Sundance Institute Announces Short Film Program for 2014 Film Festival

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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."

The Short Film program is presented by YouTube.


130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramovi / U.S.A. (Director: Matthu Placek) - This one-take, 3-D film majestically documents legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic, capturing the breadth of space in infinite detail: the life of an artist, her keen sense of transition, a space's decay, and the ripeness of rebirth.

Afronauts / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frances Bodomo) - On July 16th 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.

The Big House (Al Bayt Al Kabeer) / U.S.A., Yemen (Director and screenwriter: Musa Syeed) - When a young Yemeni boy ventures out of his cramped apartment and finds a key to the empty mansion down the street, he lets himself and his imagination run wild in the big house.

The Bravest, the Boldest / U.S.A. (Director: Moon Molson, Screenwriters: Eric Fallen, Moon Molson) - Two army casualty-notification officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver some news to Sayeeda Porter about her son serving in the war overseas. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda ain't willing to hear it.

Catherine / U.S.A. (Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp, Screenwriters: Dean Fleischer-Camp, Jenny Slate) - Catherine returns to work after a hiatus.

Chapel Perilous / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Matthew Lessner) - Chapel perilous is an occult term describing a psychological state where people are uncertain if they have been aided or hindered by a force outside the natural world.

Cruising Electric (1980) / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Brumby Boylston) - The marketing department green-lights a red-light tie-in: 60 lost seconds of modern movie merchandising.

Dawn / U.S.A. (Director: Rose McGowan, Screenwriters: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller) - Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.

Dig / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Toby Halbrooks) - A young girl watches her father dig a hole in their backyard. Mystified about his purpose, the neighborhood comes to watch.

The End of Eating Everything / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Wangechi Mutu) - The End of Eating Everything traces the journey of a flying, planetlike creature navigating a bleak skyscape. This sick soul is lost in a polluted atmosphere without grounding or roots, led by hunger toward its destruction.

Funnel / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andre Hyland) - A man's car breaks down and sends him on a quest across town that slowly turns into the most fantastically mundane adventure.

Gregory Go Boom / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Janicza Bravo) - A paraplegic man leaves home for The First Time only to discover that life in the outside world is not the way he had imagined it.

Here Come the Girls / U.S.A., Norway (Director and screenwriter: Young Jean Lee) - An examination of the life of Joe Truman, an aspiring musician, father, and drug user. This unsettling paradocumentary investigates Joe's private life through invasive snapshots of his environment and relationships and is a painful pleasure to watch.

I'm a Mitzvah / U.S.A. (Director: Ben Berman, Screenwriters: Ben Berman, Josh Cohen) - A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while Stranded in rural Mexico.

The Immaculate Reception / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Charlotte Glynn) - It's 1972 in the hardworking steel town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sixteen-year-old Joey has the chance to prove himself when his crush ends up at his house to watch the infamous football game between the Steelers and the Raiders.

Jonathan's Chest / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Christopher Radcliff) - Everything changes one night for Alex, a troubled teenager, when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother-who disappeared years earlier.

Kekasih / U.S.A., Malaysia (Director and screenwriter: Diffan Sina Norman) - While pursuing his late wife, a botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him forever.

Master Muscles / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Efrén Hernández) - Veronica and Efren go on a trip.

Me + Her / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Joseph Oxford) - In a faraway world, tucked away in a small fold of land behind an enormous willow tree, exists the tiny city of Cardboard. After a tragic event, Jack Cardboard goes on a journey to mend his broken heart.

Person to Person / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Dustin Guy Defa) - Waking up the morning after hosting a party, a man discovers a stranger passed out on his floor. He spends the rest of The Day trying to convince her to leave.

Rat Pack Rat / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Todd Rohal) - A Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator, hired to visit a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself performing the last rites at the boy's bedside.

Verbatim / U.S.A. (Director: Brett Weiner, Screenwriter: Court Document) - A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.


2 Girls 1 Cake / Denmark (Director and screenwriter: Jens Dahl) - Two girls reunite after a traumatic near-death experience, which occurs in 10 central minutes of 24-year-old Julie's life. She stands face to face with unbearable injustice.

Best / United Kingdom (Director: William Oldroyd, Screenwriter: Adam Brace) - With his wedding only moments away, a man and his best friend confront their future.

Black Mulberry / Georgia, France (Director: Gabriel Razmadze, Screenwriters: Gabriel Razmadze, Tinatin Kajrishvili) - In a small, remote mining town in the Republic of Georgia, Nick and Anna, two teens from vastly different backgrounds, come together for an idyllic moment in time.

Burger / United Kingdom, Norway (Director and screenwriter: Magnus Mork) - It's late night in a burger bar in Wales...

Butter Lamp / France, China (Director and screenwriter: Hu Wei) - A photographer weaves unique links among nomadic families.

The Cut / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Geneviève Dulude-Decelles) - The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.

Exchange & Mart / United Kingdom (Directors: Cara Connolly, Martin Clark, Screenwriter: Cara Connolly) - Reg is a lonely girl at a remote Scottish boarding school where paranoia about rape is rife. Her unorthodox self-defense class provides the human touch she craves so deeply. When she is attacked in the woods, she knows what she has to do...

Here I Am...There You Are... / Israel (Director and screenwriter: Dikla Jika Elkaslassy) - Domination emerges during foreplay between a married couple. As the film evolves, the gray areas between controlling and being controlled cause confusion for both partners. When reality eclipses their imaginary game, they realize what is controlling them.

Life's a Bitch / Canada (Director: François Jaros, Screenwriter: Guillaume Lambert) - Love. Grief. Choc. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Mucus. Masturbation. Pop tart. Pigeons. Toothpaste. Hospital. F__k. Bye. Hair. Sports. Chicken. Bootie. Kids. Rejection. Squirrels. Cries. Awkward-95 scenes, five minutes: life's a bitch.

Metube: August Sings Carmen "Habanera" / Austria (Director and screenwriter: Daniel Moshel) - George Bizet's "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.

Mi nina mi vida / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Yan Giroux) - Jack and his giant stuffed bear move through the bustling crowds and noisy rides at an amusement park. In this strange world he can no longer relate to, he searches for a reason to smile.

More Than Two Hours / Iran (Director: Ali Asgari, Screenwriters: Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi) - It's 3:00 a.m., and a boy and girl are wandering in the city, looking for a hospital to cure the girl, but it's much harder to find one than they thought.

My Sense of Modesty / France (Director and screenwriter: Sébastien Bailly) - Hafsia, an art history student, must remove her hijab for an oral exam. To prepare, she goes to the Louvre to view the painting she has to comment on.

Mystery / Spain (Director and screenwriter: Chema García Ibarra) - They say that if you put your ear to the back of his neck, you can hear the Virgin talk.

Pleasure / Sweden (Director and screenwriter: Ninja Thyberg) - Behind the scenes of a porn shoot, the actors practice various positions. The rumor is that one of the girls is doing an advanced routine that requires someone extremely tough. Pleasure is a startling film about workplace intrigue.

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