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Sundance is considered to be one of the top short film festivals, and is perhaps even more varied than Cannes when it comes to awards.


Thunder Road by Jim Cummings (2016) (USA) (13m)

Cummings plays a grieving cop, Jimmy, who is the only one of three siblings to turn up for his mother's funeral. After delivering a heartfelt though often rambling eulogy, he decides to pay tribute to his mother by dancing to her favourite track: Thunder Road by Bruce Springstein. The result does of course make for uncomfortable viewing. It would be hard to argue that there is a lot of story in this short film, or that it is laugh-out-loud funny, but the monologue and acting really is superb, the awkwardness tangible and its simplicity impressive.


Her Friend Adam by Ben Petrie (2016) (USA) (16m)

In Her Friend Adam, Robert (Petrie) arrives to pick up his artist girlfriend before they go out to see a show only to discover that her friend Adam needs to pop by first to pick up his camera. The jealous Robert provokes an argument that spirals out of control because he refuses to believe that Adam is in fact gay. Her Friend Adam played at Sundance and SXSW (they often screen similar films - see this comedy).

A Reasonable Request by Andrew Laurich (2016) (USA) (9m)

Written by Gabriel Miller and directed by Andrew Laurich, A Reasonable Request is an American comedy that performed well on the short film festival circuit. A young man has asked to meet with his father in a diner. He is in need of money and his father can help him earn a lot in one night. As long as the older man is willing to take part in a sex act. With him. It is surely a reasonable request?

High Maintenance

Actresses by Jeremy Hersh (2014) (USA) (12m)

Actresses follows the love story between two female actors - a seasoned professional and an ingénue, though it is not quite a lesbian All About Eve. Instead, it is an observational piece exploring the insecurity and self-obsession exhibited by the less experienced actress, and thus people generally and perhaps actresses more specifically. A little like All About Eve, it is the ingenue's burgeoning career that causes the problems as she constantly obsesses about her performance and whether her girlfriend approves.

Natural Route

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