2014 SUNDANCE LIVE ACTION SHORTS

OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 2

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Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 94-minute theatrical program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival, which over the course of its 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. With both fiction and documentary, the diverse 2014 program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition.

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES: Afronauts (Frances Bodomo, US), The Cut (Genevi`eve Dulude-Decelles, Canada, Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction), Dawn (Rose McGowan, US), I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked (Yuval Hameiri, Israel, Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction), I’m a Mitzvah (Ben Berman, US), Love. Love. Love. (Sandhya Daisy Sundaram, Russia, Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction), MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” (Daniel Moshel, Austria) and Verbatim (Brett Weiner, US). Program approximately 94 min.

AFRONAUTS

It’s July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon. Written and directed by Frances Bodomo. USA, 12 minutes.

THE CUT

The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut. Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction Written and directed by Geneviève Dulude-Decelles. Canada, 15 minutes.  

DAWN

Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. Directed by Rose McGowan, Written by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. USA, 17 minutes.

I THINK THIS IS THE CLOSEST TO HOW THE FOOTAGE LOOKED

A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone. Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction Directed by Yuval Hameiri, Co-Director: Michal Vaknin. Israel, 9 minutes.

I’M A MITZVAH

A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico. Directed by Ben Berman, Written by Ben Berman, Josh Cohen. USA, 19 minutes.

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms. Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia, 12 minutes.

METUBE: AUGUST SINGS CARMEN “HABANERA”

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. Written and directed by Daniel Moshel. Austria, 5 minutes.

VERBATIM

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. Directed by Brett Weiner, Screenwriter: Court Document. USA, 7 minutes.

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