The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour is a 97-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival and has been 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.
1. SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT DYING
EE.UU., 13 min. Directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz, written by Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Katy Wright-Mead, and Kevin Armento.
Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her.
2. FAST HORSE – Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing
Canada, 13 min. Written and directed by Alexandra Lazarowich.
The Blackfoot bareback horse-racing tradition returns in the astonishingly dangerous Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles with secondhand horses and a new jockey on his way to challenge the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy.
3. SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT
EE.UU., 17 min. Directed by Nikyatu Jusu, written by Nikyatu Jusu and R. Shanea Williams.
Valentina, a day-walking black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters.
Estonia/Hong Kong, 4 min. Written and directed by Äggie Pak-Yee Lee.
In an art museum, we learn—from outer to inner, from deep to deepest, seriously and sincerely.
5. CRUDE OIL
EE.UU., 15 min. Written and directed by Christopher Good.
Jenny breaks free from a toxic friendship and learns to harness her magical, useless superpower.
6. THE MINORS – Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing
EE.UU., 10 min. Written and directed by Robert Machoian.
A slice of life about a grandpa and his grandsons, the future and the past.
7. BROTHERHOOD – Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube
Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden, 25 min. Written and directed by 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.