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During Sundance season, a variety of other festivals cross-program to take advantage of local and national interest. Below are listings from three of the biggest festivals. – Compiled by David Burger, The Salt Lake Tribune
Slamdance Film Festival
"All is not lost" is the theme of the 17th-annual Slamdance Film Festival (http://www.slamdance.com) scheduled for Jan. 21-27 at the Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St.
Slamdance will debut 10 narrative and eight documentary feature films, 14 of which are world premieres. With a record number of more than 5,000 submissions, Slamdance focuses on emerging indie filmmakers who work with small budgets and haven't yet scored distribution deals.
In line with its mission "by filmmakers, for filmmakers," Slamdance will donate 10 percent of ticket proceeds back to filmmakers. Slamdance counts among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess and Oren Peli.
Slamdance continues its video-on-demand partnership with Microsoft, announced at last year's festival. This year, the festival will introduce a distribution award for a feature film, which will be offered international distribution via Xbox and Zune's international platforms.
Among this year's Slamdance titles are these three music-related films:
"Pleasant People" (Director David Bonawits): A frustrated singer songwriter, who finds herself at odds with friends and co-workers, pushes through by faking a smile.
"Last Fast Ride The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess" (Director Lilly Scourtis Ayers): A documentary about Bay Area punk rock performer Marian Anderson.
"Road Dogs" (Director Shane Aquino): Follows three Hollywood bands on a D.I.Y. national tour, occasionally experiencing musical (and other) disasters.
Tickets: All-access passes are $325, student passes are $125; individual screen tickets are available in advance at slamdance.slated.com/2011, or at the Treasure Mountain Inn box office Jan. 21 at 9 a.m.
LDS Film Festival
At the 10th annual LDS Film Festival (http://www.ldsfilmfestival.org), a dozen feature-length films plus shorts by or about Mormons will be screened Jan. 26-29 at the SCERA Theatre, 745 S. Main St., Orem. Besides film screenings, the festival has scheduled more than 40 events in four days, which includes panel discussions and a 48-hour filmmaking contest.
Among the titles to be screened:
"Midway to Heaven" (Director Michael Flynn): Flynn's directorial debut adapts Dean Hughes' book about a widower (Curt Doussett) meeting his daughter's new boyfriend (Kirby Heybourne).
"The Real Singles Ward" (Director John Moye): A documentary about LDS wards designed for unmarried members, by Moye, who co-wrote the 2001 LDS comedy "The Singles Ward."
Tickets: $3.50-$7 for screenings; $4 for presentations; $20 for four-day pass; at 801-225-ARTS, online at http://www.scera.org or at the door.
X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival
X-Dance (http://www.x-dance.com) was launched in 2001 to showcase summer and winter sports films. This year's festival will take place Jan. 22-25 at a new venue, The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. The closing-night awards ceremony will be at Harry O's, 427 Main St. Park City, on Tuesday, Jan. 25.
In addition to film screenings, X-Dance Institute will host a presentation by FirstCom (http://www.firstcom.com), a cutting-edge music licensing site, on Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m., while a panel about marketing films will be held on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
A few of this year's X-Dance titles:
"Shane & The McConkey's": A snapshot of a week in the life of ski legend Shane McConkey before his tragic death in 2009.
"Melali: The Drifter Sessions": Featuring star surfer Rob Machado, discussing the artful relationship between man and surf, and sharing the experience with friends.
"Say My Name": A profile of 23-year-old freeskier Grete Eliassen, the only female skier to have medaled in both the first Halfpipe and Slopestyle X Games events.
Tickets: $8 per film, $5 for students; three-day pass $40, $25 for students; at SmithsTix outlets, The Depot's box office or http://www.smithstix.com.