Short of the Week

USA

Documentary about Perseverence in Live-Action
Jeremiah Zagar, Nathan Caswell / 6 min / USA / 2012

Chad Jones, athletic superstar and NFL hopeful, was brutally injured in a 2010 car crash. His journey to recovery is documented is this virtuosic short from the team at Union HZ.

Dark Comedy about Life & Society in Live-Action
Doron Hagay / 9 min / USA / 2012

Everyone writes to Erica Wexler on her Facebook, and she’s great about responding. But Erica Wexler is dead.

Horror about The End in Live-Action

It’s Dogs vs. Zombies, in this light-hearted horror film from Miami collective Borscht Corp.

Drama about Love in Stop-Motion
Christopher Kezelos / 5 min / USA / 2012

A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.

Romance about Love in Live-Action
Drake Doremus / 7 min / USA / 2012

A unique Branded Content Series from Intel and Toshiba directed by 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Winner Drake Doremus (Like Crazy)

Fantasy about Love in Live-Action
Peter Lewis / 7 min / USA / 2012

A girl finds a mysterious, old Polaroid camera that does far more than meets the eye.

Drama about Abuse in Live-Action
Ari Aster / 29 min / USA / 2012

The Johnsons are an attractive, upper-middle class family with a perverse little secret. Ari Aster directs, this dark satire of the domestic melodrama.

Action about Other Worlds in Special FX
James Farr / 6 min / USA / 2012

The greatest 80s movie never made, a talented production team from Tulsa, Oklahoma, brings Pac-Man to life in this fun fan film.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
David Friedman / 3 min / USA / 2012

Retirement is for people who work, not for people who live. David Friedman’s short but inspirational portrait of inventor Ralph Baer.

Action about Revenge in Live-Action
Thomas Jane, Adi Shankar / 10 min / USA / 2012

Actor Thomas Jane takes the Punisher property into his own hands with a new popular Fan-Film

Fantasy about Perseverence in Multi-Media
Jared Varava, Justin Varava / 7 min / USA / 2012

From acclaimed indie short filmmakers, the Varava Brothers, comes the whimsical and historically accurate tale of one tumbleweed that did not tumble.

Thriller about Reality in Live-Action
Colin Levy / 15 min / USA / 2012

An obsessive mathematician attempts to discover a hidden integer in this well-crafted psychological thriller from Colin Levy

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Seith Mann / 21 min / USA / 2012

Friends meet at the crossroads of loyalty and morality and are forced to decide which path to walk.

Fantasy about Nothing in Animation

Complementing Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is this collection of super brief animated short stories based on the main character’s library books.

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.