At the Speed this weekend: Sundance Festival short film tour; here’s the program

The tour’s eight films are being screened at the new Speed Museum Cinema.

Each year, Sundance receives more than 8,000 short film submissions, selecting 60 to 80 to screen during the January festival, with eight picked for the tour traveling to more than 50 cities nationwide. This is one of very few theatrical releases of short films in America. Recommended for audiences over 13 due to thematic elements.

Tickets: $7 for members, $9 for non-members. Buy tickets here. Here’s the lineup:

Affections
Written and directed by Bridey Elliott. U.S., 16 minutes.
This comedy about isolation and loneliness follows a young woman who is adrift and seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.

Bacon & God’s Wrath
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction, Presented by YouTube
Written and directed by Sol Friedman. Canada, 9 minutes.
A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

Edmond
Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Presented by YouTube
Written and directed by Nina Gantz. United Kingdom, 9 minutes.
Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others is strong—maybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his options, he reflects on his defining moments in search of the origin of his desires.

Her Friend Adam
Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance (Grace Glowicki)
Written and directed by Ben Petrie. Canada, 17 minutes.
A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

Jungle
Written and directed by Asantewaa Prempeh. U.S., 13 minutes.
The lines between trust, betrayal, and forgiveness are intertwined for two Senegalese vendors as they try to make a living on the streets of New York City.

The Grandfather Drum
Written and directed by Michelle Derosier. Canada, 13 minutes.
As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, the elder Naamowin builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people.

The Procedure
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction, Presented by YouTube
Written and directed by Calvin Lee Reeder. U.S., 4 minutes.
A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.

Thunder Road
Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube
Written and directed by Jim Cummings. U.S., 13 minutes.
Officer Arnaud loved his mom.

About the new cinema

Part of the expansion of the museum, and one of the newest attractions, is the 142-seat cinema, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including 16-mm, 35-mm and DCI-compliant 4K digital projection systems.

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