Los Punks: We Are All We Have (pictured) and Fursonas are among the eight films to screen in the documentary feature film competition at the 22nd annual Slamdance Film Festival.
All films selected are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than US$1 million and without American distribution. The docs were programmed from blind submissions by the festival’s filmmaking community.
Jury awards will be presented to the best documentary films in the category. The docs are also eligible for the Audience Award and the Spirit of Slamdance Award, which is judged by the filmmakers.
This year’s slate will showcase five world premieres that include Jai Love’s Dead Hands Dig Deep, focusing on the violent life of Edwin Borsheim, founder of shock metal band Kettle Cadaver; Dominic Rodriguez’s Fursonas, about the Furry community; Angela Boatwright’s Los Punks: We Are All We Have, examining Hispanic youth in the South Central and East LA punk scene; Brian Golden Davis’ The Million Dollar Duck, about artists competing to win the Federal Duck Stamp Contest; and Neil Rough and Michael Fuller’s Myrtle Beach, exploring the underbelly of the South Carolina beach town.
Marking its North American debut is Monika Pirch’s 1ha 43a, a film in which Pirch explores the potential and history of a plot of inherited farming land.
Additional films screening at this year’s festival include Andrea Marini’s Art of the Prank, in which American prankster Joey Skaggs attempts to implement his most challenging hoax; and Molly Gandour’s Peanut Gallery, following one family’s tragic loss and their attempt to heal.
The 2016 edition of the Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 22 to 28 in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn.