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GROUNDBREAKING FIRST TIME FILMMAKERS DEBUT IN PARK CITY

LOS ANGELES - December 5, 2012 – Slamdance today announced their Narrative and Documentary Feature Competition Programs for the 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival. The Feature Competition Programs present breakthrough films by first-time feature film directors from around the world. The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will showcase 22 feature-length competition films – 12 Narrative Films and 10 Documentary Films, including 13 World Premieres and 7 US Premieres. With over 5,000 submissions this year, Slamdance is proud to be able to present the best of emerging filmmakers pushing the boundaries of filmmaking with innovation and unique talent. This year's festival celebrates Slamdance's true independent spirit through groundbreaking cinema.

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 18 – 24, 2013 in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn: 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.

“Our goal is to showcase exhilarating filmmaking with a revolutionary take on our world. These filmmakers have a tremendous ability to innovate, explore and revitalize the independent filmmaking landscape,” said Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder.

All Access, Industry, Locals, 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:

The Narrative Competition is comprised of American and International productions. All 12 films are feature debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and were programmed entirely from blind submissions.

Best Friends Forever
Director: Brea Grant
Screenwriters: Brea Grant, Vera Miao
(USA) World Premiere

Harriet and Reba hit the road in this darkly comedic apocalypse tale that explores the boundaries of friendship, the danger of hipsters, and nuclear fallout.
Cast: Brea Grant, Vera Miao, Sean Maher, Glen Powell, Kit Williamson, Alex Berg, Alex Fernie, Stacey Storey

Big Words
Director and Screenwriter:
Neil Drumming
(USA) World Premiere

A lively drama that captures members of a once-promising hip-hop group, now in their late 30's, as they struggle with regret, disappointment, and change on Election Night 2008.
Cast: Dorian Missick, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Darien Sills-Evans, Yaya Alafia, Zachary Booth, Amir Arison, Jean Grae

The Court of Shards
Director and Screenwriter:
Jan Eilhardt
(Germany) World Premiere

In this experimental narrative, two disabled women fight in their own way to maintain their independent loves and lives against an overpoweringly caring family.
Cast: Caroline Fricke, Silvia Giehle, Natalia Bondar, Frank Hoffmann, Doris Egbring-Kahn

The Dirties
Director: Matt Johnson
Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Evan Morgan, Josh Boles
(Canada) World Premiere

Two best friends think it would be funny to make a movie about getting revenge on the bullies at their school. One of them isn't joking.
Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison, David Matheson, Brandon Wickens, Josh Boles, Alen Delaine, Jay McCarrol

Fynbos
Director: Harry Patramanis
Screenwriters: Harry Patramanis, Jonathan Glatzer
(South Africa) US Premiere

On a lavish and remote property, within the walls of a glass house, six lives intersect and lay bare their secrets and psyches in this twisting drama.
Cast: Jessica Haines, Warrick Grier, Cara Roberts, Chad Philips, Susan Danford, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, John Herbert

Billy Chen Presents: GHOST TEAM ONE
Directors: Ben Peyser, Scott Rutherford
Screenwriters: Andrew Knauer, Arthur Pielli, Scott Rutherford, Ben Peyser
(USA) World Premiere

A subversive, comedic take on the found footage genre, where two roommates deathly afraid of ghosts both fall in love with a girl who believes their home is haunted.
Cast: Carlos Santos, Fernanda Romero, J.R. Villarreal, Meghan Folcone, Tony Cavalero, James Babson, Scott MacArthur, Craig Stott

Hank and Asha
Director: James E. Duff
Screenwriters: James E. Duff, Julia Morrison
(USA) World Premiere

In this voyeuristic love story, an Indian student in Prague and a lonely New Yorker correspond online through video letters – two strangers aching for human connection in a hyper-connected world.
Cast: Andrew Pastides, Mahira Kakkar

He’s Way More Famous Than You
Director: Michael Urie
Screenwriters: Halley Feiffer, Ryan Spahn
(USA) World Premiere

A struggling actress will stop at nothing to get her movie made in this sharp comedy, bolstered by absurdist touches and a bravura lead performance.
Cast: Halley Feiffer, Ryan Spahn, Tracee Chimo, Jesse Eisenberg, Mammie Gummer, Michael Urie, Ralph Macchio , Natasha Lyonne, Ben Stiller

Joy De V.
Director and Screenwriter:
Nadia Szold
(USA) World Premiere

An expressionistic, gritty look at the intersection of madness and love that follows a young con-artist who wakes up to discover his pregnant wife is missing.
Cast: Evan Louison, Claudia Cardinale, Josephine de La Baume, Iva Gocheva, Victoria Imperioli

Kohlhaas
Director and Screenwriter:
Aron Lehmann
(Germany) US Premiere

An obsessed director and his cast seek to adapt the true story of a 16th-century revolutionary when their actions behind the scenes begin to mimic the book’s subject.
Cast: Robert Gwisdek, Jan Messutat, Thorsten Merten, Rosalie Thomass, Michael Fuith, Heiko Pinkowski

Visitors
Director: Constanze Knoche
Screenwriters: Leis Bagdach, Constanze Knoche
(Germany) US Premiere

Three adult siblings are surprised by their parents’ announcement that they are cutting off finances in this commanding and evocative look at the oppressive results of stasis.
Cast: Uwe Kockisch, Corinna Kirchhoff, Irina Potapenko, Jakob Diehl, Anne Muller, Anjorka Strechel, Bernhard Schütz, Andreas Leupold, Janusz Kocaj, Mehdi Nebbou

What Isn’t There
Director: Marie Jamora
Screenwriters: Marie Jamora, Ramon De Veyra
(Philippines) US Premiere

In this lyrical exploration of love, music and expression, a self-imposed mute returns home for Christmas and the anniversary of his twin brother’s accidental death.
Cast: Dominic Roco, Annicka Dolonius, Boboy Garrovillo, Dawn Zulueta, Felix Roco, Alchris Galura, Mercedes Cabral, Marc Abaya



DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM:

The Documentary Competition is comprised of American and International productions. All 10 films are directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and were programmed entirely from blind submissions.

Battery Man
Directors and Screenwriters:
Dusan Saponja, Dusan Cavic
(Serbia) US Premiere

Thanks to the powers he discovered by accident, Biba Struja has spent his entire life experimenting with electricity and proving to himself and others that it cannot harm him.
Cast: Slavisa Pajkic

Bible Quiz
Director: Nicole Teeny
(USA) World Premiere

Seventeen-year-old Mikayla memorizes books of the Bible on her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain. The film explores coming of age in the face of faith, doubt, fierce competition and teen love.
Cast: Mikayla Irle, JP O'Connor, Christopher Teeny, Brandon Duffy, Rich Nelson, Rachel Dawson, Rachel Holley, Gary Irle

The Bitter Buddha
Director: Steven Feinartz
(USA)

Cult-Comic Eddie Pepitone’s life is on display in this unhinged portrait of creativity, enlightenment and rage.
Cast: Eddie Pepitone, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Sean Conroy, Paul Provenza, Dana Gould, Marc Maron

The Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants
Directors: Gavin McInnes, Steve Durand, Bryan Gaynor
(USA/Canada) World Premiere

‘Godfather of hipsterdom’ Gavin McInnes goes on a stand-up comedy tour with his best friend from high school and things go from bad to worse to downright catastrophic.
Cast: Gavin McInnes, Steve Durand, Bryan Gaynor

The Institute
Director: Spencer McCall
Screenwriters: Uriah Findley, Spencer McCall
(USA)

Examining counter culture, new religious movements and street art, The Institute takes the viewer on a journey into a secret underground world teeming just beneath the surface of every day life.
Cast: Daniel Shoup, Arye Michael Bender, Carolee Gilligan Wheeler, Garland Glessner, Michael Wertz, Kiyomi Tanouye, Geordie Aiken, Jeff Hull

The Last Shepherd
Director and Screenwriter:
Marco Bonfanti
(Italy) US Premiere

Renato, the last traveling shepherd left in Milan, has a dream – get to the inaccessible center of the city to meet the children who have never seen a flock of sheep.
Cast: Renato Zucchelli, Piero Lombardi, Lucia Zucchelli, Patrizia Frisoli, Hedy Krissane, Barbara Sorrentini (voice)

My Name Is Faith
Directors: Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker
(USA) US Premiere

Faith, a 13-year-old girl who suffers from Reactive Attachment Disorder, attempts to heal from the trauma inflicted by her birthmother's lifestyle.

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde
Director: Suzanne Mitchell
(USA) World Premiere

The inspiring journey of a remarkable cowboy who triumphs in his quest to protect wild horses and the American West.
Cast: Dayton O. Hyde

Where I Am
Director and Screenwriter:
Pamela Drynan
(Ireland) World Premiere

The courageous story of Gay American writer Robert Drake and his struggle to recover and return to the scene of a crime in Ireland, where, he was left for dead more than 10 years ago.
Cast: Robert Drake

Without Shepherds
Director: Cary McClelland
(Pakistan/USA) World Premiere

Six bold individuals struggle to find their role in the turbulent waters of Pakistan and build a better tomorrow.
Cast: Vaneeza Ahmad, Arieb Azhar, Abdullah Khan, Imran Khan, Ibrahim Waheed, Laiba Yousafzai



Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at:
Choose Competition Program – Narrative: http://bit.ly/TOBzjl
Choose Competition Program – Doc Features: http://bit.ly/RAWtHm



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 2013 Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 18-24, 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, Oren Peli, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Behn Zeitlin, Anthony and Joe Russo, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. 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 important for Slamdance. After beginning an exclusive video on demand partnership with Microsoft in 2010, Slamdance has continued to expand its year-round platform and exhibition efforts on platforms like Xbox and Zune, as well as it‟s theatrical On the Road programs in the US. On The Road programs also took place abroad in 2012 in places like Moscow and Krakow. New distribution partners will be announced at the beginning of 2013.

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival Major Sponsors include Kodak, Carhartt and The Directors Guild of America. Official Sponsors include Blackmagic Design, Different By Design, JuntoBox Films and InkHead Promotional Products. Variety is the Official Media Partner. 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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PRESS CONTACT:
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