Easily the most heart-wrenching, emotionally draining film I’ve ever seen is Kurt Kuenne‘s devistaing, enraging, but incredible documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. If you haven’t seen it, head to Netflix or Amazon and watch it now with a big box of tissues. It’ll make the news that comprises the rest of this story even more exciting than it is on its own.

The director of that film has just sold the distribution rights to his follow-up, a low budget sci-fi film called Shuffle, that could be described as a mashup of Memento and Groundhog Day. Coming off a successful festival run, Screen Media Films will release it in theaters and VOD later this summer.

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Big Directors Small Films: Kurt Kuenne’s Validation

Composer turned filmmaker Kurt Kuenne‘s short film Validation is “a fable about the magic of free parking.” Bones star TJ Thyne stars as Hugh Newman. Some of you might recognize Kurt as the director of one of this year’s best films — a heart wrenching documentary called Dear Zachary (if you haven’t seen it, don’t even read anything about it — just rent it — YOU NEED TO SEE IT). I was originally hesitant to include this short as part of /Film’s Big Directors Small Films series, as I’m afraid not enough people know who Kuenne is yet, but I’m sure thats about to change. Dear Zachary is probably one of this year’s best. Kuenne’s short won a bunch of awards at film festivals across the country. Thanks to /Film reader Andreas C for the tip.