Slamdance announces films for 2012 festival
Slamdance, that other film festival that takes place in Park City, Utah, in late January, has announced its lineup of movies for the 2012 event. Organizers said they had nearly 5,000 submissions this year and selected 18 feature-length competition films -- 10 narrative films and 8 documentaries. The festival runs Jan. 20-26.
Several L.A.-related stories are in the mix this year, including a documentary about
Tony “Tempt” Quan, a L.A. graffiti artist who is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed but regains his voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art and write again.
Read on for descriptions of all the selected films.
Director: Andrew Edison. Screenwriters: Andrew Edison, Luke Loftin. (USA)
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
Director-screenwriter: Derek Franson. (Canada)
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)
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
Cast: Brad Dryborough, Tygh Runyan
"Faith, Love and Whiskey"
Director: Kristina Nikolova. Screenwriters: Kristina Nikolova, Paul Dalio. (Bulgaria)
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
Director: Axel Ranisch. Screenwriters: Axel Ranisch, Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner. (Germany)
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
Director: Daniel Martinico. Screenwriters: Hugo Armstrong, Daniel Martinico. (USA)
A series of demoralizing auditions and a cultish movement workshop push a struggling actor
over the edge.
Cast: Hugo Armstrong
Director: Andrew Bush. Screenwriters: Andrew Bush, Mark Little, Scott Vrooman. (Canada)
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)
Sam and Cara’s attempt to navigate their young marriage is complicated by miscommunication,
suspicion and her deafness.
Cast: Cara Krippner, Sam Hoolihan
Director-screenwriter: Frank Rinaldi. (Singapore/USA)
A story about the relationship between a young woman who has lost her memory and her
Cast: Shannon Fitzpatrick, Susan Chau
"Welcome to Pine Hill"
Director-screenwriter: Keith Miller. (USA)
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
Cast: Shannon Harper, Mary Meyers, David Williams
Director: Todd Kellstein. (Thailand/USA)
Two 8-year-old girls fight in rural Thailand’s underground child boxing economy to earn
money to support their families.
Director: Alexandra Berger. (USA)
Amateur porn producer Dan Leal, a.k.a. "Porno Dan," searches for intimacy despite his industry
and in spite of himself.
"The First Season"
Director: Rudd Simmons. (USA)
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.
Director: Caskey Ebeling. (USA)
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)
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.
Director: James Stenson. (USA)
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)
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)
An intimate look inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.
-- Julie Makinen
Photo: A scene from "We Are Legion." Credit: Courtesy: Slamdance Film Festival