2010 Sundance Film Festival Short Films Announced

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The Sundance Institute have announced the short films selected to screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Movieline was the first to break the story, but the press release is now public. Some of the notable films include Spike Jonze’s robot love short film I’m Here which stars Andrew Garfield, Herbert White, a short film he directed earlier this year by James Franco, who is already at the fest with his feature-length film Howl, Rory Kennedy’s The Fence, as well as short films from Nicholas Jasenovec, Ira Sachs, and Patrik Eklund.

This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises 70 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 6,092 submissions up 8% over 2009. So, yes, for the most part the program is made up of filmmakers you’ve never heard of — but that’s exactly why you should care.

The Sundance Film Festival’s shorts program has long been established as a discovery for directors, including: Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O Russell, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Tamara Jenkins, Ted Demme, Tim Blake Nelson, Alexander Payne, Paul Dinello, Martin McDonagh, and Jason Reitman.

So it is a chance to discover some of tomorrow’s great filmmakers. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Mean Magazine has created a new series of online short films called CineMash, which lets celebrity talent mash up their favorite scenes from classic movies. In past weeks we’ve posted Sid and Nancy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days of Summer), Cheech & Chong enter the computer world of Tron to settle a heated debate about the price of cannabis, and the cult action flick Point Break starring Reno 911′s Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant and Human Giant’s Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel.

Last week, while we were caught in the Comic-Con madness, we missed the latest cinemash release — Channing Tatum (GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Charlyne Yi (Paper Heart) play “an appealingly off-beat couple wax romantic and can’t stop moving to the music as they mix intimacy and hilarity in a scene from the megahit movie” Dirty Dancing.. The short is written by Paper Heart writer/director Nicholas Jasenovec and Kashy Khaledi and written by Jasenovec and Yi. Watch it now after the jump.
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Paper Heart Movie Trailer

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Paper Heart was one of the most talked about films going into Sundance 2009, and ended up winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The film starts out as a documentary.Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Paper Heart follows Charlyne as she embarks on a quest across America to explore the  the one subject she doesn’t fully understand.But the film is also partly a scripted, telling the blossoming relationship between Charlyne and real life boyfriend Michael Cera. Will Charlyne be transformed into a true believer? The answer is more complicated than what you might expect.

The film’s trailer was attached to 17 Again, and is now available online thanks to Apple. Overture Films will be releasing the movie in theaters on August 7th. I think this film is actually quite clever, and that most people that screened the film at Sundance almost completely missed (or should I say, didn’t even notice) the story’s multi-layered story (read the spoiler section of my review ONLY after you have seen the movie). Check out the trailer after the jump and tell me what you think in the comments below.

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Sundance Movie Review: Paper Heart

Paper Heart was one of my most anticipated films going into Sundance. A quasi-documentary with meta elements, It’s definitely not a mockumentary because some of the interviews and situations are very real. In a few ways Paper Heart is a great companion piece to Mark Webb’s 500 Days of Summer, which is also being shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

Comedian/actress Charlyne Yi has never been in love and is not even sure if she is capable of loving someone. And the concept of the documentary is born, as Yi goes on an across country journey to try to further understand the concept of love. Along the way she interviews married couples, newly weds, divorcees, a gay couple, a romance novelist, scientists, a married judge and lawyer, a psychic, a group of young children, and even some of her friends – Seth Rogen, Demetri Martain and more. And Li also meets real-life boyfriend Michael Cera, playing himself, and begins to develop a relationship that may or may not lead to true love. Will Charlyne be transformed into a true believer? The answer is much more complicated than what you might expect.

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