The 2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 91-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from the 2018 Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launch-pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years.
“Ranging from light diversion to neorealism to a one-of-a-kind look into the abyss, this year’s Short Film Tour is a well-balanced variety pack containing some gems.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
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. 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.
Maude – 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 gets caught. (Dir. by Anna Margaret Hollyman, 2018, USA, 10 mins., Not Rated)
Baby Brother – The director’s baby brother moves back in with his parents. (Dir. by Kamau Bilal, 2018, USA, 14 mins., Not Rated)
The Burden Sweden – 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. (Dir. by Niki Lindroth von Bahr, 2018, Sweden, 14 mins., Not Rated)
Hair Wolf – 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. Winner of a Short Film Jury Award! (Dir. by Mariama Diallo, 2018, USA, 12 mins., Not Rated)
JEOM – 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. (Dir. by Kangmin Kim, 2018, USA/South Korea, in Korean with English subtitles, 4 mins., Not Rated)
Fauve – In a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. Winner of a Short Film Jury Award! (Dir. by Jérémy Comte, 2018, Canada, in French with English subtitles, 16 mins., Not Rated)
Matria – Faced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter. Winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize! (Dir. by Álvaro Gago, 2018, Spain, in Spanish with English subtitles, 21 mins., Not Rated)
Total program running time: 91 mins.