Sundance 2015: Short Film Round-Up
Point being, who knows what next gen filmmaker will rise from the ranks of the short form. Today, I highlight a handful of the dozens of shorts playing across this year's fest. By no means, the best of the best, these are ones that made me perk up with their inventive, clever or fresh storytelling. Click through the photos below for capsule reviews. Links to full shorts programs are embedded in each title.
Feeling the fragmented nature of a city like Los Angeles wash over you like a tidal wave in slow-motion isn't easy for anyone who's new to such a heteropolos... whether you're a twentysomething human or an alien from the moon. That'd be Myrna, our titular "monster", who is just trying to figure out her place in this brave new world.
Ian Samuels' equally meditative and funny take on the immigrant experience exudes an imagination that sparks and shimmers with a melancholic wonder. Riot Grrrl extraordinaire Kathleen Hanna gives nuance and warmth to Myrna, while puppeteer Victor Yerrid makes our girl dance like no one else on the club floor. It's a wholly charming, deeply affirming slice of life.