The Hollywood Theatre presents a special package of short films put together by programmers at the Sundance Institute. This lively and altogether unique sampler of ten of the best shorts screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival covers a dizzying variety of styles, genres, countries and cultures. They’re short, they’re sweet, they’re the 2012 Sundance Shorts. Catch them while you can!
This year’s Sundance Shorts:
The Arm (Directed by Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos & Jessie Ennis, 9min, USA)
Short Film Special Jury Prize: Comedic Writing
In an attempt to keep up with social pressure in a technologically advanced world, Chance starts a texting relationship with Genevieve, a girl he meets at a yogurt shop.
Bear (Directed by Nash Edgerton, 10 min, Australia)
Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions have horrible consequences.
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared (Directed by Joseph Pelling & Rebecca Sloan, 3 min, England)
A short film about teaching creativity by This Is It Collective.
First Birthday (Directed by Andrew Ahn, 12 min, USA)
A gay Korean-American man yearns for a family life just out of reach.
Fishing without Nets (Directed by Cutter Hodierne, 17 min, Kenya/USA)
Short Film Grand Jury Prize
A story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates themselves.
Fungus (Directed by Charlotta Miller, 9 min, Sweden)
Katrin decides to face her old boyfriend, who is back to collect some of his stuff.
Meaning of Robots (Directed by Matt Lenski, 4 min, USA)
The benevolent Mike Sullivan, age 65, has been shooting an epic stop-motion robot sex film in his apartment for the last 10 years. Obsessed with constructing the miniature robot porn stars, his apartment now overflows with thousands of them.
The Return (Directed by Blerta Zeqiri, 21min, Kosovo)
Short Film Jury Prize: International Fiction
A man comes back from a Serb prison to his wife and son. Much has changed since he was declared missing and continuing where they left off four years ago may not be as easy as it seems.
Robots of Brixton (Directed by Kibwe Tavares, 6 min, England)
Short Film Special Jury Prize: Animation Direction
The trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment.
Song Of The Spindle (Directed by Drew Christie, 4 min, USA)
An animated, humorous and informative conversation between a sperm whale and a man. Each one tries to convince the other that his brain is bigger.