Sundance says: A tribute to the abundance of compelling new voices and the creative spirit in independent filmmaking, the Spectrum program presents out-of-competition dramatic and documentary films from some of the most promising filmmakers in the world today.
World's Greatest Dad and Pomegranates And Myrrh
Against The Current
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Peter Callahan; Writer: Peter Callahan; Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Mary Tyler Moore, Michelle Trachtenberg, Pell James, Martin Shakar, Constance Barron, Amy Hargreaves, Seth Kanor)
Facing the anniversary of his pregnant wife's tragic death, 35-year-old Paul Thompson enlists the help of two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.
The Anarchist's Wife (La Mujer del Anarquista)
(Country: Germany, Spain, France; Year: 2008; Director: Marie Noelle, Peter Sehr; Writer: Marie Noelle, Ray Loriga; Stars: María Valverde, Juan Diego Botto, Ivana Baquero, Nina Hoss, Jean-Marc Barr, Laura Morante, Irene Montalà, Adrià Collado, Biel Durán, Pere Arquillué)
During the Spanish Civil War an idealistic young lawyer combating Franco's Fascist troops is separated from his wife and children.
North American Premiere
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Sterlin Harjo; Writer: Sterlin Harjo; Stars: Lori Lynne Cross, Isabel Archuleta, Laura C Spencer)
Irene and Frankie have had a tumultuous relationship for 40 years. As Frankie lies on his deathbed, Irene comes back to him one last time to break him out of the hospital and take him home.
Children Of Invention
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Tze Chun; Writer: Tze Chun; Stars: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu, Stephen Gevedon, Frank Pando, Kieran Campion, Jackson Ning, Remmi Franklin, Yan Xi, Suzan Mikiel Kennedy)
Two young children are left to fend for themselves when their mother is arrested for unwittingly taking part in an illegal pyramid scheme.
Everything Strange And New
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Frazer Bradshaw; Writer: Frazer Bradshaw; Stars: Luis Saguar, Jerry McDaniel, Beth Lisick)
Trapped by a life he never intended, a man struggles to navigate family, sexuality and drug addiction.
Johnny Mad Dog and The Missing Person
(Country: US, UK, Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Sandra Nettelbeck; Writer: Sandra Nettelbeck; Stars: Ashley Judd, Goran Visnjic, Lauren Lee Smith, Alexia Fast, Alberta Watson, David Nykl, David Hewlett, Leah Cairns, Ali Liebert, Chelah Horsdal)
A successful psychiatrist fights her own clinical depression.
The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: David Russo; Writer: David Russo; Stars: Tania Raymonde, Natasha Lyonne, Marshall Allman, Vince Vieluf, Aaron Hart, Tygh Runyan, Russell Hodgkinson, Agatha Nowicki, Mara Stevë, Jay Wesley Cochran)
After losing his high-paying job, Dory takes a gig as a night janitor in order to pay rent. Alone late at night inside a market research firm, he discovers something worse than his new job cleaning toilets - a conniving corporate executive has made him the subject of a bizarre experiment.
Johnny Mad Dog
(Country: France, Belgium, Liberia; Year: 2008; Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire; Writer: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire; Stars: Christophe Minie, Daisy Victoria Vandy), Trailer
As civil war rages in an unnamed African country, the lives of a boy soldier and a young girl fleeing the fighting become intertwined.
North American Premiere
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Derick Martini; Writer: Derick Martini, Steven Martini; Stars: Alec Baldwin, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon, Emma Roberts, Adam Scarimbolo, Phillip Pennestri, Logan Huffman)
Set in the 1970s, a unique take on the dangers of the American dream seen through the innocent eyes of a 15-year-old boy.
The Missing Person
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Noah Buschel; Writer: Noah Buschel; Stars: Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan, Frank Wood, Linda Emond, Paul Sparks, Margaret Colin, John Ventimiglia, Yul Vazquez, Merritt Wever, Daniel Franzese)
Neonoir about a private eye charged with following a man presumed dead after 9/11.
Lymelife and Against The Current
Mission Street Rhapsody (La Mission)
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Peter Bratt; Writer: Peter Bratt; Stars: Jeremy Ray Valdez, Max Rosenak, Patrick Shining Elk, Benjamin Bratt, Kevin Michael Richardson, Erika Alexander, Jesse Borrego, Christopher Greene, Tina Huang, Frederick Keith Johnson)
A traditional, Latino father in San Francisco's Mission District struggles to come to terms with his teenage son's homosexuality.
Once More With Feeling
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Jeff Lipsky; Writer: Gina O'Brien; Stars: Drea de Matteo, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, Susan Misner, Lauren Bittner, Grace Johnston, David Aaron Baker, David Call, Daisy Tahan, Matt Doyle)
A comedy about a psychiatrist who undergoes a midlife crisis and pursues his long-lost ambition of becoming a singer through karaoke.
The Only Good Indian
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Kevin Willmott; Writer: Thomas L. Carmody; Stars: Wes Studi, J Kenneth Campbell, Winter Fox Frank, Paul Butler, Thirza Defoe, Christopher Wheatley, Laura Kirk, Delanna Studi, Blake Robbins, Kevin Geer)
Set in early 1900s Kansas, a teenage Native American boy is taken from his family and forced to attend an Indian 'training' school to assimilate into White society.
Pomegranates And Myrrh (al-Mor wa al rumman)
(Country: Palestine; Year: 2008; Director: Najwa Najjar; Writer: Najwa Najjar; Stars: Hiam Abbass, Yasmine Elmasri, Ali Sliman, Ahmad Abu Sal'oum, Ashraf Farah, Lufuf Nuweiser, Lea Tsmeal, Walid Abdul Salam, Manal Awad, Samia Kuzmoz)
The wife of a Palestinian prisoner searches for freedom.
North American Premiere
The Vicious Kind
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Lee Toland Krieger; Writer: Lee Toland Krieger; Stars: Brittany Snow, JK Simmons, Adam Scott, Alex Frost, Alysia Reiner, Bill Buell, Sonny Vellozzi, Robert Bizik, Jordan Berkow, Kate Krieger)
Suffering insomnia and testy by nature, Caleb Sinclaire reluctantly picks up his brother Peter at college and brings him and his new girlfriend Emma home to his estranged father's house for Thanksgiving.
The Anarchist's Wife and Barking Water
World's Greatest Dad
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Bob Goldthwait; Writer: Bob Goldthwait; Stars: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Tom Kenny, Lorraine Nicholson, Geoffrey Pierson, Henry Simmons, Alexie Gilmore, Jermaine Williams, Toby Huss, Bruce Hornsby)
A comedy about a high school poetry teacher who learns that the things you want most may not be the things that make you happy.