February 6 & 7, 2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

The Best of The Slamdance Film Festival 2002

"The festival slogan, "By filmmakers, for filmmakers," is not a superficial mantra, but a true ideology that has steadfastly maintained by festival co-founders Peter Baxter, Dan Mirvish and Paul Rachman... There's hardly another festival where the staff and filmmakers are of such a similar mindset -- they want to make you aware of their films, but they don't try to force them on you -- Slamdance is about discovering films for yourself. Not yet a teenager, it has already produced a series of real finds, like Christopher Nolan's "Following," Monteith McCollum's "Hybrid" and Larry Fessenden's "Wendigo."   -- Scott Foundas, Indiewire.com

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If you didn’t make the trek to the snow-capped peaks of Park City, Utah for the 8th annual Slamdance International Film Festival – or simply couldn’t see EVERYTHING while you were there– you’ll have two nights at the Egyptian to catch up with festival winners. Fresh from the January 17th award ceremony, we’ll bring you the Audience Award winning short and feature; the Grand Jury selections; "Best Documentary" and various other prize-winners from the 2002 festival. Schedules permitting, filmmakers, still clutching their coveted "Sparky" award statuettes, will appear with their films. Winners will be announced at www.slamdance.com by Jan. 20th. The exact screening schedule will be available here or at 323.466.FILM by Jan. 25th.

Please note that we will be adding an additional Best Of Night on Wed., March 27 to finish showing the award winners.

Discussion following with filmmakers subject to availability. Slamdance or IFP/West Member price is $6 for any BEST OF SLAMDANCE program.

Wednesday, February 6 | 7:30 PM

STONE READER (140 min., USA) directed by Mark Moskowitz. Winner, Audience Award for Feature & Special Jury Honor. A non-fiction feature that raises questions about literacy and book publishing wrapped around a filmmaker's quest to find out why a critically acclaimed first novel and its author dropped out of sight. www.stonereader.net Discussion with filmmaker Mark Moskowitz to follow. A beverage only reception will follow the screening.

Thursday, February 7 | 7:00 PM

THE HOLY LAND (96 min., USA) directed by Eitan Gorlin.  GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE   Gorlin turns our expectations of the "Holy Land" 360 degrees with his dramatic tale of a young rabbinical student goes to Israel in search of experience and falls for a Russian prostitute. Award sponsored by JVC Professional. Eitan Gorlin & actor Saul Stein will appear for discussion following.

With GRAND JURY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST SHORT NARRATIVE "Lurch" (20 min., Germany) directed by Boris Hars-Tschachotin. A man develops a special interest in the liquids used to preserve animals in bottles at Berlin's Natural History Museum.

Thursday, February 7 | 9:15 PM

LOUDER THAN BOMBS (92 min., Poland) directed by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek. Cinematography by Jola Dylewska, PSC. KODAK VISION AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY. 21-year-old Marcin is forced to give his life a new meaning and direction after the death of his father and his girlfriend's planned departure to the US. Starring Sylwia Juszczak, Rafal Mackowiak. Przemyslaw Wojcieszek will apppear for discussion following. His travel was made possible by the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles. www.louderthanbombs.pl | www.polishfilmLA.org

With Lisa Yu's "Vessel Wrestling" (13 min., USA) JURY PRIZE FOR BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT Blood-sugar-sex-magic breeds in this sensuous claymation. Lisa Yu will appear for discussion following.


Thursday, March 28 | 7:30 PM
GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY: MY FATHER, THE GENIUS (82 min., USA) directed by Lucia Small. The daughter of Glen Small, a visionary Los Angeles architect, chronicles her father's work and in the process gains insight into her estranged father as a human being.

JURY PRIZE FOR SHORT ANIMATION: "Better Life" (12 min., USA) directed by Atsuko Kubota. Vividly colored, multiple forms of animation comment on the routine of our daily lives.

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT: "The Hunger Artist" (16 min., USA) directed by Tom Gibbons. Stop-motion animation tells the Franz Kafka story about a performer whose art consists of denying himself nourishment.
Small, Kubota and Gibbons will appear to present their films.