Curated by Sundance Programmer Mike Plante, the 
New Program of Critically Acclaimed Short Documentaries is Available Now for Streaming


New York, NY (February 2, 2015) - SundanceNow Doc Club, the streaming video subscription service for documentary lovers, announced today that "The Best of Sundance Shorts," a program of 12 acclaimed Sundance documentary shorts curated by Sundance Programmer Mike Plante, is now available online. Links to view specific shorts are available upon request.


Of the program, curator and Sundance Programmer Mike Plante said: "The very first films ever made were documentary shorts: Someone with a camera filming what was happening right in front of them. One reel of film. Audiences were fascinated. These recent shorts are the descendants of that exciting, inventive documentary family tree. I hoped to capture that magic of the first films, being dropped into someone else's world with no expectations."


As a complement to "The Best of Sundance Shorts," Doc Club recently presented a panel at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival called "Short Films are the New Long," featuring Lucy Walker, Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki and Katie Metcalfe, and moderated by Doc Club's resident curator Thom Powers. Clips of the panel are available to download here.


Documentaries in the program include:

· BORN SWEET (Cynthia Wade, 2010, 28 minutes; Winner, Sundance Short Filmmaking Award - Honorable Mention)
A 15-year-old boy from rural Cambodia struggles with the chronic sickness brought on by the arsenic-laced water in his small village.

· BUFFALO COMMON (Billy Brown, 2002, 22 minutes)
A beautifully shot chronicle of the American Midwest and its deteriorating industries.  

CATNIP: EGRESS TO OBLIVION? (Tom Stokes, 2012, 7 minutes)
A mockumentary featuring Tibbles the cat, who candidly shares how cat viral

· videos have adversely affected his life.

· FAMILY PORTRAIT (Patricia Riggen, 2004, 10 minutes; Winner, Sundance Short Filmmaking Award)
A portrait of the two surviving members of an impoverished, African American family of 12 who gained national fame as the subject of a 1968 LIFE Magazine photo essay by Gordon Parks.

· NOTES ON THE OTHER (Sergio Oksma, 2009, 13 minutes)
A complex look at author Ernest Hemingway, focusing on his visits to Pamplona, his suicide in Idaho and the slew of impersonators that surfaced after his death, culminating in the Annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest in Key West.

· PARAÍSO (Nadav Kurtz, 2012, 10 minutes)
An intimate look at the life of three Mexican immigrants who risk their lives daily in their jobs as window washers at some of the tallest skyscrapers in Chicago.

· PLAYING THE PART (Mitch McCabe, 1995, 38 minutes)
An autobiographical documentary that finds the director on the precipice of coming out to her family in anticipation of her return home from Harvard for the winter holidays. 

· SISTER WIFE (Jill Orschel, 2009, 13 minutes)
A candid interview with a Mormon Fundamentalist who shares a husband with her younger sister.

· SKINNINGROVE (Michael Almereyda, 2013, 15 minutes; Winner, Sundance Film Jury Prize, Non-Fiction)
Acclaimed photographer Chris Kilip shares unpublished images chronicling time spent in the 1980s among the independent inhabitants of a remote English fishing village. 

An early look at the singer/songwriter from Athens, Georgia as he records his second album.

· THE SUBCONSCIOUS ART OF GRAFFITI REMOVAL (Matt McCormick, 2002, 16 minutes)
A thoughtful and funny look at the found art that's created when anti-graffiti crews partially remove tags and unintentionally create abstract shapes and colors all their own.

· THE WHISTLE (Grzegorz Zariczny, 2014, 16 minutes; Winner, Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize)
A soccer referee in a small town in Poland faces off against angry players, managers and fans, all the while yearning for a better job.


In addition, six films will be added to the program later this month, including:

· CARLIN (Brent Green, 2008, 8 minutes)
The story of Green's diabetic aunt at the end of her life, told through stop motion animation and life-sized wooden characters, shot at the filmmaker's childhood farmhouse.

· FRAGMENTS OF DISSOLUTION (Travis Wilkerson, 2012, 25 minutes)
A series of four heartbreaking interviews with women dealing with the tragic effects of the US war in Afghanistan comprise this part of the FAR FROM AFGHANISTAN project.

· IN ORDER NOT TO BE HERE (Deborah Stratman, 2002, 33 minutes)
An uncompromising look at suburban surveillance and violence that pervades white-collar communities, entirely shot at night.

· PICTURES FROM DOROTHY (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2004, 6 minutes)

An impressionistic series of portraits that stand in enigmatic relation to Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. 

· PLUTO DECLARATION (Travis Wilkerson, 2011, 4 minutes)
A clarion call to restore the traditional definition of the "planet" Pluto.

· THE WORLD'S LARGEST SHOPPING MALL (Sam Green & Carrie Lozano, 2009, 20 minutes)
A tour of the South China Mall in Guagzhou which, despite carnival rides, mini-parks and canals, remains virtually devoid of shops and shoppers.



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