Managing Cynicism: This Year’s Great Crop of Sundance Online Shorts

Really pleased to have stumbled across this blog. I had no idea that Sundance had partnered with Yahoo to make a selection of Sundance 2012 shorts available online. I hope you enjoy them. If I can find the time, I’ll post my comments on them soon.

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Maybe I’m a bit cynical. That’s not true. I’m excessively cynical. I could claim it comes naturally once you’ve seen too many movies, but that doesn’t seem like a good enough excuse. And the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s online shorts are a perfectly illustrative example of why any exhausted approach to new movies is a bad idea.

American independent film has arguably hit a point of stylistic ferment. There’s a ton of exciting and innovative new work produced every year, but there’s also a growing list of aggravating indie film trends. Documentaries about cute old people doing something unexpected en masse, raucous banter-heavy family comedies, quirky teenagers that talk like cynical 30-somethings. It’s true that each of these styles initially caught on because of some genuinely excellent films, but that doesn’t make the inferior ones any less irritating. If I were to say “oh, it was just another bad Sundance…

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About Darwin Franks

Filmmaker, Cinephile, Writer, Athiest, Civil Servant

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