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Slamdance announced their Special Screenings Program for the 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival and the official launch of the Slam Collective. The Special Screenings Program presents a variety of films featuring cast members Taye Diggs, Melissa George, Julia Stiles, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, and Forest Whitaker, among others.

One of this year’s Special Screening selections, Jug Face, was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 Slamdance Screenwriting & Teleplay Competition. The Slam Collective features seven Slamdance filmmakers from five continents coming together to make I Want To Be An American, Slamdance’s first documentary feature. In the spirit of the Surrealist parlor game of chance Exquisite Corpse, each filmmaker makes a documentary short film based on imagery forwarded on by the previous filmmaker in the chain. The composite story forms a global independent filmmaking experience. The Slam Collective will World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival, January 21st, 2013 and then online.

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 18 – 24, 2013 in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn: 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.
 
SPECIAL SCREENINGS PROGRAM:
Between Us
Director: Dan Mirvish, Screenwriters: Joe Hortua & Dan
Mirvish
(USA)
In this darkly comedic drama based on a hit Off-Broadway play, twocouples reunite over the course of two volatile evenings where anything can happen.
Cast: Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Harbour, Julia Stiles
 
Jug Face
Director & Screenwriter: Chad Crawford Kinkle
(USA) World Premiere 
Teen, pregnant with her brother’s child, tries to escape from a backwoods community when she discovers that she must sacrifice herself to a creature in a pit in this dramatic horror offering.
Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Bridgers, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden,Daniel Manche, Scott Hodges, Katie Groshong, Alex Maisus
 
Vipaka
Director: Philippe Caland, Screenwriter: Shintaro Shimosawa
(USA) World Premiere 
You reap what you sow.
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, Ariana Neal

SLAM COLLECTIVE: I WANT TO BE AN AMERICAN
(United States, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, India) World Premiere

I Want To Be An American – Director: Dale Yudelman
Stix, a 19-year-old youth has lived on the streets of Cape Town and the suburb of Manenburg all his life. The Americans he mentions are a notorious gang on the Cape Flats, but what Stix really wants is to see the world andAmerica someday.

Clown In The Crowd – Director: Maya Newell
Yani, a 29-year-old Peruvian refugee, leads a double life: part wife and mother, part clown.

Aidee – Director: Dylan Verrechia
The story of Aidee, a stripper living in Tijuana struggling relentlessly to provide her daughter with a good education and a better life.

Suzanne Takes Me Down – Director: Q
Through the course of one night, Suzanne, a transgender sex worker, walks the streets of Kolkata, confessing her dreams.

Listen – Director: Monteith McCollum
A story about man’s love affair with shortwave radio.

All About Eve – Director: Peter Baxter
Eve, an outgoing 12-year-old girl living in Hollywood, California is preparing to meet the world and life in the 21st Century.

Rosa – Director: Daniel J. Harris
Rosa is about a traditional wedding song in Cape Malay culture, now sung mostly at choral competitions.

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