The Slamdance Film Festival hasexpanded the 2007 documentary programme and for the first time is presenting anequal number of narrative and documentaries in competition with ten apiece.
The festival, whose 13thedition runs from Jan 18-27, received more than 3,600 submissions andwill open with Allan Moyle's screwball comedy Weirdsville starring Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley.
"Taking into account thisyear's festival film submissions, it's clear to see independent filmmaking hasincreased its standing in the world of entertainment," Slamdance president andco-founder Peter Baxter said.
"What sets Slamdance's programmeapart this year is the sense of pure independent filmmaking at its best... apassionate combination that offers a high level of entertainment, social andcommercial value. In most ways the programme represents the spirit of theSlamdance ID. This 13-year-old teenager breaks rules, has stayed true to itsroots and embodies the spirit of independent creativity."
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Dir: Chris Bowman
The life and times of Tracy Orbison, agrocery clerk with the mind of a dreamer, the soul of a poet and the body of areally fat man.
Dir: Grace Lee
Two film-makers document a group ofzombies in Los Angeles and their struggle to gain acceptance in the humancommunity.
Dir: Colin Drobnis
A discharged US soldier sets off to findhis MIA father in Southeast Asia an strikes up a friendship with a Bible-totingpickpocket.
Dir: Will Slocombe
A hopeless writer finally findssomething to write about after a late-night argument with his girlfriendspirals out of control.
The Death Of Michael Smith/USA
Dir: Daniel Casey
Set in the shadows of a harsh Detroitwinter, the story follows three men with the same name, inextricably linked toa mysterious murder.
Dir: Jeremy Saulnier
A random invitation to a Halloween partyleads a lonely man through the desolate wastes of Brooklyn and into the handsof a collective of homicidal artists.
Over the GW/USA
Dir: by Nick Gaglia
Based on a true story of two teenagesiblings who get sucked into an abusive, cult-like drug rehabilitationprogramme.
The Path Of Most Resistance/USA
Dir: Peter Kelley
A secretive man confronts anextraordinary choice on New Year's Eve.
Tijuana Makes Me Happy/USA-Mexico
Dir: Dylan Verrechia
A boy will do anything to become a manand win the heart of a young prostitute.... even fight his rooster.
Under the Sun/Germany
Dir: Baran bo Odar
A 12-year-old boy is plunged into theworld of adults on hot summer weekend in August 1984.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Bad Boys Of Summer/USA
Dirs: Tiller Russell and Loren Mendell
The coach of the San Quentin Giantsprison baseball team tries to change the lives of his convict charges duringtheir final season together.
Ballad Of AJ Weberman/UK
Dirs: James Bluemel and Oliver Ralfe
Portrait of obsession and eccentricityfollows AJ Weberman, Bob Dylan's most infamous fan.
Children Of God: Lost And Found/USA
Dir: Noah Thomson
First-person account of growingupin a controversial evangelical Christian cult.
Dream In Doubt/USA
Dir: Tami Yeager
When his brother is murdered inAmerica's first post-9/11 revenge killing, Rana Singh Sodhi begins a journey toreclaim his American dream and fight the hate that continues to threaten hiscommunity.
King Of Kong/USA
Dir: Seth Gordon
Obsession and the pursuit of excellencepush diehard gamers to break World Records on classic arcade games like Pac-Manand Donkey Kong.
Off The Grid: Life On The Mesa/USA
Dirs: Jeremy Stulberg and Randy Stulberg
In the remote New Mexicodesert,disillusioned Gulf War veterans, desperate teenage runaways andsurvivalists formapost-modern Wild Westwhere vigilante coderules.
Red Without Blue/USA
Dirs: Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills andTodd Sills
The intimate bond between two identicaltwin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female.
Rock The Bells/USA
Dirs: Casey Suchan and Denis Hennelly
Producer Chang Weisberg puts everythingon the line as he pursues his impossible dream of reuniting notorious no-showsThe Wu-Tang Clan.
Row Hard No Excuses/USA-Spain
Dir: Luke Wolbach
Two middle-aged American men set out towin a 3,000-mile transatlantic rowing race.
Dir: Adam Hootnick
During the Gaza withdrawal of 2005,three young Israelis will be forced from their homes, two soldiers will be sentto evict them, and one activist will try to help her country avoid a war. Canone generation change history'
NARRATIVE SPECIAL SCREENING FEATURES
Dir: Gary Walkow
Novelist Richard McMurray crashes on thecouch of two co-ed writing students and starts secretly writing about theirlives.
You are Here/USA
Dir: Henry Pincus
A group of twentysomething friends tryto piece together what happened to them over the course of one crazy night inLos Angeles.
DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL SCREENING FEATURES
Dir: Andrew Neel
Portrait painter Alice Neel (1900-1984)abandoned almost all the comforts of a "normal" life and family in her quest todocument the 20th century, one soul at a time.
Dir: Janine Hosking
Behind the scenes of the controversialtrial of Schapelle Corby, a young woman accused of smuggling 10 pounds ofmarijuanainto Bali, Indonesia.
Dir: Arturo Perez Torres
Charts a group of vigilantes thatprotect Mexico City.
Dir: Sean Meredith
A satirical update of Dante's classictravelogue of the underworld, reinterpreted in a postmodern melding ofapocalyptic graphic novel and Victorian-era toy theatre.
Dir: Roar Uthaug
Norwegian hit about adventurers who areforced to spend the night in an abandoned, snowbound hotel.
North American Premiere
Dir: Adam Rifkin
A comedy set in prehistoric times,follows the exploits of the hapless Ishbo, a philosophical caveman who yearnsfor more out of life than sticks, stones and raw meat.