Jenni Olson, Don Roos, Gregg Araki among out filmmakers featured in Sundance's noncompetitive segments
The noncompetitive lineups for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival schedule were announced Tuesday, and several gay and lesbian directors will premiere their new works there. Archivist-filmmaker Jenni Olson's debut feature, The Joy of Life, will premiere as part of the festival's experimental Frontier section, while out director Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex, Bounce) will kick off the fest with his latest, Happy Endings, starring Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, and Lisa Kudrow. Featured alongside Roos in the Premieres section will be Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (with the documentary Inside Deep Throat), Love Is the Devil director John Maybury (with The Jacket, a thriller), George C. Wolfe (Lackawanna Blues), and Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin) as well as Showtime's musical Reefer Madness. Sundance's American Spectrum section will include Rize, a new documentary by out photographer David LaChapelle, and Alice Wu's Saving Face, about a clash between a Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother.