Sundance shorts a click away

"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion"

"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion" (Credit: "Catnip: Egress to Oblivion" )

While Sundance movies such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon's Addiction" and "Mud," starring Matthew McConaughey, have gotten the lion's share of the attention during the festival's first weekend, some of the most interesting filmmaking can be found in its shorts program.

And the best part of all? You don't even need to go to Utah to experience a sizable chunk of it. You can see them on YouTube.

At the same time, Focus Forward, an initiative from General Electric and Cinelan sponsoring short films about innovation will premiere mini Sundance flicks Tuesday on its Vimeo page (vimeo.com/focusforwardfilms).

These are the Sundance shorts on YouTube right now.

"Black Metal" is about a black metal singer grappling with the consequences of his music after a fan kills someone.

In "Broken Night" a woman drives across an empty, hilly landscape with her daughter.

"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion" looks at the dark side of catnip.

"Irish Folk Furniture" is an animated documentary about antique furniture in Ireland.

"Marcel, King of Teruven" is the first Greek tragedy featuring Belgian roosters that you've ever seen. We promise.

"Movies Made from Home #6" depicts a game of hide and seek.

"The Event" is a dark animated flick about "love and a severed foot at the end of the world," as the Sundance programmers succinctly put it.


"The Roper" transports you into the world of rodeo, as a black man competes across the South.

"Seraph," from animator-graphic novelist Dash Shaw ("The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD) and John Cameron Mitchell, offers an Impressionistic, six-minute- 42-second look at a man's difficult life. It's set to two songs from Sigur Ros' album "Valtari."

Sometimes, it's OK to have bulging pockets full of old receipts, tissues and other random items. Your pocket assortment might even help you find a lady. That's the message of "What Do We Have in Our Pockets?" that is based on a short story by Israeli author Etgar Keret.

In "When the Zombies Come," workers at a hardware story are unhealthily obsessed with the undead.

"The Apocalypse," about friends spending an unusual weekend afternoon together, stars the great Martin Starr of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Party Down" fame. And he's reason enough to justify a click.

Tags: ENTERTAINMENT , SUNDANCE , ROBERT LEVIN

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