Continuing its commitment to short film, Sundance has expanded its short film section - so we've split our coverage. This year's selection of 41 films are split into dramatic, documentary, animation and a new experiemental category. They "reinforce the genre as one which represents creativity and technological innovation".
My Olympic Summer and Pilgrimage
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Brent Green; Writer: Brent Green)
A diabetic Aunt moves in with her family to hasten her own death. This stop-motion piece uses life-sized wooden characters and taxidermied chickens, set in the farmhouse of the filmmaker's childhood.
The Crown (La Corona)
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Amanda Micheli, Isabel Vega)
The contestants are murderers, guerillas, and thieves. The winner will be crowned Queen, but she won't be invited on a press tour as a role model for young girls. Instead, she will be escorted back to her cell.
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Isabella Rossellini; Writer: Isabella Rossellini; Stars: Isabella Rossellini)
A series about the sex lives of bugs, insects, and various creatures. The films are a comical, but insightful study of the curious ways that "bugs" make love.
Kids + Money
(Country: USA, IMDb USA section; Year: 2008; Director: Lauren Greenfield; Writer: Lauren Greenfield)
Money talks. Teens in Los Angeles discuss money: getting it, spending it, and learning to live without it.
My Olympic Summer
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Daniel Robin; Writer: Daniel Robin, MR Dhar; Stars: MR Dhar, Annette Bhole, Etta Robin, Stanley Robin, Debbie Robin)
A discovery prompts a filmmaker to re-examine his parents' relationships.
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Tadashi Nakamura; Writer: Karen Ishizuka; Stars: Warren Furutani, Sandy Maeshiro, Victor Shibata, Mo Nishida, June Kuramoto, Jim Matsuoka)
A tribute to the small group of Japanese Americans in the late 1960s who transformed an abandoned WWII concentration camp into a symbol of retrospection and solidarity for people of all ages, races and nations.
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Tim Sternberg; Stars: Salim Muhammad)
Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata with his wife and five children. Since the age of 10 he has made a living using a hand-cranked projector to screen discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods.