The Slamdance Film Festival, which takes place in Utah in January and bills itself as an alternative to Sundance, has unveiled its documentary feature competition program, comprising eight docs made by first-time directors.
Organizers said they received nearly 5,000 submissions (narrative and documentary) for the 18th annual event, which will take place in Park City from January 20-26, 2012.
In a statement, Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter said: “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.”
The full documentary feature competition program, with descriptions provided by Slamdance, follows:
Director: Todd Kellstein. (Thailand/USA)
Two eight year old girls fight in rural Thailand’s underground child boxing economy to earn
money to support their families.
Director: Alexandra Berger, Screenwriters: Ann Husaini, Alexandra Berger. (USA)
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)
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, Screenwriter: Tempt. (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.