Short of the Week

USA

Western about Desperation in Live-Action
Brandon McCormick / 13 min / USA / 2011

A dark western musical from the team at Whitestone Motion Pictures.

Comedy about Identity in Live-Action
Jac Schaeffer / 10 min / USA / 2011

A man sets his inner mustache free and finds himself in this Tribeca “Pitch Your Film” contest winner.

Drama about Identity in Live-Action
Vin Diesel / 20 min / USA / 2011

Written, starring and directed by Vin Diesel this 1995 short film gave the future action star his break. Playing a largely autobiographical role, we see the struggles of a young actor.

Documentary about Human Nature in Live-Action
Sean Dunne / 15 min / USA / 2011

Jonny Corndawg, prolific underground country singer, marathon runner. Another portrait of an eccentric character by the acclaimed Sean Dunne.

Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Adam Yauch / 29 min / USA / 2011

The Beastie Boys delve back into their past with this celebrity-driven, meta-comedy short film.

Essay about Nature in Live-Action
Jamie Stuart / 4 min / USA / 2011

The film Roger Ebert declared should win the Oscar, this video essay is a homage to Vertov’s classic, “Man with a Movie Camera”.

Experimental about Inspiration in Stop-Motion
The Mixtape Club / 2 min / USA / 2011

A “highly condensed happiness espresso”. An amazing 2 min stop-motion marvel from The Mixtape Club.

Action about Crime in Live-Action
Lin Oeding / 9 min / USA / 2011

A harmless discussion turns into serious action in this fable from Hollywood stunt man, Lin Oeding.

Thriller about Conquest in Animation
Malcolm Sutherland / 5 min / USA / 2011

Ritualistic violence on display with a provocative soundtrack. The newest animation from MAlcolm Sutherland is better felt, not seen.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Live-Action
A. Sayeeda Clarke / 15 min / USA / 2011

It’s December in New York City, and it’s 120 degrees. Bato and his wife are expecting a baby, but he’s faced with the choice of giving up his identity to ensure a safe delivery.

Poem about Life & Society in Flash Animation
DC Turner / 10 min / USA / 2011

Tim Minchin’s poem of an evening dinner conversation about spirituality and the age-old battle between spirituality and science.

Essay about Community in Live-Action
Edward Copestick / 6 min / USA / 2011

A homeless man in Sydney finds some control over the city in this HDSLR film shot entirely at night with available light.

Dark Comedy about Decay in Multi-Media
Don Hertzfeldt / 17 min / USA / 2011

Heavy topics in simple line-drawings—experience the dark and funny story of Bill’s spiraling bout of mental illness by the great Don Hertzfeldt.

Drama about Love in Live-Action
Eddie O'Keefe / 13 min / USA / 2011

A mysterious gang rolls into town and a young girl falls into that momentous kind of love that only hits the naive in this homage to the rough and tumble 1950′s.

Adventure about Nature in 3D Animation
Chris Perry / 11 min / USA / 2011

In the dry desert the only water supply is under siege by an unlikely crew of saboteurs.

Thriller about Crime in Special FX
Ruairi Robinson / 13 min / USA / 2011

Boy wants the latest toy for Christmas, a friendly robot to fill the love left by his parents’ broken marriage. But when the boy loses interest in Blinky, one final request remains.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Live-Action
Nisha Ganatra / 20 min / USA / 2011

When every parent is selecting for desirable traits, one expecting mother “rolls the dice” and tests the morality of the system.

Experimental about Nothing in Live-Action
Harmony Korine / 15 min / USA / 2011

Harmony Korine & Die Antwoord team up for this bizarre film that follows the antics of two wheelchair-bound rapscallions.

Dramedy about Childhood in Live-Action
Suzi Yoonessi / 11 min / USA / 2011

A look into the summer dramas in the lives of the less popular kids.

Experimental about Love in Animation
Ryan Woodward / 3 min / USA / 2011

Lyrical choreography, gorgeous animation, and a tale of love and loss from animator Ryan Woodward.

Thriller about Desperation in Live-Action
Tony E. Valenzuela / 5 min / USA / 2011

A chilling episode from the twilight zone-esque web series, BlackBoxTV.

Dramedy about Identity in Animation
Benedi Yann, Desrumaux Celine / 1 min / USA / 2011

The giants of our world are lonely outcasts in this web series from the animation duo, Celine & Yann.

Comedy about Sexuality in Live-Action
Jason Reitman / 8 min / USA / 2011

Before he became household name, Jason Reitman created this clever comedy about a couple looking to iron out a few details before they hook up.

Experimental about Human Nature in Live-Action
Gus Van Sant / 9 min / USA / 2011

A bizarre instructional film from Gus Van Sant’s early days as a filmmaker that teaches us to perfect the details of everyday life and turns out to be an appropriate allegory for filmmaking.

Branded Film about Conquest in Live-Action
Robert Rodriguez / 6 min / USA / 2011

Robert Rodriguez teams up with Kobe for an action-packed, zombie-chasing showdown.