Slamdance 2019: Documentary Overview

The 25th Slamdance Film Festival

January 25-31

The smaller, alternative January Park City film festival has an anniversary year, screening 10 docs among its nearly 30 features.


The festival opens with the world premiere of Patrick Creadon’s SKI BUM: THE WARREN MILLER STORY, on the influential ski filmmaker, who died in 2018.




Other world premieres are: Matt Kliegman’s MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE, about a transgender Baptist preacher who struggles with her identity; Heidi Yewman’s BEHIND THE BULLET, which explores gun violence from the perspective of perpetrators; Joe LaMattina’s MEMPHIS ’69, revisits a seminal blues concert; Daniel La Barbera’s THE PROFESSIONAL: A STEVIE BLATZ STORY, a portrait of a struggling entertainment entrepreneur in PA; David Hambridge’s KIFARU, which follows the caretakers of the last Northern White Rhino; and Tim Tsai’s SEADRIFT, an investigation into the origins of hostility toward Vietnamese refugees along the US Gulf Coast.


Rounding out the doc lineup: Stuart Swezey’s DESOLATION CENTER, which explores a 1980s punk desert happening; Marcin Borchardt’s THE BEKSINSKIS. A SOUND AND PICTURE, an archival recontruction of the story of a Polish painter and his family; and Jonathan Sutak’s DONS OF DISCO, whch uncovers an unusual scandal and rivalry behind a popular 1980s Eurodisco singer.

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