Thursday, January 22

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

8:30 AM

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.

Library Center Theatre, Park City

9:00 AM

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.

Temple Theatre, Park City

11:30 AM

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.

Library Center Theatre, Park City

3:00 PM

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.

Egyptian Theatre, Park City

5:30 PM

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.

Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

6:00 PM

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.

Egyptian Theatre, Park City

6:45 PM

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.

Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake 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.

Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City

8:30 PM

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.

Library Center Theatre, Park 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)

Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City

9:30 PM

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.

Eccles Theatre, Park City

11:30 PM

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.

Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

11:59 PM

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.

Holiday Village Cinema IV, 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.

Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City

Slamdance Screenings

3:00 PM

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.

Treasure Mountain Inn - Main, Park City

6:00 PM

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.

Treasure Mountain Inn - Main, Park Ciity

8:00 PM

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, where sadomasochistic fantasies and the realities of commerce intertwine.

Treasure Mountain Inn - Gallery, Park Ciity

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