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Designates films with no queer-content, but the filmmaker(s) identify as LGBT

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Institute presents the 2009 Sundance Film Festival®, an exhibition of work that showcases the best of independent cinema from January 15 — 25, 2009. Screenings will take place in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. The Sundance box offices are located at the Gateway Center in Park City and Trolley Square in Salt Lake City. For more information, please visit: www.sundance.org.

Sundance Features 2009

Amreeka (Dramatic Competition)

Director/Screenwriter: Cherien Dabis

Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass

(USA/Canada/Kuwait, 2009, 96 min., color)

After her family is granted a U.S. green card, a Palestinian single mother must choose between a desire to remain in her homeland, and a potentially more secure future for her teenage son in America.

Screening Times

  • Saturday, January 17, 12:15 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Sunday, January 18, 9:45 - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City
  • Monday, January 19, 2:15 PM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 8:30 AM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Thursday, January 22, 8:30 PM - Library Center Theatre, Park City

The Anarchists' Wife (La Mujer del Anarquista) (Spectrum)

Directors: Marie Noelle, Peter Sehr

Screenwriters: Marie Noelle, Ray Loriga

Cast: Maria Valverde, Juan Diego Botto, Nina Hoss

(Germany/Spain, 2008, 112 min., color)

Against the tumultuous backdrops of the Spanish Civil War and World War II, the love of a young Spanish couple is tested by time and isolation when the husband's political activism forces them to separate.

Screening Time

  • Friday, January 16, 3:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 3:30 PM - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
  • Sunday, January 18, 11:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 8:00 PM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 6:30 PM - Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden

Dare (Dramatic Competition)

Director: Adam Salky

Screenwriter: David Brind

Cast: Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer, Ana Gasteyer, Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard

(USA, 2009, 92 min., color)

The lives of three high school seniors become emotionally and sexually intertwined with each other when their last semester of school and encroaching adulthood prompts them to shed their inhibitions. Ben, the sexually confused outsider, is one of the three.

Screening Times

  • Monday, January 19, 5:15 PM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2:15 PM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Thursday, January 22, 11:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 12:15 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 12:30 PM - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

Everything Strange and New (Spectrum)

Director/Screenwriter: Frazer Bradshaw

Cast: Jerry McDaniel, Beth Lisick, Luis Saguar, Rigo Chacon Jr.

(USA, 2009, 84 min., color)

Trapped in a "good on paper" life that he never wanted, Wayne struggles to handle careening family members, emotionally troubled friends, and issues of sexuality and substance abuse.

Screening Times

  • Monday, January 19, 11:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 11:30 PM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 3:45 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City

Good Hair (Documentary Competition)

Director: Jeff Stilson

Screenwriters: Chris Rock, Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther, Chuck Sklar

Cast: Chris Rock, Ice-T, Nia Long, Maya Angelou, Reverend Al Sharpton

(USA, 2009, 95 min., color)

In an attempt to change his young daughter's misconceptions about her own hair, comedian Chris Rock set out to investigate the history, business, and unexpected facets of black hair culture. (WAITING ON QUEER DETAILS)

Screening Times

  • Sunday, January 18, 9:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City
  • Monday, January 19, midnight - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 9:30 PM - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
  • Thursday, January 22, 8:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 3:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City

Humpday (Dramatic Competition)

Director/Screenwriter: Lynn Shelton

Cast: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton, Trina Willard

(USA, 2009, 92 min., color)

A farcical buddy comedy in which a night of drunken boasting and big talk somehow leads two straight former college buddies into a dare to film themselves having sex with each other for an amateur porn contest.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 12:15 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 8:30 AM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 9:00 PM - Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
  • Monday, January 19, 3:00 PM - Screening Room, Sundance Resort
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2:15 PM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 5:15 PM - Racquet Club, Park City

I Love You, Phillip Morris (Premieres)

Directors/Screenwriters: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Leslie Mann

(USA, 2008, 100 min., color)

Based on a remarkable true story, a local Texas cop turns to a life of fraud after coming out of the closet, which eventually lands him in prison. There he falls in love with the titular inmate Phillip Morris, and begins a series of daring escape attempts to reunite with his soon-released lover.

Screening Times

  • Sunday, January 18, 9:30 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Monday, January 19, 9:15 AM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Tuesday, January 20, 9:00 PM - Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday, January 24, 6:00 PM - Screening Room, Sundance Resort

The Informers (Premieres)

Director: Gregor Jordan

Screenwriters: Bret Easton Ellis, Nicholas Jarecki

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder, Jon Foster, Amber Heard

(USA, 2008, 98 min., color)

Bret Easton Ellis' tale of debauchery, drugs, and depravity in 1980s Los Angeles is adapted for the screen. As is often Ellis' style, the stories of several different characters — not all of who are completely straight — and their indulgent exploits are interwoven to illustrate the excess of the times.

Screening Times

  • Thursday, January 22, 9:30 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 8:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, midnight - Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City

La Mission (Spectrum)

Director/Screenwriter: Peter Bratt

Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesse Borrego, Talisa Soto Bratt

(USA, 2008, 117 min., color)

A recovering alcoholic and ex-con that gets by on intimidation, Che is also a devoted father to teenage son Jesse, who he violently rejects after discovering that Jesse is gay. Prompted in part by his headstrong neighbor Lena, Che must confront his long held prejudices to repair his parental relationship.

Screening Times

  • Monday, January 19, 8:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2:30 PM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, noon - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 9:45 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City

Louise-Michel (World Dramatic Competition)

Directors: Benoit Delepine, Gustav de Kervern

Cast: Yolande Moreau, Bouli Lanners

(France, 2008, 94 min., color)

After being unceremoniously fired by the toy factory that employed them, a group of women seek revenge by hiring a hit man to off the company's owner. This dark and absurdist French comedy features an unexpected queer twist.

Screening Times

  • Saturday, January 17, 9:30 PM - Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden
  • Sunday, January 18, Noon - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Monday, January 19, 9:00 PM - Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 9:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, Midnight - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City

Mary and Max (Opening Night Film, Premieres)

Director/Screenwriter: Adam Elliot

Cast: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana

(Australia, 2008, 92 min., color and b/w)

Narrated by Australian performer Barry Humphries (the incomparable Dame Edna), this clay animation film brings to life an unlikely pen pal relationship between a 44-year-old obese, Jewish man with Asperger's syndrome in New York City, and an odd, chubby 8-year-old girl in Melbourne nursing a crush on her Boy George-loving, cake-decorating neighbor.

Screening Times

  • Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Thursday, January 15, 9:30 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 16, 6:30 PM - Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden
  • Friday, January 16, 9:15 AM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 6:30 PM - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday, January 24, 6:15 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City

Motherhood (Premiere)

Director/Screenwriter: Katherine Dieckmann

Producer: Christine Vachon

Cast: Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver, Samantha Bee

(USA, 2008, 90 min., color)

The latest Sundance entry from queer film champion Christine Vachon's Killer Films, Motherhood follows an overwhelmed mom trying to throw her daughter a sixth birthday party over the course of a particularly tumultuous and revelatory day.

Screening Times

  • Wednesday, January 21, 9:30 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Thursday, January 22, 8:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 9:30 PM - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

One Day in a Life (Un altro pianeta) (World Dramatic Competition)

Director: Stefano Tummolini

Screenwriters: Stefano Tummolini, Antonio Merone

Cast: Antonio Merone, Lucia Mascino

(Italy, 2008, 82 min., color)

Salvatore's simple outing to an Italian gay beach results in his getting caught up in the unfolding dramas of his fellow beach goers, and the painful memories of his past.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 6:45 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City
  • Sunday, January 18, 9:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 9:00 AM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 2:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City

Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire (US Dramatic Competition)

Director: Lee Daniels

Screenwriter: Damien Paul

Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz

(USA, 2008, 105 min., color)

Illiterate, overweight, and sexually abused teenager Precious Jones has a harder life than most could dream of, until a lesbian teacher named Blue Rain inspires her to finally turn her life around.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 8:00 PM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, noon - Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Salt Lake City
  • Tuesday, January 20, 3:15 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 11:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 2:15 PM - Racquet Club, Park City

The September Issue (Salt Lake City Gala, US Documentary Competition)

Director: R.J. Cutler

Cast: Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Grace Coddington

(USA, 2008, 90 min., color)

Nine months in the making, Vogue magazine's September issue is considered by many to be the definitive fashion bible for the following year. This documentary chronicles the creative process and behind the scenes chaos leading up to its unveiling.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 6:30 PM - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
  • Friday, January 16, 9:30 PM - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday, January 17, noon - Temple Theatre, Park City
  • Sunday, January 18, 5:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 3:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 9:15 AM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City

Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech (US Documentary Competition)

Director: Liz Garbus

(USA, 2008, 80 min., color)

Though it may have taken a beating in our post-9/11 society, the First Amendment remains one of our most cherished, core tenants, even though we may not always like the things it guarantees others the right to say. This documentary explores both the Amendment's history and several contemporary cases, including that of a young boy fighting for the right to wear a shirt in school bearing anti-gay scripture.

Screening Times

  • Monday, January 19, 9:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Thursday, January 22, 6:45 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City
  • Friday, January 23, 8:30 AM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 12:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City

Spring Breakdown (Midnight)

Director: Ryan Shiraki

Screenwriters: Ryan Shiraki, Rachel Dratch

Cast: Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Amber Tamblyn, Jane Lynch

(USA, 2008, 84 min., color)

When tasked with keeping an eye on her boss' daughter during her trip south for spring break, Becky and her two other almost-40 friends (Gayle and Judi) find it's the perfect time to trade in their bland personas for some uninhibited fun. Judi, in particular, could use some fun after discovering that her fiancé is gay.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, midnight - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, midnight - Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
  • Sunday, January 18, 9:30 PM - Redstone Cinemas, Kimball Junction
  • Thursday, January 22, 3:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 3:45 PM - Holiday Village Cinema I, Park City

Taking Chance (US Dramatic Competition)

Director: Ross Katz

Screenwriters: LtCol Michael R. Strobl (Ret.), Ross Katz

Cast: Kevin Bacon

(US, 2008, 85 min., color)

Based on the personal journal of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC (Ret.), Taking Chance follows the journey Strobl made in the spring of 2004 across the country as a volunteer military escort with the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, a young Marine killed in action in Iraq.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 5:15 PM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Sunday, January 18, 3:30 PM - Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
  • Monday, January 19, NOON - Screening Room, Sundance Resort
  • Tuesday, January 20, 12:15 PM - Eccles Theatre, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 8:30 AM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 11:30 AM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Unmade Beds (World Dramatic Competition)

Director/Screenwriter: Alexis Dos Santos

Cast: Deborah Francois, Fernando Tielve

(United Kingdom, 2008, 92 min., color)

After learning that his long-lost father is now a London realtor with a new family, young Spaniard Axl poses as an apartment-hunting student to learn more about him, but soon finds that the lie is becoming his life. Set amongst the hip East End club scene, Axl and his squatmates engage in tangled romances and a threeway — or two.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 6:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 12:45 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City
  • Tuesday, January 20, 8:30 AM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Thursday, January 22, 11:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City

Sundance Shorts 2009

575 Castro St. (US Documentary Short)

Shown before Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech

Director: Jenni Olson

(USA, 2008, 7 min., color, HD)

An experimental short film shot on the empty set of Gus Van Sant's Milk, featuring the original archival audio recorded by Harvey Milk on November 18th, 1978 — to be played in the event of his assassination.

Screening Times

  • Monday, January 19, 9:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Thursday, January 22, 6:45 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City
  • Friday, January 23, 8:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, midnight - Temple Theatre, Park City

A Mate (International Shorts)

Shorts Program 5

Director: Teemu Nikki

(Finland, 2007, 7 min., b/w)

An absurdist comedy about a homophobic man who finds the thought of sex between two men so unimaginable that he asks a friend to join him in the bathroom and figure out what it's like firsthand. Unfortunately his wife comes home a bit early.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 11:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 11:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Sunday, January 18, 9:00 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Salt Lake City
  • Thursday, January 22, 11:59 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 8:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Boutonniere (US Dramatic Shorts)

Narrative Shorts Program 5

Director: Coley Sohn

(U.S.A., 2008, 10 min., color, HD Cam)

Lesbian writer/director Coley Sohn's dark comedy follows a teenage girl who dreads the prospect of attending prom, and her overbearing mother's plans to make it a memorable evening.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 11:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 11:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Sunday, January 18, 9:00 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Salt Lake City
  • Thursday, January 22, 11:59 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 8:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Chop Off (US Documentary Shorts)

Documentary Shorts

Director: M. M. Serra

(USA, 2008, 6 min., color)

The artist's own body becomes the medium in this short film documenting the work of performance artist R.K., who sees amputation and body modification as an art form.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 8:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 9:00 AM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Monday, January 19, 11:30 AM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 6:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 12:45 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday, January 24,11:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City

Countertransference (US Dramatic Shorts)

Shorts Program 3

Director: Madeleine Olnek

(USA, 2008, 16 min., color, HD Cam)

An awkward woman seeks out therapy to help her deal with assertiveness issues, but it unfortunately only multiplies her problems in this dark comedy.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 11:59 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 2:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Monday, January 19, 9:15 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Friday, January 23, 11:59 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday, January 24, 5:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City

James (International Dramatic Shorts)

Shorts Program 4

Director: Connor Clements

(Northern Ireland, 2008, 18 min., color, HD cam)

Young James struggles with his sexuality and his teacher, Mr. Sutherland, is the only person he feels he can connect with. When James finally puts a voice to his feelings, Mr. Sutherland's response isn't what James had hoped for.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 2:15 PM - Racquet Club, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 1:30 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas IV, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday, January 17, 11:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 8:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 11:59 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City

The Kinda Sutra (US Documentary Shorts)

Shown before Over the Hills and Far Away

Director: Jessica Yu

(USA, 2008, 8 min., color)

Part insightful documentary and part animated short, Oscar winning filmmaker Jessica Yu has crafted this film about the fanciful childhood misconceptions we have about where babies come from, some of which still prevail today. Some gay perspectives are included as well.

Screening Times

  • Saturday, January 17, 3:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City
  • Sunday, January 18, 9:15 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Monday, January 19, 10:30 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas IV, Salt Lake City
  • Thursday, January 22, 9:00 AM - Temple Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 3:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City

My Surfing Lucifer (International Documentary Shorts)

Shown before Big River Man

Director: Kenneth Anger

(Switzerland/USA, 2008, 9 min., color)

Queer film pioneer Kenneth Anger's examination of the short life of Bunker Spreckles — Clarke Gable's stepson and surf legend — constructed through found footage.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 3:15 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 11:59 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Monday, January 19, 6:00 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Salt Lake City
  • Thursday, January 22, 5:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Steel Homes (International Documentary Shorts)

Documentary Shorts Program

Director: Eva Weber

(United Kingdom, 2008, 10 min., color)

A poetic exploration of memory and loss in this portrait of life at a self-storage warehouse.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 8:30 AM - Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 17, 9:00 AM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Monday, January 19, 11:30 AM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 6:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 12:45 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday, January 24, 11:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City

The Watch (International Dramatic Shorts)

Shorts Program 1

Director: Marco Berger

(Argentina, 2008, 15 min., color)

After a stopped watch leads to a chance meeting on the street, Pablo and Javier end up in an impromptu sleepover, where the two wait nervously for something to happen.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 8:30 AM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Friday, January 16, 9:00 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Salt Lake City
  • Sunday, January 18, 8:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Tuesday, January 20, 5:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
  • Saturday, January 24, 5:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

The Young and Evil (US Dramatic Shorts)

Shorts Program 2

Director: Julian Breece

(USA, 2008, 15 min., color)

An HIV-positive prevention advocate becomes the target of seduction by a defiantly promiscuous but self-destructive gay teenager trying to become infected himself.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 11:15 AM - Raquet Club, Park City
  • Friday, January 17, 11:30 PM - Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
  • Tuesday, January 20, 12:15 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City
  • Wednesday, January 21, 6:30 PM - Redstone Cinemas, Kimball Junction
  • Saturday, January 24, 12:45 PM - Holiday Village Cinema I, Park City

Slamdance Film Festival

Slamdance Film Festival will be held from January 15 — 23, 2009. All feature screenings are $11 or $9 for Utah residents. Shorts blocks are $6.00. The Slamdance Festival Box Office is located at Treasure Mountain Inn, at the top of Main Street in Park City. For more information, please visit: www.slamdance.com.

Slamdance Films 2009

City Rats (Narrative Feature Competition)

Director: Steve M. Kelly

Screenwriter: Simon Fantuzzo

Cast: Susan Lynch, Kenny Doughty, Tamer Hassan

(United Kingdom, 2008, 96 min.)

Among the ensemble of denizens in a gritty London neighborhood are Chris and Olly; a disabled man and the brother who cares for him. Confused about his sexuality, Olly is shocked to discover his deaf and mute brother is also gay — and amazingly less conflicted about it than he is.

Screening Times

  • Monday, January 19, 3:30 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main
  • Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main

Drool (Special Screenings)

Director/Screenwriter: Nancy Kissam

Cast: Laura Harring, Jill Marie Jones, Oded Fehr

(USA, 2008, 88 min.)

After her attempt to escape from her abusive husband accidentally ends with his death, a wife and her cosmetics-selling best friend (who may be more than that) head out on a cross-country trip to bury the corpse.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 3:30 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main
  • Thursday, January 22, 3:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main

Graphic Sexual Horror (Documentary Feature Competition)

Directors/Screenwriters: Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon

(USA, 2009, 85 min.)

A look behind the scenes of the notorious "violent porn" website Insex.com, where sadomasochistic fantasies and the realities of commerce intertwine.

Screening Times

  • Sunday, January 18, 8:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery
  • Thursday, January 22, 8:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery

I Sell the Dead (Opening Night Slamdance)

Directors/Screenwriters: Glenn McQuaid

Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Larry Fessenden, Angus Scrimm, Ron Pearlman

(US, 2008, 85 min., color, HD)

The harrowing tale of Arthur Blake and Willie Grimes, two bumbling grave robbers embroiled in a series of adventures with the dead and not so dead, is told by Blake to a strange priest on the eve of his execution.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 9:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main
  • Wednesday, January 21, 1:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main

Mississippi Damned (Narrative Feature Competition)

Director/Screenwriter: Tina Mabry

Producer: Morgan Stiff

Cast: DB Woodside, Malcolm David Kelly, Tessa Thompson, Malcolm Goodwin

(USA, 2009, 120 min.)

Three Southern black children struggle to escape the cycles of addiction and violence inherited from generations of their family.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 6:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main
  • Tuesday, January 20, 10:00 AM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main

Smile 'Til It Hurts: The 'Up With People' Story (Documentary Feature Competition

Director: Lee Story

(USA, 2008, 82 min., color and b/w)

Born out of the tumultuous social upheaval of the '60s, the singing troupe 'Up With People' has been a voice of optimism and peace that has survived for over 40 years. As this documentary shows, their squeaky clean — not to mention straight — image was only part of the story.

Screening Times

  • Saturday, January 17, 5:30 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery
  • Tuesday, January 20, 8:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery

Weather Girl (Special Screenings)

Director/Screenwriter: Blayne Weaver

Cast: Tricia O'Kelley, Jane Lynch, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer

(USA, 2008, 90 min.)

Steakhaus Productions (By Hook or By Crook) presents the story of a local Seattle weather girl who is fired after and on-air meltdown, and subsequently forced to move in with her little brother.

Screening Times

  • Saturday, January 17, 6:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main
  • Tuesday, January 20, 12:30 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Main

Slamdance Shorts 2009

Dish (Narrative/Experimental Shorts Competition)

Director/Screenwriter: Brian Harris Krinsky

(USA, 2008, 15 min.)

After hearing his Emo high school buddy boast about sexual escapades, gay lad Isreal decides he needs to experience some of his own.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 11:00 AM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery
  • Sunday, January 18, 3:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery

Rock Pockets (Anarchy Online Shorts Competition)

Director: Trevor Anderson

(USA, 2008, 5 min.)

Remembering the jealousy he felt as a boy watching headbangers at the fair walking around with hands in each other's pockets, a young man and his male friend decide to do just that and gauge the crowd's reaction.

Screening Times

  • Tuesday, January 20, 1:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery
  • Wednesday, January 21, 11:00 AM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery

Saint Jude (Current TV Shorts)

Director: Nerina Penzhorn

(USA, 2008, 6 min.)

Mary, an older lesbian artist, shares some of her most despairing times and the art that accompanied it, though never without a sense of humor.

Screening Times

  • Wednesday, January 21, 8:30 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery
  • Friday, January 23, 11:00 AM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery

Vapid Lovelies (Narrative/Experimental Shorts Competition)

Director: Frank Feldman

Screenwriters: David Luna, Chris Lemon, Frank Feldman

(USA, 2008, 22 min.)

Two young, aspiring gay designers from Utah set about to craft the perfect outfit for Sundance with creativity, fierce attitude, and an excess of ego.

Screening Times

  • Friday, January 16, 1:00 PM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery
  • Monday, January 19, 11:00 AM - Treasure Mountain Inn — Gallery

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2009 Queer Lounge Returns To Sundance With VIP Events and Panels Addressing Proposition 8 and LGBT Films January 09, 2009

Queer Lounge Celebrates More Than 40 LGBT Films in Park City with Guests and Panelists including Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Benjamin Bratt, Rodrigo Santoro, Rob Epstein and Christine Vachon...more

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