2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANIMATED SHORTS
OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 2
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This touring program of animated shorts from 2014 and past editions of the Sundance Film Festival. The 2014 program ranges in vivid style from handmade drawing and painting to puppetry, with stories of love, art, bubbles, nudism, the creation of the universe and what it all means to you.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES: Belly (Julia Pott, UK), It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt, US), Marilyn Myller (Mikey Please, US/UK), The Obvious Child (Stephen Irwin, UK), Oh Willy… (Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef, Belgium/France/Netherlands), Subconscious Password (Chris Landreth, Canada), Voice on the Line (Kelly Sears, US) and Yearbook (Bernardo Britto, US, Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Sundance 2014). Program 95 min. Recommended for mature audiences.
Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but can still feel it in the pit of his stomach. Written and directed by Julia Pott. United Kingdom, 7 minutes.
IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY
In the third and final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt‘s Everything Will Be OK, Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems. Written and directed by Don Hertzfeldt. USA, 23 minutes.
Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayeth. Marilyn is trying really hard to create something good. For once, her expectation and reality are going to align. It will be epic. It will be tear-jerkingly profound. It will be perfect. Nothing can go wrong. Written and directed by Mikey Please. USA/United Kingdom, 6 minutes.
THE OBVIOUS CHILD
Somebody broke the girl’s parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess. Written and directed by Stephen Irwin. United Kingdom, 12 minutes.
Willy returns to his naturalist roots as he bungles his way into noble savagery. Written and directed by Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef. Belgium/France/Netherlands, 17 minutes.
Chris Landreth, the director of the Academy Award–winning short RYAN, plays Charles, a man paralyzed by his inability to remember a friend’s name. Thus begins a mind-bending romp through a game show of the unconscious—complete with animated celebrity guests. Written and directed by Chris Landreth. Canada, 11 minutes.
VOICE ON THE LINE
The era of nuclear anxiety, the Red scare, and covert CIA plots forever changed the way we engage with the telephone. Written and directed by Kelly Sears. USA, 7 minutes.
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up. Written and directed by Bernardo Britto. USA, 6 minutes. Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Sundance 2014