Short of the Week


Documentary about Music in Live-Action
Sean Dunne / 23 min / USA / 2011

A look into the culture of Insane Clown Posse fans who attend the annual Gathering with a shared love for cheap partying, a sense of family, and escape from dysfunctional lives.

Comedy about Redemption in Live-Action
Jason Reitman / 17 min / USA / 2011

Jason Reitman’s breakthrough short film follows Robert as he learns that it’s the little things in life that count the most.

Horror about Revenge in Special FX
Clément Deneux / 4 min / France / 2011

He’s back. And someone is going to have to kill him…again.

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.

Festival / September 20, 2011

Tomorrow marks the beginning of this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s most prestigious outlet for artistic animation. In light of the “close, intimate relationship” the festival…

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Mads Matthiesen / 18 min / Denmark / 2011

A shy bodybuilder ventures out on a date against the wishes of his over-protective mother in this powerful character-driven film from Denmark.

Interview / September 17, 2011

StoryCorps animators, Mike and Tim Rauch, share their character design and animation process and how animation can reveal truth in ways live footage can’t.

Action about Survival in 3D Animation

Maximall means maximalism in this outrageous and gorgeous chase film that assaults your eyes.

Experimental about Society in
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.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Andrea Arnold / 24 min / UK / 2011

The 2003 Oscar winner, this film is a searing and intimate portrait of a single-mom and her 4 children in contemporary Britain.

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.

Experimental about Greed in 3D Animation
Lior Ben Horin / 4 min / Israel / 2011

A runaway train barrels through an every-changing abstract landscape in this experimental animation from the Bezalel Academy.

Horror about Transformation in Special FX

On this Labor Day I hope your holiday goes better than Señor Olivares’. While trying to relax on the beach, Sea Monsters come to slaughter everyone.

Action about Nature in 3D Animation

A night on the town turns deadly for three sentient plants, escaped from the botanical garden they called homed.

Fantasy about Love in 3D Animation

An ode to Disney “Princess” films, this 2010 Supinfocom short whimsically applies fairy-tale conventions to a modern romance gone stale.

Adventure about Society in Stop-Motion
Johnny Kelly / 2 min / UK / 2011

Branded Content for Chipotle, this short animation from RCA-grad Johnny Kelly uses stop-mo, clean designs and Willie Nelson (!) to tell a touching story of sustainable agriculture.

Horror about Conspiracy in Mixed Media

A spooky mystery is teased out of a single photograph, in this suspenseful animation nominated for Canada’s Genie award in 2009.

Fantasy about Identity in Animation

A mother fears the wild nature of her infant daughter in this beautifully composed hand-drawn animation.

SOTW / August 26, 2011

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SOTW / August 26, 2011

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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.

Documentary about Identity in Animation
Andrea Dorfman / 12 min / Canada / 2011

When animator Andrea Dorfman falls for a plastic surgeon, she must confront her own hang ups regarding her appearance in this sweet, but powerful film-confession.
(U.S. Audiences Only)