Yesterday saw the release of Sundance 2012?s short film lineup. The official press release is here for your perusal.
We took whatever we found online and put it in this one post. There are 4 videos here. I know not a lot(compared to number in the list) but enjoy whatever is available online!
Robots of Brixton
ARCHITECTURE STUDENT KIBWE TAVERES FILTERS A VISION OF A ROBOT UPRISING THROUGH THE LENS OF HISTORY, BLENDING HIGH GRADE CG WITH ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE OF THE 1981 BRIXTON RIOTS.
An eye-candy-coated exterior with the center of an experimental film, that is architectural student Kibwe Tavares’ Robots of Brixton, a new 6 minute piece that has just shown up on Vimeo. Imagining the much-dreaded robot uprising, Tavares filters this genre staple through the lens of history, recreating and often combining actual footage of the famous 1981 Brixton riots with his animation. Narratively the film is sparse, but the message speaks volumes, making it one of the more enjoyable, and original sci-fi shorts of recent years.
GROWING OLD DOESN’T MEAN GROWING SEDENTARY. MEET THE YOUNG-AT-HEART LADIES OF THE LEISURE WORLD SYNCHRONIZED SWIM TEAM.
The latest in the amazing project California is a Place, from photographers turned filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari. The project already gave us the splendid Silicon Valley fight-club hit short Uppercut, and continuing in the vein of previous pieces, Aquadettes profiles unique, interesting people who happen to be citizens of the Golden State. In this film we travel south to Leisure World, where their lens finds a lovely group of ladies who, in retirement, find fitness and friendship through synchronized swimming.
WHEN HIS SOUL LEAVES THROUGH HIS EYEBALL, IT IS UP TO TWO FRIENDLY DEER TO TAKE CARE OF DR. BREAKFAST’S CATATONIC BODY.
Stephen Neary doesn’t have a ton of work to his name, but what exists is impressive. His graduation short from NYU, Chicken Cowboy, won a plethora of festival awards, and his work with Blue Sky Studios, and NPR, caused Variety to call him one of “10 animators poised to become household names”. His path to that household name status was helped along a little bit yesterday when this film, Dr. Breakfast, was announced as a selection of the Sundance film festival.
The film is a wacky, surreal treat, full of pleasing colors, deadpan characters, and bizarre psychedelic effects. Dr. Breakfast’s insatiable soul exits his body, going on a rampage, and it is up to two kindly deer to take care of him.
More than just a bizarre premise, the comedy really works in this film. The laid-back deer, the anguished animals being devoured, the inexplicable addition of children’s voices in the sound design, all of it works together in a pleasing, if discombobulating, whole.
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared
A DARK TAKE ON CHIDLREN’S TV CLASSICS, LONDON’S “THIS IS IT COLLECTIVE” TRY AND TEACH US HOW TO BE CREATIVE.
Children’s programming is so idiosyncratic and ripe for parody that it is amazing more people don’t try to play with it. Even if they did however, its hard to see them topping This Is It’s entry into the subgenre. Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, is a mixed-media masterpiece, blending costumes, stop-mo and 3D animation into a harrowing journey into “creativity”.
The first half plays the concept fairly straight. It’s only when our teacher, a talking notepad starts striking down the ideas of her pupils, that you are keyed into the idea that something might not be right here. In the process we’re treated to the closest thing to a catchphrase as online film will get this year—”Green is not a creative color”.