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2006 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SPECTRUM,
New Directions and An Eclectic Mix of Films by Promising New Independent
Filmmakers To Be Featured at the Festival
Salt Lake City, UT— November 30, 2005 – In the second of four program announcements, Sundance Institute today announced the line-up of out-of-competition films screening in the Spectrum, Frontier and Park City at Midnight categories of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 19-29, 2006, in Park City, Utah. This follows yesterday’s announcement of the Independent Feature Film and World Cinema Competitions. As the premier showcase for the best new work of American independent and international filmmakers, the Sundance Film Festival screens films that embody creative risk-taking, diversity and aesthetic innovation.
For the 2006 Sundance Film
Festival, 120 feature films were selected including 84 World Premieres, 18 North
American Premieres and 15 U.S. Premieres representing 29 countries with 48 first
time feature filmmakers. These films were selected from 3,148 feature
submissions composed of 1,764
“This Festival presents the full
spectrum of independent cinema creating a platform for filmmakers that push
aesthetic and artistic boundaries outside the mainstream – from the higher
profile films to the more surprising, edgy and experimental films of Frontier
and Midnight,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Director of the Sundance Film
Festival. “This year we’ve redefined some categories to create
Spectrum—a section that truly
reflects the wide range of independent cinema and the new talent of
filmmakers.” Spectrum has expanded in scope and size to present 24
out-of-competition dramatic and documentary films from some of the most
promising new filmmakers from the
“There are remarkable discoveries
to be made in each of these sections,” said
Festival films screen in nine
sections: Documentary Competition, Dramatic Competition, World Cinema
Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Spectrum, Frontier,
announced on Monday, December 5. A complete list of films and other information is available at www.sundance.org.
The Sundance Film Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated year-round to the discovery and development of independent film and theatre artists and audiences. 2006 marks the 22nd year of the Festival and the Institute’s 25th anniversary. Anniversary-related activities will take place throughout 2006 and will be announced at the Festival.
The Spectrum program presents 24
out-of-competition dramatic and documentary works by some of the most promising
new independent filmmakers from the
The films screening in Spectrum are:
A Matter of Degrees / U.S.A. (Director: Davis Guggenheim)— Al Gore has recently been traveling the world delivering a mesmerizing, bracing and visually exciting presentation on global climate change, proving that humankind must confront global warming now or face devastating consequences. Matter of Degrees both captures that presentation and explores Gore's journey as a worldwide environmental champion. World Premiere.
Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise /
in Heaven / Mexico/France/Germany/Belgium
Screenwriter: Carlos Reygadas)— Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby
for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies.
Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture / U.S.A. (Director: Byron Hurt )—In this documentary film, a former college quarterback and hip-hop head tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in hip-hop culture. World Premiere.
Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon / U.S.A. (Director: Peter Richardson)—A documentary about a rural Oregon timber town that is torn apart when a rift between conservative and liberal values in the school district threatens a college scholarship that has paid the tuition of every local graduate for the last 40 years. World Premiere.
Everyone stares: the police inside out / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Stewart Copeland)—A rare documentary compiled from the drummer’s personal Super 8 footage gives an intimate, inside look at what it was like to be a member of the 80's rock band The Police, from CBGB's to Shea Stadium. World Premiere.
Bent Hamer; Screenwriter: Jim
Stark)—Based on the novel by cult author Charles Bukowski, FACTOTUM is the story
of a man living on the edge; of a writer willing to risk everything to make sure
his life is poetry.
Forgiving the Franklins / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jay Floyd)—A repressed, God fearing Southern family is spiritually changed by an auto accident and their transformation puts them at odds with the conservative values of their community. World Premiere.
Journey From the Fall / Thailand/U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Ham Tran)—Set during the thirteenth anniversary of the Vietnam War, JOURNEY FROM THE FALL tells the epic story of a family who is painfully torn apart by the war, forced to emigrate across a dangerous sea, reunified and struggling to survive in America. North American Premiere.
Tragedia de Macario /
Cohen I'm Your Man / U.S.A. (Director: Lian
influence even as he remains elusively elsewhere, ladies and gentlemen, this
documentary shows Leonard Cohen is back.
Push Cart / Iran/U.S.A. (Director
and Screenwriter: Ramin Bahrani)—The
story of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee and donuts from his
push cart on the streets of
The Black /
Punching at the Sun / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Tanuj Chopra)—In the aftermath of 9/11 and his older brother's murder, a fiery South Asian teen struggles to find a path between rage and redemption on the streets of Elmhurst, Queens. World Premiere.
killed the electric car? /
Who Needs Sleep? / U.S.A. (Director: Haskell Wexler)—Unsettled by the preventable death of a coworker, filmmaker Haskell Wexler shows in this documentary that sleep deprivation and long work hours are a deadly combination. World Premiere.
with angels: Playwright tony kushner /
The Festival’s Frontier section presents five films that represent new directions in filmmaking and Frontier Live, a live cinematic performance program. Utilizing experimental and innovative aesthetic approaches, work in the Frontier category challenges and provokes. Some Frontier films at Sundance Film Festival presented in the past include: TARNATION and THE JOY OF LIFE.
The films screening in Frontier are:
TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN
The project presented in Frontier Live is:
OUR SECOND DATE U.S.A. (artists: Jennifer and Kevin McCoy)—The McCoy’s latest installation is a miniature movie set geared for live robotic cinema that puts the production, post-production, and exhibition of a film all in one room.
The films screening in Park City at Midnight are:
AMERICAN HARDCORE / U.S.A (Director: Paul Rauchman; Screenwriter: Steven Blush)—Inspired by Steven Blush's book "American Hardcore: A tribal history" Paul Rachman's feature documentary debut is a chronicle of the underground hardcore punk years from 1979 to 1986. World Premiere.
AWESOME, I FUCKIN’ SHOT THAT! / U.S.A. (Director: Nathanial Hornblower)— On October 9, 2004, the Beastie Boys handed out 50 HI 8 cameras to audience members at their sold-out performance in New York's Madison Square Garden. This film is the result. World Premiere.
THE FOOT FIST WAY / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jody Hill)—A Tae Kwon Do instructor who is king of his small kingdom, tries to keep it together after his wife cheats on him, taking his anger out on everyone around him in the funniest way ever. World Premiere.
MOONSHINE / U.S.A. (Director: Roger Ingraham; Screenwriters: Roger Ingraham, Lori Isbell Salvage)—In a small town, a young convenience store clerk burdened with new love and family troubles, mysteriously begins to turn into a vampire. World Premiere.
The 2006 Sundance Film Festival sponsors help sustain Sundance Institute's year-round programs to support independent artists, inspire risk-taking and encourage diversity in the arts. This year's Festival community includes: Presenting—Hewlett-Packard Company, Entertainment Weekly, Volkswagen of America, Inc., and Adobe Systems Incorporated; Leadership Sponsors—American Express, Delta Air Lines, DirecTV, Intel Corporation and Sprint;
Sustaining Sponsors—Aquafina, Blockbuster Inc., CESAR Food For Small Dogs, L’Oreal Paris, Moviefone, The New York Times, Sony Electronics Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company, Stella Artois®, Turning Leaf Vineyards, and the Utah Film Commission.
Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for American and international independent
film. Held each January in
Presenting 120 dramatic and
documentary feature-length films in nine distinct categories, and 80 short films
each year, the Sundance Film Festival has introduced American audiences to some
of the most innovative films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and
Smoke Signals, In the Bedroom, American
Dynamite, Born into
Brothels, and Me and You and Everyone We
Know. Beyond the streets of
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recognized resource for thousands of independent artists through its Sundance
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concentrated creative and financial support for fiction and nonfiction
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theatre artists. The original values of independence, creative diversity,
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