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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Short Film Program

Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Short Film Program

This year’s Short Film program is comprised of 60 short films selected from a record 8,061 submissions. Notable Sundance Institute alumni who started their careers with short films include Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Spike Jonze, Debra Granik, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Tamara Jenkins and Jason Reitman.

U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS

Actresses / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Hersh) — The film follows the
relationship between a young, aspiring actress and an established off-Broadway
star.

A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry / U.S.A., New Zealand (Director and screenwriter: Jake Mahaffy) — A little-known historical
catastrophe leads to the definitive end of the era of chivalry and questing.

Color Neutral / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Reeves) — A color explosion sparkles,
bubbles, and fractures in this handcrafted 16mm film. Jennifer Reeves utilizes
an array of mediums and direct-on-film techniques to create this exuberant,
psychedelic morsel of cinema as material.

Dog Bowl / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Gordy Hoffman) — A heartbroken girl spiraling
through life stumbles upon the true nature of her existence after stealing the
vest off of a service dog.

Hugh the Hunter / U.S.A. (Director: Zachary Heinzerling, Screenwriters: Zachary Heinzerling,
Jesse Soursourian) — This fable, inspired by the artwork of Hugh Hayden, follows a
fictitious hunter of the Scottish Highlands on a daylong quest to capture the
elusive red grouse.

A Million Miles Away / U.S.A. (Director
and screenwriter: Jennifer Reeder) — Melancholy as survival strategy: A woman on the edge of failing
and a pack of teenage girls simultaneously experience a supernatural
coming-of-age. The transformation unravels to the infectious beat of a heavy
metal anthem rearranged as a lamentation.

Mulignans / U.S.A. (Director: Shaka King,
Screenwriters: Shaka King, Kristan Sprague) — mulignan(s) /moo.lin.yan(s)/ n. 1. Italian-American slang for a Black
man. Derived from Italian dialect word for “eggplant.” See also:
moolie. Source: Urban Dictionary and pretty much every mob movie ever.

Myrna the Monster / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ian Samuels) — A heartbroken alien dreamer from
the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles just like any other
20-something.

Oh Lucy! / Japan, Singapore, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Atsuko
Hirayanagi) — Setsuko, a
55-year-old single so-called office lady in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a
new identity, “Lucy,” by her young unconventional English-language teacher.
“Lucy” awakens desires in Setsuko she never knew existed.

Pink Grapefruit / U.S.A. (Director: Michael Mohan, Screenwriters: Michael Mohan,
Chris Levitus) — A young married couple bring two of their single friends to Palm
Springs for a long weekend. It does not go as planned.

Rabbit / France, U.S.A. (Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Screenwriters:
Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre, Brady
Corbet, Mona Fastvold) — A
therapist working in tandem with a correctional facility’s Pet Partnership
Program entrusts a small rabbit to a female prisoner. In the confinement of her
cell, will the inmate be able to transcend her circumstances and connect with
the animal? 

SMILF / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frankie Shaw) — A young single mother struggles
to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as mom. It all comes to a
head during one particular nap-time when Bridgette invites an old friend over
for a visit.

Stop / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Reinaldo Marcus Green) — A young man’s livelihood is put
to the test when he is stopped by the police on his way home.

Superior / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Erin Vassilopoulos) — A stranger passing through town
sparks a teenage girl’s desire to distinguish herself from her identical twin
sister. As one sister struggles to break free, the other insists on preserving
their distinctive bond.

INTERNATIONAL
NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS

Back Alley / France (Director and screenwriter: Cécile Ducrocq) — Suzanne, a prostitute for 15
years, has her turf, her regular johns, and her freedom. One day, however,
young African prostitutes settle nearby, and she is threatened.

The Chicken / Germany, Croatia (Director and screenwriter: Una Gunjak) — The day-to-day life of a six-year-old
girl growing up during unstable times in Sarajevo is shaken up when a chicken
joins her family.

Daytimer / United Kingdom (Director and
screenwriter: Riz Ahmed) — London, 1999: A young boy gives school and home the slip to
attend his first daytime rave.

Followers / United Kingdom (Director and
screenwriter: Tim Marshall) — Lynn, an elderly woman stricken with grief after her husband’s
death, finds solace in an apparition of Jesus on the swimming trunks of a young
gay man at her adult swimming class.

Great Northern Mountain / Sweden (Director
and screenwriter: Amanda Kernell) — Elle, 78, doesn’t like Sámi (Laplander) people — even though she
is Sámi. Pressured by her son, she returns north for her sister’s funeral. When
she realizes he’s planned for them to stay with their relatives, Elle checks
into a hotel.

Greenland / Israel (Director and
screenwriter: Oren Gerner) — Oren packs his belongings at his parents’ house before moving in
with his girlfriend. Through seemingly simple interactions, family dynamics are
revealed. The house constitutes the space in which past, present, and future
mix into a chronicle of separation.

Hole / Canada (Director and screenwriter:
Martin Edralin) — A daring portrait of a disabled man yearning for intimacy in a
world that would rather ignore him.

I am Hong Kong / China (Director and screenwriter: Flora Lau) — The recent Umbrella Movement,
ignited by the youth of Hong Kong, shows how citizens’ passion and desire for a
more fair and just future can bring about a peaceful but powerful social
movement, despite criticism, defamation and attacks.

The Little Deputy / Canada (Director
and screenwriter: Trevor Anderson) — Trevor tries to have his photo taken with his father.

Out of Sight / United Kingdom
(Director: Nick Rowland, Screenwriter: Joe Murtagh) — To clear a debt with a loan
shark, Martin, a recoverimg drug addict, agrees to lock a stranger in his spare
room while they go cold turkey. As the days pass, Martin suspects something far
worse is at play.

Russian Roulette / United Kingdom
(Director: Ben Aston, Screenwriter: Oli Fenton) — London becomes a little less lonely when Lucy meets a libidinous
cosmonaut on Chatroulette.

Saturday / United Kingdom (Director: Mike
Forshaw, Screenwriters: Mike Forshaw, Greg Forshaw) — April 15, 1989: A soccer match
changes Liam’s life and the city of Liverpool forever… This fictional account
relates how the Hillsborough Stadium disaster — which claimed the lives of 96
Liverpool supporters — unfolded for a family in Merseyside, England.

Spring / Mexico (Director and screenwriter:
Tania Claudia Castillo) — Elba, an introverted, lonely 14-year-old, wants to bond with her
sister Fernanda before she leaves home.

 

Take Me / Canada (Directors and
screenwriters: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, André Turpin) — A nurse working at a center for
the disabled is confronted by his principles when he’s asked to accomplish a
particular task.

VOLTA / Greece (Director and
screenwriter: Stella Kyriakopoulos) — As a mother and daughter start out from downtown Athens, Greece,
and head to the northern suburbs, little Nina thinks they’re simply going for a
walk.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS

The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers / U.S.A. (Director: Michael T. Vollmann) — In 1983, a group of Milwaukee
teenagers gained notoriety when they broke into dozens of high-profile computer
systems. The ensuing media frenzy terrified a nation previously ignorant of the
capabilities of computer interconnectivity.

Abandoned Goods / United Kingdom
(Directors: Pia Borg, Edward Lawrenson) — Patients committed to Netherne psychiatric hospital between 1946
and 1981 created an extraordinary collection of artworks in a pioneering studio
under artist Edward Adamson. Abandoned
Goods
is a moving portrait of the little-known history of UK postwar asylum
life.

The Collectors: Beekeeping / U.S.A. (Director: Steven Cantor) — Dennis van Engelsdorp, former state apiarist for Pennsylvania and
current entomology professor at the University of Maryland, is worried that
bees — a crucial part of humanity’s ecosystem — are dying.

Every Day / U.S.A. (Director: Gabe Spitzer) — At 86, Joy Johnson was the oldest woman to run the 2013 New York
City Marathon. The story of an inspiring athlete with an uncommon passion for
her sport, and for life.

The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul / Australia (Director: Kitty Green) — Adorned in pink sequins, little
girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of
Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united
their troubled country.

Hotel 22 / U.S.A. (Director: Elizabeth
Lo) — Each night in
Silicon Valley, the Line 22 public bus transforms into an unofficial shelter
for the homeless. This film captures one dramatic night on the “Hotel
22″ bus.

It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew
Eloise
/ U.S.A. (Director: Matt Wolf) — This portrait of Hilary Knight,
the artist behind the iconic Eloise
books, sees him reflecting on his life as an illustrator and his relationship
to his most successful work.

Making it in America / U.S.A. (Director: Joris Debeij) — A Salvadoran immigrant who fled to the United States as a
teenager is now a single mother striving to build a future for her family in
Los Angeles.

{THE AND} Marcela & Rock / U.S.A. (Director: Topaz Adizes) — Exploring the intimate spaces of modern-day relationships, THE
AND is the best couples therapy session you’ll ever witness.

Midnight Three & Six / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Callander) — A mother awakens at midnight, 3:00 a.m., and 6:00 a.m. every day
so her daughter will wake up in the morning.

Object / Poland (Director: Paulina Skibińska) — A creative image of an
underwater search in the dimensions of two worlds — ice desert and under water —
told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver, and of the
ordinary people waiting on the shore.

One Year Lease / U.S.A. (Director: Brian Bolster) — In a story told almost entirely through voicemail messages,
Brian, Thomas, and Casper endure a year with Rita, their cat-loving landlady.

Papa Machete / U.S.A. (Director:
Jonathan David Kane) — Two hundred years ago, Haitian slaves defeated Napoleon’s armies
with the same tool used to work the land: the machete. Papa Machete explores a martial art evolved from this victory
through the practice of one of its few remaining masters.

Pop-Up Porno: f4m / Canada (Director:
Stephen Dunn) — Pop-up Porno: f4m tells
the story of a breast cancer survivor trying to reclaim her sexuality.

Pop-Up Porno: m4f / Canada (Director:
Stephen Dunn) — A painfully illl Dutch Montrealer has to use the bathroom while
his date is in the shower.

Pop-Up Porno: m4m / Canada (Director:
Stephen Dunn) — A lonely traveler on a business trip to New York finds himself in
a heated Grindr chat with his worst nightmare.

Serenity / U.S.A. (Director: Jack Dunphy) — An animated memoir recounting first love, addiction, losing one’s
virginity, and turning to pizza in times of crisis.

Starting Point / Poland (Director: Michał Szcześniak) — Aneta rebelled at age 19 and
wound up in prison for murder. Nine years later, her daily routine takes her
from behind prison walls to a nursing home.

ANIMATED
SHORT FILMS

Bath House / Sweden (Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Screenwriter: Jerker
Virdborg) — Six characters meet in a public bathhouse: the pedant bathhouse
manager, a couple with a strange way of communicating and a gang with shady
intentions. Something goes wrong.

Beach Flags / France (Director and screenwriter: Sarah Saidan) — Vida, a
young Iranian lifeguard, is determined to be the one to participate in an
international competition in Australia. However, when Sareh, who is as fast and
talented as her, joins the team, Vida faces an unexpected situation.

The Horse Raised By Spheres / U.S.A., Ireland (Director and screenwriter: David OReilly) — Horse
ponders his loneliness.

Mynarski Death Plummet / Canada (Director
and screenwriter: Matthew Rankin) — A completely handmade historical micro-epic
combining wartime aviation melodrama with classical and avant-garde animation
techniques, Mynarski Death Plummet is
a psychedelic photo-chemical war picture on the themes of self-sacrifice,
immortality, and jellyfish.

 

OM Rider / U.S.A.(Director and screenwriter: Takeshi Murata) — In a vast desert
bathed in neon hues, a misfit werewolf tears full speed ahead over forbidding
terrain while his hoary counterpart awaits.

Palm Rot / U.S.A. (Director and
screenwriter: Ryan Gillis) — An
old Florida fumigator discovers a mysterious crate in the Everglades that ruins
his day.

Storm hits jacket / France
(Director and screenwriter: Paul Cabon) —
A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, two young scientists
get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension and mysterious events
clash with enthusiasm and randomness.

The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal / U.S.A.
(Directors: Christina Felisgrau, Ronnie Rivera, Screenwriters: Ronnie Rivera,
Bernardo Britto) — A computer
and a woman fall in love, only to be torn apart because of their inappropriate
feelings for each other.

 

Symphony no. 42 / Hungary (Director
and screenwriter: Réka Bucsi) — The film applies an unconventional narrative. It presents a
subjective world through 47 scenes. Small events, interlaced by associations, express
the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based
on the interactions of humans and nature.

teeth / United
Kingdom, U.S.A., Hungary (Directors and screenwriters: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown) — Things of worth are often neglected
in favor of that which is more immediately gratifying. Unfortunately, things
that are neglected are often lost forever. In teeth a misguided and intensely focused man’s life is
chronicled through his oral obsessions.

Tupilaq / Denmark (Director and
screenwriter: Jakob Maqe) — The Tupilaq is both a symbol of the spirit of a forefather and a
curse. This personal and moving short film revolves around the themes of
cultural alienation, abuse and the contrast between mythological greenlandic
nature and western urban culture.

Two Films About Loneliness / United
Kingdom (Directors and screenwriters: William Bishop-Stephens, Christopher
Eales) — A split screen
separates the worlds of Jonathan Smallman, who is recording his online dating
profile, and Philip Button, Internet chef and hamster, who is noisily recording
his new cooking video.

World of Tomorrow / U.S.A.
(Director and screenwriter: Don Hertzfeldt) — A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant
future.

 

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