Short of the Week

Experimental

Experimental about Life & Society in
Benjamin Villeda / 14 min / USA / 2014

‘Utah’ is a bartender who struggles with his relationship and personal dilemmas while juggling a late night shift in a busy New York City bar.

Experimental about Human Nature in Collage Animation
Christine Hooper / 5 min / UK / 2014

Four in the morning, crapped out, yawning.

Experimental about Other Worlds in Claymation
Allison Schulnik / 8 min / USA / 2014

A rhythmic ritual is performed by a bizarre ensemble of macabre figures.

Experimental about Identity in Multi-Media
Jonathan Caouette / 14 min / Canada / 2013

Jonathan Caouette creates a mysterious experimental film about red eyes and Chloe Sevigny making scary faces.

Experimental about Life & Society in Live-Action
Denis Villeneuve / 12 min / Canada / 2013

During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance.

Experimental about Life & Society in

CURRENTLY OFFLINE. In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behavior (and romance) in the internet age. NSFW

Experimental about Growth in Multi-Media

In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die. A celebrated mixed-media experimental film combining stop-motion, 3D modeling and CT scans.

Experimental about Family in Puppetry

The quiet anxieties of wood.

Experimental about in Live-Action
Danny Madden / 53 min / USA / 2013

A riveting and experimental medium-form film from Ornana ((notes) on biology). A boy becomes obsessed with his handheld recording device, subverting his reality.

Romance about Love in Live-Action
Brian McAllister / 8 min / USA / 2013

A Capraesque story about life, love, and sugar packets.

Poem about Abuse in Multi-Media
Collaborative / 8 min / Canada / 2013

An internet collaborative project, animators and motion artists brought their unique styles to 20 second segments of a Shane Koyczan poem in order to speak out against bullying.

Experimental about Art in Special FX
Terah Maher, Michael Langan / 13 min / USA / 2013

A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike pas de trente-deux.

Experimental about The End in Animation
Julia Pott / 3 min / UK / 2013

Animation star Julia Pott is back with a new work based off a poem by Tom Chivers. Tagline—Love and a severed foot at the end of the world. A Sundance 2013 short film.

Poem about Beauty in Live-Action
Daniel and David Holechek / 8 min / USA / 2012

Spoken word rock star Derrick Brown and the Holechek duo team up to deliver a moving piece describing where two lovers should meet after the lights get dim.

Experimental about Loss in Live-Action
Mitch Jenkins / 32 min / UK / 2012

Comics legend Alan Moore along with Mitch Jenkins unveil a phantasmagoric English dreamtime made of goosefleshed pin-up girls, burned out comedians and faulty lights, with judgement just behind the tinsel.

Experimental about Corruption in Animation

An intense battle for love plays out in beautiful hand-drawn animation by Pixar animator, Erick Oh.

Experimental about The End in Photography
Chris Marker / 26 min / UK / 2012

The ground-breaking 60′s experimental film that influenced “12 Monkeys”. In the wake of WWIII Paris, a team of scientists experiment with time-travel in order to provide hope for their future.

Experimental about Corruption in 3D Animation
Louis Lefebvre / 7 min / Canada / 2012

Symbolic remix of the world’s modern travesties rendered with an incredible level of polish by a new Canadian animation studio.

Poem about Beauty in Live-Action
Damion Power / 11 min / Australia / 2012

16 year old Adam cruelly teases a classmate. When he seeks her out to apologise, she has quite different plans for him. Years later, when least expected, the memory of this event comes back to haunt Adam.

Experimental about Growth in 3D Animation
Or Bar-El / Israel / 2012

In a bland, ultilitarian world of rhythm and order, one worker finds his inner Jazz.

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.

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.

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.

Experimental about The End in Animation
Philip Bacon / 9 min / UK / 2012

A sparse, metaphorical rotoscope animation that made waves at Ottawa, Annecy, and Stuttgart.

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.