Saturday, January 19

Designates films with no queer-content, but the filmmaker(s) identify as LGBT

10:00 AM

An American Soldier

Director/Screenwriter: Edet Belzberg

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Joel Mackenzie, Frank Sweet

(USA, 2007, 86 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

Sergeant First Class Clay Usie is one of the most successful army recruiters in the country; he also acts as a mentor to high-school students training to become soldiers, many of whom will eventually be deployed to Iraq. One of the soldiers he recruits, and whom this film follows closely over a period of nine months, is revealed to be a lesbian.

Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City

12:15 PM

La Corona

Director: Amanda Micheli, Isabel Vega

(USA, 2007, 40 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

A women's prison in Bogota, Columbia is the setting for a very unique beauty pageant, in which the contestants are comprised of thieves, assassins, and guerillas.

Shown as part of Documentary Spotlight

Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Park City

Nikamowin

Director: Kevin Lee Burton

(Canada, 2007, 12 min, color, Sony HD Cam)

The narrative of the Cree people is deconstructed by the filmmaker, who attempts to create a linguistic soundscape in this beautiful short.

Screening with The Linguists

Broadway Centre Cinemas, Park City

1:00 PM

The Wrestling

Director: Grimur Hakonarson

(Iceland, 2007, 20 min., color, 35mm)

A pair of wrestlers living in rural Iceland must hide their relationship from the macho sporting world to which they belong.

Shown as part of Shorts Program II

Tower Theatre, Park City

2:30 PM

Xanadu

Director: Robert Boyd

(USA, 2007, Installation)

As part of the free exhibitions at the New Frontier space on Main Street, Robert Boyd's installation Xanadu will be shown every day in a single channel presentation. In rapid fire, music style montages, Boyd throws a disco track over images of doomsday cults, political figures, and fundamentalist rage against feminism and gay rights.

Screening with The Linguists

New Frontier, Park City

3:00 PM

1977

Director: Peque Varela

(United Kingdom, 2007, 9 min., color)

A young school girl's anxieties about not fitting in with her more feminine classmates manifest as a bitter, little knot of black energy in this inventively animated short.

Shown as part of Animation Spotlight)

Broadway Centre Cinemas IV, Park City

3:45 PM

Lloyd Neck

Director: Benedict Campbell

(USA, 2007, 16 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

A young girl with a crush on her brother's best friend notices that Jesse's feelings for her brother may be more than platonic. In one of the last days of summer, the three spend the day taking pictures in a Long Island state park before college inevitably separates the boys.

Shown as part of Shorts Program V

Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Park City

Sunlit Shadows

Director: Benjamin M. Piety

(USA, 2007, 14 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

A "visual mix-tape" that combines music with beautifully lit cinematography to evoke the conflicting emotions in letting go of a lost love.

Shown as part of Shorts Program V

Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Park City

4:30 PM

The Living End

Director/Screenwriter: Gregg Araki

Cast: Mike Dytri, Craig Gilmore, Darcy Marta

(USA, 1992, 92 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

Director Gregg Araki channeled a decade's worth of rage and sorrow brought on by the AIDS epidemic into The Living End — a brash take on the American road movie that follows two HIV-positive gay men reacting to a hostile world with self-alienation and anarchistic violence.

Broadway Centre Cinemas, Park City

6:30 PM

Be Like Others

Director/Screenwriter: Tanaz Eshaghian

(Canada, 2008, 74 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

In a country where homosexuality remains an offense punishable by death, this documentary asserts that many young gay men and women in Iran are opting to undergo gender reassignment surgery, which is their only legal option under their country's interpretation of Islamic law. This film explores a culture in which shame and fear have led many to take extreme measures in an attempt to find acceptance.

Redstone Cinemas, Park City

Derek

Director: Isaac Julien

Narrator: Tilda Swinton

(UK, 2008, 76 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

As one of the most important British filmmakers of the late 20th century, Derek Jarman produced cinematic works of art that reclaimed and restaged classical history with an unapologetically queer sensibility. Fourteen years after his death, director Isaac Julien and longtime Jarman collaborator Tilda Swinton have crafted Derek to celebrate the life and legacy of one of film's true visionaries.

Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City

Sunshine Cleaning

Director: Christine Jeffs

Screenwriter: Megan Holley

Cast: Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Steve Zahn, Alan Arkin

(USA, 2007, 102 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

In an effort to turn their lives around, two sisters start a crime scene cleaning business and quickly learn that the job requires more than just elbow grease. Things get even more complicated when sister Norah becomes sexually obsessed with a blood bank technician named Lynn.

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Park City

7:30 PM

Bend It

Director: Jules Nurrish

(United Kingdom, 2007, 3 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

Toying with the visual signifiers of gender, two androgynous individuals with chests bound by black tape dance on gallery podiums, in director Jules Nurrish's homage to the living sculptures of cheeky art-world icons Gilbert and George.

Shown as part of Shorts Program I

Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Park City

8:30 PM

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Director: Christopher Bell

Screenwriters: Christopher Bell, Alexander Buono, Tamsin Rawady

(USA, 2007, 105 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

After his two brothers found themselves caught up in the dangerous subculture of performance-enhancing drugs and steroids, director Christopher Bell decided to turn his camera on the social pressures that lead some to take drastic steps in pursuit of physical perfection. Among those interviewed is an HIV-positive man and proponent of steroid therapy.

Holiday Village Cinema II, Park City

Pariah

Director: Dee Rees

(USA, 2007, 27 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

A lesbian teen living in the Bronx must juggle multiple identities to maintain peace between her personal and familial lives, but as the pressures of her double life mount, the wall between her personas begins to crumble.

Shown as part of Shorts Program IV

Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City

9:00 PM

Half-life

Director/Screenwriter: Jennifer Phang

Cast: Sanoe Lake, Leonardo Nam, Julia Nickson

(USA, 2008, 116 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

Set in a futuristic world scarred from global and environmental disasters, this gorgeous and inventive film follows a family's growing uncertainty after single mother Saura meets a mysterious suitor. At the same time, frustrated daughter Pam longs for a young gay man named Scott struggling for acceptance from his own fundamentalist parents.

Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City

Towelhead

Director/Screenwriter: Alan Ball

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Toni Collette, Summer Bishil

(USA, 2007, 115 min., color, 35mm)

From the creator of Six Feet Under, Alan Ball's adaptation of Alicia Erian's novel follows the sexual awakening of a 13-year-old Arab American girl named Jasira who becomes involved with an army reservist living in her neighborhood.

Broadway Centre Cinemas IV, Park City

Untitled #1

Director: Nao Bustamente

(USA, 2007, 4 min., color, Sony HD Cam)

Seeking to create a "time capsule" to be opened in the year 2507, Bustamente has created an assemblage of found footage, crude video, and stampeding poodles to be the first in a series of films meant for future generations to re-experience.

Screening with Half-Life

Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City

11:30 PM

Otto; Or, Up With Dead People

Director/Screenwriter: Bruce LaBruce

Cast: Jey Crisfar, Katharina Klewinghaus, Marcel Schlutt, Christophe Chemin

(Germany/Canada, 2007, 95 min., color & b/w, 35 mm)

Director Bruce LaBruce has never been one for modesty or self-censorship, and his latest tale following a gay zombie is no exception. Poor Otto is a rather confused zombie. He struggles to figure out who he is and what he was before, while an aspiring filmmaker decides he's the perfect star for her cinematic revolt against our consumerist society.

Library Center Theatre, Park City

Nikamowin

Director: Kevin Lee Burton

(Canada, 2007, 12 min, color, Sony HD Cam)

The narrative of the Cree people is deconstructed by the filmmaker, who attempts to create a linguistic soundscape in this beautiful short.

Screening with The Linguists

Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Midnight

The Guitar

Director: Amy Redford

Screenwriter: Amos Poe

Cast: Saffron Burrows, Paz De La Huerta, Isaach De Bankole

(USA, 2007, 95 min., color, 35 mm)

After discovering she has terminal cancer, Mel (Saffron Burrows) decides to cram as much living as she can into her remaining time, which includes learning to play the guitar and flings with both a UPS guy and a pizza girl.

Egyptian Theatre, Park City

Slamdance Screenings

3:30 PM

Holdout

Director: Brent Joseph

(USA, 15 min.)

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this documentary short follows one New Orleans gay man who refused to evacuate, choosing to stay behind and care for his 18 pets.

Screening with My Mother's Garden

Treasure Mountain Inn, Park City

4:30 PM

Softly

Director: Bryan Jackson

(USA, 7 min.)

Using plastic dolls in place of actors, this short tells a tale of a gay man's "love and longing" set inside carefully crafted, miniaturized sets.

Screening with Shorts Block 5

Treasure Mountain Inn, Park City

7:00 PM

Pageant

Directors/Screenwriters: Ron Davis, Stewart Halpern

(USA, 2008, 95 min., color)

When most people think of drag queens, vulgar humor and awkward lip singing very often spring to mind. But as the contestants in the 34th Miss Gay America pageant prove, professional female impersonation requires hard work, artistry, and a competitor's edge. This documentary follows five diverse gay men as they travel to Memphis, Tennessee to compete for the title.

Treasure Mountain Inn, Park City

Felicia

Director: Tim O'Hara

(USA, 8 min.)

Though she faces an uncertain future with barely enough income to cover her burial, an aging transgender woman named Felicia Elizondo keeps a positive outlook in this documentary short.

Screening with Pageant

Treasure Mountain Inn, Park City

Park City Film Music Festival Screening

9:45 PM

Salvation

Director/Screenwriter: J.A. Steel

Cast: Heather, Surdukan, Ben Bayless, Glen Jensen

(USA, 2008, 16mm)

After being resurrected, a murdered girl must choose a side in a heavenly battle between good and evil that has been waged for centuries.

Main Street Mall, Park City

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