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Slamdance, which runs concurrently with Park City’s Sundance Film Festival, has announced its 2010 line-up, and there are several choices that look to make genre fans sit up and take notice.

Variety provided the names of the ten narrative and eight documentary feature films that are, in the spirit of the fest’s motto, “by filmmakers, for filmmakers.” Although not all of them are horror related, in the interest of keeping you guys fully informed on all the latest indie happenings (and because some of the docs just sound so damn interesting with topics like William Burroughs and Bolivian women wrestlers!), the full list follows.

Slamdance 2010 Line-up Announced

NARRATIVE COMPETITION:

Cummings Farm (Andrew Drazek) – Comedy about three couples who try group sex at a lakeside strawberry farm, naively hoping it will lead to enlightenment; with Laura Silverman.

Drones (Amber Benson & Adam Busch) – A man discovers a universal threat to his life, job, and the planet; Angela Bettis and Jonathan M. Woodward star.

The Four-Faced Liar (Jacob Chase) – When a small-town couple meets two best friends, unexpected sparks fly; cast includes Emily Peck, Marga Lewis Ryan, and Todd Kubrack.

The Last Lovecraft: The Relic of Cthulhu (Henry Saine) – An ordinary guy is stuck in his boring life until a strange old man gives him an ancient relic and tells him that he’s the last bloodline of H.P. Lovecraft; with Devin McGinn and Kyle Davis.

One Hundred Mornings (Conor Horgan) [Ireland] – Set in a world upended by a complete breakdown of society, two couples hide out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive the crisis; Ciaran McMenamin, Alex Reid, and Rory Keenan star.

The Scenesters (Todd Berger) – Dark comedy featuring Sherilyn Fenn, Suzanne May, and Blaise Miller about a group of crime scene videographers who hatch a plan to catch a serial killer picking off beautiful young hipsters on the east side of Los Angeles.

Snow and Ashes (Charles Olivier-Michaud) [Canada] – A war correspondent in Eastern Europe wakes from a coma to discover his collaborator missing; Rhys Coiro, Lina Roessler, and Frederic Gilles star.

URFrenz (Jeff Phillips) – High school girls and their parents collide over the use of a popular social networking site when the identity and motives of an online boy come into question; featuring Lily Holleman, Gayla Goehl, and CaroleAnne Johnson.

The Wild Hunt (Alexandre Franchi) [Canada] – A medieval reenactment game turns into a Shakespearean tragedy when a non-player crashes the event to win back his girlfriend; cast includes Kaniehtiio Horn, Mark Anthony Krupa, and Ricky Mabe.

YellowBrickRoad (Jesse Holland & Andy Mitton) – An expedition looks for answers to something horrible in the forest, but the forest finds something horrible in them; stars Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof, and Anessa Ramsey.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:

American Jihadist (Mark Claywell) – What makes a man willing to kill and die for his religion?

Biker Fox (Jeremy Lamberton) – A part docu, part self-help testimonial about Biker Fox, who advocates “cogitating positive vibes to the cortex of your cerebellum.”

Candyman (Costa Botes) – A look at the rise and fall of David Klein, inventor of Jelly Belly sweets.

General Orders No. 9 (Robert Persons) – An experimental documentary that contemplates loss and change in the American South.

Mamachas del Ring (Betty M. Park) Chronicle of the lives of Bolivian women wrestlers.

Mind of a Demon: The Larry Linkogle Story (Adam Barker) – The birth of freestyle motocross became the demise of the sport’s most infamous legend, narrated by Lemmy.

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae (Stascha Bader) [Canada] – The musicians of Jamaica’s Golden Age of music, Rocksteady, come together after 40 years to record a greatest hits album and perform a concert in Kingston.

William Burroughs: A Man Within (Yony Leyser) – A portrait of the Beat author and American icon, with David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Peter Weller, Iggy Pop, and Laurie Anderson.

The fest, which runs January 21-28 in Park City, Utah, also will bow Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine; the short-film lineup and three special screenings will be announced next week. In addition Slamdance 2010 (official site here) will mount its first Filmmaker Summit. “It’s time for filmmakers to embrace new tech tools to make the most of exhibiting their work,” Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter said. “This must now be part of their filmmaking process. With the Filmmaker Summit this year we intend to help our community along this new path.

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