Collection of short Fly-Fishing Films shot in Africa, Honduras, Dubai, Alaska and more
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven 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 2018 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in.
Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking. The Festival has always treated short films with the highest regard and gives a home to both established and new
filmmakers with shorts for audiences to discover and celebrate.
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.
U.S.A, 10 minutes. Written and directed by Anna Margaret Hollyman. Teeny thought it was just another routine babysitting job – until she's shocked to meet the client. As the day goes on, Teeny decides to become the woman she had no idea she always wanted to be...until she
U.S.A., 14 minutes. Written and directed by Kamau Bilal.
The director's baby brother moves back in with his parents.
Sweden, 14 minutes. Written and directed by Niki Lindroth vo n Bahr. A dark musical enacted in a modern shopping center, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
U.S.A., 12 minutes. Written and directed by Mariama Diallo.
In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
U.S.A., South Korea, 4 minutes. Written and directed by Kangmin Kim.
A father and a son both have the same big birthmark on their butt. Believing that the two birthmarks are connected, the son scrubs his father's birthmark to remove it – but he just can't get rid of it.
Short Film Special Jury Award
Canada, 16 minutes. Written and directed by Jérémy Comte.
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.
Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube Spain, 21 minutes. Written and directed by Álvaro Gago. Faced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter.
Anna Margaret Hollyman ( Maude )
Anna Margaret Hollyman is an Austin-based actor, writer, and director. She has starred in films that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and Telluride Film Festival. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a bachelor of arts in theatre arts and art history. She most recently starred in Don't Leave Home , a feature filmed in Ireland
by director Michael Tully. Maude is the first film she has written and directed.
Kamau Bilal ( Baby Brother )
Kamau is a filmmaker, film editor, and documentary director of photography working in Missouri. Recently he photographed the HBO-commissioned documentary Stories Women Tell (2016 Tribeca Film Festival), and as an editor he cut A Stray (2016 SXSW Film Festival). He directed Crown Candy , co-directed with David Wilson in 2016, and What Kind of Man . Baby Brother is his latest short. He teaches editing and cinematography classes at the University of Missouri in the School of Visual Studies.
Niki Lindroth von Bahr ( The Burden )
Niki Lindroth von Bahr is an artist and director based in Stockholm. Her films The Burden (2017), Bath House (2014), and Tord and Tord (2010) have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Niki got her master's degree in fine art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She is also a freelancing costume designer and has, together with Nicklas Nilsson, worked with artists like
Fever Ray and David Bowie.
Mariama Diallo ( Hair Wolf )
Mariama Diallo is a Senegalese American writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. In 2015 Mariama co-wrote Everybody Dies! , which was directed by Frances Bodomo and formed part of the feature film Collective: Unconscious premiering at 2016's SXSW Film Festival. In 2016 she wrote and directed the short film Sketch , which had its world premiere at the New York African Film Festival and won the FOX Inclusion Emerging Voices Award at the BlackStar Film Festival.
Kangmin Kim ( JEOM )
Kangmin Kim, co-founder of Studio Zazac, is an award-winning Korean filmmaker and designer based in Los Angeles. His films have screened internationally at several festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, AFI Fest, and more. His latest film, Deer Flower , premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the best animated short award at Aspen Shortsfest, as well as other awards.
Jérémy Comte ( Fauve )
Driven by a passion for skateboarding, Jeremy Comte directed his first short documentary, Feel The Hill , at eighteen years old, landing him a world tour with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Raised in the countryside and later graduating from Concordia University in film production, his connection with nature and curiosity for the human condition deepened with his travels around the globe. Comte is roused by psychological, raw narratives finding meaningful connections through poetic imagery.
Álvaro Gago ( Matria )
Álvaro Gago graduated in audiovisual communication and music in Spain and studied theatre in Chicago and filmmaking in London. His first two short films, Curricán and Bombolles , played and won awards at several film festivals. His most recent short film, Matria , premiered at Valladolid International Film Festival, winning best national film. Currently, he is editing Trote , Xacio Baño’s first feature film, as well as developing both his next short film and first feature film script.
Etienne (Andranic Manet), a serious and impressionable shaggy-haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend (Diane Rouxel) in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. It’s a seemingly idyllic life of the mind—until more complicated matters of the flesh, as well as jealous creativity, intrude. Shooting in timeless black and white and interweaving references to philosophy, music, and cinema—from Pascal to Mahler to Parajanov—Jean Paul Civeyrac conjures a bittersweet ode to the heady days of student life that evokes the films of the French New Wave. – Film Society of Lincoln Center
A beautiful woman is found naked in Times Square, her memory erased, her body covered in a series of coded tattoos. But as "Jane Doe" and the FBI team who discovered her work to decipher, investigate and solve the complex treasure map of her body, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed, as is the truth behind Jane Doe's real identity and the identity of the people who sent her to the FBI in the first place. But what does this nefarious group really want? And can Jane and her teammates stop them in time?
Ex-jailbirds Eddie and Paul are on parole and working in a New York diner. Their lives are a dead end. That is, until English lawyer Katherine Rookwood walks into the diner with an offer they can't refuse.
Jean Cocteau Cinema presents an evening of music and comedy by Carlos Medina.
Music by Carlos Medina y Los Gallos.
Comedy of Graviel De La Plaga!
Yes, by request, Bud Light will be available at the bar!!
Interactive magic workshop for all ages. Join Francis and his warped imagination on an exploration of impossibilities through language, quantum physics, false memories, and the tiny clay stop-motion characters that live in his stomach.
*ATTENDEES WILL NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN DECK OF CARDS OR BUY ONE AT THE THEATRE. We have a variety of decks for sale, including a special Jean Cocteau limited edition deck.
Hella Bella is New Mexico’s favorite drag rock cover band, getting crowds on their feet since 2016. Hella Bella stars drag queen, Bella Gigante, featuring Joe Buffaloe on lead guitar, Sarah Meadows on bass, and Linda Strauss on cello and rhythm guitar, with Clark Libby on drums.
Juleswork Follies will be starring Chris Diestler, Johny Broomdust, Ellchemi Ossorio, Stephen Rommel, Yvette Michelle, Martinez, youth sensation Gabe Lopez, with moral support from Sarah Meadows Danette Sills, dancer Jacqueline Almond, experimentalist Andy Kirkpatrick, and puppeteer performer Devin Ludlow and more!
Professional magician, consultant and inspirer, Francis Menotti has been impressing audiences internationally since 2002. His highly innovative, intelligent presentations are sought by prestigious clientele from the sound stages of Hollywood for the ABC prime time show Deception to the Oval Office, performing at both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Presidential Inaugurations.
A leading creative designer of custom magic for theatre, television and film projects, including the Travel Channel's Dan White Magic Special, the 2013 feature "The Immigrant," and the 2016 feature "Magnificent Seven," Francis is the name in the game for “Very clever stuff,” according to the legendary Steve Martin. With that list of accomplishments, it’s no surprise that Francis fooled Penn & Teller on their hit show Fool Us when he made his appearance in 2015.
He might be based in Philadelphia, but Francis’ magic knows no bounds. Whether working full time with leading actor Jack Cutmore-Scott on Deception, performing for the US Commander in Chief, inspiring business people, or encouraging his peers, Francis Menotti is “The future of magic!” (Teller). (Photo Credit: Chris K Photography)
Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor...
David Troughton returns to the Company as John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus and Gloucester in King Lear.
The Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live to cinemas on 12 September 2018.
A timeless tale that takes place against the backdrop of the segregated coffee fields in 1920s Hawaii - a coming-of-age journey about a young man who transcends the boundaries of race and class in pursuit of a forbidden love.
"Scarred Hearts" is inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher's novel, which is set in 1937. It centers on Emanuel, a man in his early 20s, who spends his days at a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast, suffering from bone tuberculosis. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the full as their bodies slowly wither but their minds refuse to give in. Blecher wrote the text, hailed as a masterpiece on publication in Romania in 1939, as autobiographical notes before he died, after 10 years of suffering, at the age of 29.
Prepare to be amazed as award-winning cult madness of this locally made punk rock puppet musical series continues in The Love That Would Not Die part 2 of 1, ‘Synthesize Me’. Old friends, catchy tunes, new characters, better lighting. Picking up from the cliffhanger of the last episode, ‘Synthesize Me’ follows Stan and Sock Dog as they try to rescue the Kid, get Stan back to gather with his ex, save the world from a pharmaceutical zombie apocalypse and banal club music, all while keeping a positive attitude; to do so they’ll need supernatural help in the form of underground music legend Space Lady (as herself). But will it be enough to counter the terrifying new dangers of deranged scientist Jartek and glam punk rock diva Lydia (Jessie DeLuxe)?
The Magic of Adulting with Francis Menotti ft. Lindsey Noel.
A brand new not-so-family-friendly comedy magic show featuring all the wit, charm, and mind-blowing illusion Francis Menotti is lauded for, but with a slightly salacious shift in tone. This experience contains some profanity, sexual innuendo, partial nudity, and a LOT of saucy, fun audience interaction, so no one under 18 allowed. Special guest (and sharp-witted mentalist) Lindsey Noel joins in the performance for a truly memorable evening of magic, mirth, and a little bit of dirt.
You are no longer in the world you know. You have stepped into the Hall of Heroes, a place where all the greatest tales of adventure throughout all space and time are kept. Guided by the enigmatic and charismatic Archivist, one lucky audience member will have the chance to take part in the greatest story ever told. A choose-your-own-adventure where anything and everything can happen based on the whims and choices of the audience/hero of the evening! One actor, One audience member, endless adventure. Accompanied by a live score.
In this wilderness adventure, Lia, a 16 year-old urban princess, is sent to spend the summer with her Gwich'in grandmother in a small Arctic Circle community. Desperate to return to city life she steals a boat and sets out into the vast Northern wilderness hoping to reach the nearest town. Totally lost, she is discovered by Alfred, a Gwich'in hunter who reluctantly takes her under his wing as he navigates the massive landscape in search of caribou. When Alfred is severely wounded in a bear attack Lia pushes on and fights to save both of their lives.
Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books: 120 Songs of Tom Russell; Tough Company - Letters with Charles Bukowski; Blue Horse Red Desert: the Art of Tom Russell; Blodsport a crime novel published by Aschehoug, Norway; and - And Then I Wrote: The Songwriter Speaks, with Sylvia Tyson.
Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others.
In 2015 Russell released a 52 track "folk opera" on the West, The Rose of Roscrae, was deemed: maybe the most important Americana record of all time by UK Folk, the top Folk album of 2105 by Mojo Magazine, and hailed in top ten lists in two dozen publications including The Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on the David Letterman TV show five times.
His latest release is Folk Hotel.
Reviews - Fall 2017
Folk Hotel is almost certainly the best Americana album of 2017 and the lyrics are some of the very best of the last decade. Tom Russell is one of the key songwriters of the last twenty years or so. He must now be included on any list of great songwriters which would also include important people like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams.
Country Music People, Paul Riley, 12/17
Mythical America explored by brilliant Americana songwriter...Russell is a riveting storyteller.
Peter Watts, UNCUT, Oct. 2017
Tom Russell's 'Folk Hotel' keeps it simple, beautiful — and Hank Williams pays a visit...
Chicago Tribune, 9/6/17, Steve Knopper,
One of the top three records of 2017... RNR Magazine
As ruggedly romantic as ever...Russell is a treasure.
Colin Irwin, Mojo, Oct. 2017
A master class in songwriting by an important singer. #2 in the top ten records of 2017. Some of Mr. Russell's best songs ever... CMP UK
Folk Hotel continues to distinguish what makes Russell a master songwriter...fascinating details, quirky characters, and sophisticated narrative structure.
The Austin Chronicle, 9/15/17
Immaculately crafted songs from one of America's greatest troubadour-poets. Folk Roots 10/10/17
More than two dozen albums in, Russell seems to somehow go deeper and grab tighter and more urgently with each new work. In a run of exceptional records spanning decades, this one is, what Russell's fellow Angelino James Ellroy might term, Tom's "latest classic." Craig MacDonald, 10/7/17
Russell gives us detail enough to imagine the characters’ lives behind the lyrics. Just as Dickens gave us everyday protagonists in 19th century London, treated as persons not caricatures, Russell’s songs do this for America; not the New-Adam-Frontier-America with John Ford characters who created the nation state but the modern America of the common man. Mike Wistow, FOLKING UK 10/17
Folk Hotel, Tom’s brilliant new masterwork; a collection that comes hot on the heels of his "Play One More - The Songs of Ian and Sylvia. " Tom Russell is the finest songwriter of my generation. He proves it, yet again, on Folk Hotel.
Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots/Folk Branches
In the 1990’s Tom Russell was, along with Dave Alvin, hailed as the architect of what came to be known as Americana music. Folk Hotel is album number 36 for Russell and, in 2017, he has surely delivered one of the Americana albums of the year... 9/10 Peter Churchill, Americana UK 8/30/17
“Folk Hotel” is yet another superb album from Tom Russell. If you know his music already, you won’t be disappointed by this latest offering. If you don’t know Tom’s music, this is as good a place as any to start.
Peter Cowley, FATEA
This isn't just the next album, "Folk Hotel" is a very distinct shift of emphasis back to one man playing guitar and singing songs...If this becomes Russell’s new direction, then the future of the storytelling tradition is in safe hands.
No Depression, Lyndon Bolton 8/17
Tom Russell really doesn’t like to be pigeonholed. He appears to only have one rule in his artistic vision, and that’s the primacy of the story; anything else is fair game...Folk Hotel is a beautifully put together set of songs that show Russell at the top of his game. Penguin Eggs, 9/17 Canada
“Folk Hotel” is quite brilliant. Brilliant because no one writes songs with this kind of imagery and this level of intricacy is seldom in folk, nor does it ever sound this weather-worn. Folk, blues, country, poetry, call this whatever you want. The truth is it is all of these things, but so much more. Tom Russell has many people jealous of his talents, wishing they could do this too, but he’s largely without peer. A five-star hotel if ever there was one.
Maximum Volume Music 8/17
Any perceived exhausting elements to grasping the underpinning value of a Tom Russell album are blown away by the riches that this influential Americana scribe lays out. FOLK HOTEL will keep a listener on their toes and retains a tendency to reveal a little bit more in each play. This is the fruit of a legendary singer-songwriter at work and every small share keeps the spirit alive. In a JFK twist – ask not what Tom Russell can do for you, but what you can do for Tom Russell.
Three Chords and The Truth, 9/1/17
If there was any justice in the world Russell would have achieved megastar status long ago, and this veteran performer's finest album to date finds him revelling in the evocative imagery of string of captivating narratives led by "Harlan Clancy." 100 Syndicated Regional Newspapers - UK - 8/30/17
On songs like Rise Against Handsome Johnny , Harlan Clancy and The Last Time I Saw Hank Tom Russell shows that he can take Irish romanticism, history and memories and produce music that is both all his own and that owns Americana. Northern Sky 10/17
Close your eyes and be transported. Not just to Greenwich Village, New York and America’s West, but to Copenhagen, Belfast and Swansea, from whence Dylan Thomas – dedicatee of “The Sparrow of Swansea” – set out on his adventures... Russell is an architect of Americana. The veteran U.S songwriter remains at the top of his game... Buy Folk Hotel and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, dim the lights and settle into a comfy chair. It’s all the company you need.
Liz Thomson, The Arts Desk, 9/3/17
Alongside his friend and compatriot Dave Alvin there’s a bloody good argument that Tom Russell helped invent what we now call Americana Music...as the record title, "Folk Hotel," implies - here he goes back to what he does better than anyone else these days; writing incredibly complex stories and making them sound beautifully warm and simple.
The Rocking Magpie 8/30/17
Folk Hotel, his 14-track, 71-minute latest release, is one of the best and maybe even the best of all the items in his catalog. Put this record on your must-buy list and then start saving your money. After you hear Folk Hotel, you’re going to want to own a lot more from Russell’s engrossing catalog.
JEFF BURGER, NO DEPRESSSION 9/5/17
For his fortieth album folk singer-songwriter Tom Russell has created a record the likes of which we haven’t seen or heard in more than fifty years— a master at the top of his game. Folk Hotel is a historical novel in 13 songs, something Robert Graves might have written if he had been a songwriter instead of a novelist... it is a towering achievement. It has Grammy written all over it. He has brought folk music in its great tableau out of the dark closets of long-stored and cherished memories into the bright sunshine of waking dreams and day-to-day reality.
Ross Altman, Phd. Folkworks.org 9/8/17
The erudite, engaging Russell likes to populate his songs with vivid, larger than life characters...Russell is an artist who flies under the radar but deserves a bigger audience. 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars. The Sun/UK 9/817
Russell delivered a powerful and often witty performance filled with stories of his encounters with Johnny Cash, David Letterman, and others. It was quite evident that Russell is a national treasure whose music should be better known throughout America. Gary Stoller, No Depression 10/2/17
Based on a true story, funny, irreverent, heartfelt and real, with Linda Chorney playing herself, this is the story of a singer-songwriter’s wild ride toward finally being “almost famous” after thirty years of gigging on the road. Will being the first truly independent musician nominated for a Grammy be her big break - or break her?