Jeron Braxton’s CG-animated short GLUCOSE won the Best Animated Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. The official description of the short reads, “Sugar was the engine of the slave trade that brought millions of Africans to America. Glucose is sweet, marketable and easy to consume, but its surface satisfaction is a thin coating on the pain of many disenfranchised people.”
Braxton is a 23-year-old, multi-talented indie writer/director/musician, and this is his first animated film. The highly original short is influenced by primitive gaming visuals and makes a profound statement about the African American experience. This award makes GLUCOSE eligible for Oscar consideration next year. The short beat other well-regarded projects screening at Sundance, such as Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s The Burden, Eva Cvijanović’s Hedgehog’s Home , Chintis Lundgren’s Manivald and Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts [Trailer].
The Short Film jurors were Cherien Dabis, Shirley Manson and Chris Ware. The Short Film program is presented by YouTube.
Learn more at www.jeronbraxton.com or check out this video interview.