Don’t for a moment think that the Slamdance Film Festival is in the shadow of Sundance. The annual event is where tomorrow’s next great talent is unearthed and its the place for tiny gems to get the shine and attention they deserve. “Human Affairs” is just such a film, and it brings together an array of terrific names for an intimate drama.

Written and directed by Charlie Birns, starring Dominic Fumusa, Kerry Condon, David Harbour, and Julie Sokolowski, and shot by the great Sean Price Williams (“Good Time,” “Golden Exits,” “Heaven Knows What“), the story follows a young couple who use a surrogate to conceive a child, and complications that follow among the trio. Here’s the official synopsis:

Lucinda and Sidney, a successful, young couple in the New York City theatre world, hire a French woman, Genevieve, to carry their child. Three months pregnant and beginning to have second thoughts, Genevieve travels to New York to meet them and spend a long weekend together. During an unexpectedly intimate experience, all three must confront their own boundaries and vulnerabilities as they develop profound connections that culminate in a startling emotional moment.

“Human Affairs” will have its World Premiere at Slamdance on Saturday, January 20th at 1:45 pm at the Ballroom, Treasure Mountain Inn.