Festival Announces Dramatic Shorts
The short films selected for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival are:
U.S. SHORT FILMS
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.
AQUARIUM (Director: Rob Meyer)-At fifteen, David and his two buddies are the youngest members of the Boston Aquarium Society. The three make their way to a monthly meeting, but David has a secret he is reluctant to share.
BY MODERN MEASURE (Director: Matthew Lessner)- As part of an ongoing, unaired TV series, an amateur French sociologist presents his observations on a day in the life of two young Americans who meet by chance outside a Taco Bell on October 8, 2006.
CHIEF (Director: Brett Wagner)- Semu Fatutoa drives a taxi in Honolulu, Hawaii, slowly forgetting his old life as a tribal Chief in Samoa. Little does he know, his old life is looking for him.
THE DEEP (Director: Alex Haworth)- A journey unravels through the thoughts of a solitary character in the heart of a future dystopia. As he journeys deep underground, he tends to the machines that fuel the surface city. His jobs are precise, almost compulsive, and he is unable to stop.
DOG LOVERS (Director: Danny Roew, Screenwriters: Tonya Cornelisse, Graham Sibley)- Two potential lovers meet to talk about their affection for dogs.
THE EXECUTION OF SOLOMON HARRIS (Directors: Wyatt Garfield, Ed Yonaitis; Screenwriter: Ed Yonaitis)- An electric chair execution fails, delivering a non-lethal jolt of electricity that leaves the prisoner screaming in pain. Protocol and routine fail to provide a resolution, and the warden has to cope with the human dilemma that falls into his hands.
FCU: FACT CHECKERS UNIT (Director: Dan Beers; Screenwriters: Dan Beers, Peter Karinen, Brian Sacca)- After being assigned to check a bizarre fact about Bill Murray’s love for drinking milk, two magazine fact checkers break into Bill’s house to spy on him. Cast: Bill Murray
FORCE 1 TD (Director: Randy Krallman)- Three friends, one of whom is visually impaired and has a miniature guide horse named Carmine, set off to find Carmine a very special pair of sneakers for a very special occasion.
MOTION STUDIES: INERTIA (Director: Jake Mahaffy)- This film documents a motion study of a man running as hard and as long as he can in a full suit of smithied High Middle Age armor.
LLOYD NECK (Director: Benedict Campbell)-Alex has a crush on her brother’s friend, Jesse. But Jesse likes Alex’s brother, Taylor. Alex knows something is up with her brother. Caught in an awkward position, Taylor takes Alex and Jesse to his favorite spot.
THE LOSS OF A WRESTLING MATCH (Director: Jed Cowley)- So far in the season, Don has a 9-0 record. He is perfect, but in the upcoming duel he has to wrestle a higher-ranked opponent.
MAN (Director: Myna Joseph)- Maggie and her sister form an unusual bond during an encounter with a young man.
THE MARK (Director: Thomas Barndt)- A lawyer rents a room to a human lightning bolt.
ON THE ASSASSINATION OF THE PRESIDENT (Director: Adam Keker)-A top-secret government file, only to be viewed in the event of the President’s death by assassination, gives specific instructions on what should be done, and presents dossiers on the three most likely suspects.
PARIAH (Director: Dee Rees)- A Bronx lesbian teenager juggles multiple identities to avoid rejection from friends and family, but pressures from home, school, and within corrode the line between her dual personas with an explosive consequence.
THE RAMBLER (Director: Calvin Reeder)- A stranger takes to the lonely highway with his guitar and traveling sack.
A RELATIONSHIP IN FOUR DAYS (Director: Peter Glanz)- Coming from a wealthy family, Paul recently turned 30 and has never had, or needed a real job. Lost in his own imagination, he often preaches his grand ideas, but in reality never does much… until he meets Sabine.
THE SECOND LINE (Director: John Magary)-After MacArthur’s savings are stolen from his FEMA trailer, he and his cousin Natt take work gutting a house.
SICK SEX (Director: Justin Nowell)- Ken wants sex. Amanda is sick.
SIKUMI (ON THE ICE) (Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean)-An Iñuit hunter takes his dog team out on the frozen Arctic Ocean in search of seals, and inadvertently becomes a witness to a murder.
SUNLIT SHADOWS (Director: Benjamin M. Piety)-A visual mix tape highlighting the simultaneous holding on to-and letting go of-lost love. Told through the songs and moments of a simple lazy morning.
WELCOME (Director: Kirsten Dunst)- A frightened Cynthia and her family encounter a ghost when moving into a house. What seems to be a threat soon becomes someone with whom to share their home. Cast: Winona Ryder