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Sundance Film Festival 2017 Announces Shorts Programs: Taste These 7 Shorts

Seven shorts to watch online from the 68 programmed to play over January 19-29 in Park City


Sundance Film Festival has announced its 2017 Shorts Programs. The 68 shorts round out a program of Competition and Next films, format-bending New Frontier projects, Refinery29’s women-helmed Shatterbox Anthology, star-driven Premiere and Midnight titles, and the first-ever “The New Climate” programming strand, which is designed to spotlight projects that bring awareness to environmental issues and climate change.

The U.S. Narrative Short Films Competition includes Stephen Jacobson’s crazy comedy Hardware, Kristen Stewart’s directorial debut Come Swim, Cecile on the Phone by Annabelle Dexter-Jones (daughter of Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, sister of DJ and producer Mark Ronson), and Joe Talbot’s American Paradise. The International Narrative Competition features other shorts of potential interest as Pedro by André Santos and Marco Leão (Portugal), Slapper by Luci Schroder (Australia), Fucking Bunnies by Teemu Niukkanen (Finland), Heat by Ida star Agata Trzebuchowska (Poland), A Test by Zuxiang Zhao (China), and The Geneva Convention by Benoit Martin (France). Unfortunately, once again, no Italian shorts have been selected. Something to reflect on.

As has already been done in 2016, Sundance adopts a more flexible policy and has included films published online on video-sharing platforms in its program. So, here seven shorts that have already made their virtual walkabout. Enjoy them from the comfort of your couch while your heart feels in Park City.

Dear Mr. Shakespeare by Shola Amoo (International Narrative)
An exploration of Shakespeare’s intentions when writing Othello, exploring the play’s racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting and drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.

Deer Squad: The Movie by Pipus Larsen, Kenneth Gug, Scott J. Ross (Documentary Short Films)
Kelvin Peña, a charismatic 17-year-old from rural Pennsylvania, shares his story of going viral after befriending a group of wild deer in his backyard.

Project X by Laura Poitras, Henrik Moltke (Documentary Short Films)
A top secret handbook takes viewers on an undercover journey to the site of a hidden partnership. From the director of Citizenfour, narrated by Rami Malek and Michelle Williams. Read the full article here.

Summer’s Puke is Winter’s Delight by Sawako Kabuki (Midnight Shorts Program)
Born in 1990, Sawako Kabuki is an eccentric young Japanese animation artist in the tradition of Yōji Kuri. This coloured, humorous, provoking and surreal short is an animated journey into life and memories. And a ravenous piece about today’s bulimia.

It’s a Date by Zachary Zezima (Animated Short Films)
Miscommunication, perceptions and vulnerability in the modern world: Based on a true event, a metaphor for human connection told through the story of an alien trying to be human.

Drawn & Recorded: Teen Spirit by Drew Christie (Animated Short Films)
The story behind one of the most iconic songs ever written, animated in the style of a pop-up book. Find out how the scent of a woman inspired Kurt Cobain through this hand-drawn animation and the raspy, baritone voice of T-Bone Burnett.

Trumpet Man by Emily Wong (Animated Short Films)
A turntable springs out a woman named Avocado, out of Avocado’s instinct creates a man called Soul. Passion swings them in a great trumpet mood. But madness strikes Soul, makes him enter to Avocado’s vagina. Seeds of passion breed conflict among five men, eventually leading Soul to a deeper understanding of life.

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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