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Short Film Program is Announced for Sundance Film Festival 2014

Short Film Program is Announced for Sundance Film Festival 2014

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.”

Best videos of the week, starring a "skateboard rabbi"

Best videos of the week, starring a "skateboard rabbi"

5. Korean sensation PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is back in this weekly video roundup for the third time this month. The man himself appears at a Dodgers-Giants game, meetings which are notoriously fraught with the specter of violence between opposing fans, but it’s all love when “Gangnam Style” is piped through the loudspeakers.

Best videos of the week, starring "Call Me Maybe" (again!)

Best videos of the week, starring "Call Me Maybe" (again!)

5. Summer school is in session this week with the video in the number 5 slot. The Internet loves cats, but how well do you understand them? In this entertaining yet educational video, we learn how exactly cats always land on their feet, with the help of GiGi, a super cute and accommodating house cat. Thanks to high-speed motion-capture video, we now know the fascinating science behind this perennial mystery.

Best videos of the week, with celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves

Best videos of the week, with celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves

With yet another week coming to an end, here are five new videos that people were sharing and discussing around the digital water cooler.

5. What do James Van Der Beek, Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel, Larry King, David Spade, Kristen Stewart, Matt Leblanc, Snooki and Justin Bieber all have in common? Well, some people dislike them and tweet about it. In this video clip, Jimmy Kimmel gets these celebrities to read these mean tweets. Aloud. For your entertainment.

Best videos of the week, starring a Snuggie

Best videos of the week, starring a Snuggie

A good number of the videos trending this week are music-related, so I’ve rounded up the five best here for your pleasure. If you’re viewing this at work or at a library as a little mental recess, I highly recommend you turn up your computer speakers. Your coworkers or fellow students will shower you with gratitude.

Best videos of the week, starring a shark attack

Best videos of the week, starring a shark attack

In this week’s collection of the best videos going viral around the Interwebs, we have something for everyone — from extreme sports to fans of Cookie Monster, especially those of you who still can’t get enough of “Call Me Maybe” (looking at you, Clay!). If you don’t like any of these five picks then I’m just going to go ahead and call you a “sonofabitch” (OK, not really, but watch the number 4 video below for the reference).

Best videos of the week, starring the Higgs boson

Best videos of the week, starring the Higgs boson

Am I the only one who thinks that this week has been so much more awesome since the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced on Wednesday morning? Most of the jargon and explanations are waaaay above my high school AP Physics edumacation, but as scientists and smartypants people peel back another layer of this crazy universe we live in, paradoxically it seems that the world has become just a little more magical. I love it! I was hoping they’d also found a tiny magic school bus in their research, but alas. Between the Higgs boson news and Independence Day, this week has been pretty fantastic. July 4th of course means good eating, including delicious watermelon, which also happens to be the video that kicks off this week’s best trending videos that went viral.

This week's top trending videos starring a dancing soccer fan

This week's top trending videos starring a dancing soccer fan

While New Yorkers have been obsessed with this week’s heat wave, Europe took a break from its economic woes with a little bit of soccer. Kicking off this week’s top trending video in the number five slot is something from the Ukraine and France match.

This week's top trending videos starring the return of Tay Zonday

This week's top trending videos starring the return of Tay Zonday

What do Colin Powell, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Tay Zonday have in common? Answer: A song with lyrics that makes Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boi sound like J’avais rêvé d’une autre vie. It’s also the number one viral video, or rather ties for the number one slot this week.

This week's top trending videos starring the zombie invasion

This week's top trending videos starring the zombie invasion

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This week's top trending videos starring the best beach prank ever

This week's top trending videos starring the best beach prank ever

With summer temperatures (good) and the accompanying humidity (bad) officially here, it’s now bona fide beach season. If you’re looking for something a bit more exciting at the beach other than getting sunburnt while napping or catching up on Hunger Games (is this a dated pop culture reference already?), then take a page from the pranksters in this week’s #1 video.

Film intelligence: Leaves of gold and a Lucas retirement

Film intelligence: Leaves of gold and a Lucas retirement

Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: the French love Haneke, the Americans love Tatum, and George Lucas doesn’t love own his company.

This week's top trending videos starring a bike riding dog and the Staples Center

This week's top trending videos starring a bike riding dog and the Staples Center

With summer here, it means the bicycle season is in full swing. I’ve actually been surprised by the number of friends and acquaintances I have who never quite mastered the art of riding a bike. If you’re reading this and still apprehensive of bicycling, then I suggest you watch the number five video below as a source of encouragement.

This week's top trending videos: Starring food buffet drama!

This week's top trending videos: Starring food buffet drama!

If you had a stressful week at work just know that it was nowhere near as bad as what the Wisconsin resident featured in video number three had to go through. And here’s hoping you have a relaxing weekend, like the cat in the video number five. So, read for more trick shots, Sponge Bob and a little gear-shift supercut.

What storytelling means to today's TRANSGENERATION

What storytelling means to today's TRANSGENERATION

Storytelling has long been used as a tool for recording people’s history and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next. But for those who aren’t considered part of society’s in-crowd, sharing personal stories takes on an even greater meaning. Telling your story and listening to narratives from ‘others’ like you, can help you feel connected and grounded in the world. It helps to know that people whose lives look like yours, have been here before and survived. Whether we’re aware of it or not, it’s instinctual for us to want the comfort of seeing our experiences reflected back. Reality TV and the web have given individuals’ voices a much wider reach. But the truth is it’s still a privileged few whose stories are chosen to be told. And unfortunately transgender folks rarely make the cut.

This week's top trending videos including the return of the lip dub!

This week's top trending videos including the return of the lip dub!

If you were like me, this week basically consisted of discussing the awesomeness that was THE AVENGERS (I’m convinced Joss Whedon incepted me with that film) and if not then listening to the Beastie Boys in memory of Adam Yauch. That said, the Internet viral machine continued its job and here are five videos that made the rounds this week.

This week's top trending videos starring the fails of April

This week's top trending videos starring the fails of April

All the rain and the gloomy overcast clouds this week in New York City seemed to make it plod along slower than usual, but at least we made all made it to the month of May. So everyone, let’s pat ourselves on the back for that. Let’s also applaud ourselves that we didn’t appear in…

This week's top five trending videos: starring the cat video that made an auteur commit suicide

This week's top five trending videos: starring the cat video that made an auteur commit suicide

In this week’s list of the five videos I noticed trending around the digital water cooler, I provide some tips below for aspiring filmmakers or marketers in how to ensure that their videos are a hit. One, include an inflatable superhero costume wherever possible. Two, insert cat into scene.

This week's top five trending videos: starting with proof that cats are assholes

This week's top five trending videos: starting with proof that cats are assholes

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Aside from an asshole-y cat, the other videos in this week’s list of top trending clips can be filed under “inspiring” and “tearjerker.” Also, all five videos this week can be found under “how to spend 30 minutes of your time watching something rather than accomplishing that important to-do item you’ve been meaning to do all week long.”

This week's top five trending videos: From dogs greeting returning soldiers to the return of Ron Burgundy

This week's top five trending videos: From dogs greeting returning soldiers to the return of Ron Burgundy

You should know by now that I’m always going to try to lead these weekly trending video countdowns with a dog-related item (sorry cat people) when I can. Don’t expect anything different this week (and if you don’t like dogs then know this: I don’t like you). Here are five recent YouTube videos bouncing around the pneumatic tubes of the Internet this week.

This week's top five trending videos: Mitt Romney is pretty fly for a white guy

This week's top five trending videos: Mitt Romney is pretty fly for a white guy

If the Internet has taught us marketers and content producers anything, it’s that people love cute animals. With that lesson, the lead-in video for this entry on the 5 trending YouTube videos of the week features Jayden, a Shiloh Shepherd who knows how to punish herself after getting in trouble. Be sure to stick around for the number one video that has already achieved almost a million views in just a few short days.

This week's top 5 trending videos

This week's top 5 trending videos

Here are 5 distractions to take your mind off the fact that yes, there are people who listen to Santorum’s rhetoric and think “Yup! I agree with this man and he should lead us to the promised land.”

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Slingshots and the cosmos: This week's top 5 trending videos

Slingshots and the cosmos: This week's top 5 trending videos

It’s Friday and that means you don’t REALLY want to be doing work, so let me provide you with a short respite with these five videos that I saw trending throughout the week.

This week's top 5 trending videos: Animal style

This week's top 5 trending videos: Animal style

This week’s edition is a special, animal style (not to be confused with the delicious burger from In-N-Out) edition filled with the top 5 trending YouTube videos starring some of your favorite creatures that have been getting passed around the Internets. Warning: You may experience cute overload.

5. Matt Ufford goes backstage at the Westminster Dog Show and attempts to pet each and every one of the 185 breeds represented at this annual show.

This week’s top 5 trending viral videos

This week’s top 5 trending viral videos

Here are the five videos that I noticed rapidly making the rounds this week. While they may not provide any life changing enlightening moments, at least you’ll get some laughs, and if the adage that laughter is the best medicine, then that’s not so bad is it?