Variety‘s Dave McNary is the first with the lineup for Slamdance 2014‘s narrative and documentary feature film competition programs. 18 titles in all, eleven of them world premieres. [Update: Added one-line descriptions, found via Filmmaker‘s Nick Dawson.]
We can expect further announcements soon (shorts and so on), but for now:
Jay Alvarez’s I Play With The Phrase Each Other. Young city dwellers with lyrical musings and a sliding sense of entitlement hold court in this film comprised entirely of cell phone conversations.
Aaron Ashmore and Sara Canning’s My Blind Heart. Suffering from an incurable disease, a young man rebels against his body and the expectations forced upon him in this black-and-white expressionist film.
Tony Blahd’s Rover. A dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves when their leader fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world.
Oren Carmi’s Goldberg & Eisenberg. A lonely computer programmer finds his life disrupted by a boorish thug who becomes dangerously obsessed in this darkly absurd drama.
Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart’s I Put a Hit on You. A broken-hearted woman (Sara Canning) teams up with her ex-boyfriend (Aaron Ashmore) to try and stop the hitman she accidentally hired to kill him.
Fernando Frias de la Parra’s Rezeta. A jet-setting model leads a freewheeling and spontaneous life in Mexico City that starts to change when she falls in love with an unexpected young artist.
Mario Kyprainou’s The Republic of Rick. In this political satire, a self-proclaimed President of the Republic of Texas rallies to lead a paranoid militia for Texas’s independence in the late 1990s.
Metal Man’s Wizard’s Way. A champion online fantasy video game player, his encouraging best friend, and two ambitious would-be filmmakers who decide to capture it all for posterity.
Mark Raso’s Copenhagen. A charming scoundrel visiting the city of his father’s birth, William is drawn to his impromptu guide Effy—wise, spontaneous, and half his age.
Blake Robbins’s The Sublime and Beautiful. David (Blake Robbins) and Kelly (Laura Kirk) descend into a complicated hell of grief but they take very different paths to make things right after losing their children to a drunk driver.
Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau’s Elliot. The bizarre story of Elliot Scott, his supportive partner Linda Lum, and their cast and crew of outrageous dreamers all striving to achieve success.
Chris Furbee’s Huntington’s Dance. Told through 20 years of home movie footage, Huntington’s Dance is a personal and devastatingly raw look at how hereditary disease can shatter a family and a future.
Nailah Jefferson’s Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache. In Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana, the residents of this ruined fishing community continue dealing with the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history.
Allan Luebke’s Glena. Glena Avila is a single mother in her 30s who is fighting to become a professional Mixed Martial Artist.
Kate S. Logan’s Kidnapped for Christ. The personal stories of American teenagers who are taken from their homes and sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school located in the Dominican Republic.
Theo Love’s Little Hope Was Arson. January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history.
David McMahon’s Skanks. A community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounts a gender-bending new musical titled Skanks in a One Horse Town.
Aneta Popiel-Machnicka’s Sometimes I Dream I’m Flying. The poignant story of a young dancer preparing to perform at the Berlin Opera and the serious injury that threatens her lifelong dream.
The Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 17 through 23 in Park City.