Watch helplessly as a poor ballerina gets her first (of many) marionette back plugs all so you can enjoy the theater. Plus a collection of insane Sundance shorts (Meet cokehead Mickey Mouse!).

The Marionette Unit
I am just absolutely stunned by this new steampunk ballet torture film The Marionette Unit. Director Azhur Saleem has created an exceptionally creepy - but beautiful - film set in an alternate universe London. In this new Victorian London, the government heavily controls all forms of art, literally. In fact, it's so monitored that the ballerinas in The Marionette Unit are puppeteered via wires in the back, and the tiny dancers move according to the whims of the massive organ. Please check out this gorgeously frightening concept art from Alex Ruiz, Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe, and Raine Kuusi, and the trailer. The film is still looking for funding, and if you ever want to see this dance make its way onto the big screen, please do check out the official site. Thanks to Opium and Twitch for pointing this out.


This film is set in an alternate Victorian England, a world where steam-punk technology has developed rapidly and in a world where all creativity, art and individual expression is state-controlled. The Marionette Unit is a theatre show where machine and human have been fused together. A musical machine that resembles a twisted tortured church organ, run with valves, steam and electricity, is connected by a mass of electrical cables to three ballet dancers, who have the wires fused into their bodies. The dancers are controlled by the machine much to the amazement of the Victorian audience.

We follow the story of Smith, an enigmatic character connected to an underground society of artists, hunted by the police. He has come to watch the prize ballet dancer, Georgette try and escape the wired clutches of The Marionette Unit. Will she be able to wrestle free and escape with Smith, or will she succumb to the powerful forces that hold her captive? What follows is a stunning and imaginative display of the human spirit fighting to be set free.

The Marionette Unit - Inception Trailer from Fun Size Studios on Vimeo.

First up in a long list of shorts from Sundance, we're all excited about is Pumzi. The film is produced by Simon Hansen, the same Hansen who worked on Alive In Joburg (yes, that Joburg) and is now working on a film with Sharlto "Fookin" Copley. So yeah, we're paying attention. Plus the premise is intriguing...


Thirty-five years after World War III, "The Water War," a woman from East Africa flees an enclosed community in hopes of once again restoring life outside its walls.

There's a few tiiiiny stills from the Sundance site, but that's it for now. I'll make sure to keep my eyes peeled for additional news/reviews.

The Little Dragon
I can only find the trailer to this adorable little short, but with one toy scream, I was hooked. I guess you'll have to go to Sundance or another film festival to see how it ends for this tiny, dragon spirit infested toy.


The dragon spirit is reincarnated in a doll's body trapped in a box for 35 years. With insurance, rubber toy sets out to discover the oversize world outside.

N.A.S.A. A Volta
Alexei Tylevich has created an insanely violent little drug heavy film, just wait until the little robots jump out of the Mickey Mouse drug dealers head and cut up the cocaine: Nuts, but in a good way. And the sexin' puppets, well that's just... oh, you really have to watch it. But be warned, it's really NSFW, doesn't matter if it is robotic puppets getting a rub and tug, it still looks dirty.


Another day, another drug deal gone wrong in this NC-17 bit of ultraviolence set in an 8-bit isometric metropolis.

The Entire Short:

N.A.S.A. - A Volta from elucid on Vimeo.

Please Say Something
And the crazy at Sundance just gets crazier. In the future cats and mice will sleep together, but it will be a volatile relationship. Check out the domesticated pair try and get through the day. Will their love survive?


Please Say Something follows a troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant Future.

Here Is The Entire Short: