Lots of feature films get big buzz at the Sundance Film Festival, but it takes a special short film to start the same kind of chatter. That happened earlier this year with Riley Stearns‘ The Cub. The simple, gory, and hilarious short film got lots of people talking. How? By showing what happens when a couple drops their daughter in the woods to be brought up by wild animals.
Where most short filmmakers use their precious little time to showcase wild effects or crazy camera moves, Stearns focuses on tension, humor and storytelling. It’s a great short and after eight months on the festival circuit, it’s now online.