Grave-robbing comedy to open Slamdance

'I Sell the Dead' tops lineup that includes music videos

"I Sell the Dead," Glenn McQuaid's darkly comic horror tale about bumbling grave robbers starring Dominic Monaghan and Ron Perlman, will serve as the opening-night film of the 15th annual Slamdance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 15-23 in Park City.

The fest will screen 29 narrative and documentary features, 20 of which come from the U.S. and 31% of which were directed by women. The 100-film lineup also includes shorts and, for the first time, music videos.

"This year we look forward to increasing our audience through new online formats we believe have the ability, in the long run, to level the playing field for the independent filmmaker," Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter said.

Bringing the fest to a worldwide audience for the first time, the films also will stream live at a new Web site, indieroad.net/slamdance, part of Slamdance's newly formed online venture with Indieroad.net.

The festival will be headquartered at the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street in Park City.

The complete Slamdance lineup follows on the next page.



The Slamdance lineup:

Narrative Feature Competition

"The Ante": Max Perrier (director), Danek S. Kaus, James Chancellor and Simon Perrier (writers). An innocent man becomes the killer everyone wants him to be when he gambles with his freedom in order to save it.

"A Quiet Little Marriage": Mo Perkins (director/writer). A loving young couple square off against each other in a covert, domestic battleground of their own making.

"City Rats": Steve M. Kelly (director), Simon Fantauzzo (writer). A modern day Dickensian tale of eight haunted people who meet and fall apart while searching for redemption in each other.

"I Sell the Dead": Glenn McQuaid (director/writer). Set in the late 1800's, a duo of bumbling graverobbers begin to unearth peculiar corpses.

"Mississippi Damned": Tina Mabry (director/writer). Three poor black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

"Only": Ingrid Veninger & Simon Reynolds (directors/writers). One day shared between a young boy and girl, whose story unfolds as a luminous and lyrical study of pre-teen ennui and loneliness.

"Punching the Clown": Gregori Viens (director). A satirical songwriter comes to L.A. and puts his life's work in jeopardy.

"Son of the Sunshine": Ryan Ward (director/writer). After an experimental surgery seems to curb the symptoms of his Tourette's Syndrome, a young man (played by writer/director Ryan Ward) must confront the complexities of his life head on.

"Spooner": Drake Doremus (director), Lindsay Stidham (writer). Facing eviction from his parent's home on his 30th birthday, a thoroughly average guy meets the girl of his dreams and creates his own rules for growing up.

"You Might As Well Live": Simon Ennis (director), Simon Ennis & Josh Peace (writers) Robert R. Mutt, town loser, sets out to attain the three keys to success - money, a girl, and a championship ring.


Special Screenings

"At Any Second": Jan Fehse (director), Jan Fehse & Christian Lyra (writers). A handful of relationship-scarred individuals zigzag to a new beginning, but the danger of skidding off track is greatest in the home stretch.

"Drool": Nancy Kissam (director/writer). An abused wife's plan to escape her husband goes awry when she accidentally kills him, causing her to split on a cross-country drive with her best friend and his corpse in tow.

"Finding Bliss": Julie Davis (director/writer). A cutting edge romantic comedy that explores the adult film industry through the eyes of an idealistic 25 year-old award winning film school grad.

"Not Forgotten": Dror Soref (director), Dror Soref & Tomas Romero (writers). In a Tex-Mex border town, a man and his wife must face their tortured pasts in order to save their kidnapped daughter.

"Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead": Jordan Galland (director/writer). A theatre director takes a job directing a play that uncovers a two thousand year conspiracy involving vampires, Shakespeare, and the holy grail.

"The Slammin' Salmon": Kevin Heffernan (director), Broken Lizard (writers). The owner of a Miami restaurant indebted to the mob institutes a contest to see what waiter can earn the most money in one night.

"Weather Girl": Blayne Weaver (director/writer). A Seattle weather girl freaks out on-air over her cheating boyfriend, the morning show anchor, and moves in with her little brother.


Twilight Screenings

"The Conjurer": Clint Hutchison (director), David Yarbrough & Clint Hutchison (writers). A grieving young couple relocates to a rural farm, and encounters disturbing occurrences surrounding an old cabin with a dark history.

"Mum and Dad": Steven Shiel (director/writer). A murderous and perverse family imprison a young woman in their suburban house of horrors where she discovers she has to become part of the family -- and join them in their insanity -- or die.


Documentary Feature Competition

"Graphic Sexual Horror": Barbara Bell & Anna Lorentzon (directors/writers). A look behind the terrifying facade of insex.com, the most notorious of the 'violent porn' websites, while exploring the dark mind of its artistic creator and asking hard questions about personal responsibility.

"Hard To Be An Indian": Beth Toni Kruvant (director), Jonah Kruvant (writer). The trials and tribulations of an inner city school and the principal, Jewish alumni and gang members who return it to safety and restore its former glory.

"Lost Sparrow": Chris Billing (director/writer). Filmmaker Chris Billing probes at his family history while investigating the tragic 1978 deaths of his adopted Crow Indian brothers.

"Oh My God, It's Harrod Blank": David Silverberg (director/writer). A portrait of the eccentric art-car artist Harrod Blank, following him from his youth in the woods to his current multi-faceted career as creator and head of a nationwide art-car movement. With appearances by his father, filmmaker Les Blank.

"The Road to Fallujah": Mark Manning (director/writer). Exploring Mark Manning's unique access as the only westerner to live with the people of Fallujah immediately following the November 2004 battle that destroyed their ancient and holy city, offering an in-depth and humanizing look at current issues in Iraq.

"Second Sigh": Alison McAlpine (director/writer). A cinematic, non-fiction ghost story featuring the last generation of Gaelic storytellers on Scotland's Isle of Skye.

"Smile Til It Hurts": Lee Storey (director/writer). The amazing true story of Up With People, the singing group that represented an establishment-friendly alternative to the counter-culture.

"Strongman": Zachary Levy (director/writer). A man strong enough to bend a penny with just his fingers, Stanless Steel reaches middle age, career disappointments and difficult personal relationships that begin to test his strengths and force him to struggle with the weaknesses around him--including his own.

"Unwanted Witness" Juan Jose Lozano (director/writer). In the middle of Colombia's humanitarian tragedy, a journalist fights to report and disclose the barbarity of the conflict.

"Zombie Girl" Justin Johnson, Aaron Marshall, Erik Mauck (directors/writers). An inside look at the two years that it took 12-year-old Emily Hagins to write and direct her feature-length zombie movie, "Pathogen."
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