Slamdance to screen collaborative documentary

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will host the world premiere of I Want To Be An American, the inaugural documentary helmed by the Slam Collective, a group of seven filmmakers from five continents.
December 20, 2012

The Slamdance Film Festival will screen a collaborative documentary project made by seven festival alumni from five continents as part of this year’s special screenings program.

I Want To Be An American is the inaugural documentary from the Slam Collective, a group of filmmakers supporting film-production collaborations using innovative methods and shared experience. The film was created in the spirit of parlor game ‘Exquisite Corpse’ and is comprised of seven shorts, each based on the imagery in the preceding short.

The project was “inspired by the idea that with digital technology, cameras, online distribution, like-minded filmmakers from different cultures across continents can embrace a basic concept and create several films with one unifying theme,” according to the festival.

Directors from the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and India were involved in the collaborative doc.

Descriptions of the seven shorts that comprise I Want To Be An American follow below, courtesy of Slamdance:

I Want To Be An American
Director: Dale Yudelman Stix
A 19-year-old youth has lived on the streets of Cape Town and the suburb of Manenburg all his life. The Americans he mentions are a notorious gang on the Cape Flats, but what Stix really wants is to see the world and America someday.

Clown In The Crowd
Director: Maya Newell
Yani, a 29-year-old Peruvian refugee, leads a double life: part wife and mother, part clown.

Director: Dylan Verrechia
The story of Aidee, a stripper living in Tijuana struggling relentlessly to provide her daughter with a good education and a better life.

Suzanne Takes Me Down
Director: Q
Through the course of one night, Suzanne, a transgendered sex worker, walks the streets of Kolkata, confessing her dreams.

Director: Monteith McCollum
A story about man’s love affair with shortwave radio.

All About Eve
Director: Peter Baxter
Eve, an outgoing 12-year-old girl living in Hollywood, California is preparing to meet the world and life in the 21st Century.

Director: Daniel J. Harris
Rosa is about a traditional wedding song in Cape Malay culture, now sung mostly at choral competitions.

The Slam Collective film will have its world premiere during the festival on January 21 before debuting online. The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival takes place January 18-24 in Park City, Utah, as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival.

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