The 2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 90-minute theatrical program of seven short films curated from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, including two Festival Award-winning titles. Considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers, the Festival includes fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world. Throughout its almost 40 years of history, the Festival has always supported short films, providing a platform for both established and new filmmakers to connect with audiences.
The 2023 Short Film Tour program is a sampling of Festival offerings and a testament to the unique storytelling potential that the format holds. Audiences who missed the Sundance Film Festival – which took place online and in-person in Park City, Utah January 19 through January 29 this year – can enjoy a mix of fiction, documentary, and animated shorts that are funny, sad, inspirational, and full of strong characters.
Help Me Understand / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Aemilia Scott, Producers: Paul Feig,
Laura Fischer, Kesila Childers, Erica Fishman, Amy Geist) — Six women come to a consensus. Fiction.
Cast: Dana Powell, Dierdre Friel, Rachael Harris, Nicole Michelle Haskins, Kate Flannery, Ken Marino,
Inglorious Liaisons / France/Belgium (Directors and Screenwriters: Chloé Alliez, Violette Delvoye,
Producers: Jean-François Le Corre, Mathieu Courtois, William Henne) — On the night of a big party for
Lucie, Maya, and their friends, Jimmy has also come. Everyone knows he is here for Maya, but does she
have the same feelings for Jimmy? Fiction/Animation. Cast: Evmorfia Spanoudis, Hélène Bolenge Boteku
Parker / United States (Directors: Catherine Hoffman, Sharon Liese, Producers: Sharon Liese, Funmi
Ogunro, Samantha Hake) — Three generations of a Kansas City family are finally unified when they do
something that countless other Black Americans could not — choose their own last name. Non-Fiction.
Pro Pool / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Alec Pronovost, Producer: Patrick Francke-Sirois) —
Newly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and civilization, Charles-Olivier struggles to find a job in his field and must rely on a clerk position in a pool shop. Feeling down, he navigates his gig as best he can. Fiction Cast: Louis Carrière, Alexis Martin, Sylvie De Morais, Sébastien Rajotte, Oussama Fares,
Rest Stop / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Crystal Kayiza, Producers: Jalena Keane-Lee,
Brit Fryer) — On a bus ride from New York to Oklahoma, Meyi, a young Ugandan-American girl, realizes
her place in the world through her mother’s ambitious effort to reunite their family. Fiction. Cast: Leeanna
E. Tushabe, Alicia Basiima, Khalid Semakula, Robert Wanyama, Margaret Bisase, Olivia Nantongo. Short
Film Jury Award: US Fiction.
Take Me Home / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Liz Sargent, Producer: Minos Papas) — After
their mother’s death, a cognitively disabled woman and her estranged sister must learn to communicate
in order to move forward. Fiction. Cast: Anna Sargent, Jeena Yi, Joan Sargent
When You Left Me On That Boulevard / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang
Producers: Alifya Ali, David Oconer, Udoy Rahim, Samantha Skinner) — Teenager Ly and her cousins get
high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house in southeast San Diego in 2006.
Fiction. Cast: Kailyn Dulay, Melissa Arcaya, Elle Rodriguez, Whitney Agustin, Gina May Gimongala, Allan
Wayne Anderson. Short Film Grand Jury Prize.
Wed, Aug 9 7:30pm
Avon Members $9
General Public $14.50