UofC grads’ first feature, “Crime Fiction,” made it into Slamdance; other local films at Sundance

CRIME FICTION, produced by the recent University of Chicago grads of Crime Fiction Pictures, has its world premiere in the 13th Annual Slamdance Film Festival, running Jan. 18-27.

Screenwriter Jonathan Eliot stars as a frustrated novelist who gets a sudden shot at success if he’s willing to cover up and exploit a personal tragedy.

The cast includes Christian Stolte (“Death of a President”), Amy Sloan (“Gilmore Girls”), Steppenwolf company member Yasen Peyankov, Katrina Lenk (“According to Jim”), and in multiple roles, Dan Bakkedahl, now a regular on “The Daily Show.”

Starting with $20,000 in grants from the University, the student film group Fire Escape Films, and the Arts Planning Council, producer Graham Ballou formed Crime Fiction Pictures with partners director Will Slocombe, fellow producers Ben Kolac and Marc DeMoss and gaffer Alex MacKenzie. They worked with Peter Forster to assemble the cast.

DP was Kirsten Johnson. Christopher Zuber edited. Music by David Bashwiner.

See www.crimefictionpictures.com.