Plaza Drive-In: 2021 Sundance Short Film Tour
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 92-minute theatrical program of 7 short films
selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for
short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years.
Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2021 program offers new
audiences a taste of what the Festival offers and shows that short films transcend traditional storytelling.
The Festival has always treated short films with the highest regard and gives a home to both established
and new filmmakers with shorts for audiences to discover and celebrate. From documentary to animation,
narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking. Short films are a significant and
popular way artists can connect with audiences.
The Festival’s Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors,
such as past alumni Andrea Arnold, Lake Bell, Damien Chazelle, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jay and Mark
Duplass, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Debra Granik, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Todd
Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey Soloway, Taika Waititi, and many others.
BJ’s Mobile Gift Shop / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jason Park) — A young Korean-American
hustler runs throughout the city of Chicago making sales out of his “mobile gift shop.” U.S. Fiction
Jason Park was born and raised in the city of Chicago, Jason Park pursued filmmaking after a
year of missionary work on the island of Palau. He’s made several short films that have played in
numerous international film festivals and has been selected for programs like Film Independent’s
Project Involve and the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive. He currently resides in Los
Angeles, where he is developing his first feature film.
Black Bodies / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall) — A Black man laments as he
comes face-to-face with the realities of being Black in the 21st century. International Fiction
Kelly Fyffe-Marshall is a director, screenwriter, and social activist whose work includes
award-winning short film Haven (2018) and two-part short film Black Bodies and Marathon
(2020). Marathon was released online and has amassed more than 25,000 views. Black Bodies
was selected for the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and awarded the Shawn Mendes
Foundation Changemaker Award for social change through film.
The Criminals / France, Romania, Turkey (Director and Screenwriter: Serhat Karaaslan) — In a town in
Turkey, a young couple is looking for some privacy. They are rejected from the hotels because they do not have a marriage certificate. When they think they found a way, the situation gets out of hand. The Criminals received the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Writing. – International Fiction.
Serhat Karaaslan has directed one feature film and several shorts. His short films were screened
and awarded in major festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival and Festival del film
Locarno. His debut film, Passed by Censor (Cannes Cinéfondation Residence), premiered at the
2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it received the critics award, and won
several awards at festivals around the world.
KKUM / South Korea, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Kang-min Kim) — My mother’s dreams have
always been strong premonitions for important moments in my life. I rely on her dreams more than any
religion. – Animation
Kang-min Kim was born in Incheon, South Korea, in 1979. In 2011 he graduated from the
California Institute of the Arts. He is currently working as a freelance artist.
To Know Her / U.S.A., Hong Kong (Director: Natalie Chao) — A poetic exploration of the camera’s gaze
and a family’s relationship with the filmmaker’s mother. – Non-Fiction
Natalie A. Chao is a filmmaker and cinematographer who completed her bachelor’s degree in
film production at University of Southern California. Born, raised, and currently based in Hong Kong, she is interested in bridging the gap between realism and poetry in order to tell stories
through a more engaged and intentional gaze—one that can map out our memories, not drawing
lines between camera and subject, identity and politics. She is currently a 2020 Sundance Ignite x
White Wedding / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Melody C. Roscher) — Amidst a racially tense
Southern wedding, a biracial bride has the chance to confront her estranged Black father after
accidentally hiring his wedding band to perform. – U.S. Fiction
Melody C. Roscher hails from Richmond, Virginia, and New York City, and she is developing her
feature directorial debut, Bird in Hand. In addition to directing, she’s half of the producing team
The Wonder Club, with Craig Shilowich. Together, they are producing Robin Comisar’s upcoming
feature Great Choice. Roscher recently produced Christine, James White, Creative Control, and
Simon Killer, as well as line-producing HBO’s The Jinx.
Wiggle Room / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Sam Guest, Julia Baylis) — Determined to save her
wheelchair ramp from repossession, Daisy confronts the shady insurance agent who owes her money.
Wiggle Room received the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Acting. – U.S. Fiction.
Sam Guest and Julia Baylis are an American-Canadian directing duo who collaborate under
their production company Anarene Films. Their projects have been featured on Dazed, The
FADER, and NPR. Wiggle Room is their first narrative film.