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LOS ANGELES - December 14, 2011 –Slamdance Film Festival announced today the Narrative and Documentary Feature Competition Programs for the 18th Annual Slamdance Film Festival. The Feature Competition Programs present highly anticipated, breakthrough films by first-time feature film directors from around the world. The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival will showcase 18 feature-length competition films - 10 Narrative Films and 8 Documentary Films, including 13 World Premieres. With nearly 5,000 submissions this year, Slamdance is proud to present the best of emerging filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of filmmaking with innovation and unique talent. This year’s festival celebrates Slamdance’s continued commitment to diversity, courage and experimentation of truly independent cinema.

The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 20 – 26, 2011 in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn.

“Our competition showcase reflects new approaches to filmmaking that mirror the challenging times in which we currently live. These films showcase filmmakers who have a tremendous ability to innovate, experiment, and lead us boldly into the future of independent filmmaking,” said Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder.

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

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:

BINDLESTIFFS
Director: Andrew Edison, Screenwriters: Andrew Edison, Luke Loftin.
(USA) World Premiere
Three smart-mouthed high school virgins, suspended from school on a graffiti charge, flee to the inner city to live out the plot of The Catcher in the Rye.

Cast: Andrew Edison, Luke Loftin, John Karna

Comforting Skin
Director: Derek Franson, Screenwriter: Derek Franson.
(Canada) US Premiere
A lonely young woman's desperate need for emotional and physical companionship draws her into a surreal and ultimately destructive relationship with a shifting and whispering tattoo she has willed to life on her skin.

Cast: Jane Sowerby, Tygh Runyan, Victoria Bidewell

Doppelgänger Paul (or A Film About How Much I Hate Myself)
Director: Dylan Akio Smith, Kris Elgstrand, Screenwriter: Kris Elgstrand.
(Canada) US Premiere
The unlikely relationship of two lonely men whose connection sets off a chain of events resulting in the loss of a thumb, the theft of a manuscript, and two appearances on a popular morning talk show.

Cast: Brad Dryborough, Tygh Runyan

Faith, Love and Whiskey
Director: Kristina Nikolova, Screenwriters: Kristina Nikolova, Paul Dalio.
(Bulgaria) World Premiere
A young Bulgarian woman, engaged to a well-off American, panics and runs back home, reuniting with her drifter friends and the wild life of her past and falling in love with her passionate but alcoholic best friend.

Cast: Ana Stojanovska, Valeri Yordanov, John Keabler, Lidia Indjova, Yavor Baharov

Heavy Girls
Director: Axel Ranisch, Screenwriters: Axel Ranisch, Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner.
(Germany) US Premiere
Sven lives with his elderly mother; Daniel is her caregiver. When she wanders off, their misadventure to find her leads them to discover their confusing affection for each other.

Cast: Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner, Ruth Bickelhaupt

OK, Good
Director: Daniel Martinico, Screenwriters: Hugo Armstrong, Daniel Martinico.
(USA) World Premiere
A series of demoralizing auditions and a cultish movement workshop push a struggling actor over the edge.

Cast: Hugo Armstrong

Roller Town
Director: Andrew Bush, Screenwriters: Andrew Bush, Mark Little, Scott Vrooman.
(Canada) US Premiere
At the peak of disco-mania, three friends try and stop a local crime syndicate from turning their beloved roller rink into a video arcade.




Cast: Kayla Lorette, Mark Little, Scott Vrooman

The Sound of Small Things
Director/Screenwriter: Peter McLarnan.
(USA) World Premiere
Sam and Cara’s attempt to navigate their young marriage is complicated by miscommunication, suspicion and her deafness.

Cast: Cara Krippner, Sam Hoolihan

Sundowning
Director/Screenwriter: Frank Rinaldi.
(Singapore/USA) World Premiere
A story about the relationship between a young woman who has lost her memory and her mysterious caregiver.


Cast: Shannon Fitzpatrick, Susan Chau

Welcome to Pine Hill
Director/Screenwriter: Keith Miller. (USA) World Premiere
A reformed drug dealer, now a claims adjuster by day and bouncer by night, receives earth-shattering news that compels him to return to his past and seek transcendence beyond the Brooklyn concrete.

Cast: Shannon Harper, Mary Meyers, David Williams



DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM:

Buffalo Girls
Director: Todd Kellstein.
(Thailand/USA) World Premiere
Two eight year old girls fight in rural Thailand’s underground child boxing economy to earn money to support their families.



Danland
Director: Alexandra Berger, Screenwriters: Ann Husaini, Alexandra Berger.
(USA) World Premiere
Amateur porn producer Dan Leal, aka ‘Porno Dan,’ searches for intimacy despite his industry and in spite of himself.

The First Season
Director: Rudd Simmons.
(USA) World Premiere
To achieve their version of the American dream, the Van Amburg family struggle as they fight against relentless toil, financial ruin and the harsh reality of dairy farming.



Getting Up
Director: Caskey Ebeling, Screenwriter: Tempt.
(USA) World Premiere
After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed, Tony “Tempt” Quan, a legendary L.A. graffiti artist, regains his voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art and write once again.

I Want My Name Back
Director: Roger Paradiso.
(USA) Utah Premiere
Thirty years after the historic recording of the iconic mega-hit “Rapper’s Delight,” Master Gee & Wonder Mike come back to reclaim their identities and rightful place in Hip Hop history.

Kelly
Director: James Stenson.
(USA) World Premiere
Having fled a provincial past, a young, transgender prostitute searches for love and acceptance in a landscape of broken Hollywood Dreams.



No Ashes, No Phoenix
Director/Screenwriter: Jens Pfeifer. (Germany) World Premiere
A locker room expose about young basketball players in Hagen, Germany who face their fears of losing and challenge enormous odds to succeed.


We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
Director/Screenwriter: Brian Knappenberger.
(USA) World Premiere
An intimate look inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.

Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slamdance2012/collections/

Choose Slamdance 2012 Press Photos.
Choose Competition Program - Narrative and Doc Features.
Click on a small photo, then click on photo again.
On large photo, in the top right, click on 'view all sizes.'
Near right side, click download 'original' (necessary to get hi res version of image).
Near top left, click 'download the original size of this photo.'




About Slamdance: As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. The Slamdance 2012 Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 20-26, in Park City, Utah. Slamdance continues to live by its mantra: "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers." No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance is proud to count among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including such cinematic luminaries as Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess and Oren Peli. New filmmakers and writers today realize that Slamdance is a place to launch their careers.

Supporting the filmmakers beyond the festival and improving distribution opportunities for its films has become increasingly essential and at the core of what Slamdance stands for. After beginning an exclusive video on demand partnership with Microsoft in 2010, Slamdance has continued to expand its year-round platform and exhibition efforts in 2011 both theatrically and online. This year Slamdance introduced a new distribution award for a best feature won by Superheroes and best short won by Hello Caller. The films combined for a twelve-city On The Road theatrical program that began in Fall 2011 as a collaboration between the filmmakers, sponsors and regional film organizations.

The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival is presented by Kodak. Major Sponsors this year include The Directors Guild of America, Good Health Natural Foods and Monkeybars. Official Sponsors include Pierce Law Group, OneBar, LUNA, Different By Design, Festival Genius, InFocus, Monster, Pacifico and Negra Modelo. Slamdance is once again proud to partner with sponsors who share our unique vision and support emerging artists who are pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

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