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Watch Great-Looking Trailer For Kibwe Tavares’ Sundance 2013 Magical Short Film ‘Jonah’

Watch Great-Looking Trailer For Kibwe Tavares' Sundance 2013 Magical Short Film 'Jonah'

I missed this completely when I scrubbed the Sundance Film Festival 2013 selections list last month; I don’t know how, since the filmmaker who has been written about a few times on this blog.

Kibwe Tavares is his name; during last year’s Sundance event, another short film the British filmmaker directed – a work of animation titled Robots From Brixton – was selected for the shorts program. So back-to-back Sundance selections is obviously a great look.

This year, Tavares returned to Sundance with a short film titled Jonah, which mixes live-action and CGI work with what look like impressive results.

Here’s how Jonah, is described:

Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.

The film stars a pair of young British actors whose names have also been mentioned on this blog a few times in the past – Daniel Kaluuya and Malachi Kirby. Veteran thespian Louis Mahoney co-stars as well.

Based on what I see in the trailer below, I can’t wait to see the full short film, because this looks great! Needless to say, I’ve got my eye on Mr Tavares, after 2 impressive short films, and will be watching for what he does next:

Jonah Trailer from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.

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Terence Nance

Met him at Sundance London last year briefly. Great talent, this is the best trailer i've seen in the last few years.


This guy's work is really innovative. Def excited and inspired by him.

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