Categories: Sundance Film Festival

Slamdance Film Festival hits the maturity milestone

Celebrating its 18th year, the Slamdance Film Festival has become synonymous with its mentor, if you will, the Sundance Film Festival. Though Slamdance is smaller, the concept behind it is derivative of Robert Redford’s vision – only those filmmakers of more than a decade ago, that were turned away by the SFF, didn’t take “no” for an answer and created their own event – Slamdance: Anarchy in Utah.

The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival will showcase eight feature-length films in Special Screenings: Three narrative films and five documentary films, including five world premieres. The Shorts Program features 75 shorts, and includes special screenings, live-action competition and documentary competitions, animation, $99 special, anarchy shorts, and the world premiere of a special program of new Iranian shorts never seen outside the country, Made In Iran: 7 Short Premieres.

The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival will take place Jan. 20-26, in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn. All Access, Industry, 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. Below is a list of  films being screened that are of LGBT interest and/or of QSaltLake‘s interest. For the complete list and screenings, visit slamdance.com.

Unconditional – Director: Bryn Higgins, Screenwriter: Jo Fisher. (UK) World Premiere

The psycho-love story of two teenage twins who fall under the spell of a charismatic man offering love on one condition: the boy becomes his own sister.

Cast: Christian Cooke, Melanie Hill, Harry McEntire, Madleine Clark

No Room for Rockstars – Director: Parris Patton. (USA) World Premiere

Through the experiences of four musicians on The Vans Warped Tour, No Room For Rockstars takes you on an emotional journey of hope and determination, and documents the extreme highs and lows that occur in the pursuit of success in today’s era of rock and roll.

Dicke Maedchen (Heavy Girls) – Director: Axel Ranisch. Screenwriters: Axel Ranisch, Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabel. (Germany)

Sven lives with his mother Edeltraut, who is suffering from dementia. He shares his entire life, the apartment, even the bed with her. During the day he works at a bank. While he is at work, Daniel comes to the apartment to look after Edeltraut. He takes her to hairdresser’s, goes for walks, shopping, and tidies up the apartment. But one day while Daniel is cleaning the windows, Edeltraut locks him out on the balcony and takes off. The two men go out looking for her. But what they find is not just Edeltraut, but also a tender fondness for one another, one which turns both of their lives upside down.

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story – Directors: Will Hess, Nikki Frakes, Terry Dougas. Screenwriters: Will Hess, Nikki Frakes. (USA)

The story of maverick pop culture icon Stan Lee – one man’s journey of perseverance, and how by sticking to what he loved, he became an internationally influential and successful artist.

Cast: Stan Lee, Nicolas Cage, Michael Chiklis, Roger Corman, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Elfman, James Franco, Samuel Jackson, Tobey Maguire, Eva Mendes, Frank Miller, Seth Rogen, Bryan Singer, Kevin Smith, Ringo Starr

33 Teeth – Director/Screenwriter: Evan Roberts. (USA)

A 14 year-old boy has a heightened fascination with the comb of his attractive neighbor, Chad.

Kelly – Director/Screenwriter: James Stenson. (USA)

At the age of sixteen, transgender adolescent Kelly Van Ryan left her rural origins in search of proverbial Hollywood fame and fortune. She arrived on the West Coast accompanied only by a childhood friend and a long-harbored desire for love and acceptance. Without a proper support network, Kelly was quickly thrust into a survival struggle that often typifies the quest for stardom in Los Angeles. Financial and personal frustrations eventually led to prostitution and drug abuse.

Hope. You Like Crap. – Director/Screenwriter: Shaun Parker. (USA) World Premiere

Me, looking back and painfully deconstructing my stupid, insipid student film 20 years later.

People Parade – Director: John Wilson, Screenwriters: John Wilson, Chris Maggio. (USA) World Premiere

After the star of a long-running variety show passes away, his son is obligated to reunite a weathered cast of television performers and host the final episode.

The Devotion Project: More Than Ever – Director: Antony Osso. (USA)

The inspiring true story of two men who forged a 54-year love story despite the odds.

No Wine Left Behind – Director: Kevin Gordon. (USA)

An Iraq War hero leads a ragtag group of veterans as they try to conquer the wine industry.

We Win or We Die – Director: Matthew Millan. (Libya, USA) World Premiere

The inspiring story of one man’s heroic sacrifice that liberated a city from the yoke of oppression.

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