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Thursday, January 19, 2006
Sundance Film Festival


The 2006 Sundance Film Festival has begun and there are a gaggle of films for you to watch online as they premiere over the next week or so.  You know I like to blog about indie films and festivals.  One short documentary I watched tonight is called "Ha Ha Ha America."

Since I know many of you read my blog for political commentary and satire, I highly recommend you spend 17 minutes watching this short.  It'll sum up a year's worth of watching CNN's Lou Dobbs and save you 15,583 minutes of your life.

"Ha Ha Ha America" is a fast moving montage film with captions and a very cool soundtrack, in my humble opinion.  If you watch this film and don't get why so many Americans are not happy with the Bush Administration on so many levels, you should look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I'm glad I took that day off of work at Walmart to vote for my hero, George W. Bush."  However, if you're not totally brainwashed, but don't usually have an interest in geopolitics and international trade, it might open your mind to some of these issues like a ballpeen hammer to your forehead.

If you check out the Sundance Film Festival website and have some comments to make about other films available for us online, please feel free to make a comment, and share your thoughts.  For your convenience and courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), here is a list of films showing at Sundance 2006 with links to IMDb pages:


Premieres

Alpha Dog
Art School Confidential
Cargo
The Darwin Awards
Don't Come Knocking
Friends with Money
The Illusionist
Kinky Boots
Little Miss Sunshine
A Little Trip to Heaven
Lucky Number Slevin
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
The Night Listener
The Science of Sleep
The Secret Life of Words
Thank You for Smoking
This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Independent Film Competition: Documentary

American Blackout
Crossing Arizona
God Grew Tired of Us
The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends
Iraq in Fragments
A Lion in the House
small town gay bar
So Much So Fast
Thin
'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris
The Trials of Darryl Hunt
TV Junkie
An Unreasonable Man
Wide Awake
Wordplay
The World According to Sesame Street

Frontier

Frontier
Cinnamon
a Darkness Swallowed
Old Joy
Pine Flat
Wild Tigers I Have Known

Park City at Midnight

American Hardcore
Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!
The Descent
Destricted
The Foot Fist Way
Moonshine
Salvage
Subject Two

Sundance Collection

Mala Noche
Paris, Texas

 

Spectrum

Adams æbler (Adam's Apples)
All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise
Batalla en el cielo (Battle in Heaven)
Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture
Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon
Dreamland
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out
Factotum
Forgiving the Franklins
An Innoncent Truth
Jewboy
Journey from the Fall
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Man Push Cart
Off the Black
Open Window
The Proposition
Punching at the Sun
Special
La Tragedia de Marcario
What Remains
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Who Needs Sleep?
Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner

Independent Film Competition: Dramatic

Come Early Morning
Flannel Pajamas
Forgiven
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Half Nelson
The Hawk Is Dying
In Between Days
Puccini for Beginners
Quinceañera
Right at Your Door
Sherrybaby
Somebodies
Stay
Steel City
Stephanie Daley
Wristcutters: A Love Story

World Cinema Competition: Documentary

5 Days
angry monk - reflections on tibet
Black Gold
By the Ways, a Journey with William Eggleston
Dear Pyongyang
DeNADIE (No One)
The Giant Buddhas
Glastonbury
I for India
En el hoyo (In the Pit)
Die Große Stille, Die (Into Great Silence)
KZ
The Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez
Songbirds
Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst
Viva Zapatero!

World Cinema Competition: Dramatic

13 Tzameti
Allegro
El Aura (The Aura)
Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros)
Eve & the Fire Horse
Casa de areia (The House of Sand)
Yawarakai seikatsu (It's Only Talk)
Dunia (Kiss Me Not on the Eyes)
Little Red Flowers
Madeinusa
No. 2
One Last Dance
The Peter Pan Formula
Princesas
Sólo Dios sabe
Jezile (Son of Man)

 




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Posted at 07:50 pm by John Furie Zacharias

Gloria
January 26, 2006   07:08 AM PST
 
Really enjoyed Ha Ha America -- awesome soundtrack, agreed. I loved Divorce Lemonade too ... sad and funny at the same time. Thanks, J.
J f Z
January 26, 2006   03:50 PM PST
 
NP, G-funk. You rawk, babe.

Take a gander at "BugCrush" on Sundance. It's a creepy Sci-Fi Brokeback Mountain. Heh.
 

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