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Six world premieres headline at U.S. Comedy Arts Festival

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ASPEN – The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (USCAF) and HBO announced the lineup for the 2005 Film Discovery Program sponsored by HBO Films, with 22 comedic features and 23 shorts culled from entries around the world. The 11th installment of the festival will be held Wednesday through Sunday in Aspen.Headlining one of the most comprehensive film programs in the festival history is the world premieres of Bob Spiers’ “Bob The Butler,” “Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic,” Scott Marshall’s “Lucky 13,” David Diamond’s “Partner(s),” Robert Brinkmann’s “Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party,” and Donal Logue’s “Tennis, Anyone?” “We are tremendously excited to have six world premieres headlining a wonderfully broad and eclectic group of films featured in our Film Discovery Program,” said Film Program Director Kevin Haasarud. “Each of them individually adds to the conversation about humor as the sharpest form of social commentary … and why catharsis through laughter is our greatest inalienable right.” Joining the World Premieres is a collection of panels, screenings and discussion groups including: “A Fireside Chat” series, featuring Bob Shaye (New Line), Bob Berney (Newmarket), Jon Feltheimer (Lions Gate), and Mark Urman (THINKFilm).Jury Awards presented by HBO Films and Variety will be announced at the Festival Awards Gala on Saturday. The winning films will be screened at the Isis Theater in Aspen on Sunday. Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water will also present the first annual Perrier “Bubbling Under” Award, which will recognize an emerging filmmaker, actor, writer, or director who has demonstrated outstanding comedic film talent. A SURPRISE! Screening Series to include Stephen Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle,” Paul Provenza’s “The Aristocrats,” and a host of unannounced favorites. The American Independents and World Cinema sections include John Irvin’s “The Boys and Girl from County Claire,” Phil Price’s “Hatley High,” Loren Marsh’s “Invitation To A Suicide,” Michael Dowse’s U.S. Premiere “It’s All Gone Pete Tong,” and Raymond De Felitta’s “The Thing About My Folks.” Foreign Language pictures include: Michael Herbig’s North American Premiere “Dreamship Surprise, Period 1,” Nimrod Antal’s “Kontroll,” Eric Canuel’s U.S. Premiere “Take Me Home,” Alain Berberian’s “The Corsican File,” Joaquin Oristrell’s “Unconscious,” and Igor SK’s North American Premiere “Young, Beautiful & Screwed Up.” The Documentary series is highlighted by: Gregg Barson’s “Goodnight, We Love You,” David Flamholc’s U.S. Premiere “House of the Tiger King,” and Pedro Carvajal’s “The Art & Crimes of Ron English.”The Shorts Program features: Backseat Bingo (dir. Liz Blazer); Boy-Next-Door (dir. Travis Davis); Brand Spanking (dir. John-Paul Harney); Candy Paint (dir. Andrew Waller); Déformation Personnelle (dir. Jean-Francois Asselin); Fallen Art (dir. Tomek Bagiñski); How I Walked On The Moon (dir. Samuel Jadok); Jakarta Boom Boom (dir. Leroy Koetz); Jihad (dir. Michael Shapiro); Long Story Short (dir. Simbi Hall); Lucky (dir. Nathan Hope); Motel (dir. Thor Freudenthal); Our Time Is Up (dir. Rob Pearlstein); E-Motion Capture (dir. Alex Feil); The Sky Is Falling (dir. Adam Kreps); Spam-Ku: I Won a Haiku Contest About Spam (dir. Steven Tsuchida); The Adventures of Bob and Sam: Episode 1 (dir. Jason Guerrero); The Big Thing (dir. Carl Laudan); The Man Without A Head (dir. Juan Solanas); The Surprise (dir. Lancelot von Naso); The Tooth (dir. Nathan Stone); West Bank Story (dir. Ari Sandel); and Willowbee (dir. George Kenyon). The Film Discovery Program also debuts a Critic’s Choice: Unsung Comedies Sidebar, featuring the favorites of Entertainment Weekly Film Critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, which include such comic gems as Blake Edwards’ “The Party,” Mel Smith’s “The Tall Guy,” Bryan Forbes’ “The Wrong Box,” and Mel Brooks’ short “The Critic.” There will also be special presentations of Cheech & Chong’s “Up in Smoke” and Yaujiro Ozu’s 1952 classic “Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice.” Vail, Colorado

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