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Exclusive: ShortsHD To Premiere The Short Films of Matthew Modine on ITunes Worldwide

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 29, 2013 at 1:39PM

ShortsHD, The Short Movie Channel and distributor of Oscar nominated shorts, will make available for pre-order a collection of six of actor-filmmaker Matthew Modine's short films on iTunes in 54 countries as of Wednesday, downloadable June 4. Three of the six shorts premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but have never been commercially released. ITunes will release "The Short Films of Matthew Modine" collection the same way they do features.

WHEN I WAS A BOY (1993, B&W, 5 min.)

Written, edited, and produced by Matthew Modine

Directed by Matthew Modine and Todd Field

Some boys grow up to be men and some things never change. This is the first short film co-directed by Matthew Modine and Todd Field (In The Bedroom, Little Children) for their production company, Mercury Film.

SMOKING (1995, Color, 14 min.)

Produced and directed by Matthew Modine

Written and narrated by David Sedaris

Matthew Modine directed this short film based on the diary of writer/humorist David Sedaris (originally produced for National Public Radio by Ira Glass). The story follows a man trying to enjoy his smoking habit in a world that no longer tolerates it. The film humorlessly examines freedoms of behavior and personal choice.

ECCE PIRATE (1996, B&W, 21 min.)

Written, photographed, and directed By Matthew Modine

A young boys life is changed when he's kidnapped by sea pirates. A prisoner on board their ship, he learns to accept that his life will never be the same. As he grows older and wiser he becomes ECCE PIRATE, king of all he chooses to reign!

TO KILL AN AMERICAN (2005, Color, 4 min.)

Written and directed by Matthew Modine

There are people in the world that don't like Americans. There are people in the world that want to kill Americans. This film is designed to help those would be killers identify an American. So they know exactly what an American is.

I THINK I THOUGHT (2007, Color, 7 min.)

"Hey, I think if you think you're thinking too much, you probably are!"

Joe is a thinker in a world that doesn't tolerate analytical thinking. His wife, boss, and friends threaten to divorce, fire, and abandon him if he doesn't stop thinking so much. Luckily, Joe discovers "Thinkers Anonymous" where he learns that "we need those special people from television news and especially our government to tell us how to think. They know what's best for us, and the world." Matthew Modine wrote, co-produced, directed, and stars in this sardonically humorous short film co-produced and shot by Adam McClelland and edited by Terence Ziegler.

JESUS WAS A COMMIE (2011, Color, 15 min.)

Written, co-directed, and starring Matthew Modine, this avant-garde story follows "John Doe" as he examines history and science and whether Jesus might have been a utopian-communist. The film is co-directed and edited by Terence Ziegler and produced by Adam Rackoff.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.