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Slamdance Film Festival Narrative, Documentary Feature Line-Up Includes Dennis Rodman, ‘Girls’ Star Alex Karpovsky

Popular professional wrestlers Diamond Dallas Page, Chris Jericho and Steve Austin will appear in a documentary called ”The Resurrection of Jake the Snake“

The Slamdance Film Festival announced the narrative and documentary features on Monday that will be competing in 2015 Jury Awards, Audience Awards and the Spirit of Slamdance Award.

Selections from the documentary program include the world premiere of “Dennis Rodman‘s Big Bang in Pyongyang,” which explores the former NBA star’s unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, as well as a documentary chronicling professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ attempt to make a comeback, while struggling with substance abuse addictions.

Narrative selections include the world premiere of writer and director Britini West’s “Tired Moonlight,” which stars “Girls” regular Alex Karpovsky, and “Clinger,” director Michael Steves’ inventive ghost story about a teenager being haunted by her dead, possessive boyfriend, who hopes to take her to the grave so they can be together for eternity.

All of the selections in competition are feature film directorial debuts that cost less than $1 million to produce, and have not yet secured U.S. distribution.

The 2015 Slamdance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Utah from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29.

“It’s very exciting to bring this dynamic lineup to audiences in Park City,” festival director Anna Germanidi said. “We are proud to help launch these filmmakers’ careers and celebrate the success we all believe these films deserve.”

Take a look at the 19 feature films, below, which includes a record 18 premieres at the festival.


“Across the Sea” – Directors & Screenwriters: Nisan Dağ, Esra Saydam

(Turkey/USA) North American Premiere

Young, beautiful and pregnant, Damla has to confront her first love in a Turkish summer town before she can fully embrace her new life in New York.

Cast: Damla Sönmez, Jacob Fishel, Ahmet Rıfat Şungar, Hakan Karsak, Brittany Angley

“Asco” – Director: Ale Paschoalini; Screenwriters: Ale Paschoalini, Rafael Baliu

(Brazil) World Premiere

Needs and desires are simplified in this experimental, black and white portrayal of the poisonous destruction of a broken heart.

Cast: Guto Nogueira, Sol Faganello, Acauã Sol, Danielle Rosa, Ligia Franchini, El Albert.

“Body” – Directors & Screenwriters: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen

(USA) World Premiere

After three twenty-something girls break into a mansion and inadvertently murder the groundskeeper, they slowly self-destruct as they decide what to do with the dead body in the living room.

Cast: Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, Larry Fessenden

“Clinger” – Director: Michael Steves; Screenwriters: Michael Steves, Gabi Chennisi Duncombe, Bubba Fish

(USA) World Premiere

When her possessive high school boyfriend dies in a gruesome accident, Fern Petersen’s life is thrown into turmoil. Things go from bad to worse when he returns as a love-sick ghost to kill her so they can be together for eternity.

Cast: Vincent Martella, Jennifer Laporte, Julia Aks, Lisa Wilcox, Debbie Rochon

“Darkness on the Edge of Town” – Director & Screenwriter: Patrick Ryan

(Ireland) US Premiere

A troubled teenage sharpshooter decides to avenge the death of her estranged sister after she is found murdered in a public bathroom.

Cast: Emma Eliza Regan, Brian Gleeson, Maura Foley, Emma Willis, Sam Monaghan

“Diamond Tongues” – Director: Brian Robertson, Pavan Moondi; Screenwriter: Pavan Moondi

(Canada) World Premiere

Edith Welland is an actress. Things haven’t been going very well. When her ex-boyfriend becomes an actor on a whim and almost immediately books a leading role, Edith decides if she’s going to get ahead, she’ll need to get ruthless.

Cast: Leah Goldstein, Nick Flanagan, Leah Wildman, Adam Gurfinkel, Noah R. Taylor

“High Performance” – Director & Screenwriter: Johanna Moder

(Austria) US Premiere

Rudi wears a suit, Daniel rides a bike, and they are both interested in Nora for very different reasons; the story of two grown up brothers who still know how to hurt each other.

Cast: Marcel Mohab, Manuel Rubey, Katharina Pizzera

“Ratter” – Director & Screenwriter: Branden Kramer

(USA) World Premiere

Emma is being watched by a stalker who has hacked into all of her personal technology – laptop, cell phone, and other web connected devices – to record her most intimate moments. Eventually the video feeds aren’t enough and the stalker moves from the virtual to the physical.

Cast: Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry, Rebecca Naomi Jones, John Anderson, Kaili Vernoff

“They Look Like People” – Director & Screenwriter: Perry Blackshear

(USA) World Premiere

Suspecting that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters, a troubled young man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself.

Cast: MacLeod Andrews, Evan Dumouchel, Margaret Drake, Mick Casale, Elena Greenlee

“Tired Moonlight” – Director & Screenwriter: Britni West

(USA) World Premiere

Drifting between small-town gossip and dreams of the outside world, two middled aged womens’ lives are slowly upended as they start caring for a young girl and a ramblin’ man from the past rolls through their small town.

Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Liz Randall, Paul Dickinson, Hillary Berg, RainLeigh Vick

“Wendell and the Lemon” – Director & Screenwriter: Lawrence Krauser


A young man finds a lemon on the sidewalk, takes it home, and becomes inordinately fond of it. Complications ensue.

Cast: Todd d’Amour, Rebecca Hart, Jay Smith, Lia Aprile, Danton Stone


20 Years of Madness – Director: Jeremy Royce

(USA) World Premiere

Twenty years after the success of a 90s cult TV show, 30 Minutes of Madness, founder Jerry White Jr. brings the rag tag team of misfits back together to film one final episode – only to find the majority of his cast now suffer from a variety of personal struggles.

Cast: Jerry White Jr., Joe Hornacek, John Ryan, Jesus Rivera, Matt Zaleski

“Alberi che Camminano” – Director: Mattia Colombo; Screenwriters: Erri De Luca, Mattia Colombo

(Italy) US Premiere

A meditative look at the two distinct lives of trees and their deep relationship with human beings.

Dennis Rodman‘s Big Bang in Pyongyang” – Director: Colin Offland; Screenwriter: Matt Baker

(UK) World Premiere

An intimate behind the scenes look at Dennis Rodman‘s unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the staging of the most controversial game of basketball the world has never seen.

“I Am Thor” – Director: Ryan Wise

(USA) World Premiere

Before Chris Hemsworth, there was Jon Mikl Thor – the original hammer-wielding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star of the 70s band THOR. But does he still have the magic to thunder a comeback?

Cast: Jon Mikl Thor, Rusty Hamilton, Mike Favata, Steve Price, Keith Zazzi

“My Fathers, My Mother and Me” – Director: Paul-Julien Robert

(Austria) North American Premiere

Twenty years after leaving the Austrian commune where he was raised, Paul-Julien Robert embarks on a personal journey to confront what went wrong and explore ideas of family.

“On Her Own” – Director & Screenwriter: Morgan Schmidt-Feng

(USA) World Premiere

A woman and her family try to save their 5th generation family farm during the Great Recession.

“The Resurrection of Jake the Snake” – Director: Steve Yu

(USA) World Premiere

Legendary wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts charts his personal and professional comeback while battling crippling addictions.

Cast: Jake Roberts, Dallas Page, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Adam Copeland

“Sweet Micky For President” – Director: Ben Patterson

(USA) World Premiere

With the help of Pras Michel of the Fugees, presidential candidate Michel Martelly, aka Sweet Micky, campaigns against all odds in Haiti’s third ever democratic election.

Cast: Pras Michel, Michel Martelly, Wyclef Jean