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Twenty-six feature films and 57

shorts will screen at the 12th annual Slamdance International Film

Festival, organizers of the alternative-to-Sundance event announced


A short film by Provo native Mark Finch Hedengren, “Tolerance,” is

among those selected for Slamdance's dramatic short competition. The

film was originally written, shot and edited in January by Hedengren

and his brother David in 24 hours for a competition in the LDS Film

Festival (it won). Mark Hedengren remade the short on 35mm film in

May, using prize money from other film festivals.

Opening the festival on Jan. 20 will be “Wassup Rockers,” by the

controversial director Larry Clark (“Kids,” “Bully”). The movie

follows a group of Latino skateboard punks who leave their

neighborhood in South Central L.A. to try the landscape in Beverly


Slamdance runs Jan. 20-27 at the Treasure Mountain Inn, at the top

of the hill of Park City's Old Main Street. For ticket and program

information, go to

Here are the other films screening at Slamdance:

* “The Actress” (Australia), written and directed by Zak

Hilditch, about three roommates whose lives are disrupted by a new

fourth roomie an actress. U.S. premiere.

* “The Call of Cthulhu,”

directed by Andrew Leman, based on the H.P. Lovecraft horror story of

a monster and the cult that has grown up around it.

* “Find Love,” written and

directed by Erica Dunton, about two strangers unexpectedly falling

for each other. World premiere.

* “The Guatemalan Handshake,”

written and directed by Todd Rohal, a mystery involving a missing

demolition-derby driver and a town's power outage. World premiere.

* “Liebeskind” (Germany),

written and directed by Jeanette Wagner, about a less-than-perfect

reunion between a father and daughter. North American premiere.

*“Love Is the Drug,” directed

by Elliott Lester, in which a high-school love triangle turns deadly.

World premiere.

* “Motorcycle,” written and

directed by Paul Gordon, about three people linked by the title

vehicle. World premiere.

* “The Other Side,” written and

directed by Greg Bishop, about a young man who escapes Hell to find

his murderer with a team of “Reapers” trying to bring him back.

World premiere.

* “The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang,”

written and directed by Tim Skousen, a comedy about a sci-fi geek who

discovers big footprints in the woods. World premiere.

* “Things to Do” (Canada),

written and directed by Theodore Bezaire, about an office worker who

returns to his childhood home. World premiere.

* “We Go Way Back,” written and

directed by Lynn Shelton, a surreal tale of a 23-year-old actress who

unexpectedly meets her 13-year-old self.

World premiere.

“Abduction,” directed by

Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim, about a 13-year-old Japanese girl

kidnapped by North Korean spies. World premiere.

* “B.I.K.E.,” by Jacob Septimus

and Anthony Howard, a look inside the subculture of “tallbikes.”

World premiere.

* “Do You Remember Me?”

(Germany), by Alexander Heuken and Michaela Liechtenstein, about a

Thai mother who must choose between keeping her youngest daughter or

giving her away to save the girl's life. World premiere.

* “Downtown Locals,” by Robin

Muir and Rory Muir, which profiles six subway performers in New York.

World premiere.

* “The Empire in Africa Thief,”

by Philippe Diaz, about the “unjust war the international community

waged” against Sierra Leone. World premiere.

* “The Great Happiness Space:

Tale of an Osaka Love Thief,” by Jake Clennell, which looks at a

facet of Japan's adult entertainment industry: Clubs for young women

staffed by young male hosts. U.S. premiere.

* “Forgiving Dr. Mengele,” by

Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh, which chronicles the firestorm that

followed when a Holocaust survivor decided to forgive the notorious

Josef Mengele for the experiments he performed on her and her twin


* “The Holy Modal Rounders:

Bound to Lose,” by Sam Wainwright Douglas and Paul Lovelace, a

chronicle of a psychedelic folk-rock group whose drummer was the

playwright and actor Sam Shepard.

* “Stroke” (Germany), by

Katarina Peters, an autobiographical film about a couple “and the

healing powers of love and music.”

U.S. premiere.

* “Letters From the Other Side,” a documentary by Heather

Courtney, which uses video letters to tell the stories of women

across the U.S./Mexico border. World premiere.

* “The Limbo Room,” written and

directed by Debra Eisenstadt, in which an actress accuses her co-star

of harassment during an onstage rape scene and her understudy gets

involved in the real-life drama. World premiere.

* “Neo Ned,” directed by Van

Fischer, about a skinhead (Jeremy Renner) who falls for a black woman

(Gabrielle Union), whom he believes is carrying the soul of Hitler.

* “The Perfect Life,” a

documentary by Sam Lee, which follows five Harlem teens (all students

of the filmmaker when he was their second-grade teacher). World


* “Monday,” written and directed

by Heidi Van Lier, a comedy about a guy with OCD and agoraphobia

having the worst day of his life.

Documentary short competition:

“Do You Want The Elephant Music” by Leslie Dektor;

“Grand Luncheonette” by Peter Sillen; “Rising Tide” by Robert Todd &

Michael Dwyer;

“Under The Roller Coaster” by Lila Place;

“Ride Of The

Mergansers” by Steve Furman;

“Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith

Scott” by Betsy Bayha;

“Afloat” by Erin Hudson;

“Fast and Reliable”

by Tom Soper;

“Yard Sale” by Brad Barber.

Animated short competition:

“The Flooded Playground” by Lisa

Crafts; “The Love Train” (United Kingdom) by Eva Bennett; “The Book

of Visions” by Annie Poon; “The Boy With No Name” by Adam Smith;

“Vaudeville” by Chansoo Kim; “Left and Leave” by Yongchu Suh;

“Stasis” by Jason Hite; and “Dragon” by Troy Morgan.

Dramatic short competition:

“Alla Fein (Where To)” (Egypt)

by Karim Fanous; “Barely Visible” (Australia) by Jody Dwyer; “Bright

Sunny South” by Kentucker Audley; “California” (Cuba) by Irene

Borrego; “The Day I Died (Argentina/USA) by Maryam Keshavarz;

“Daylight Hole” (United Kingdom) by Matt Palmer; “The Devil (Poland)

by Tomasz Szafranski; “Dirtyglitter 1: Damien” by Aron Kantor; “Five

More Minutes” by Dena DeCola & Karin E. Wandner; “Full Metal Slacks”

by Scott Calonico; “Gender” (Belguim) by Daniel Lamberts; “High

Winds” by Vanessa Ly; “Hiro” (Canada) by Matthew Swanson; “The

Homecoming” by Michael Lucid; “I Ran With A Grey Ghost” by Levi

Abrino; “Kiest Park” by John Ayala; “Listening” by Yvonne Buchanan;

“Los Coyotes” by Lee Isaac Chung; “Monster” (Australia) by Jennifer

Kent; “The Nightingale” by Daniel Kelley; “No Exit” by Etienne

Kallos; “No More Sympathy” by Patrick Tsai; “No Ordinary Sun” (New

Zealand) by Jonathan Brough; “Not For Sale” by Maryam Keshavarz;

“Opus” by Mary Helena Clark; “The Paper Wall” (Canada) by Sheila &

Nicholas Pye; “Patterns” (Canada) by Jamie Travis; “Phone Sex

Grandma” by Jack Truman; “Pounds Per Square Inch” by Heather Posner;

“Ruth & Maggie” by Ron Eyal; “The Saviour” (Australia) by Peter

Templeman; “Scorn” (Spain) by Raul Cerezo; “Siempre Quise Trabajar En

Una Fabrica (I've Always Wanted to Work in a Factory)” (Spain) by

Esteban Crespo; “Snails” by Pablo Di Zeo; “Still Life” (Canada) by

Jon Knautz; “Television Love” (Poland) by Jaroslaw Banaszek;

“Tolerance” by Mark Finch Hedengren; “Triptych” (Canada) by Michael

Shu; “Us” (New Zealand) by James Blick; and “Wake” by Keun-Pyo Park.

Anarchy Global Online competition: o “Dada” by Gabe

Barcia-Colombo; “Jettison Your Loved Ones” by Ray Tintori; “L'Amour

Est” (United Kingdom) by Adam Comiskey; “Lechon” by Carlos V.

Gutierrez; “Motel” by Thomas Moore; “Mujaan Zurag” by Chris McKee;

“My Mom and Dad” by Andrew Brotzman; “Never Live Above A Psychic” by

Steve Gentile; and “Space Thing” by Tim Busko.

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