A documentary on basketball player Dennis Rodman (pictured) and his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as well as the story of the hammer-wielding frontman of rock band Thor, are among eight doc features selected for the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival.
The Park City, Utah, event – which takes place during the Sundance Film Festival, also in Park City – showcases both domestic and international work made on budgets of less than US$1 million and which currently do not have U.S. distribution in place. According to organizers, the films are programmed entirely from blind submissions made by the Slamdance filmmaking community.
The documentary category features six world premieres, including the debuts of Colin Offland’s Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang and Ryan Wise’s I Am Thor, as well as Ben Patterson’s Sweet Micky for President, on Haiti’s third democratic election; and Steve Yu’s The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, on the comeback of professional wrestler Jake Roberts.
Also bowing are Morgan Schmidt-Feng’s On Her Own, about a woman trying to save her family farm during the recession; and Jeremy Royce’s 20 Years of Madness, on a reunion episode of 30 Minutes of Madness.
Meanwhile, receiving a U.S. premiere is Mattia Colombo’s Alberi che Camminano, on the relationship between trees and human beings; while Paul-Julien Robert’s My Fathers, My Mother and Me will enjoy its North American premiere.
Slamdance will take place from January 23 to 29 in Park City, Utah.