Sarah Silverman pic joins Slamdance lineup

'I Am Comic' doc among titles added to Special Screenings

The 16th annual Slamdance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 21-28 in Park City, has added three films to its Special Screening program: Jordan Brady's documentary "I Am Comic," featuring Sarah Silverman and Kathy Griffin, Gerard Johnson's "Tony" and Ben Wheatley's "Down Terrace."

Slamdance also has programmed 36 narrative and experimental shorts, 10 animations, 12 short documentaries and seven horror shorts that will screen as part of its inaugural Twilight Shorts program.

The shorts programs include such titles as "Head in the Sand," a look at a naive soldier's tour of duty in Afghanistan; "Saturday Morning Blues," in which an inner-city teens wrangles doses of knowledge and poison from her best friend; and "Solarium," a sci-fi piece designed entirely with found and recycled materials.

"In spite of the recession, we saw an increase in both quantity and quality of shorts submissions this year," said Paul Sbrizzi, captain of the shorts programming committee. "Filmmakers conjured up miraculous production values with limited resources, and our programrs sifted carefully through each and every film to find the most accomplished and pioneering work."

In addition to the competition shorts, Slamdance will screen five $99 Special shorts, produced by the organization in conjunction with festival alumni, including Matthew Harrison's "Hey Vendor" project, written by Slamdance 2009 short screenplay award winner Christopher Hlas.