A cryptic film by The Crash Reel‘s director Lucy Walker (pictured) and a portrait of actor Robert De Niro’s father are among short documentaries set to screen during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Of the 66 shorts screening at next month’s event, 14 will be documentaries. The festival received a record 8,161 submissions to the shorts program – 59 more than for the 2013 fest.
The subject of Walker’s short, The Lion’s Mouth Opens, is not clear at present. The festival’s official description describes it as the story of a “stunningly courageous young woman takes the boldest step imaginable.”
Meanwhile, in Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr. directors Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir profile the late expressionist painter who was rediscovered because of his Oscar-winning actor son. HBO has the U.S. rights to the latter title.
Community actor Danny Pudi and Girl Model directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin are among the other filmmakers debuting short works.
The full line-up of documentary short films, with synopses provided by the Sundance Film Festival, is below:
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS
Choreography / U.S. (Directors: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin) — Donkeys gaze at those who gaze at them.
Fe26 / U.S. (Director: Kevin Jerome Everson) — Two gentlemen make a living hustling metal in Cleveland, Ohio.
Godka Cirka (A Hole in the Sky) / Spain, France, U.S (Directors: Alex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi) — Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky and thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. She knows the day that will change her life forever is about to come.
Hacked Circuit / U.S (Director: Deborah Stratman) — This circular study of the Foley process portrays sound artists at work constructing complex layers of fabrication and imposition.
I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked / Israel (Directors: Yuval Hameiri, Michal Vaknin) — 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.
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.
The Lion’s Mouth Opens / U.S (Director: Lucy Walker) — A stunningly courageous young woman takes the boldest step imaginable, supported by her mother and loving friends.
Love. Love. Love. / Russia (Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram) — Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.
Notes on Blindness / United Kingdom, 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 / Syrian Arab Republic (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.
One Billion Rising / U.S (Directors: Eve Ensler, Tony Stroebel) — In 2013, one billion women and men rose and shook the earth through dance to end violence against women in the biggest mass action ever. The event was a radical awakening of body and consciousness. This is what it looked like.
Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr. / U.S (Directors: Perri Peltz, Geeta Gandbhir) — Robert De Niro, Sr., was a figurative painter obscured by the powerful pop art movement. His work has returned to the spotlight because of his son, who happens to be one of the world’s most famous actors.
Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns / U.S. (Director: Joe Callander) — Love is swapping clips with your spouse in the middle of a three-gun problem.
Untucked / U.S. (Director: Danny Pudi) — This documentary explores the iconic “untucked” jersey worn in 1977 when Marquette University won its first and only national college basketball championship. It was designed by one of Marquette’s players, Bo Ellis, under the fearless leadership of Coach Al McGuire.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 16 to 26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Organizers have previously announced the doc premieres and the U.S. and world cinema docs playing in-competition.