SXSW, Oscilloscope, and Mailchimp Come Together to #SupportTheShorts
South by selections available online from today
By Richard Whittaker,
9:00AM, Thu. Mar. 25, 2021
Who said SXSW was over? Starting today, a slate of its best, weirdest, most fascinating, scary, and entertaining short films will be available, courtesy of SXSW, Mailchimp Studios, and distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Under the banner #SupportTheShorts, the films will be available to everyone from 9am, March 25, at www.mailchimp.com/presents/SXSW.
This is the second year these firms have come together to give an online platform for SXSW-selected shorts, but the circumstances are quite different this time around. When the festival was forced to cancel due to the pandemic last year, the team worked quickly to find streaming options for some titles, setting in motion the current wave of virtual festivals. A few features went briefly to Amazon Prime, but Mailchimp and Oscilloscope stepped in to provide a platform for many of the short films. That experiment was such a success that, even though there was a full virtual SXSW this year, the trio decided to work together again to bring the work of short filmmakers to an even bigger audience. Mailchimp's Head of Programming Sarita Alami explained, “Although the festival is back in an online format, we wanted to continue to find ways to support the SXSW filmmaker community and shine a light on their work."
SXSW has already already extended online access to many of this year's short films, musical performances, and panels through to April 18 for badgeholders (in addition, Austin's Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is hosting outdoor screenings of a curated selection of this year's South By shorts) but this announcement opens many titles up to the general public. Film Festival Director Janet Pierson said she was "thrilled" to be able to partner for a second year with Oscilloscope Labs and Mailchimp. "It’s fantastic that the creators are getting to share their work further, and rewarding for all of us that we get more time to enjoy this terrific new work."
As for Oscilloscope, studio president Dan Berger joked, "We’re just pawns in this game, so thanks for inviting us to the board!” He added, "It’s always exciting to be emboldened and enabled to do good work and we’re super grateful that Mailchimp and SXSW have allotted us that opportunity. There are so many fresh voices on display at SXSW and we appreciate Mailchimp taking the steps to enable those voices to be heard by the widest possible audience."
Here's the full list of shorts, available now at www.mailchimp.com/presents/SXSW.
Are You Still There? (D: Rayka Zehtabchi & Sam Davis)
Chuj Boys of Summer (D: Max Walker-Silverman; screenwriters: Marcos Ordoñez Ixwalanhkej Mendoza & Max Walker-Silverman)
The Journey (D: Ève Saint-Louis)
Marvin’s Never Had Coffee Before (D: Andrew Carter; screenwriters: Andrew Carter & Kahlil Maskati)
The Nipple Whisperer (D: Jan Van Dyck)
The Other Morgan (D: Alison Rich)
Plaisir (D: Molly Gillis)
Sales Per Hour (D: Michelle Uranowitz & Daniel Jaffe; screenwriter: Michelle Uranowitz)
Sisters (D: Jess Brunetto)
Squeegee (D: Morgan Krantz)
Plant Heist (D: Chelsi de Cuba & Gabriel de Cuba)
Ten Leaves Dilated (D: Kate E. Hinshaw & Ebony Blanding)
Trade Center (D: Adam Baran)
Our Bed Is Green (D: Maggie Brennan)
Flick (D: Ariel Zengotita)
Joanne Is Dead (D: Brian Sacca)
Puss (D: Leah Shore)
Reklaw (D: Polaris Banks)
Run That Shit! (D: Tristan Kim; screenwriters: Tristan Kim & Will Allyn Robinson)
Significant Other (D: Quinn George)
Stuffed (D: Theo Rhys; screenwriters: Theo Rhys & Joss Holden-Rea
A Tale Best Forgotten (D: Tomas Stark)
Malignant (D: Morgan Bond & Nickolas Grisham; screenwriters: Nickolas Grisham & Curtis McOsker)
The Unlikely Fan (D: Sai Selvarajan & Jeff Bednarz; screenwriter: Sai Selvarajan)
Texas High School Shorts
Beyond the Model (D: Jessica Lin)
Holographic Dreams (D: Satvik Shankar; screenwriter: Jackson Coates)
Dale’s House (showrunner: Julie Lake; D: Kat Whalen; screenwriters: Matt Kirsch & Julie Lake; producers: Matt Kirsch, Julie Lake & Dana Fares)
For the Record (showrunner: Julian De Zotti; D: Lisa Baylin & Julian De Zotti; screenwriter: Julian De Zotti; producer: Lisa Baylin)