BAM Gears Up for Sundance Institute 2008 Screenings

<p>When one considers all the hype, movies and merchandise pushing the Hunter S. Thompson brand, not to mention the fried fruitlessness of his later years, it might be tempting to dismiss the author as less than the sum of his gimmicky parts. But <em>Gonzo</em>, a new documentary from the director of the award-winning <em>Taxi to the Dark Side</em>, uses archival footage from some of the good doctor's best years to help excavate this brilliant writer from the rubble of his outsized persona.</p>

The documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil tells the story of obscure Canadian band Anvil, who Metallica and Slayer claim as an influence, and their last grab for a piece of the music industry's poison pie.

<p>Winner of the documentary directing prize at Sundance, <em>American Teen</em> follows the turbulent lives of four Indiana teenagers during their senior year of high school. The screening will be followed by a "prom party with nary a chaperone in sight."</p>

<p>Yep, that's Bill Murray. Director Dan Beers charmed the actor into appearing in his short film <em>FCU: Fact Checkers Unit</em>, about two magazine employees who break into Murray's house to verify a bizarre fact. The 9 minute opus will be screened as part of the June 1st shorts program.</p>

<em>Captain Abu Raed</em>, an indie feature from Jordan, tells the story of an airport janitor who passes himself off as a pilot to a gang of adoring neighborhood kids.

<p>The expansive documentary <em>Flow: For Love of Water</em> explores the relationship between humans and water from Africa to America, where we load it into plastic guns and spray each other with it.</p>

<p>Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and last seen at the Tribeca Film Festival, the documentary <em>Man on Wire</em> covers the clandestine, illegal tightrope walk perpetrated by Frenchman Phillipe Petit between the Twin Towers in 1974.</p>

<p>Set in a near-future police state administered by militarized corporations, <em>Sleep Dealer</em> concerns an "underground class of node workers who plug their nervous systems into a computer network that commodifies memory." In other words, it's about bloggers?</p>

<p>Screened as part of the June 1st shorts animation program, the 17 minute <em>Madame Tutli-Putli</em> tells the story of the titular madame "caught up in a desperate metaphysical nightmare between real and imagined worlds."</p>

<p>Winner of the documentary grand jury prize at Sundance, <em>Trouble the Water</em> finds Brooklyn-based filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal exploring the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with a local rap artist as their indispensable guide to the devastated neighborhoods and their unbowed survivors.</p>

<p>Adapted from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, <em>Choke</em> stars Sam Rockwell as the sex and drug addicted son to the institutionalized Angelica Huston. The dark comedy also explores the "sordid underbelly of colonial theme parks."</p>

<p>America's largest Mardi Gras celebration is in Mobile, Alabama, and the documentary <em>The Order of Myths</em> takes an unflinching look at the city's racial tension through the parade's prism.</p>