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By Film Threat Staff | May 2, 2005

In a city of “who’s in your film?’, DanceswithFilms, the film festival known for discovering talent that hasn’t gotten a three picture deal yet, announces its 2005 slate for screening May 6-12, 2005 in Santa Monica.

Alumni from the fest include Dan Harris of “X2”, “Superman Returns”, “Logan’s Run” (2001, “The Unbreakable Likeness of Lincoln”, World Premiere), Kathryn Morris of “Cold Case” (2000, “Screenplay”, World Premiere) and as recently as last year ~ Will Scheffer & Mark Olsen (2004, “Easter”, Best of Jury) creators of and currently in production on HBO’s latest project, “Big Love” starring Bill Paxton premiering in September.

This year’s fest rounds out at 75% World and West Coast Premieres with almost everything showing in Los Angeles for the first time.

“Against all odds, DancesWithFilms continues to grow in reputation and stature, as we hold to our credo, of ‘no politics, no stars, no sh*t,” says CoFounder, Michael Trent. “Although as our alumni continue on in the industry, they are allowed to bring back their latest projects even if a celebrity is in it.” Such as the documentary, “The Distance” by Ash Adams is doing. An intimate look into the lives of former World Class boxers, it includes interviews with Michael Madsen, Ed O’Neill, Bobbie Chacon, and Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr. among others.

The 2005 feature competition slate:

AMERICA 101, written by Mark A. Russell, Michael Wasserman, directed by Mark A. Russell and produced by Michael Wasserman

AMONG BROTHERS, produced and directed by John Schwert, based on an original story by Thomas A. Morgan

BEVERLY KILLS, written and directed by Damion Dietz, produced Damion Dietz, Elyse Rogers and Stephanie Orff

EAST OF SUNSET, written by Heather J. Miller, directed by Brian McNelis, produced by Bruce Coughran

FROM OTHER WORLDS, written and directed by Barry Strugatz, produced by Linda Moran, Rene Bastian and Diana Williams

HIT ME, written and directed by Michael Kinney, produced by Megan Peterson, Merry Chen, Michael Kinney, Max Herholz and David Bresenham

THE INSTRUMENT, written, directed and produced by Adam Nemett

SHATTERED DAY, written and directed by Serge Rodnunsky, produced by Serge Rodnunsky and Stacey Scheller

SHELF LIFE, written and directed by Tamar Halpern, produced by Tamar Halpern, Elizabeth Leifer and Robin Muir

TWEEK CITY, written and directed by Eric G. Johnson, produced by Eric G. Johnson, Caitlin Maynard and Yule Caise

WHAT’S BUGGING SETH, written, directed and produced by Eli Steele

THE WHITE HORSE IS DEAD, written and directed by Pete Red Sky, produced by Pete Red Sky, Chris Moore and Jason Black

DancesWithFilms Film Festival ~ May 6-12, 2005 ~ Screening almost 70 films over one week ~ Santa Monica Laemmle 4Plex ~ 1322 2nd Street ~ Santa Monica ~ CA

For more info, visit the DanceswithFilms website.

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