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Short Cuts: 5 Short Films You Need To Know

  • By Leah Zak
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  • October 29, 2012 2:00 PM
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You generally don’t see them in theaters, and if you do, they are often a tacked on as a bonus, or come packaged as a group deal. They make up one of the categories that most tend to close-their-eyes-and-point-to when it comes to the office Oscar Pool. They are where film began, in the experiments of Edison Manufacturing Company, or, perhaps more officially, with Edwin S. Porter’s “The Great Train Robbery.” They’re also often where filmmakers begin, but in the case of many great filmmakers (Kurosawa, Godard, Altman, Sodebergh, and so on) at some point return to. They are short films. While today the short form is often considered a calling card or stepping stone, they’re also an opportunity to test narratives waters, or try new technique, and as video-sharing sites grow and improve, so does a shorts potential for a much wider audience.

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