Sweet and succinct, shorts are the little films that could. Here are the films that play before some of our features. In addition, T/F 2013 features three shorts compilations listed on the Films page: The Ascent of Man, Boys & Their Toys, and Lost & Found.
- Bradley Manning Had SecretsDir. Adam Butcher; 6 min.
Internet chat transcripts paint a complicated portrait of Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning. (Plays with Captain and his Pirate)
- Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Dir. Jason Willis; 6 min.
Long seen as an innocuous substance, this psychedelic scourge afflicts the worldwide feline population. (Plays with Gimme Truth!)
- Dear Valued GuestsDir. Jarred Alterman and Paul Sturtz; 2013; 15 min.
Columbia’s world-famous Regency Hotel is set to be demolished, but before the wrecking ball arrives, a ragtag group of artists takes over the top floor. (Plays with The Village at the End of the World)
- Declaration of WarDir. Dustin Guy Defa; 2013; 6 min.
A haunting compilation of C-SPAN footage taken from the day George Bush announced “Operation Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan. This mesmerizing short opens a new window into how government officials embraced the war. (Plays on The Great Wall)
- DonkeyDir. David Redmon & Ashley Sabin; 2013; 9 min.
Using beautiful cinematography, Redmon and Sabin transform these dirty, creatures of work into majestic, gorgeous animals. (Plays on The Great Wall)
- Drive ThruDir. Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert; 2013; 10 min.
The exotic phenomenon known as the American Beer Drive Thru becomes an immersive experience in this three-camera split screen short. Shot entirely in Dayton, Ohio, which appears to have a higher beer drive thru per capita ratio than most cities. (Plays on The Great Wall)
- Dusty NightDir. Ali Hazara; 2011; 20 min.
Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of Kabul’s street sweepers, who spend their nights shifting a never-ending supply of heavy dust. (Plays with Garden of Eden)
- Magnetic ReconnectionDir. Kyle Armstrong; 2012; 13 min.
This is an experience that is most fitting at night, outdoors and on a giant wall. Armstrong directs narrator Will Oldham to dissect light and time against decaying man-made structures of the 20th century creating a luminescent piece which juxtaposes these rusted, ugly industrial structures against the beautiful and forever-present Northern Lights. (Plays on The Great Wall)
- Marcel, King of TervurenDir. Tom Schroeder; 2012; 6 min.
Marcel, a Belgian rooster, won’t die in this mesmerizing animated short, which unfolds like a Greek tragedy. (Plays with These Birds Walk)
- Mémoire Impossible/Impossible MemoryDir. Jarred Alterman; 2013; 9 min.
Alterman creates an homage to the legendary director Chris Marker by combining his La Jetée and Sans Soleil with Marker's favorite film
Vertigo into a science fiction adventure. Marker, who passed away July 29, would have undoubtedly loved to have time-traveled through these newly uncovered portals. "People say only time can heal a wound, but I think it’s the other way around- time heals everything but the wound." – Chris Marker (Plays on The Great Wall)
- My Favorite Picture of YouDir. Dir. Dan Lindsay & T.J. Martin; 2013; 4 min.
In this tender, heartbreaking short from the directors of Undefeated (T/F 2012) an elderly couple endeavors to remember their love. (Plays with Stories We Tell)
- The Other DayDir. Victor Kossakovsky; 1991; 10 min.
On the day Leningrad turned into Saint Petersburg, 2012 True Vision honoree Victor Kossakovsky found a dead body on the street. (Plays with Winter Go Away!)
- SlomoDir. Joshua Izenberg; 2013; 16 min.
Streetside philosopher Slomo may be considered crazy – he rollerblades in super slow-motion, often with one leg pointed heaven-ward – but he’s “not an asshole.” (Plays with I Am Breathing)
- Tina Delivers a GoatDir. Joe Callander; 2013; 2 min.
Which shows the well-intentioned paving stones which comprise the road to hell. (Plays with Secret Screening Green)
- Vladimir Putin in Deep ConcentrationDir. Dana O'Keefe & Sasha Kliment; 2013; 10 min.
From the man who brought you 2012’s “Aaron Burr, Pt. II,” this is a movie about an implacably blank face. And a very distinctive walk. It's terrifying. (Plays with Secret Screening Red)
- You Can't Always Get What You WantDir. Scott Calonico; 2012; 9 min.
Recently declassified White House tapes show President Johnson struggling with daily issues in the Oval Office, including troublesome telephone operators and limited dessert options. (Plays on The Great Wall)