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Watch Great-Looking Trailer For Kibwe Tavares' Sundance 2013 Magical Short Film 'Jonah'

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 8, 2013 10:58 AM
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I missed this completely when I scrubbed the Sundance Film Festival 2013 selections list last month; I don't know how, since the filmmaker who has been written about a few times on this blog.

Kibwe Tavares is his name; during last year's Sundance event, another short film the British filmmaker directed - a work of animation titled Robots From Brixton - was selected for the shorts program. So back-to-back Sundance selections is obviously a great look.

This year, Tavares returned to Sundance with a short film titled Jonah, which mixes live-action and CGI work with what look like impressive results.

Here's how Jonah, is described:

Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn't what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.

The film stars a pair of young British actors whose names have also been mentioned on this blog a few times in the past - Daniel Kaluuya and Malachi Kirby. Veteran thespian Louis Mahoney co-stars as well.

Based on what I see in the trailer below, I can't wait to see the full short film, because this looks great! Needless to say, I've got my eye on Mr Tavares, after 2 impressive short films, and will be watching for what he does next:

Jonah Trailer from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.

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  • Terence Nance | February 9, 2013 11:55 PMReply

    Met him at Sundance London last year briefly. Great talent, this is the best trailer i've seen in the last few years.

  • nikyatu | February 8, 2013 11:27 AMReply

    This guy's work is really innovative. Def excited and inspired by him.

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