Eat My Shorts is a bi-weekly column that showcases and reviews short films.
More than 130 short films, including narrative, animation and documentary varieties and new works from the likes of Harmony Korine
(we shared that awesomeness earlier
) and Ondi Timoner
, could be seen at SXSW this year. That's not even including the music video program, which could very well count, especially since some of the official short series featured examples of the format. At lengths of anywhere between a minute and a half-hour each, that's a lot of entertainment.
While in Austin, I managed to only see a small fraction of the offerings, such as the four excellent selections for this year's Medium Cool program of "(not so) shorts." There was the early Jarmusch-like 'John's Gone'
by the Safdie brothers, the long-form Arcade Fire video, titled 'Scenes from the Suburbs,'
from Spike Jonze (also reviewed here
; see the abridged version here
), Jessica Lux's beautiful magical realist fairy tale 'Join the Dots'
and Lindsay Mackay's 'Clear Blue,'
which is an enchanting mix of 'Splash' and 'Cocoon' (a tribute to Ron Howard?). I also really like a narrative short I saw via screener, the darkly comic 'Animal Control,'
which isn't recommended for pet lovers with weak stomachs.
While none of those favorites are on the web, a great many SXSW '11 shorts are -- especially from the program of films directed by Texan high schoolers -- so I've curated ten I think you'll enjoy and link to those others I've managed to find online. Watch 'em after the jump.