Sundance 2023 sets The Doom Generation, SLAM Restorations

Sundance’s first program announcement for next year includes restored screenings of cult classics.

The 2023 Sundance Film Festival will host special screenings of “SLAM” and “The Doom Generation,” the Sundance Institute announced Wednesday.

The films, which premiered in 1998 and 1995 respectively, are the first titles announced for the upcoming festival. Both received their world premieres at Sundance – “SLAM” premiered in the US Dramatic Competition section and won the Grand Jury Prize, while “The Doom Generation” premiered in the Premieres section of the festival. Both screenings are part of the festival’s From the Collection section, dedicated to re-screening notable titles previously played at Sundance. Each screening will be followed by a panel and discussions with the filmmakers, details of which will be announced at a later date.

“Before we announce the full roster for the upcoming festival, we take a moment to honor our past in anticipation of what is to come,” Sundance programming director Kim Yutani said in a statement. “Sundance has always been a place for discovery, inspired conversation and critical reflection, all thanks to the independent storytellers we are so fortunate to meet each year. These screenings are our opportunity to showcase newly restored films from the collection, to reaffirm our commitment to artists throughout their careers, and to find new ways to re-contextualize the work that has shaped Sundance’s legacy through a modern perspective .”

Directed by Marc Levin, “SLAM” stars Saul Williams, who co-wrote the screenplay with Levin, as a young black slam poetry performer jailed on a minor drug charge in DC, where he uses his art to survive. Bonz Malone, Beau Sia, Sonja Sohn and Saul Williams also star in the film. The 25th Anniversary screening features a digital restoration created in collaboration between the Sundance Institute, Academy Film Archive, UCLA Film & Television Archive and Lionsgate.

Directed by Gregg Araki, The Doom Generation is the second in his informal Teenage Apocalypse trilogy. The film follows two juvenile delinquents (played by Rose McGowan and James Duval) who take a violent drifter (Johnathon Schaech) and go on a criminal road trip across America. The screening features the original unedited film, which premiered at Sundance in 1995 before being edited for its theatrical release. The film has also been remastered in 4K by Strand Releasing.

The 2023 Sundance Festival will take place on January 19-29, 2023 in Park City, Salt Lake City. In addition, the festival will host online screenings from January 24th to 29th. Tickets for the festival go public on October 17th.

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Lindsay Lowe

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