Short Film

Louis Clichy, A quoi ca sert l’amour

Article: Louis Clichy, A quoi ca sert l’amour

Cute minimalist animated short film, “A Quoi ca Sert L’amour” (To what end is love?) from the ever talented Louis Clichy about a boy who meets girl, boy then loses girl, boy gets girl back, boy then loses girl again, but girl finds boy and finally boy gets girl. Note the visual double entendre in…

The longest film you've ever seen

Article: The longest film you've ever seen

This is a weekly column written by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson, two filmmakers and film professors who are wondering where modern storytelling is heading.

What’s the shortest film you’ve seen that’s been satisfying as a story?

In turn, what’s the longest screen story experience you’ve ever sustained?

I’m flashing back to my long long movie-going experiences … a five hour documentary on Cassavetes, A CONSTANT FORGE—THE LIFE AND ART OF JOHN CASSAVETES, dir. Charles Kiselyak, at SXSW in 2001. (After the movie, my husband Michael and I bonded with the five other people in the theatre, including Blaine Thurier of The New Pornographers, a Cassavetes fan and the winner of that year’s Best Narrative Feature for his film, LOW SELF-ESTEEM GIRL.)

The work of Hungarian director BĂ©la Tarr. (Okay, that wasn’t me that endured the 7.5 hour SATAN’S TANGO, it was Michael again, and he stayed for the whole thing at Brooklyn Academy of Music — even after Gus Van Sant left.)

Xavier Chassaing, SCINTILLATION

Article: Xavier Chassaing, SCINTILLATION

SCINTILLATION from Xavier Chassaing on Vimeo. A mesmerizing short by Xavier Chassaing. This stop motion film was pieced together from over 35,000 photographs!

James Jarvis, ONWARDS

Article: James Jarvis, ONWARDS

Onwards from AKQA on Vimeo. In collaboration with Nike, UK artist James Jarvis’s short animated film ONWARDS imagines a kind of magical non-linear world through which a funny little stick figure character enjoys running. I thought the evening sequence towards the end was particularly brilliant. Jarvis adds: The film was inspired by certain personal experiences…

H Box at OCMA

Article: H Box at OCMA

Since its debut at the Centre Pompidou in 2007, H Box (H for Hermès), a portable “screening room for presenting major new video commissions” has traveled all over the world. It touches down next in Newport Beach at the OCMA where it will screen work by ten international artists, including Cliff Evans. Evans’ contribution ”Citizen: The…

Animation Spotlight: Nicole Mitchell's ZOOLOGIC

Article: Animation Spotlight: Nicole Mitchell's ZOOLOGIC

Watch Nicole Mitchell’s amusing animated short ZOOLOGIC about a fussy zookeeper’s comeuppance. It won a gold medal in the animation category at this year’s Student Academy Awards, an annual competition held by the Academy for aspiring auteurs. Notable winners in the past include the unofficial mayor of NYC and the Knicks, Spike Lee; Robert Zemeckis…

Festival Updates Spotlight: Short Films

Article: Festival Updates Spotlight: Short Films

Programmers and filmmakers speak about the importance of short films in the Sundance Film Festival and the exposure it give to emerging talents.

Sundance Jury Prizes for Short Filmmaking

Article: Sundance Jury Prizes for Short Filmmaking

Park City, UT –The 2009 Sundance Film Festival announced today the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking based on outstanding achievement and merit. The Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25, 2009 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Full awards will be announced the evening of January 24th at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the Park City Racquet Club. Actress Jane Lynch will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Penises for Lunch at New Frontier

Article: Penises for Lunch at New Frontier

I’m not a fan of film shorts. Too often they’re purposefully abstract and unintentionally amateurish. There are good ones out there, of course, but not enough to justify sitting through a spotty, 90-minute collection of them—especially not when Sundance has so many promising full-length films to offer. But I was already there, so what the hell.

Craig Brewer Finds Inspiration in The Hills

Article: Craig Brewer Finds Inspiration in The Hills

Craig Brewer is absolutely in love with Memphis. You can tell just by the way he talks about it. He literally sat on the edge of his seat, his hands clasped, while speaking with me this afternoon at the Rock Band Lounge about his new project: $5 COVER, an MTV web series about the intertwining—or “incestuous,” as he put it—lives of musicians in his Tennessee hometown.

Cassidy Loves Moby Premieres on Sundancechannel.com

Article: Cassidy Loves Moby Premieres on Sundancechannel.com

They’re finally here, episodes 1 and 2 of Sundancechannel.com’s newest series of digital shorts, CASSIDY LOVES MOBY. In these first two episodes, we are introduced to Cassidy, an intense little doll, that has been haunted by recurring dreams of musician and recording artist, Moby. Compelled to understand the meaning of these visions from her unconscious, she embarks on a quest to meet Moby at Sundance in Park City, Utah where he reports he will be in attendance in his blog. Will Cassidy find her answers? Will meeting the man of her dreams bring her peace of mind? Will she and Moby hook up?!? Find out by watching the first two episodes in this hilarious 4 part series.

2009 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Announced

Article: 2009 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Announced

Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises a record 96 short films from 5,632 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by 10% over last year. The 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

Made In China

Article: Made In China

A provocative bit of photojournalism by independent filmmaker, Prajna Core, explores themes shockingly relevant to today’s tumultuous markets, political climate and the coming election. The global economy, fair trade, declining jobs, outsourcing and even the complexity of pollution and the environment are all touched upon in this simple and short film. They say a picture’s…

Pangea In Park City

Article: Pangea In Park City

Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim arrived at Sundance in 2001 with STARTUP.COM [www.phfilms.com], a harrowing study of ambition gone mad in the dot.com economy that she directed with veteran filmmaker Chris Hegedus. Three years later she returned with THE CONTROL ROOM [www.noujaimfilms.com], a provocative look at Al-Jazeera, the Arab-speaking television network, to see how the Iraq war looked from an Arab point of view. Born in Cairo of Egyptian Lebanese, Syrian and American descent, Noujaim knows first hand how truth is the sum of different and often conflicting perspectives. So when Noujaim won the 2006 TED Prize [www.ted.com], an honor bestowed by TED [www.ted.com] (Technology, Entertainment, Design) which grants the recipient $100, 000 and one wish, she asked to allow different global perspectives to be brought together. Her idea will manifest itself on May 10, 2008 as Pangea Day [www.pangeaday.org], a global event during which, as the organization explains, “sites in Cairo, Dharamsala, Kigali, London, New York City, Ramallah, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv will be video conferenced live to produce a 4-hour program of powerful films, visionary speakers, and uplifting music.”

Festival Announces Dramatic Shorts

Article: Festival Announces Dramatic Shorts

This year’s short films reinforce the genre as one which represents creativity and technological innovation. These films are diverse and eclectic, straying from the norms of creative film production. The 41 U.S. shorts include a collection of films that grapple with dystopia and disenfranchisement as well as a psychedelic opera and a prison beauty pageant.

Festival Announces Documentary Shorts

Article: Festival Announces Documentary Shorts

The Sundance Film Festival announced this year’s slate of documentary short films. Click through to check out the list.

Festival Shorts Online

Article: Festival Shorts Online

Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival Short Film Program comprises 83 short films representing 17 countries from 5,107 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by more than 15% over last year. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

Update: The Short Life Of Jose Antonio Guitierrez And I Want To Be A Pilot

Article: Update: The Short Life Of Jose Antonio Guitierrez And I Want To Be A Pilot

UPDATE: I WANT TO BE A PILOT is a 2006 award winning Kenyan – Mexican short film documentary directed by Diego Quemada-Diez. The film won some seven awards worldwide including at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

THE GREEN Meeting #10 Recap

Article: THE GREEN Meeting #10 Recap

Simran Sethi led a lively discussion about water and plastic in the second life event held on June 20th at Sundance Channel Island. Some of the problems with freshwater supplies and how water can be contaminated were discussed. Also the use of plastic and its carcinogenic effect were covered. This is a very pertinent issue…

THE GREEN Meeting #8 Recap

Article: THE GREEN Meeting #8 Recap

Simran Green Meeting The Green Meeting was full of curiosity and Simran’s poignant answers. The usual, and happily welcomed, group of environmentally inclined Second Life avatars were in attendance. We hope everyone had a great time and look forward to the next chance to regale your heart with environmental goodness and to put a smile…

THE GREEN Meeting #5 Recap

Article: THE GREEN Meeting #5 Recap

Another view of our virtual hosts! Welcome back to the weekly GREEN meeting recap article! On Tuesday night, May 15th, we had yet another great conversation in Second Life. Simran Sethi tried to help people understand the connections between eating and the environment. In fact, these two things are probably more related than anything else…

THE GREEN Meeting #4 Recap

Article: THE GREEN Meeting #4 Recap

A very green avatar spotted at our recent events! The GREEN meeting this week was very lively, and people asked many questions about Green clothing. Feeling good about what you are wearing can be quite important, so perhaps in this case “looking good” is all about “feeling good”. Simran Sethi happily fielded questions from the…

Columbia Day

Article: Columbia Day

While UCLA and NYU have traditionally been the powerhouse film schools, this seventeen films at Sundance were made by either Columbia University [wwwapp.cc.columbia.edu] Students or Alumni. In The Hollywood Reporter [www.hollywoodreporter.com], programmer Trevor Groth pointed out that the eight Columbia short films make up about 10% of the Shorts program…

Buy My Shorts!

Article: Buy My Shorts!

This year, the citizens of cyberspace will have it one up on those of us actually attending the Festival. Not only will they be able to stream (for free) the same shorts we pay money to see, but they will able to buy short films if the spirit moves them. Starting on January 22, you can click on iTunes, plunk down $1.99, and download a short to play on your computer or ipod. For the more frugal, go to Sundance Festival [www.sundance.tv] site, and then click on “Watch” page.