For the vast majority of us out there who would love to go to this year's Sundance Film Festival but because of dumb things like "work" or "expensive plane tickets" can't, the benevolent technological overlords at Apple have got our hook-up!
In a partnership with Apple's iTunes Music Store, Sundance and Shorts International have announced today that they will make available 10 short films selected to screen during the film festival as free (yup, free) downloads via their online media store (available in the US, UK and Canada only). The offer will only be available starting today through January 25, so film geeks should act now.
After the jump, check out the official announcement and a rundown of the films that are currently available for download on the iTunes Music Store.
“The Sundance Film Festival’s annual short film program has established itself as one of the event’s hottest tickets” stated Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of Shorts International. “We are delighted to work with the festival to bring the shorts program to US iTunes stores for a third year while expanding the ‘10/10’ release in iTunes stores in the UK and Canada.”
10/10: SHORT FILMS FREE ON WWW.ITUNES.COM/SUNDANCE
Beginning January 15, visit www.itunes.com/sundance to view a selection of 10 short films from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The 10/10 roster is a sampling of the Festival programs representing a variety of countries, styles, genres, and stories all at one distinct location.
Acting for the Camera (Director: Justin Nowell; Screenwriter: Thomas Nowell)—An acting class. Today’s scene: the orgasm from ‘When Harry Met Sally.’
Countertransference (Director: Madeleine Olnek;Screenwriters: Madeleine Olnek and Cast)—A comedy about an awkward woman with assertiveness problems who seeks the questionable help of a therapist.
HUG (Director: Khary Jones)—Drew is a musician with a contract ready to sign. When Asa, his friend and manager, realizes Drew is off his meds the across-town drive to sign the contract becomes significantly more complicated.
Field Notes From Dimension X: Oasis (Director: Carson Mell)—Captain Fred T. Rogard muses in isolation on planet Oasis.
From Burger It Came (Director: Dominic Bisignano)—An animated film that recounts early 1980s-era Cold War fears of a young boy in middle America. Using a variety of techniques, the visual narrative is colorfully assembled over semi-documentary audio conversations between a grown adult recounting his fears and his mother’s memory of the time and her own concerns.
I Live In The Woods (Director: Max Winston)—A Woodsman’s fast-paced journey, fueled by happiness, slaughter, and a confrontation with America’s God.
Instead of Abracadabra/Sweden (Director and Screenwriter: Patrik Eklund) —Tomas is a little bit too old to still be living with his parents, but his dream of becoming a magician leaves him with no other option.
James/Northern Ireland (Director: Connor Clements)—A young man grapples with the impulses and thoughts about being gay.
Magnetic Movie/UK (Directors: Semiconductor: Ruth Jarman + Joe Gerhardt)—Natural magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries, as scientists from NASA’s space sciences laboratory excitedly describe their discoveries.
This Way Up/UK (Directors: Adam Foulkes, Alan Smith; Screenwriters: Adam Foulkes, Alan Smith, Christopher O’Reilly)—Laying the dead to rest has never been so much trouble.
Are you gonna check out the shorts? If so, come back and let us know which ones you liked best.