• I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: Unabashedly Weird SXSW Shorts

    Most of the 2014 SXSW short films aren’t online yet. So I’ve culled past festival winners, focusing on movies that push both visual and intellectual boundaries.

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Xemoland'

    Animator Daniel Katz turned his older-brother problems into a beautifully rendered autobiographical tale of trauma for his 2011 short, Xemoland. Daniel paints a portrait of a young boy who just wants to be as cool as his older brother, but whose older brother’s sole goal i…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'How to Keep Smoking'

    First, they told us not to smoke inside. Now, we can barely smoke outside. It makes no sense. Smoking used to be soooooo cool. This short is three smoked cigarettes long, so you can really get a good buzz going if you watch it right.

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Can We Talk?'

    Filmmaker Jim Owen brings this painful possibility into a hilariously deadpan, and ultimately bittersweet, reality in the 2010 short film Can We Talk? It finds a patronizing boyfriend, Vince, attempting to break up and score a blowjob from his newly heartbroken girlfriend,…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'I Am John Wayne'

    I know what you’re thinking, That’s a black guy riding a horse, not John Wayne. You’re right. Christina Choe’s short film depicts a metaphorical version of the Wild West, which happens to be Brooklyn.

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'All Flowers in Time'

    Director Jonathan Caouette's short film All Flowers in Time, which was just released online for the first time, is about a young American family who watches a surreal Dutch TV show that broadcasts sinister waves that make viewers believe they can turn into monsters

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Danse Macabre'

    Director Pedro Pires depicts a powerful encounter with a grooving cadaver in his short film Danse Macabre.

  • I'm Short Not Stupid Presents: 'Aningaaq'

    Jonas Cuaron co-wrote Gravity with his father, Alfonso, and directed a seven-minute companion piece featuring the other end of a pivotal radio conversation. Both films have been submitted to the Oscars and, if chosen, would make history as the first feature and short cover…

  • I'm Short Not Stupid Presents: 'Castello Cavalcanti'

    If you can’t wait for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, then satiate your senses with his newest short, Castello Cavalcanti. Starring Jason Schwartzman, the film tells the tale of an American-born Formula race driver and his failings in the Italian Molte Migl…

  • I'm Short Not Stupid Presents: 'Dumbass From Dundas'

    There’s something magical about a person so unwaveringly terrible that they can bring you, a person of decent moral standing, to your lowest (or their standard) level of being. Usually people call them teenagers, but in cult filmmaker Danny Plotnick’s 1988 vision Dumbass From…

  • I'm Short Not Stupid Presents: 'Chonto'

    Bobby Bird is a tattooed, drug-addled songwriter who idolizes himself more than everyone and everything, except for his pet monkey, Chonto. He is a menace. A lover. A genius. A failure. Bobby Bird is “the Devil In Denim.”

  • I'm Short Not Stupid Presents: 'Day 37'

    It’s been 37 days since Sgt. Baker and Sgt. Mallory landed on Mars. The two astronauts are charged with maintaining a data tower on the desolate red planet. Problem is, they have run out of things to talk about. Maybe they had interesting discussions during the first 36 days, but…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Next Floor'

    During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with hordes of servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events destabilizes the endless sympho…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'KNIFE'

    Fuck fracking. Or at least that’s the tone of the short film KNIFE by James M. Johnston. The film is efficient, telling it quick and to the point with a bit of flair. There’s a party, a shirtless man and woman, fighting, evil laughs, an explosion, a knife (of course), and…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Never Like the First Time!'

    The title, Never Like the First Time!, refers to just what you'd expect—losing your virginity. Back in 2006, acclaimed artist Jonas Odell animated four true stories on the subject of popping cherries, which were recorded in 2002 by his colleague Benjamin Wolff.

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Madame Tutli Putli'

    'Madame Tutli-Putli' is a stop motion short film directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerboski that features train-hopping, kidney stealing, lude tennis players, moths, and one women struggling to come to terms with fate.

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Dr. Easy'

    The eponymous Dr. Easy is a robot programmed to diffuse tense situations. It uses a vast database of human records, sensory detectors, and deductive reasoning to work it’s magic. The film incites many important questions that force us to confront our own insecurities regarding te…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Declaration of War'

    Today, right before our 237th Independence Day, I want you to check out a film that you should watch with very little context. All you need to know is that filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa made a batshit crazy supercut of George W. Bush declaring a war on terror to a joint session of Co…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'The Bowler'

    The Bowler is a short documentary directed by Sean Dunne that takes a look at Rocky Salemmo. You see him cruise through his days of knocking down pins and back room blowjobs. This guy is the definition of dirtbag, but at the same time he’s living the American Dream.

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Boobie'

    In Boobie, writer and star Brian Petsos is playful with his violence, taking it to obscene levels but leveling it with deadpan comic delivery. Going head-to-head with a mustached Elijah Wood, he hosts a Mexican standoff in a sick take on the classic kids' pastime.

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'The Rambler'

    Director Calvin Reeder’s work is a mix of underground shock horror and existential atmosphere. Reeder specializes in turning lo-fi splatter films into bizarre and schizophrenic art films by meshing high-concept thought and design with genre story lines and expired 16 mm film stoc…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Sins of the Nude'

    Composed of outtakes from a different short film produced for the Dutch Online Film Festival, director Todd Rohal weaves together a sordid, upsetting, and hilarious alternate version of 'Variety' critic Robert Koehler. Watch as they lampoon an unsuspecting and probably unaware fi…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Successful Alcoholics'

    In this short film, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Lizzy Caplan and T. J. Miller, a couple is awesome at life, despite being hammered all the time. But when alcohol is taken out of the equation, they are forced to reflect on their lives.

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Protect You + Me'

    Brady Corbet has had roles 'Thirteen,' 'Mysterious Skin,' and 'Martha Marcy May Marlene.' In 2008, he debuted his first short film, 'Protect You + Me.' He has continued to make smart and mature choices, both in front of and behind the camera. Now he's prepping his debut feature a…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'How to Live with Bedbugs'

    NYC’s streets are littered with amazing home decorations, but the fear of bedbugs freaks the hell out of people. I’ve met people that had bedbugs. They told it me it was terrible. Even still, I could never fully understand how annoying it would be. That is, until I saw this aptly…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Food'

    In 1992, crazy Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer completed his three-part short film entitled 'Food,' which tells gastronomic allegorical tales of "Breakfast," "Lunch," and "Dinner" in his trademark comedic surrealist style. Watch this short after you eat, or else you might lose you…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'I, an Actress'

    In 'I, an Actress,' legendary cult filmmaker George Kuchar takes over an aspiring actress's real screen test to show her how to do it right—groping his chest and groaning out her lines like, "I’m on my knees, Harold, haven’t you seen women on their knees before or is it only on t…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Bydlo'

    'Bydlo' is an animated nightmare, where man becomes a slave driver and ultimately drives himself into the ground. Director Patrick Bouchard’s animation steals the show, as he breathes life into everything from water droplets forming and arid earth drying out to dozens of writhing…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Tastes Like Chicken'

    'Tastes Like Chicken' is Quico Meirelles's riveting short, which tells the story of a chicken living in a factory farm who miraculously becomes self-aware. As the chicken achieves lucidity, she desperately searches for meaning in her life and struggles with the harsh realities of…

  • I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: 'Six Shooter'

    Death hangs over 'Six Shooter,' director Martin McDonagh's debut short film from 2005, but it is not about dying. In fact, each time a life is lost in the film, the tragedy is tempered with laughs. Instead of a downer, it is an edgy, funny, and bloody meditation on life.