From last year's "Stories We Tell" to the controversial "The Act of Killing," the hybrid documentary is going from strength to convention-busting strength. But British documentary seems to be pushing the boundaries even further in challenging the genres of music, biography and archive film. Why is this and what does it tell us about the role of artists and musicians in documentary filmmaking? Join the creative partnerships behind three recent festival hits for an exploration of what went into stretching the limits of the form, an insight into the unusual collaborations between director and subject, and a look at the questions these films pose about memory, truth and the creative process. Panelists are: Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace, composer and director of "The Big Melt"; Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell, subjects of "The Possibilities are Endless"; Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, directors of "20,000 Days on Earth"; Moderated by Tabitha Jackson, director, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute. Presented in association with BRITDOC and Sheffield DocFest.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM
SHORT FILM PROGRAM 1
Cruising Electric (1980) (U.S.) (Director and screenwriter: Brumby Boylston) -- The marketing department green-lights a red-light tie-in: 60 lost seconds of modern movie merchandising. International Premiere
Dawn (U.S.) (Director: Rose McGowan, Screenwriters: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller) -- Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. Dawn is the directorial debut of actress Rose McGowan (Planet Terror). International Premiere
Exchange & Mart (U.K.) (Directors: Cara Connolly, Martin Clark, Screenwriter: Cara Connolly) -- Reg is a lonely girl at a remote Scottish boarding school where paranoia about rape is rife. Her unorthodox self-defense class provides the human touch she craves so deeply. When she is attacked in the woods, she knows what she has to do...
Love. Love. Love. (Russia) (Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram) -- Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms. Winner of a Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-fiction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Marilyn Myller (U.S., U.K.) (Director and screenwriter: Mikey Please) -- Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayeth. Marilyn is trying really hard to create something good. For once, her expectation and reality are going to align. It will be epic. It will be tear-jerkingly profound. It will be perfect. Nothing can go wrong.
Notes on Blindness (U.K., U.S., Australia) (Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney) -- In 1983, writer and theologian John Hull became blind. To help make sense of his loss, he began keeping an audio diary. Encompassing dreams, memories, and his imaginative life, Notes on Blindness immerses the viewer in Hull's experience of blindness.
Of God and Dogs (Syria) (Director: Abounaddara Collective) -- A young, free Syrian soldier confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. He promises to take vengeance on the God who led him to commit the murder. Winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. European Premiere
Phantom Limb (U.K., Australia) (Director and screenwriter: Alex Grigg) -- James and Martha narrowly survive a motorcycle accident. During the aftermath, however, James begins to experience Martha's phantom pains.
The winner of the Sundance London Short Film Competition will be the tenth short film featured in this program.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM 2
Afronauts (U.S.) (Director and screenwriter: Frances Bodomo) -- On July 16th 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events. UK Premiere
"Burger" (U.K., Norway) (Director and screenwriter: Magnus Mork) -- It's late night in a burger bar in Wales... Winner of a Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
The Cut (Canada) (Director and screenwriter: Genevieve Dulude-Decelles) -- The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut. Winner of the Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked (Israel) (Directors: Yuval Hameiri) -- A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone. Winner of the Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann (Ireland) (Director: Ciaran Cassidy) -- In 2009, a man claiming to be from Austria arrived in the town of Sligo, Ireland. During his final days, Peter Bergmann went to great lengths to ensure no one ever discovered who he was and where he came from. UK Premiere
Life's a Bitch (Canada) (Director: Francois Jaros, Screenwriter: Guillaume Lambert) -- Love. Grief. Choc. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Mucus. Masturbation. Pop tart. Pigeons. Toothpaste. Hospital. Fk. Bye. Hair. Sports. Chicken. Bootie. Kids. Rejection. Squirrels. Cries. Awkward--95 scenes, five minutes: life's a bitch. UK Premiere
MeTube: August Sings Carmen "Habanera" (Austria) (Director and screenwriter: Daniel Moshel) -- George Bizet's "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, an homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.
The Obvious Child (U.K.) (Director and screenwriter: Stephen Irwin) -- Somebody broke the girl's parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess.
Yearbook (U.S.) (Director and screenwriter: Bernardo Britto) -- A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up. Winner of the Short Film Jury Award: Animation at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. International Premiere
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