As I mentioned in my last post, a new season of Shorts That Are Not Pants kicks off on Thursday. Continuing this weekend’s theme of highlighting past shorts that screened at the series, today’s film is a real treat. The Cub had its world premier at Shorts That Are Not Pants before going on to Sundance where it was one of the nominees for the 2013 Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Directed by Riley Stearns, and produced by his wife Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), the film focuses on a couple who want the best for their daughter and take rather extreme measures to ensure she is prepared for the hardships of life. One of my favourtie shorts in recent years, The Cub is a brilliantly twisted dark comedy that packs one hell of an ending. Honestly, it was this film that not only sold me on the importance of programs like Shorts That Are Not Pants, but also ignited my passion to explore more short films in general.
Director: Riley Stearns / USA/ 2012/ 5 minutes
Davey Johnson, Savannah Lathem, Alexis McGraw and Mandy Olsen