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2011 Sundance Film Festival Short Films Announced

6 December 2010 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is shaping up quite nicely. The films in competition [1], and out of competition [2], have already been announced and each has some incredibly exciting entries. Monday brought the announcement of the 81 short films, chosen out of 6,467 entries, that will play in Park City, Utah this January. And while the majority of them are by currently unknown filmmakers, there are a few that jump out featuring names like Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black. Actually, those guys are all in the same short. Other notables include Neil Labute, Tim & Eric and Isabella Rossellini. After the jump, we'll highlight those films and show you the full list. Scanning the list, here are the films that stick out as particularly exciting. Fight For Your Right Revisited (Director and Screenwriter: Adam Yauch) - After the boys leave the party... Cast: Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, »

- Germain Lussier

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Sundance Institute announces 2011 short films program

6 December 2010 12:30 PM, PST | | See recent news » Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises 81 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 6,467 submissions up 6% over 2010. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

“It’s a marvel to discover the creativity in this year’s shorts program. These filmmakers are charged with telling compelling stories, nurturing breakout performances and engaging the audience, all in a fraction of the time allocated to features, and each one delivers,” said Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming. “For 2011, we are pleased to be able to shine a light on indigenous filmmakers working around the world in the short-form medium, and to provide festival goers with a window into native storytelling.”

“These directors have once again raised the »

- Linny Lum

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Sundance 2011 Short Selection Includes Beastie Boys Video Starring Wood, McBride, Rogen, Ferrell, Reilly, and Black

6 December 2010 11:18 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After announcing their feature film line-up (here and here), the Sundance Film Institute just sent us over their short film selections. Most initially appealing is Fight For Your Right Revisited, directed by Beastie Boy‘s Adam Yauch. The short features Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black. I’ll definitely be checking it out.

Neil Labute is also directing a short starring Julia Stiles, and Jonathan Caouette‘s short starring Chloë Sevigny will show, from the trailer we previously featured. There is also a short co-written by Cloverfield and Unstoppable‘s T.J. Miller. Check them all out below and look for our coverage in January.

U.S. Narrative Shorts

After You Left (Director: Jef Taylor; Screenwriters: Jef Taylor and Michael Tisdale) — A man in his mid-thirties searches for meaning in the aftermath of a relationship.

Andy and Zach (Director and Screenwriter: Nick Paley »

- Jordan Raup

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Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program Announced (Congrats To Moon Molson, Tahir Jeter, Others…)

6 December 2010 10:23 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Well, we’ve see the list of feature-length films that are in the 2011 lineup of the Sundance Film Festival. Just moments ago, the festival revealed the full list of short films that will accompany those features – 44 in total, from a record 3,453 submissions! Wow! Glad I’m not on that judging committee.

But of note in the below list are 2 filmmakers who are followers of this blog, both I’ve communicated with in the past – one actually was mentioned on Black Filmmakers To Watch thread, so we may as well add the other.

I’m referring to Moon Molson and Tahir Jetter.

Moon’s short film is titled Crazy Beats Strong Every Time. Some may recall that, in September, I posted an entry for Moon, to help raise money to complete the short film. He was trying to raise $8,000, and actually ended up raising $10,250! So, congrats to Moon! The synopsis for »

- Tambay

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Interview: Ana Ularu (Locarno and Tiff's Outbound)

30 August 2010 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The 63rd edition of Locarno Film Festival (the first curated by Cannes' Olivier Père) happended to be a great one for Romanian cinema. Marian Crișan’s first feature – Morgen, claimed three awards receiving the Premio speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize), Ecumenical Prize and the Ficc / Iffs Don Quijote Prize and Ana Ularu, the thesp profiled below, received the Prix Boccalino de la Presse – the Swiss press award for Best Actress for her role in Bogdan George Apetri’s Periferic (Outbound – which will receive it's North American premiere at the Toronto Int. Film Festival). Ularu plays Matilda, a young woman who, after two years spent in prison for prostitution, is granted a 24-hour temporary release. Variety calls the film "a natural fest item likely to benefit from the attention paid to new Romanian cinema,” and mentions that "Ularu's intense steely glare could use some modulation, but her near-constant physical tension »

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