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Watch 5 Short Films From The 2014 Sundance Film Festival (Kenya, Haiti, Madagascar, India In Focus)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 28, 2014 at 5:21PM

Watch 5 Short Films From The 2014 Sundance Film Festival (Kenya, Haiti, Madagascar, India In Focus)
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Am I Going Too Fast? - Directors: Hank Willis Thomas

Today, Monday April 28th, 2014, in a mission to create an international conversation and increase awareness of the global problems of poverty and hunger, the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge project, produced with grants from Sundance Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has debuted five short films that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and screened again publicly at Sundance London yesterday, Sunday April 27.   

The films’ subjects include: a young girl whose roof garden allows her to dream; a family in a small fishing town that develops sustainable fishing practices; entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Africa; displaced people in Haiti who start a neighborhood garden that has multiple benefits; and an Indian boy who dreams of becoming a chef.

The 5 films were commissioned to launch an invitation to filmmakers everywhere to compete and contribute to the discussion through a global open call for short film submissions

Details on submitting:

The Sundance Short Film Challenge encourages filmmakers to create and submit films of three to five minutes in length that celebrate the ingenuity and imagination that citizens employ to overcome real life issues brought on by extreme poverty. The five winning filmmakers will receive $10,000 in prize money and travel to see their work screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Users can submit their films through July 1, 2014.The online call for entries is being managed by Tongal.com. There is no fee to apply; more information can be found at www.sundance.org/anotheryou.

In the meantime, the five films produced for the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge that debuted today are all embedded in the video player at the bottom of this post. First, titles, director names and synopses immediately follow:

After My Garden Grows

Director: Megan Mylan

India / Documentary

A young girl in rural India tills a small plot of land to feed her family and plant seeds of independence and financial freedom in her male dominated community.

Director Megan Mylan directed and produced the Oscar-winning film Smile Pinki, which broadcast on HBO and the Sundance Channel. Her film, Lost Boys of Sudan, had a 70-city theatrical release and a national television broadcast on PBS's POV.

Am I Going Too Fast?

Directors: Hank Willis Thomas, Christopher Myers

Kenya / Experimental Doc

Am I Going Too Fast? is a digital tapestry of the intersecting worlds and interactions of craftspeople, shopkeepers, and ordinary folks whose lives have been transformed by new technologies, cell phone banking, and micro-finance; threads that weave together to form a web of connection and possibility in contemporary Nairobi.

Hank Willis Thomas is the creator of Question Bridge: Black Males, a non-fiction new media project and recipient of a New Media Fellowship, New Media Fund grant from the Tribeca Film Institute and Aperture West Book Prize.

Co-Director Christopher Myers is an artist and writer best known for his books for young people, which have garnered Caldecott Honors and been shortlisted for the National Book Award.

Kombit

Directors: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman

Haiti / Documentary

Haiti's internally displaced people start a micro-garden movement to combat post-earthquake hunger and despair.

Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman produced and directed the feature documentary Remote Area Medical, which premiered at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

The Masterchef

Director: Ritesh Batra

India / Narrative

Akhil, a young shoeshine boy, dreams of becoming a gourmet chef when he has a chance encounter with India's most popular TV cuisiner.

Director Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox will screen at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Grand Rail d'Or at Cannes 2013 and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for North America. Batra also won the Best Director prize at the Odessa International Film Festival.

Vezo

Director: Tod Lending

Madagascar / Documentary

A 9-year-old girl tells a tale about how her family and village came back from near starvation after their fishing village adopted sustainable fishing practices.

Director Tod Lending is an Academy Award-nominated and national Emmy-winning producer, director, and cinematographer whose work has aired nationally on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO, and Al Jazeera.

This article is related to: Shorts, Sundance Film Festival


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