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| Courtesy Sundance Institute A scene from "Afronauts."
Sundance picks 8 films for touring shorts program

If you missed the short-film programs at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, don’t worry: Some of the best will be coming soon to a theater near you.

The Sundance Institute today announced the eight short films that will screen in the second annual "Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour."

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Last year’s touring show hit 55 venues in 28 states — including a run at the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City. Filmmakers whose works are shown receive a percentage of the proceeds.

Venues for this year’s tour have yet to be announced — and in fact, Sundance would like to hear from any venue that wants to book the show or moviegoers who want it shown in their town.

Here are the eight Sundance 2014 short films, with descriptions courtesy of the Sundance Institute:

"Afronauts"

Written and directed by Frances Bodomo. USA, 12 minutes.

It’s July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.

"The Cut"

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction

Written and directed by Geneviève Dulude-Decelles. Canada, 15 minutes.

"The Cut" tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.

"Dawn"

Directed by Rose McGowan, Written by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. USA, 17 minutes.

Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.

"I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked"

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction

Directed by Yuval Hameiri, Co-Director: Michal Vaknin. Israel, 9 minutes.

A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.

"I’m a Mitzvah"

Directed by Ben Berman, Written by Ben Berman, Josh Cohen. USA, 19 minutes.

A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.

"Love. Love. Love."

Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction

Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia, 12 minutes.

Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.

"MeTube: August Sings Carmen ‘Habanera’ "

Written and directed by Daniel Moshel. Austria, 5 minutes.

George Bizet`s "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.

"Verbatim"

Directed by Brett Weiner, Screenwriter: Court Document. USA, 7 minutes.

A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.



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