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By Film Threat Staff | December 3, 2003

Stay tuned for the Shorts announcement next week.
“Below the Belt” ^ This postindustrial, pre-apocalyptic, existential comedy tells the story of an up-and-coming young corporate drone who only wants to move up the corporate ladder but is blocked at every turn by his roommate from hell and his ignoramus of a boss, while the multinational life-sucking corporation is decaying around him. ^ DIRECTOR: Robert M. Young ^ CAST: Xander Berkeley, Tom Bower, Robert Knott

“Loma Lynda” ^ A performance group fuses indie aesthetics, cinematic genres, and technology to create emotionally intense and moody soundscapes to interpretive film. ^ DIRECTOR: Jason Bognacki

“The Missing” (North American premiere) ^ One day, in the park, a grandmother loses her grandson sending her into a tailspin of anxiety. That same day, a teenager learns his grandfather is missing. (Taiwan) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Kang-sheng Lee ^ CAST: Yi-ching Lu, Tien Miao

“Tarnation” (world premiere) ^ Jonathan Caouette plays himself, a young gay man forced to leave behind his partner, his acting career, close friends and freedom, to return to his childhood home in rural Texas and care for his schizophrenic mother. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Jonathan Caouette

“War” (world premiere) ^ Set amid the rural ruins and disappearing landscape of American family farms, “War” reveals the internal struggles of four isolated characters who attempt to find purpose in their daily rituals. As they eventually encounter each other, and from the crises that result, they find meaning beyond their hopes. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Jake Mahaffy
“Azumi” (world premiere) ^ In war torn Japan, the Tokugawa Shogun, desperate to restore peace, orders the assassination of hostile warlords. A master trains abandoned children to become the ultimate assassins and Azumi becomes the star pupil. (Japan) ^ DIRECTOR: Ryuhei Kitamura ^ CAST: Aya Ueto, Joe Odagiri, Yoshio Harada

“Grand Theft Parsons” (U.S. premiere) ^ Based on the true story of the events surrounding the death of musician Gram Parsons, “Grand Theft Parsons” recounts the story of Gram’s road-manager fulfilling a pact he made with Gram. (U.K./U.S.) ^ DIRECTOR: David Caffrey; WRITER: Jeremy Drysdale ^ CAST: Johnny Knoxville, Christina Applegate, Robert Forster, Gabriel Macht, Michael Shannon

“Haute Tension” (U.S. premiere) ^ While two young women spend a weekend in the country, the driver of a rusty van careens down a deserted moonlit road. Two stories collide in relentless bloody terror. (France) ^ DIRECTOR: Alexandre Aja ^ WRITERS: Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur ^ CAST: Cecile De France, Maiwenn, Philippe Nahon, Frank Khalfoun, Andrei Finti

“Home of Phobia” (world premiere) ^ Clay, a freshman, learns that college is not a free-for-all, but a politically complex landscape where he must pretend to be someone he’s not to get the girl. (U.S.) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Ryan Shiraki ^ CAST: Sam Huntington, Marla Sokoloff, Heather Matarazzo, Mike Erwin, Kaitlin Doubleday, Jud Tyler, Rachel Drato, John Goodman

“Overnight” (world premiere) ^ Like watching a high speed train wreck, this documentary about the meteoric rise and nuclear fall of filmmaker Troy Duffy, whose first-ever picture deal for “The Boondock Saints” included Miramax chairman Harvey Weinstein buying him the mercurial bar to seal the deal. (Austria) ^ DIRECTOR: Mark Brian Smith

“The Park” (U.S. premiere) ^ an amusement park for a missing border. In 3-D. (Hong Kong) ^ DIRECTOR: Andrew Lau ^ WRITERS: Lo yiu Fai, Sam Lung ^ CAST: Bobo Chan, Tiffany Lee, Derek Tsang, Kwok-Cheung

“Raspberry Reich” (world premiere) ^ Gudrun, a charismatic East German, leads a group of anti-war, anti-capitalist revolutionaries. She constructs a caper for the downfall of a wealthy industrialist, not to mention the hetero power structure. (Canada) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Bruce La Bruce ^ CAST: Susanne Sachsse, Daniel Bätscher, Daniel Möller, Matthieu Ducollet, Andreas Rupprecht, Dean Stathes, Anton Z. Risan, Daniel Fettig

“Saw” ^ A doctor and a junkie find themselves the trapped victims of a serial killer’s twisted game, in this stylish thriller about escape, survival and the furious race against time. (U.S.) ^ DIRECTOR: James Wan
“49?” ^ A short documentary querying the city of Seattle on the origins of the Indian 49. (U.S.) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Sherman Alexie
“Flat” (U.S. premiere) ^ Marnie is given a hot Handycam by her dad. In the 24 hrs that follow she sets out to capture on tape life in the inner city housing commission flats she calls home. (Australia) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Beck Cole ^ CAST: Carmen Glynn-Braun, Savannah Glynn-Braun, James Aitken
“If the Weather Permits” ^ A short documentary made as a letter to the filmmaker’s grandfather querying about the future of Inuk. (Canada) ^ DIRECTOR: Elisapie Isaac
“In Shadow” (U.S. premiere) ^ Rebecca, a young, up-and-coming artist works hard to build a future for herself while a shadow from her past threatens to push her into madness. (Canada) ^ DIRECTOR: Shirley Cheechoo; WRITER: Julia Chan ^ CAST: Shanly Trinidad, Emily Hampshire
“The Land Has Eyes” (world premiere) ^ Shamed by her village for being poor and the daughter of a convicted thief, Viki is inspired and haunted by the Warrior Woman from her island’s mythology. The lush tropical beauty of Rotuma, Fiji contrasts with the stifling conformity of island culture as Viki fights for justice and freedom. (Fiji) ^ DIRECTOR: Vilsoni Hereniko ^ CAST: Sepeta Taito, Rena Owen, Voi Fesaitu, John Fatiaki, Elisapeti Kafonika Inia
“Memory” (world premiere) ^ On the one-year anniversary of her brother’s drowning a young Native girl receives an unexpected visit from an oblivious, and troubled, tribal elder. (U.S.) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Cedar Sherbert ^ CAST: Tantoo Cardinal, Kimberly Norris-Guerrero, Raven Lockwood
“Might of the Starchaser” (world premiere) ^ A young man, with the help from a group of friends, must save an entire planet from a revenge driven alien toddler while stuck on a space station. (Canada) ^ DIRECTOR: Joseph Lazare ^ WRITERS: Joseph Lazare, Walter Scott ^ CAST: Joseph Lazare, Walter Scott, Kanietiio Horn, Darrel Dennis, Michaela Washburn
“Prayer for a Good Day” (world premiere) ^ A little girl prays for good days while being brought up by her depressed father. When she discovers what appears to be the key to her father’s happiness, she provides him with the source of endless good days: a junkyard. ^ DIRECTOR – Zoe Leigh Hopkins ^ SCREENWRITER – Zoe Leigh Hopkins
“The Shirt” ^ DIRECTOR – Shelley Niro
“Shush” (world premiere) ^ Shush, a young Navajo man gets a call from his older sister back on the reservation. She tells him that their little sister is back with her abusive boyfriend and that he has assaulted their father. Shush decides to go home to get his sister and deal with the boyfriend. (U.S.) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Blackhorse Lowe ^ CAST: Nicholas Keefee, Shawna Begay, Livandrea Knoki, Sheldon Silentwalker, Ernest Tsosie, Camille Gordon
“Spin” (U.S. premiere)
A DJ goes to great lengths to avoid the impending humiliation of buying the record of his desire. (Canada) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Danis Goulet ^ CAST: Ramin Yazdi, Mike Arnott, Pia Regina Brechmann, Liz Ikiriko, Ben Thompson, Victor Timofeev
“Tiga E Le Ilda” (world premiere) ^ Two brothers struggle between modern teenage life and the traditional Samoan culture ruled by religion. (New Zealand) ^ DIRECTOR AND WRITER: Popo Malufaitoaga (Lilo) ^ CAST: Jo Folau, Henry Tuipea, Edward Peni
“Turn Around” ^ A teenage guy heads to Sydney for a hot date. He’s held up on the way and realizes the real meaning of this journey. (Australia) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Samantha Sanders ^ CAST: Wayne Munro, Lisa Flanagan, Amy Miller-Porter
“Two Cars, One Night” (world premiere) ^ A tale of first love, in the most unlikely of places. (New Zealand) ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Taika Cohen

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