Sundance 2015: Short Film Round-Up

Editor, U.S.; Los Angeles, California (@filmbenjamin)
Amidst so many feature narrative and docus to choose from at Sundance, the wide ranging selection of shorts can be easily overlooked. But this is not for a lack of quality as both the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Fiction grand jury short winners went onto to become the grand jury award-winning 2014 features Fishing Without Nets and Whiplash, respectively.

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. 

Myrna The Monster

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.

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