Sundance announces BAM lineup


NEW YORK -- Sundance Institute at BAM, the Park City festival's spring New York extension, has announced its 2008 lineup.

"American Teen," the Nanette Burstein documentary about a group of high school seniors in the Midwest, will kick off the festival May 29. The Paramount Vantage movie, which was the most sought-after docu at Sundance this year, opens in the summer.

A number of other movies with Park City buzz also will have their New York premiere at the festival, including comedic heavy-metal docu "Anvil," Fox Searchlight pickup "Choke" and Jordanian feel-good film "Captain Abu Raed."

A host of other Sundance movies that either played in New York at the recently ended New Directors/New Films festival or will play the Tribeca Film Festival -- including Courtney Hunt immigration drama "Frozen River," Alex Rivera's sci-fi tale "Sleep Dealer," double prizewinner "Man on Wire" and Hurricane Katrina-centric nonfiction film "Trouble the Water" -- will also play the festival. "River" will close the fest June 8.

Sundance Institute at BAM started two years ago as a means of expanding the organization's presence in other cities and other dates on the calendar. It's also intended as a showcase for filmmakers at the institute; this year, a movie being developed at the institute -- an adoption docu called "Adopt Me, Michael Jordan" -- will screen footage at the festival.