The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 80-minute theatrical program of six* short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga.
The Festival's Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors, such as past alums Damien Chazelle, Wes Anderson, Jill Soloway, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, Dee Rees, Taika Waititi, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Lake Bell, Debra Granik, Jay and Mark Duplass, Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, and many others.
sometimes, i think about dying / U.S.A. (Director: Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Screenwriters: Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Katy Wright-Mead, Kevin Armento) — Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her.
FAST HORSE / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Alexandra Lazarowich) — The Blackfoot bareback horse-racing tradition returns in the astonishingly dangerous Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles with second-hand horses and a new jockey on his way to challenge the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy.
Muteum / Estonia, Hong Kong (Director and screenwriter: Äggie Pak Yee Lee ) — In an art museum, we learn -- from outer to inner, from deep to its deepest, seriously and sincerely.
Crude Oil / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Christopher Good) — Jenny breaks free from a toxic friendship and learns to harness her magical, useless superpower.
The MINORS / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Robert Machoian) — A slice of life about a grandpa and his grandsons, the future and the past.
Brotherhood / Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden (Director and screenwriter: Meryam Joobeur) — When a hardened Tunisian shepherd's son returns home after a long journey with a new wife, tension rises between father and son.
Stefanie Abel Horowitz (sometimes, i think about dying)
Stefanie Abel Horowitz directed theatre for a decade before pivoting to film and commercials. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and co-founder of the New York–based theater company Tiny Little Band, whose play Ghost Stories was named a Time Out New York Critic's Pick. Her first short film, Up North, premiered on Short of the Week. sometimes, i think about dying is her second short film.
Alexandra Lazarowich (FAST HORSE)
Alexandra Lazarowich is a Cree filmmaker whose work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and has had her films screen at festivals around the world. In her work, Lazarowich continues to try and tell the stories of Indigenous people.
Äggie Pak Yee Lee (Muteum)
Äggie Pak Yee Lee was born in Hong Kong and finished her studies in Estonia. A tiny multipolar since 1989, she is now stretching herself to find the best playground to play seriously.
Christopher Good (Crude Oil)
Christopher Good wrote and directed the 2017 short film Brad Cuts Loose which screened at the Slamdance Film Festival and premiered online as a Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere. He has directed music videos for Mitski, Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, Joyce Manor, and many more.
Robert Machoian (The MINORS)
Born in the small town of King City, California and raised up in the DIY punk culture, Robert Machoian has been taking photographs his whole life and making films for well over a decade. Focusing on people living everyday lives whose stories often go untold, his work captures their unique vision to weave deeply personal stories that absorb their audiences.
Meryam Joobeur (Brotherhood)
Tunisian American writer/director Meryam Joobeur is a graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal. She is currently developing three feature films, including the feature version of Brotherhood, and has participated in the 2016 Berlinale Talents program, the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab, and the Rawi Screenwriters Lab (2016).
*please note: 'Suicide By Sunlight' by director Nikyatu Jusu could not be included in this screening due to theatrical rating issues.