OFFICIAL FILM SELECTIONS

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The TromaDance Film Festival is proud to announce our Official Feature and Short Film Selections for the Tenth Anniversary of our Film Festival. As it does every year, the TromaDance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival. On this celebratory year, film screenings and events will take place in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, from January 19th-23rd and will screen four truly independent feature films along with over 50 short films.

BAD BIOLOGY

Directed by: Frank Henenlotter| Genre: Horror, Fantasy | Run time: 85 mins | USA | 2008 |

Film Description:

Driven by biological excess, a young man and woman search for sexual fulfillment, unaware of each other’s existence. Unfortunately, they eventually meet, and the bonding of these two very unusual human beings ends in an explosive and ultimately over-the-top sexual experience, resulting in a truly godawful love story. With bizarre special effects by Gabe Bartalos, a hip-hop soundtrack from Prince Paul, produced by R.A. “The Rugged Man” Thorburn, and shot in glorious 35mm, BAD BIOLOGY is guaranteed to shock even the most desensitized of audiences, and sure to become a modern cult classic.

Directed by Frank Henenlotter (Brain Damage, Basket Case, Frankenhooker).

Official site 

Bad Biology will screen at Brewvies Cinema Pub (677 South 200 West #D Salt Lake City, UT 84101) on Tuesday, January 20th at 11:30PM.

PLAGUE TOWN

Directed by: David Gregory | Genre: Horror | Run time: 85 mins | USA | 2008 |

Film Description:

For a dysfunctional American family, a bonding trip to the Irish countryside is about to go very, very wrong. Folksy locals have a sinister agenda. The forest is filled with packs of giggling, deformed children who enjoy playing sadistically depraved games. And in the nearby village, kindly grandmothers knit a waking nightmare while a blind maiden patiently awaits a suitor. The night fills with joyous laughter and screams of agony. Now the ultimate horror is about to hit home…in a place called PLAGUE TOWN.

Official site 

Plague Town will screen at Brewvies Cinema Pub (677 South 200 West #D Salt Lake City, UT 84101) on Tuesday, January 20th at 6:15PM.

LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

Directed by: Frank H. Woodward | Genre: Documentary, Horror | Run time: 90 mins | USA | 2008

Film Description:

A fascinating chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos as told through incisive interviews with horror and dark fantasy luminaries such as John Carpenter, Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Stuart Gordon, Peter Straub and Guillermo Del Toro.

Official site 

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown will screen at The Sidecar (333 Main St. 2nd Floor Park City, UT 84101) on Friday, January 23rd at 3:00PM.

THE HAGSTONE DEMON

Directed by: John Springer | Genre: Horror | Run time: 103 mins | USA | 2008

Film Description:

Mark Borchardt (of American Movie fame) utilizes his backwoods persona to add a sense of gritty realism to this creepy character piece of a writer exorcising his demons in director Jon Springer's (Living Dead Girl) subtle and chilling work of terror. Douglas Elmore (Borchardt) is an alcoholic writer and caretaker haunted by visions of his dead wife and pursued by supernatural forces bent on revenge for his past deeds. When tenants start turning up dead in the hallways and stairwells of his brownstone apartment building, Douglas suspects a strange but sexually alluring homeless prostitute named Karna who sleeps in his basement by day and prowls the empty city by night. But as the bodies pile up, Douglas is torn between his growing obsession with Karna and the threat of becoming a prime suspect in a murder investigation.

Official site 

The Hagstone Demon will screen at the Salt Lake City Library (210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84060 on Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30PM.

OFFICIAL SHORT FILM SELECTIONS

TUES, JANUARY 20TH
BREWVIES CINEMA PUB 6:00PM - CLOSING


HEPATITIS (B) YOUTH - DAY TOUR
Directed by Jeremy Hogan
| USA | 20 min |

Sound ensemble performance. Group, Hepetitis (B) Youth, accost the city of Bloomington, Indiana with a series of 23 impromptu “shows” – trash, noise, bad drugs, and a snow shovel. No budget = no problem.


4:20
Directed by Dylan Thies and Danny Dikel
| USA | 45 sec| Comedy |

A stoner wakes up at 4:20 A.M. to hit a bong.


FISH
Directed by Max Margulies
and Naoko Masuda

| USA | 3 min | Animation |

“Fish” is a gripping portrayal of the life cycle of a school of sardines. A stop-motion animation done solely with dead seafood (and one pig head) “Fish” is a must-see for those who aren’t planning to eat anything soon.


UNÏWERÏA ZEKT 

Directed by Evan Husney
| USA | 26 min | Science Fiction |

A Video~cinema transmission of an inverse universe, virtual, yet as real and outliving the memories of our own lives and of our dead ones. It is impossible to erase this implanted memory from your mind. -ZARTAN VIDEOCORP, INC.


CARS III
Directed by Bobby Hacker

| USA | 36 min | Comedy |

Based on a highly successful viral short, CARS III is the story of a used car salesman’s last chance at redemption. In order to keep his soul, he must stop at nothing to sell a 1986 Mercury Topaz.


KARAOKE SHOW
Directed by Karl Tebbe
| GERMANY | 5 min |

A mix between disco and sauna.


A FAR CRY FROM HOME
Directed by Alan Rowe Kelly
| USA | 44 min | Horror |

A controversial tale about a couple that stop at a rural antique store, not realizing the backwoods store owners are a little bit off. Hate IS the ultimate killer.

 


PLIERS, COAGULATION AGENT
AND NUMBING CREAM

Directed by Clint Enns

| USA | 1 min |

Let the title speak for itself! Music by Cambodia.

 


VANITY INSANITY
Directed by Yakov Levy
| USA | 14 min | Comedy |

A girl falls in love with her own reflection while her jealous roommate secretly watches.


HEADCHEESE
Directed by Laura Android
| USA | 34 min | Horror |

Benny has a crummy job at the butcher shop. His boss hates him. The customers hate him. Even the rats that infest the store hate him. But tonight, Benny has a chance to be a HERO.

 


PIMPLE GOATEE SHAVING KID
Directed by Dylan Thies and Danny Dikel
| USA | 2 min | Comedy |

A teenage boy decides to shave his pimples.


BOTCHED EYEBALL OPERATION
Directed by Clint Enns
| USA | 1 min |

A voyeuristic gaze at a common operation gone awry. Music by Sea Wizard.


KAIN
Directed by Jan Soldat
| GERMANY | 5 min |

Kain is alone at home and he’s hungry.

WED, JANUARY 21ST
SALT LAKE CITY LIBRARY, 6:00PM - 9:00PM


HUNK
Directed by Shal Ngo
| USA | 6 min | Experimental |

An amusing and horrifying study of sex and consumerism.

FRI, JANUARY 23RD
THE SIDECAR - PARK CITY, UTAH 11:00AM - 5:00PM


GOD OF TEARS
Directed by Max Margulies
and Naoko Masuda

| USA | 20 min | Animation |

The story of a God who cries lonely tears that become rain for a planet of lower beings. These beings consume the rainbows after the daily storm. When the God one day meets a car, he stops crying. He must choose between his friendship with the cat and the fate of a race of people.


REINCARNATION
Directed by Alan Rowe Kelly
| JAPAN | 5 min |

A film about voluptuous moments during the fusion of a soul and flesh.


GRAND WHEEL
Directed by Gavin Heffernan
| USA | 6 min | Experimental |

An experimental walkthrough the peace movement in the united states.


DADDY, DADDY
Directed by Dylan Thies
| USA | 24 min | Comedy, Science Fiction|

A wealthy father traps his son in their mansion in order to keep his love.


DON'T CALL ME PRODUCER
Directed by Travis Campbell
| USA | 10 min | Documentary, Music |

An animated rock-doc about indie recording engineer, Steve Albini.


BERBAOC
Directed by Jose Belamonte, Izibene Oņederra, Mercedes Sanchez-Agustino, Gustavo Diaz and Irati Fernandez
| SPAIN | 5 min | Animation |

An animated fantasia created by San Sebastian's most promising artists.


SCATTERBRAIN
Directed by J.P. DiSciscio
| USA | 22 min | Comedy |

This is the story of Joe and his evil, singing brain. See what happens when Joe has his brain replaced with a giant Lithium battery so he can get some sleep. A slapstick silent comedy in the tradition of Buster Keaton set to the music of Daniel Johnston (as the singing brain) and Joanna Newsom.


MAROONED?
Directed by Ryan Nagata
| USA | 14 min | Science Fiction |

 A middle-aged science fiction nerd role-plays as his favorite space hero out in the desert when he hits his head and becomes convinced he is a space hero for real.


THE CHERRY TREE
Directed by Carlo Besasie
| USA | 6 min | Comedy, Horror |

The very last reality-show submission video ever made.


FOR A FEW MARBLES MORE
Directed by Jelmar Hufen
| NETHERLANDS | 11 min | Experimental |

Four ten year-olds are kicked out of their favorite playground by two aggressive drunkards. For only a few marbles, they call upon the one that can help them reclaim it.


THE BIRD, THE MOUSE AND THE SAUSAGE
Directed by Max Margulies and Naoko Masuda
| USA | 6 min | Animation |

A stop-motion animation based on a Grimm Brothers’ fairytale, tells the story of three creatures whose harmonious lives are interrupted by a series of unfortunate events. Real life organic materials and artificial figures interact in this cautionary tale about the nature of change.


TRAS LOS VISILLOS
Directed by Gregorio Muro and Raul Lopez

| SPAIN | 16 min |

Martos wants to leave his dark past behind, so he undergoes cosmetic surgery to change his face but paranoia may deter him from his final goal: getting away.  


HALLELIJAH! GORILLA REVIVAL
Directed by Jason LaRay Keener and Jeremiah Ledbetter
| USA | 14 min |

Another description defying piece of docu-dementia by TromaDance favorites, Keener and Ledbetter.


COTTON CANDY
Directed by Aritz Moreno
| Spain | 11 min |

The cold always complicates things.


MY FOUR INCH PRECIOUS
Directed by Sou Yun Sim
| USA | 11 min |

Sam discovers romance amongst society's discarded refuse. A beautiful, enchanting woman named Precious. There's just one catch...Precious is four inches tall.


STARSEARCHER
Directed by Adam Brown
| CANADA | 10 min | Animation |

Naomi and Robot search the stars to find hope for a post-apocalyptic Earth.


BUNKY BLUM AND THE TALKING TRAIN
Directed by Stephan Recksiedler
| USA | 10 min | Horror, Drama |

The weight of the world is making Bunky feel two feet tall. His trust in the system, family, teachers and his friends has been betrayed. His last hope for redemption resides in a powerful talking train.


I LIVE IN THE WOODS
Directed by Max Winston

A Woodsman's frantic journey, driven by happiness, slaughter, and a confrontation with America's God.


THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW
Directed by Rodrigo Gudiņo & Vincent Marcone
| CANADA | 6 min | Animation |

A single image from the 1930's tells an entire story, revealing a tapestry of secrets hidden in the dark details. A stunning acheivement in short story execution and animation.