13 August 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With “I can get you a toe” chalked on the wall, the Big Lebowski room at Google’s Venice complex was an inspirational environment to host the Sundance Institute’s ShortsLab La 2012.   Headlined by Spike Jonze, who spent over two hours talking to the filmmakers, the sold-out August 11 event began with a screening of Jonze’s surreal Kanye West short “We Were Once a Fairytale.” Sundance Film Festival director of programming Trevor Groth set the tone for the day with his introductory remarks.  “Over the years, I’ve seen so many amazing short films that have as much power as their longer, more popular big brothers, the feature film.  With a short, you have total freedom to do whatever you want.  Dig deep down in yourself to find some story you have a passion to tell.  If it’s a story that’s been told before, tell it in a fresh way. »

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