Shorts are in many ways a rite of passage for budding filmmakers. They’re made of mistakes, charm and life—and with the realities of cost, time and effort. And some directors break through to showcase at Sundance Film Festival, where they have the chance of catching the eye of the person (or company) that will fund their next project. These are 10 Sundance shorts by directors who went on to make names for themselves–and as an added bonus, you can watch them all right now online. Enjoy!
Sundance Film Festival
It’s that time of year again. The leaves turn golden, the lattes turn pumpkin spice and a full slate of summer blockbusters makes room for the good stuff! This year’s Sundance Film Festival found filmmakers turning in an array of intriguing projects, from musical drama to groundbreaking satire. Here are 10 movies you can’t miss this season.
In theory the juries, critics and distributors are there to ensure that the best movies at any given festival make their way into the marketplace. But films inevitably get lost in the shuffle. Here are 10 movies we’d install in the Sundance canon that were unfairly dismissed, ignored or simply slipped into obscurity.
The Sundance Film Festival is famous for being one of the premiere places in the world to find the future stars of independent cinema. From directors to actors to documentarians, the artists involved in the following ten movies came to Park City with big dreams and left with promising careers. After they went to Sundance, their lives–and the world of film–;would never be the same again.
Of course you meant to see them in the local art-house theater when they were released. Maybe you even did—and have been thinking about them ever since. Well, you’re in luck! These stellar movies, all winners at Sundance Film Festivals past, are available streaming on Netflix right now.
What movies will you be clamoring to see from this year’s Sundance Film Festival? We’ve got 10 favorites of critics and fans (like “Whiplash” and “Dear White People”—many of which have already secured distribution—to satisfy whatever you’re into, from comedy to documentary, thriller to romance.
Documentaries do something for us no other film format can: They not only entertain, they tell true stories we need to hear. Those stories at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival cover the gamut from tormented Internet visionary Aaron Swartz to revolutionary Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, and they’re all essential viewing.
Everyone knows how important music can be to the mood of a movie, but these 13 films go beyond that, focusing on the madness and genius of music itself—the comedic absurdity (“Frank”) and the coming-of-age fantasy (“God Help the Girl”), the healing (“Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”) and the heartbreak (“Low Down”).
At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, there was dark, there was sexy, there was scary, there was smart…and then there was funny, like “Frank,” “Nick Offerman: American Ham” and “The Skeleton Twins.”
Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”), Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) and Shailene Woodley (“White Bird in a Blizzard”) are just a few of the rising stars who hit the big time after their movies made it to Sundance two years ago.
If you’re up for some risky filmmaking, some sexy exploration, some truly terrifying territory… well, look no further than these dark 2014 Sundance Film Festival highlights, including Australian psychological horror “The Babadook,” real-life Palestinian-Israeli spy story “The Green Prince” and sex and murder in the French thriller “Stranger by the Lake.”
More than 20 movies were sold at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The selections were from a variety of categories—documentary, drama, comedy, horror, and some hybrids of the above. Here are some of our favorite highlights, including “Cooties” and “The Skeleton Twins.”
Sundance Regular Mark Duplass Explains How the Festival Changed His Life And What to Expect From Him This Year
Back in January 2005, Mark Duplass and his brother Jay Duplass debuted their first feature length film, THE PUFFY CHAIR, at the Sundance Film Festival. That fateful night in Park City would spark a career that has seen the duo flourish into two of the most influential names in American independent film. Writing and directing studio projects CYRUS (2010) and JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME (2011) as well as executive producing the films of other budding filmmakers, the Duplass Brothers have become a staple at Sundance. Mark has also blossomed into a bona fide leading man in the indie world, starring in recent Sundance hits YOUR SISTER’S SISTER and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. Adding to his ubiquity is a starring role in FX comedy The League and his upcoming HBO series Togetherness, which he created with his brother.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM PROGRAM FOR 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival
Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The 2014 Short Film program is comprised of 66 short films selected from a record 8,161 submissions (59 more than for the 2013 Festival).
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Short Film program for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival features an astonishing array of new stories, viewpoints and filmmaking talent, positioning it at the core of our work to discover and share independent perspectives on our culture and world.”
Sundance Institute announced today the films and installations to be featured in the 2014 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, including the U.S. premiere of The Source (evolving) by renowned artist Doug Aitken and a 3D projection-mapping project by Klip Collective. The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences. The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES FILMS IN U.S. AND WORLD COMPETITIONS, NEXT<=> FOR 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival will Feature 117 Feature-Length Films Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of…
Congratulations to the Sundance films that were shortlisted for Oscars this year, proving once again that indie can make it to the big leagues!
By now the jury’s had the chance to check out all the films in competition this year, and the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is nearing its grand finale – the Awards Ceremony. Grab some popcorn, then check out the Sundance Live Feed starting at 7PM and watch the awards as they’re announced.
If you’re at the festival, this is your last chance to catch many of the films in contention before they’re gone. Films like…
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival may be building towards its grand finale, but there’s still one big premiere left to go – at least for anyone who carries around an iProduct. Don’t forget that many earlier buzzworthy premieres are still playing throughout Park City and surrounds – now’s your chance to catch up on anything you might have missed.
jOBS 6:15P Eccles Theatre
A little more than a year after the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, Ashton Kutcher embodies the charismatic leader and co-founder of Apple Computer in Joshua Michael Stern’s biopic. The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBS chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life as he built Apple into the largest technology company in the world.
Today at Sundance — Day 8: take a trip to the wild west with Ed Harris and January Jones in SWEETWATER
Montana may hold the official title of “Big Sky Country”, but New Mexico and California are no slouches when it comes to scenery that’ll give you a whole new perspective on this blue marble of ours. Today we’ve got films that make these settings a character of their own. And speaking of perspectives on our little planet, we’ve also got a documentary that may just change the way you think about nuclear power. All that and more in today’s featured festival films.
This past Sunday, an eager crowd of critics and fans devoted a full day — from 9 till 5 — at Park City’s classic Egyptian Theater to watching Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE in its entirety. The screening of the seven-part series was a Sundance Film Festival first and despite the serious time commitment, audiences were left thrilled by the event.
Sundance Institute this evening announced the jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah.
This year’s Short Film program is comprised of 65 short films selected from a record 8,102 submissions.
The Short Film jurors are: Mike Farah, President of Production for Funny or Die; Don Hertzfeldt, Academy Award® nominated American independent filmmaker; and Magali Simard, short film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Today at Sundance — Day 7: Adam Scott has A.C.O.D., and we get TOUCHY FEELY with Rosemarie DeWitt and Ellen Page
A.C.O.D. may sound like a mental disorder, but you’ll only wish it was after seeing Stu Zicherman’s film about an adult caught in the crossfire of his parents’ divorce. The premieres keep rolling on day 7!
A.C.O.D. 6:30P Eccles Theatre
Carter is a well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce. So he thinks. When he discovers he was part of a divorce study as a child, it wreaks havoc on his family and forces him to face his chaotic past. Adam Scott’s increasingly befuddled everyman is flanked by vivacious comic performances from Catherine O’Hara and Amy Poehler as his stubborn mom and sassy stepmom, respectively.
Finally, the weather’s about to heat up here at Sundance – and we think we know why. How about Amanda Seyfried making her much-anticipated debut as Linda Lovelace? That and more make for one hot day in chilly Park City!
LOVELACE 9:45P Eccles Theatre
DEEP THROAT, the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success, was an international sensation in 1972 and made its star, Linda Lovelace, a media darling. Years later the “poster girl for the sexual revolution” revealed a darker side to her story. Amanda Seyfried sizzles in the starring role; Peter Sarsgaard plays charismatic hustler Chuck Taylor, who launches Lovelace’s career.