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Sundance selects 66 short films for 2014 festival

First Published      Last Updated Dec 16 2013 12:55 pm

Here are the titles for the 66 short films selected for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, announced today. (Descriptions provided by Sundance.)

U.S. Narrative

"130919: A Portrait of Marina Abramovic" (Director: Matthu Placek; U.S.) • This one-take, 3-D film majestically documents legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic, capturing the breadth of space in infinite detail: the life of an artist, her keen sense of transition, a space's decay, and the ripeness of rebirth.

"Afronauts" (Director/screenwriter: Frances Bodomo; U.S.) • On July 16th, 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.

"The Big House (Al Bayt Al Kabeer)" (Director/screenwriter: Musa Syeed; U.S./Yemen) • When a young Yemeni boy ventures out of his cramped apartment and finds a key to the empty mansion down the street, he lets himself and his imagination run wild in the big house.

"The Bravest, the Boldest" (Director: Moon Molson; Screenwriters: Eric Fallen, Moon Molson; U.S.) • Two Army casualty-notification officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver some news to Sayeeda Porter about her son serving in the war overseas. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda isn't willing to hear it.

"Catherine" (Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp; Screenwriters: Dean Fleischer-Camp, Jenny Slate; U.S.) • Catherine returns to work after a hiatus.

"Chapel Perilous" (Director/screenwriter: Matthew Lessner; U.S.) • "Chapel perilous" is an occult term describing a psychological state where people are uncertain if they have been aided or hindered by a force outside the natural world.

"Cruising Electric (1980)" (Director/screenwriter: Brumby Boylston; U.S.) • The marketing department green-lights a red-light tie-in: 60 lost seconds of modern movie merchandising.

"Dawn" (Director: Rose McGowan; Screenwriters: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller; U.S.) • Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.

"Dig" (Director/screenwriter: Toby Halbrooks; U.S.) • A young girl watches her father dig a hole in their backyard. Mystified about his purpose, the neighborhood comes to watch.

"The End of Eating Everything" (Director/screenwriter: Wangechi Mutu; U.S.) • "The End of Eating Everything" traces the journey of a flying, planetlike creature navigating a bleak skyscape. This sick soul is lost in a polluted atmosphere without grounding or roots, led by hunger toward its destruction.

"Funnel" (Director/screenwriter: Andre Hyland; U.S.) • A man's car breaks down and sends him on a quest across town that slowly turns into the most fantastically mundane adventure.

"Gregory Go Boom" (Director/screenwriter: Janicza Bravo; U.S.) • A paraplegic man leaves home for the first time only to discover that life in the outside world is not the way he had imagined it.

"Here Come the Girls" (Director/screenwriter: Young Jean Lee; U.S./Norway) • An examination of the life of Joe Truman, an aspiring musician, father and drug user. This unsettling paradocumentary investigates Joe's private life through invasive snapshots of his environment and relationships and is a painful pleasure to watch.

"I'm a Mitzvah" (Director: Ben Berman; Screenwriters: Ben Berman, Josh Cohen; U.S.) • A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.

"The Immaculate Reception" (Director/screenwriter: Charlotte Glynn; U.S.) • It's 1972 in the hardworking steel town of Pittsburgh, Pa. Sixteen-year-old Joey has the chance to prove himself when his crush ends up at his house to watch the infamous football game between the Steelers and the Raiders.

"Jonathan's Chest" (Director/screenwriter: Christopher Radcliff; U.S.) • Everything changes one night for Alex, a troubled teenager, when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother — who disappeared years earlier.

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