dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves when their leader fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world.

Cast: Liam Torres, Jonathan Randell Silver, Steve Siddell, Natalie Thomas

 

The Sublime and Beautiful - Director & Screenwriter: Blake Robbins

(USA) World Premiere

David and Kelly descend into a complicated hell of grief but they take very different paths to make things right after losing their children to a drunk driver.

Cast: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro, Armin Shimerman

 

Wizard's Way - Director & Screenwriter: Metal Man

(UK) North American Premiere

A champion online fantasy video game player, his encouraging best friend, and two ambitious would-be filmmakers who decide to capture it all for posterity.

Cast: Chris Killen, Joe Stretch, Kristian Scott, Socrates Adams-Florou, Sadie Frost


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.