Short of the Week

USA

Horror about Illness in Live-Action
Adam Wingard / 15 min / USA / 2011

Adam Wingard’s latest feature “You’re Next” will be coming to a theater near you soon. But for now, check out this series of three meditative shorts about damaged, desirable, dangerous women.

Music Video about Nature in Live-Action
Michael Ragen / 13 min / USA / 2011

A lone man traverses the desolate Alaskan wilderness in this extended music video for Portugal The Man.

Experimental about Life & Society in Collage Animation
Kelly Sears / 8 min / USA / 2011

The mysterious events at a 1970′s high school are revealed between the pages of an old yearbook in this animation from collage veteran, Kelly Sears.

Horror about Family in Live-Action
Bobby Miller / 12 min / USA / 2011

Paul jerked off in the shower. Paul just impregnated his bath tub. Last year’s most outrageous Sundance short, now online.

Comedy about Sexuality in Live-Action
Joe Burke / 8 min / USA / 2011

There’s just one thing in Mark’s way of a great night with a dream girl—her creepy male roommate—in this awkward comedy with a stellar cast of B-list celebrities.

Documentary about Loss in Animation
Rausch Brothers / USA / 2011

Public Television’s StoryCorps oral history project selected three histories to be animated commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in Special FX
Dan Trachtenberg / 6 min / USA / 2011

Impressive effects highlight this fan-film for the hit 2007 puzzle video game. Dan Trachtenberg, host of the hit “Totally Rad Show” directs.

Satire about The End in Motion Comic
Hasraf HaZ Dulull / 9 min / USA / 2011

Usually we’re discouraging silly cat videos, but Fubar is an exception. Don’t get me wrong—silly it still is. In fact, it’s modus operandi seems to be taking the best viral…

Documentary about Art in Live-Action
Eric Slatkin / 8 min / USA / 2011

Richard and Judith Selby Lang have, for years, been picking up plastic detritus from Kehoe Beach in Northern California and using these found objects to create art. The results are pretty spectacular.

Music Video about Love in Live-Action
Drew Barrymore / 11 min / USA / 2011

Drew Barrymore updates West Side Story in this MTV-produced project for buzz-band Best Coast.

Essay about Life & Society in Live-Action
Rick Mereki / 3 min / USA / 2011

3 friends create three indelible short travel films, each centering around a specific topic.

Comedy about Loss in Special FX
Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan / 1 min / USA / 2011

The latest, hilarious viral short from DANIELS the team behind the amazing Dogboarding!

Comedy about Revenge in Live-Action
Doug Karr / 8 min / USA / 2011

A doting husband goes ballistic when, upon his first wedding anniversary, he suspects infidelity on his wife’s part.

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Sofia Coppola / 14 min / USA / 2011

A cruel clique of high school girls obsessed with social life wreak havoc on their classmates with their psychological torment in this early film by Sofia Coppola.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper / 10 min / USA / 2011

Growing old doesn’t mean growing sedentary. Meet the young-at-heart ladies of the Leisure World synchronized swim team.

Comedy about Growth in Live-Action
Tim and Eric / 14 min / USA / 2011

TV’s Tim and Eric descended upon Sundance 2011 with this, a short film of unbridled crudity.

Comedy about Art in Live-Action
Yousheng Tng / 8 min / USA / 2011

Steadicam operator Yousheng Tang looks at the hilarious activities that go on behind the scenes at a film shoot via a well-executed, single long-take shot.

Documentary about Loss in Live-Action
Ransom Riggs / 6 min / USA / 2011

Writer/filmmaker Ransom Riggs directs this poetic look at the doomed inland desert oasis, “The Salton Sea”.

Comedy about Childhood in Live-Action
Temujin Doran / 8 min / USA / 2011

A sweet film about a boy and the myriad of uses he finds for a cardboard box. A Nokia Shorts entry.

Branded Film about Other Worlds in Special FX
Seth Worley / 9 min / USA / 2011

When activated, the “plot device” spontaneously transforms our hero’s world into any number of cliched film scenarios. A hit branded film for software company Red Giant.

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Spike Jonze / 28 min / USA / 2011

A band of teenage friends struggle to find their place in a tumultuous militant world in this short film by Spike Jonze for the indie group, Arcade Fire.

Experimental about Childhood in Puppetry
Christian Simmons / 3 min / USA / 2011

A girl finds a mysterious oversized pencil with a creepy grin that can bring anything she draws to life. What can go wrong?

Essay about Human Nature in Multi-Media
Kirby Ferguson / 11 min / USA / 2011

Part 3 of Kirby Ferguson’s brilliant Everything is a Remix series deals with the origins of creativity.

Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Rod Blackhurst, Dave Targan / 10 min / USA / 2011

A brief documentary that looks at the story of the Burlington Bees, the Low-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, from a variety of perspectives.

Drama about Redemption in Live-Action
George Hickenlooper / 28min min / USA / 2011

The 1994 short film classic remade into the Oscar-winning feature Slingblade.