Honolulu events. 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM TOUR STOPS AT DORIS DUKE THEATRE AUGUST 23-29. Top short picks from this year’s festival are preview for next year’s Sundance ShortsLab, a workshop for Hawai‘i filmmakers.
Honolulu. Founded by Robert Redford 30 years ago, the Sundance Film Festival is considered the premier showcase for cutting-edge film and the launch pad for independent filmmakers such as Wes Anderson, Catherine Hardwicke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Quentin Tarantino.
This year, the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre is a stop on the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, a selection of eight short films that screened at the 2014 festival in January, and it marks Sundance’s debut presence in the islands.
On deciding which shorts to include, Sundance Short Film Programmer Mike Plante said, “We select the shorts that go on tour by trying to reflect the overall program—there will be drama, comedy, genre, some are really artsy, some just damn fun. It’s a bit of a roller coaster and people are bound to find something they like in all the shorts.”
The museum partners with Sundance at a seminal time in the development of short films. “The short film form is more exciting and relevant than ever in film history,” says Plante. “With so much exposure for shorts in film festivals and the Internet, filmmakers are putting all they’ve got into making a great short story and pushing style and expectations.”
Honolulu Museum of Art Film Curator Abbie Algar also recognizes the potential of shorts. “The short film is a form that’s malleable, allows for experimentation, and at the same time remains very accessible to both filmmaker and audience. It’s really the building block on which the film industry is built and I hope the program will provide inspiration for some of Hawaii’s own up and coming filmmakers.”
From a film on the struggle to understand the meaning of life to a hilarious government deposition, this year’s selection demonstrates why the short film is alive and kicking and still one of the most exciting places to spot new talent.
Screening the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is just phase one in the museum’s working with the Sundance Institute—in March 2015, the theater will host the Sundance ShortsLab, a program of half- and day-long workshops for shorts filmmakers. The labs will include panels of Sundance Institute film programmers, and Sundance filmmaker alums discussing various aspects of filmmaking, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of Hawai‘i’s filmmakers. ShortsLab will be offered free to students, and for a small admission to others wishing to attend.
94 mins. 4 films have English subtitles.
Aug. 23 at 1, 4 + 7:30pm
Aug. 23 at 1, 4 + 7:30pm
Aug. 26 at 1 + 7:30pm
Aug. 27 at 1 + 7:30pm
Aug. 28 at 1 + 7:30pm
Aug. 29 at 1pm
Written and directed by Frances Bodomo. USA, 12 mins
It’s July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.
Written and directed by Geneviève Dulude-Decelles. Canada, 15 mins
The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Directed by Rose McGowan. Written by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. USA, 17 mins.
Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.
I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked:
Co-directed by Yuval Hameiri and Michal Vaknin. Israel, 9 mins
A man tries to recreate, using simple objects such as a tube of oil paint and a coffee grinder, a lost memory of his last day with his mother. The objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
I’m a Mitzvah:
Directed by Ben Berman. Written by Ben Berman, Josh Cohen. USA, 19 mins.
A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.
Love. Love. Love.
Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia, 12 mins.
Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.
Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction
MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera”:
Written and directed by Daniel Moshel. Austria, 5 mins.
George Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, an homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.
Directed by Brett Weiner. Screenwriter: Court Document. USA, 7 mins
A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.
For more information visit: www.sundance.org/shortfilmtour
Theater information:The Doris Duke Theatre opens its doors on Kinau Street one half-hour before each film screening and concert.
Concert tickets: Available at the theater door on the day of the concert, beginning on half-hour before the performance, or online in advance.
Concert admission: Varies
Film tickets: Available at the theater door on the day of screening, beginning one half-hour before each showing, or online in advance.
Film admission: $10 general admission; $8 museum members
Matinee rewards card: Pick one up at the theater box office. When theater goers attend three matinees, they receive free admission to a fourth screening. Or they can bring three friends to a single matinee and receive free admission to a future screening. The free screening pass is valid for three months.
Concession stand: In the lobby, visitors can purchase bags of lavender-infused glazed almonds, glazed pecans, coconut ginger, chocolate- and Kona coffee–coated macadamia nuts, and butter crunch vanilla macadamia nuts, for $6 per bag. Also on the menu are handmade desserts and baked goods from Yummy Tummy, including peanut butter-oats-and-cranberry energy balls, oat cakes, green tea rice crispy treats and mini cookies ($3-$7). Drinks: coffee, hot tea, Arizona Green Tea, Vitamin Water, and bottled water ($2-$3).
WHAT: 2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour.
WHEN: August 23-29, 2014.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre, 901 Kinau St., between Ward Avenue and Victoria Street (at rear of museum).
TICKETS: $10, $8 museum members.
INFO: 532-8701, www.honolulumuseum.org (publishable).