Summer Shorts by Kim Yutani

Part of: Screenings at Strelka


A selection of films from the Sundance Film Festival, specially prepared for screening in Moscow by Sundance feature film programmer Kim Yutani. The lives of Somali pirates, hunting for white rabbits, a hilarious retelling of American history by a drunk actress. Yutani will present the most memorable films from Park City and talk about America’s biggest film festival.


Drunk History: Douglass and Lincoln
USA, 2009, 6 min.
Directed by Jeremy Konner

An epic re-telling of a true American story, starring Will Ferrell as President Abraham Lincoln, Don Cheadle as abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and Zooey Deschanel as Mary Todd Lincoln.

“Drunk History: Douglass and Lincoln” was screened at the Sundance International Film Festival.


Charlie and the Rabbit
USA, 2009, 10 min.
Directed by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

Four-year-old Charlie, a big fan of Bugs Bunny, decides to go into the woods to find his own rabbit.

“Charlie and the Rabbit” was screened at the Sundance International Film Festival.


The Strange Ones
USA, 2011, 14 min.
Directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein

After their car breaks down, two travelers stop at a roadside motel. They’re offered assistance, and at first everything goes well. But things are not as they appear in this strange place.

“The Strange Ones” was screened at the Sundance International Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, and others. It was awarded a grand prix at the 24fps Short-Film Festival.


Worst Enemy
USA, 2010, 13 min.
Directed by Lake Bell

A week in the life of a misanthropic girl, during which time she becomes her worst enemy. Only the firm hand and sound advice of a local doctor can save her.

“Worst Enemy” was screened at the Sundance International Film Festival. It received a special mention at the Dallas International Film Festival and the Tony Cox award at the Nantucket Film Festival.


Chile, 2010, 15 min.
Directed by Marialy Rivas

Luchito, 13, secretly dreams of 16-year-old Manuel, who explores his sexuality with a neighborhood girl.

“Blokes” was screened at the Sundance International Film Festival. It received a grand prix at the Miami International Film Festival and a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.


USA, 2010, 10 min.
Directed by Carter Smith

Don’t believe yearbook photos, especially if the yearbook comes from Rockdale High School.

“Yearbook” was screened at the Sundance International Film Festival.


Fishing Without Nets
Kenya 2011, 17 min.
Directed by Cutter Hodierne

A history of piracy in Somali through the eyes of the pirates. The filmmakers spent over three months in Africa, and though they were robbed and imprisoned during period, they managed to complete this film.

“Fishing Without Nets” was awarded the special jury prize at the Sundance International Film Festival.