Somewhat edgier than its better-known Sundance cousin, this year’s Slamdance Film Festival will offer its share of musical treats to entertain moviegoers. This year’s 11th annual event in Park City, Utah — which runs Jan. 21-28, concurrent with the Sundance Film Festival — will see performances by Spearhead’s Michael Franti, DJ/producer Prince Paul and former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, among others.
In addition performing, Franti will be on hand for a screening of his documentary “I Know I’m Not Alone.” The film, which will serve as the Slamdance 2005 closing night documentary, is described as personal diary chronicling the artist/activist’s 2004 visit to Israel, Iraq and Palestine.
Franti is slated to stage a solo acoustic show Jan. 27 at Park City’s 608 Interchange gallery. As previously reported, Franti and Spearhead will perform at two Sundance events, including one of that festival’s Jan. 20 opening night galas.
Prince Paul is slated to play a Jan. 28 DJ set at Suede prior to a headlining performance by P-Funk’s Bernie Worrell with Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun and bassist Doug Wimbish. Director Phillip DiFiore’s “Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth” will receive its world premiere at Slamdance, competing in the short documentary competition.
Doughty will be on hand to headline a Jan. 23 acoustic show at Suede that will also feature the Apex Theory. A number of Park City venues will boast performances by Elliott Sharp, Purr Bats, JW Blackout, the Rubes, Modern Soul Movement and Starmy, along with others to be announced.
Onscreen, the Slamdance “midnight screening” roster includes “Malfunkshun,” director/producer Scot Barbour’s documentary about Andrew Wood, featuring rare performance and interview footage of the late Mother Love Bone singer, as well as unreleased solo music.
In Taylor Neary’s “Liquid Vinyl,” well-known DJs such as Tall Paul and Goldie discuss DJ culture and dance music. The film will receive its world premiere at Slamdance and compete in the documentary field, as will Booker Sim’s “Tragedy: The Story of Queensbridge,” which details the stark reality of hip-hop artist Percy Chapman, aka Tragedy, who released two A&M albums in the early 1990s under the pseudonym Intelligent Hoodlum.
In addition to the Worrell title, the short documentary competition will also feature the music-based “Drummer Wanted.” For Slamdance Film Festival details, including descriptions of the various films being screened and to view titles in the “Anarchy Online Films” category, visit the event’s Web site.