Hertzfeldt, Weil and Augenblick Shorts to Shine at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival announced several new animated titles set to screen Jan. 18-28 at Park City, Utah. Alex Weil’s SIGGRAPH 2006 hit One Rat Short, Aaron Augenblick’s Golden Age, Don Hertzfeldt’s Everything Will Be OK and Joanna Quinn’s multi-award-winning Dreams and Desires’Family Ties are some of the more familiar toons selected for the event.

‘Thanks to many factors, including online resources, more and more people are learning the power of the short film as both entertainment and art,’ says Trevor Goth, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer. ‘This fact is proven by both the number of submissions and the high quality of films we received.’

The shorts were selected by a team of four programmers’George Eldred (Aspen Shortsfest), Shane Smith (World Wide Short Film Fest), Kimberly Yutani (Outfest) and Todd Luoto (Silver Lake Film Festival). For more info, visit www.sundance.org. Altogether 71 shorts (animated and live-action) were selected from 19 countries from a pool of 4, 445 submissions. Fifty of these shorts will be available for viewing on the Sundance website (Jan. 18-April 18). More info can be found at www.sundance.org.

Here is a complete list of the animated titles:

U.S. Selection:

Destiny Manifesto (directed by Martha Colburn). An exploration of the visual and psychological parallels between the American western frontier and the conflict in the Middle East.

Duct Tape and Cover (directed by Yong-Jin Park). A satirical response to the Dept. of Homeland Security’s recent advice for Americans to prepare themselves for possible chemical and biological warfare.

Everything Will Be OK (directed by Don Hertzfeldt). A series of dark events force Bill to reckon with the meaning of life’or lack thereof.

Golden Age (directed by Aaron Augenblick). The shocking true stories of the world’s strangest fallen cartoon heroes.

How She Slept at Night (directed by Lilli Carre). A man tries to remember his wife, but only comes up with scant details as his memory begins to stray.

One Rat Short (directed by Alex Weil). A tale of a subway rat who is led by the mesmerizing ballet of a discarded food wrapper into an adventure of love and loss on a dark Manhattan night.

Paulina Hollers (directed by Brent Green). A religious zealot mother commits suicide to find her son in hell and escape with him.

Phantom Canyon (directed by Stacey Steers). A curious woman encounters enormous insects and an alluring man with bat wings in a surreal recollection of a pivotal journey.

International Selection:

In Passing (directed by Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Rainbow). An exploration of the psycho-geography of Manchester, England, through the experiences of a local woman who is partially blind.

Dreams & Desires’Family Ties (directed by Joanna Quinn). Upon acquiring a digital vidcam, Beryl becomes obsessed with the filmmaking process, using it to articulate her dreams and desires in a video diary with disastrous results.

T.O.M. (directed by Tom Brown & Daniel Gray). A journey of a young boy with an affinity for a little extra exposure.