Slamdance on the lookout for grave robbers

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"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," 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. (partialdiff)
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