Thanks to Short of the Week, David Lowery’s gorgeous short film “Pioneer” is now available to stream online for free. The Texas-born filmmaker earned loads of acclaim in 2013 for his romantic crime drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, but that film would not have been made had it not been for the success of “Pioneer” at various film festivals throughout 2011. The short received numerous accolades, including a Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival.
Consisting mainly of dialogue and set entirely in a single bedroom, “Pioneer” is a short about a father who, in a hushed storybook voice, recounts the story of how he met his young son’s mother and became his father. Punctuated by an emotional score and atmospheric gold lighting, the 16-minute film is a testament to the power of storytelling and its ability to inspire deep human connection.
Watch “Pioneer” above and visit the film’s Short of the Week page for more behind-the-scenes information from Lowery.