We’re exploring Sundance’s past all week, so we’ve got the usual batch of stellar short films with a Sundance twist. It’s like being there without the snow boots or Harvey Weinstein ruining screenings on his cell phone.
Why Watch? Based (pretty loosely) on L. Frank Baum’s “The Tinwoodsman of Oz,” this fantastically clever short blends serial-style filmmaking with a metallic love story. In it, a bold firefighter earns the town’s ire while the preacher’s daughter falls for him. The citizens conspire to end him, but his friend is able to save his life by remaking him in tin. That’s just the start of our hero’s problems in this tale of miraculous intervention, Communism done for love and tongue-in-cheek melodrama.
The director, Ray Tintori, made a name for himself with music videos for MGMT and The Killers as well as doing Special Effects for Beats of the Southern Wild. This short won an Honorable Mention at Sundance in 2007 with a DIY look and an electric feel.
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