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Alexis McGraw (center) stars in "The Cub," directed by Riley Stearns. It's one of the 65 short films selected for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Michael Ragen | courtesy Sundance Institute
Famous, near-famous and non-famous bringing short films to Sundance ‘13
65 films » Programmers chose from a record 8,102 submissions.
First Published Dec 04 2012 02:00 pm • Last Updated Apr 08 2013 11:32 pm

Some famous names, and people who know some famous names, will be showing their short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

The 65 titles named Tuesday were culled from a record 8,102 submissions, according to Sundance organizers. They represent filmmakers from 24 countries.

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Among the familiar names on the list:

» Actress Jordana Spiro, the star of the just-canceled TV series "The Mob Doctor," directs and co-writes the short film "Skin."

» Another actress, Romola Garai (now appearing on BBC’s "The Hour"), directs the U.K. short "Scrubber."

» Australian actor-director Nash Edgerton co-directs "The Captain." Edgerton — who appears with his more famous brother Joel in "Zero Dark Thirty" — has brought two disturbingly funny shorts to past Sundance festivals: "Spider" and "Bear."

» Filmmaker Riley Stearns, whose short "The Cub" is in the festival, isn’t famous yet. But his wife, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, is. She will appear in two feature films at Sundance ("A.C.O.D.," "The Spectacular Now").

» Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga ("Babel," "21 Grams," "Amores Perros") directs the U.S.-made short "Broken Night."

» Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi ("Travels With George"), whose mother is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, brings the documentary short "Fall to Grace," about the political career of former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevy.

» The directing team of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, offer the documentary "The Battle of amFAR," about the birth of the famous AIDS-fighting group. The duo’s film, "Lovelace," is among this year’s Premieres.


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» Sundance regular Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") directs "You Don’t Know Jack," about a high-school sophomore who develops a test for pancreatic cancer.

» Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles ("Gimme Shelter," "Grey Gardens") brings the documentary short "The Secret of Trees."

Here is the full list of the 65 short films chosen for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival (with synopses provided by Sundance):

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The Apocalypse » U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew Zuchero) — Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea for how to spend their Saturday afternoon.

Black Metal » U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kat Candler) — After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, one fan creates a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.

Boneshaker » U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frances Bodomo) — An African family lost in America travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for its problem child.

Broken Night » U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Guillermo Arriaga) — A young woman and her 4-year-old daughter drive across desolated hills. Everything looks fine and they seem to enjoy the ride, until an accident sends them into the nightmare of darkness.

The Captain » Australia, U.S.A. (Directors: Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser, Screenwriters: Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser, Taika Waititi) — A man wakes up with a hangover, only to discover the consequences of his actions.

The Cub » U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Riley Stearns) — Wolves make the best parents.

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