Over this last week, I have been watching loads of Sundance Trailers and Short Films that have been released online. I was particularly impressed by documentaries, Indie Game: The Movie and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. The game documentary was done by a friend (Brad Crawford at Strata Studios) of a friend and Tsunami doco, well, I live in Japan. I felt the quake when it happened and I knew it was no normal quake. Even though I am in Osaka it was a major shaking! Indie Game: The Movie was created by two people, James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They have been working on the project for over a year, gathering stories from indie game developers all over North America. They have done all the producing, directing, cinematography, editing, and writing for the feature film and all the web videos made during the process.
Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. A stunning visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan's most beloved flower.
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom - Trailer (2012 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE) from Tsunami Blossom on Vimeo. Directed by Academy Award Nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land), featuring photography by Aaron Phillips and music by Moby.
A whole host of other trailers can be view at this link: Sundance Trailers on Prescreen
Yahoo’s got an additional ten Sundance shorts available at the link below. Here are their synopses:
’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card Jim and Dave, two brothers who don’t like each other very much, are forced to come together when their dad dies in Kansas City. Dave is pretty sure he has an Alonzo Mourning Skybox Series rookie card, but Jim has other ideas. (Dir. Todd Sklar)
Aquadettes A meditation on life, death, and synchronized swimming. (Dir. Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari)
The Arm To keep up with social pressure in a technologically advanced world, Chance starts a texting relationship with Genevieve—a girl he meets at a yogurt shop. But tragedy forces Chance to realize that he was never in a relationship at all. (Dir. Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos, Jessie Ennis)
Dol (First Birthday) A gay Korean American man yearns for a family life that is just out of reach. (Dir. Andrew Ahn)
The Debutante Hunters In the low country of South Carolina, some true southern belles reveal their more rugged side, providing a glimpse into what drives them to hunt in the wild. (Dir. Maria White)
Henley Meet nine-year-old Ted Henley, budding motel manager and roadkill entrepreneur. (Dir. Craig Macneill)
Una Hora por Favora A woman hires a day laborer for an hour and gets more than she bargained for. (Dir. Jill Soloway)
Long Distance Information Father always told us, “Never talk to strangers,” . . . But surely we have to phone home sometimes? (Dir. Douglas Hart)
Odysseus’ Gambit During his lifetime, each man plays cosmic chess against the devil. (Dir. Àlex Lora Cercos)
Link: Sundance Shorts at Yahoo