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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.




Elliot - Directors & Screenwriters: Matthew Bauckman, Jaret Belliveau

(Canada) World Premiere

The bizarre story of Elliot Scott, his supportive partner Linda Lum, and their cast and crew of outrageous dreamers all striving to achieve success.

Cast: Elliot Scott, Blake Zwicker, Linda Lum


Glena - Director & Screenwriter: Allan Luebke

(USA) World Premiere

Glena Avila is a single mother in her 30's who is fighting to become a professional Mixed Martial Artist.

Cast: Glena Avila, Stormy Back, Ron Andersen


Huntington's Dance - Director: Chris Furbee

(USA) World Premiere

Told through 20 years of home movie footage, Huntington's Dance is a personal and devastatingly raw look at how hereditary disease can shatter a family and a future. Cast: Chris Furbee, Rosemary Shockey, Gene Furbee


Kidnapped For Christ - Director: Kate S. Logan; Screenwriters: Yada Zamora, Kate S. Logan (USA, Dominican Republic) World Premiere

The personal stories of American teenagers who are taken from their homes and sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school located in The Dominican Republic.

Cast: David Wernsman, Tai Matheiu, Elizabeth Engle


Little Hope Was Arson - Director: Theo Love


January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history.


Skanks - Director: David McMahon

(USA) World Premiere

A community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounts a gender-bending new musical titled "Skanks In A One Horse Town."


Sometimes I Dream I'm Flying - Director & Screenwriter: Aneta Popiel-Machnicka (Poland) North American Premiere

The poignant story of a young dancer preparing to perform at the Berlin Opera and the serious injury that threatens her lifelong dream.

Cast: Weronika Frodyma, Anna Linnik, Sergey Basalayev


Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe à la Hache - Director & Screenwriter: Nailah Jefferson

(USA) World Premiere

In Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana, the residents of this ruined fishing community continue dealing with the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in US history.

Cast: Byron Encalade, Stanley Encalde, Kenneth Feinberg

This article is related to: Festivals, Slamdance Film Festival

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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.