The Slamdance Film Festival has revealed its special screenings and shorts programs, including the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Demme’s Neil Young Journeys, and feature docs about pop culture icon Stan Lee, The Vans Warped Tour, computer consumption and an ancient English sporting event.
This year’s short film competition features 13 documentary shorts, which will screen in blocks in front of features.
Billed as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival, the festival takes place in Park City, Utah from January 20-26, 2012 at the Treasure Mountain Inn. Last week organizers announced the competition line-up, which comprises eight documentaries by first-time feature filmmakers working with budgets under $1 million.
The documentaries in the special screenings program, with descriptions provided by Slamdance, follows:
Neil Young Journeys
Director: Jonathan Demme. (USA) U.S. Premiere
A personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of iconoclast Neil Young – as told through intimate performances from Young’s 2011 summer solo shows in Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall, and insightful, wistful stories from his life while driving from his idyllic Canadian hometown.
No Room for Rockstars
Director: Parris Patton. (USA) World Premiere
Through the experiences of four musicians on The Vans Warped Tour, No Room For Rockstars takes you on an emotional journey of hope and determination, and documents the extreme highs and lows that occur in the pursuit of success in today’s era of rock and roll.
Director: Isaac Brown. (USA) World Premiere
A global examination of the unseen life cycle of computer consumption, from manufacturing to disposal, that has created one of the largest, most common toxic wastes on our planet.
Wild in the Streets
Director: Peter Baxter, Screenwriters: Peter Baxter, Jay Nelson. (UK/USA) World Premiere
Every year, thousands of locals from rival sides of a rugged English town brutally compete in an ancient sports game that is the lifeblood of the community – and the origin of soccer, rugby, and football.
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
Directors: Will Hess, Nikki Frakes, Terry Dougas. (USA)
The story of maverick pop culture icon Stan Lee – one man’s journey of perseverance, and how by sticking to what he loved, he became an internationally influential and successful artist.
The documentary shorts screening in competition, with descriptions provided by Slamdance, are:
Ben Franklin Blowing Bubbles at a Sword: The Journeys of a Mental Athlete
Director: Jonathan Napolitano. (USA) World Premiere
Three mental athletes stretch the limits of their minds as they train for and compete in the 2011 USA Memory Championship.
The Devotion Project: More Than Ever
Director: Antony Osso. (USA)
The inspiring true story of two men who forged a 54-year love story despite the odds.
I’m Never Afraid!
Director: Willem Baptist. (The Netherlands)
Eight-year-old Mack ‘the motor midget’ should be dead but nothing is stopping him.
Kiss the Paper
Director: Fiona Otway. (USA)
A poetic documentary contemplating the revival of the nearly obsolete, centuries-old craft of letterpress printing.
Director: Josh Gibson. (USA)
This ode to the climbing, trailing, and coiling species Pueraria lobata evokes the agricultural history and mythic textures of the American South.
Director: Brian Bolster. (USA) World Premiere
Watching over some of the most fire-prone landscapes in North America, a Fire Lookout reflects upon his work.
Director: Madeleine Parry. (Australia)
Could you kill what you had for dinner? Maddie, a 21 year-old meat eater, decides to take the question into her own hands.
Director: Kieran Dick. (Canada)
What is real and how do you capture it?
No Wine Left Behind
Director: Kevin Gordon. (USA)
An Iraq War hero leads a ragtag group of veterans as they try to conquer the wine industry.
On Tender Hooks
Director: Kate Shenton. (UK)
Freak show magician Damien Lloyd-Davies pierces his flesh with meat hooks and performs a “suicide suspension.”
Director: Skylar Nielsen. (USA)
Metal-fabricator Neil Youngberg never planned on taking over his grandfather’s business and is now faced with passing on his legacy.
We Win or We Die
Director: Matthew Millan. (Libya, USA) World Premiere
The inspiring story of one man’s heroic sacrifice that liberated a city from the yoke of oppression.
You Can’t Win
Director: Jorge Torres-Torres (Puerto Rico/USA) World Premiere
A typical night at the cockfights in the island of Puerto Rico.