From sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and intimate family sagas, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 97-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from the past year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking.The Festival’s Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors, such as past alums Damien Chazelle, Wes Anderson, Jill Soloway, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, Dee Rees, Taika Waititi, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Lake Bell, Debra Granik, Jay and Mark Duplass, Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, and many others. Not Rated. Various directors (2019) 97 min.
FILMS IN PROGRAM:
sometimes, i think about dying
Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her. Director Stefanie Abel Horowitz (US 2019) 13 min.
The Blackfoot bareback horse-racing tradition returns in the astonishingly dangerous Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles with second-hand horses and a new jockey on his way to challenge the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy. Director Alexandra Lazarowich (Canada, 2019) 13 min. Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing
Suicide By Sunlight
Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters. Director Nikyatu Jusu (US 2019) 17 min.
In an art museum, we learn—from outer to inner, from deep to its deepest, seriously and sincerely. Director Äggie Pak Yee Lee (Estonia 2019) 4min.
Jenny breaks free from a toxic friendship and learns to harness her magical, useless superpower. Director Christopher Good (US 2019) 15 min.
A slice of life about a grandpa and his grandsons, the future and the past. Director Robert Machoian (US 2019) 10 min. Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing
When a hardened Tunisian shepherd’s son returns home after a long journey with a new wife, tension rises between father and son. Director Meryam Joobeur (Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden 2019) 25 min.