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Screenings to feature festival entries, Utahn's film

Two different programs this weekend feature previous selections from a prestigious annual film festival and the second effort by a Utah filmmaker:

- LOCAL DIRECTOR Joshua Tai Taeoalii made his first film, the skate-culture comedy "Luck and Rat Poisoning," with help from a lot of his friends, including producer, co-writer and editor Nick Westbye.And though many of those friends have returned to star in "Hustlin' a Hustler," his second film, this time Taeoalii did the lion's share himself - he wrote, filmed, produced, edited and directed the 92-minute video feature.

The Utah Film and Video Center is presenting a one-night-only screening of "Hustlin' a Hustler" on Friday at the Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple.

This comedy-drama centers on the misadventures of a young, would-be rapper, Adam Worley, who is offered a record deal. But in order to make the album, Adam (who has adopted the name MC Adam) has to come up with $6,000 by the end of the week.

So to raise the money, Adam is forced to pull scams and hustle, angering several people in his neighborhood. And just when he nears his goal, the neighborhood bullies, the Jumpsuit Joey Brothers, come to collect the $4,000 he owes them.

"Hustlin' a Hustler" is not rated but does feature some R-rated content and material.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $6, $5 for students, seniors and UFVC members.

For more information on the screening or for information on upcoming film center programs, call 534-1158.

- FOR THE SECOND year in a row, the Slamdance Film Festival is returning to Park City for a two-day showcase of past festival selections. This special event will be held Friday and Saturday at the James Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave.

On Friday, the screenings will include the 1998 Academy Award-nominated documentary "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life," director Michael Paxton's look at the controversial, Russian-born author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged." Preceding the film will be Steven Tovas' short animated work "Call Me Fishmael," about a stick figure pitching a movie idea.

Saturday's selections include "Scrapple," a ski town comedy by Chris and Geoff Hanson that also features a score by blues legend Taj Mahal. Screening with it will be "Truly Committed," a short work by Eric Kripke about frighteningly devoted lovers.

These screenings are also part of the fall schedule for the Park City Film Series, which runs through Oct. 31.

Showtime for these special screenings is 8 p.m. Admission is $5, $4 for students and seniors.

For more information, call 1-435-647-9747.