Short of the Week

USA

Myth about Nature in Animation
Tyler J. Kupferer / 5 min / USA / 2012

Ilona is a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father. Food is running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange creature in order to ensure the survival of her family.

Horror about Revenge in Live-Action
Ryan Connolly / 32 min / USA / 2012

Can the dead truly take revenge? Taylor seeks to hide his sins in hopes that they will go unnoticed and become no more than a dirty little secret…

Documentary about Art in Live-Action
Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost / 6 min / USA / 2012

A towering figure in the art world, standing at 6’7″, John Baldessari’s epic career is crammed into 5 and a half frenzied minutes. Narrated by Tom Waits.

Drama about Growth in Live-Action
Jonathan Yi / 34 min / USA / 2012

Working a graveyard mailroom shift, a young actor learns life-long lessons from the melting-pot of racial diversity in the office.

Essay about Family in Stop-Motion
Kangmin Kim / 7 min / USA / 2012

An incredibly rich paper-based stop-motion film about the therapeutic powers of the Korean bathhouse from a CalArts student.

Drama about Loss in Animation
Eusong Lee / 4 min / USA / 2012

A graduation animation from CalArts, a spare, powerful 9/11 story that is heartbreakingly perfect.

Fantasy about Childhood in Live-Action
David Yarovesky / 13 min / USA / 2012

Written and starring Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, this festival hit is a sometimes dark fantasy about a boy-giant.

Experimental about Love in Multi-Media
Ryan Powell, Vadim Gershman / 4 min / USA / 2012

Overlaid on top of images of hyperkinetic traffic, a familiar narrative is told in a novel way—through text messages.

Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Catherine Spangler / 8 min / USA / 2012

Coal queen pageant contestant Arianna Bailey competes for a crown to represent her family’s way of life. Former miner Goose Stewart lives with the memories of a mine explosion. One thing binds both families: coal.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Nirvan Mullick / 11 min / USA / 2012

The internet has been taken over by a cute kid with a fantastic dream—one that came true!

Drama about Love in Live-Action
Nuno Rocha / 14 min / USA / 2012

A sappy Hollywood romance gets Meta when scriptwriters discover an unexpected power.

Experimental about Reality in Live-Action
Zellner Brothers / 5 min / USA / 2012

A story in two parts, the Zellner Bros. play with audience expectations masterfully in a short that exemplifies the art of the setup.

Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Jeremy Konner / 6 min / USA / 2012

Comedy/Music Duo rebound from a disappointing feature film with a killer short.

Fantasy about Other Worlds in Stop-Motion

One student’s daydream comes vividly to life during Biology class, in this Best Animation Winner from SXSW 2012

Experimental about Sexuality in Live-Action
Melanie Abramov / 8 min / USA / 2012

A titillating satire that both exposes the commodification of women and hints at a reversal of power in one of the more tantalizing yet uncomfortable films you’re likely see this year—NSFW.

Documentary about Life & Society in Live-Action
Doug Nichol / 15 min / USA / 2012

An American advertising producer in Shanghai tries to sell fast food to the Chinese. An endearing portrait of a modern day “Mad Man.”

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in 3D Animation
Wes Ball / 8 min / USA / 2012

In the vein of Sci-Fi VFX shorts like “The Raven” and “Rosa”, Wes Ball creates a thrilling and gorgeous CG chase sequence, sure to draw the attention of Hollywood.

Action about Crime in Live-Action
Justin Lutsky / 14 min / USA / 2012

If at first you don’t deliver cocky perfection, try try again—a behind the scenes look at the making of a classic action hero in this comedy from On the Lot alum, Justin Lutsky.

Experimental about Human Nature in Special FX
Andrew Huang / 10 min / USA / 2012

An experimental film dealing with themes of separation and connection, Andrew Huang’s latest is a jaw droppingly gorgeous visual symphony in 3 movements.

Epic about Love in Live-Action
Cole Schreiber / 12 min / USA / 2012

The zombie art-house film that will have you feeling a spot of compassion for the undead.

Romance about Love in Live-Action
Josh Soskin / 11 min / USA / 2012

An ambitious mover is blindsided when he discovers that one of the pieces of furniture left behind for him is a suicidal daughter with 20 minutes left to live.

Documentary about Love in Live-Action
Matt Morris / 10 min / USA / 2012

Come rain or shine, 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens.

Satire about Inspiration in Puppetry
Joseph Pelling, Becky Sloan / 3 min / USA / 2012

Sardonic sing-a-long about the importance of thinking creatively from the talented This Is It crew.

Fantasy about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Brandon Oldenburg, William Joyce / 14 min / USA / 2012

The Oscar-nominated film + app about a man’s magical love for books that put the beloved Moonbot Studios on the map. *UPDATE: The filmmakers have removed the free version, but you can purchase the film on iTunes for $1.99

Sci-Fi about Greed in Stop-Motion
Kevin Parry / 3 min / USA / 2012

In a desolate land, greed overcomes self-preservation in this cautionary tale from an apprentice of stop-motion legend, Henry Selick.