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Sundance 2010 Shorts Hit YouTube

FestivalNewsOnline ProgramSundance / January 21, 2010

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Sundance kicked off tonight in Park City, Utah. I hadn’t heard any advance buzz about the 10/10 online series, a recent Sundance tradition that we covered last year, and so I sadly concluded that the festival had moved away from online distro for short films to instead focus more on its much-heralded pay per view partnership.

Not the case though! YouTube seems to have scored a coup, stealing the series from iTunes. Coup of course might be a bit strong of a word since, as usual, there seems to be no advance buzz or fanfare for the presence of these films, but the quality is high— I recognize several of them as winners from various worldwide festivals.

This move probably wouldn’t have happened without YouTube’s new video settings—many of these short films are available in drop-dead gorgeous 1080p. 5 of the films seem to reside in the Screening Room, while another 5 can be accessed via Sundance’s channel. For convenience though the film’s are linked below. I haven’t watched them all yet, but I’ll pour through them in the coming days. Let’s try and outsource this a bit though, please go ahead and tell everybody what to watch and what to avoid with your own mini-review in the comment!

Mr. Okra (Private) — 11 min — A portrait of the beloved New Orleans vegetable salesman.

Please Say Something — 10 min  — Cat and mouse tale set in the distant future. A 2010 SotW short of the year nominee. See our full review.

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No — 4 min  — See our prior review here.

The S From Hell — 9 min — Doc/Horror about the scariest corporate logo in history.

Voice on the Line — 7 min  — Experimental animation on Cold War hysteria.

old fangs — 11 min — A young wolf decides to confront his father. See our complete review

Para Fuera — 9 min — Documentary about a man turning 100.

Charlie and the Rabbit (PRIVATE) — 9 min — 4 year old decides to hunt a rabbit.

Thompson — 10 min — Doc about two friends on the verge of adulthood.

Let’s Harvest the Organs of Death Row Inmates — 2 min — An animated “Provocation”

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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • Jason Sondhi

    I’ll kick it off: Thompson—Winner at SXSW, this short doc is a slice of life piece. While in its own way fascinating because of some honest subtext underneath statements in the interview, it also showcases why short-form docs can be difficult. The themes of jealousy, confusion and drifting apart are there, with a subtle elegaic mood, but they are just not presented in a comprehensive manner due to length. A moderate recommend from me.

  • http://www.polymixmedia.com Andrew S Allen

    Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No—I love this short. We featured it as a short of the moment a few months back and it made my top 10 list of 2009. It’s the true story of an MLB pitcher who, in the 1970s, pitched a no-hitter game while high on LSD. The story is fun and wild and the animation is there to match it in a psychedelic fashion akin to Ryan Larkin. I strongly recommend it.

  • Marc

    I liked “Let’s Harvest the Organs of Death Row Inmates”. It was very similar to an op-ed piece, making a straight-forward and rational argument. The animation is so-so, but it’s short. Good film

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  • Jason Sondhi

    Please Say Something gets featured review:
    http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2010/02/16/please-say-something/

  • Jason Sondhi

    Never got around to finishing the Sundance mini-reviews. Here we go

    Old Fangs — Gorgeous animation, looks like nothing I’ve seen. A hipster wolf has daddy issues: simple plot heavy on the atmosphere. I was impatient at first but was won over at the end and surprised at how deeply I had fell under its spell. Watch when you have some time to yourself to think and feel deeply.

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  • Navneet

    The youtube links are not working. It says that the video is private.

  • Jason Sondhi

    Some of the links are working, others have been hidden due to the Sundance agreement expiring. Sorry about that, I will update the links to reflect this and will re-link when new versions are available.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Jason Tippet just won SilverDocs for his feature ONLY THE YOUNG. See his short THOMPSON here. All links now updated.