Hammer To Nail Short Film Summer Contest Winner

Social Butterfly wins the HTN Short Film Summer Contest  !!!

Panel of Judges include filmmaker James Ponsoldt, Kate Brokaw from Tribeca Film; and HTN December ’12  Short Film contest winners Zach Wigon and Mauro Mueller.

"Juror Zach Wigon had this to say about Lauren Wolkstein’s provocative winner of our Summer ’13 contest: 'an enigmatic film that understands that adolescence is about alienation and adolescent sexuality is about self-consciousness.' Wolkstein has been traveling the shorts circuit for years with films like Cigarette Candy  and The Strange Ones. This time, she left America behind for France, and, in so doing, has revealed a whole new filmmaking dimension. Starring the great Anna Margaret Hollyman, Social Butterfly is an excellent example of how to accomplish so very much in so little time."

-- Michael Tully

A Very Vimeo Recap of Sundance

Filmmaker behind my favorite short (and host of one of the better late-night condo parties), Lauren wowed with this vivid film about an interaction between strangers. It didn’t take home hardware, but awards are silly things anyway. We’ve loved her work for a long time, and will be holding her to a drunken promise that she share some of it soon!
— Jason Sondhi, Vimeo, Short Film of the Week

Sundance 2013: The Wrap-Up from Slackerwood

Yen Tan created the poster design for Wolkstein’s provocative and enigmatic short film Social Butterfly, which screened at Sundance in the shorts program. In 2011, Wolkstein’s award-winning dread-filled short The Strange Ones screened at Sundance and SXSW, and there’s been discussion of a highly anticipated feature-length version.
— Debbie Cerda, Slackerwood (published by The Austin Film Society)

LA Times: Sundance short films can be first steps in successful careers

Think of the Sundance Film Festival’s shorts program as a glimpse into the future of movies. There are narrative treatises on the difficulties of coming of age — such as the question of abortion in “Magnesium” and deflowering in “Social Butterfly.” The shorts are, quite simply, seductive.
— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

2013 Sundance Short Film Program Press Release

December 4, 2012

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The 2013 Short Film program is comprised of 65 short films selected from a record 8,102 submissions (427 more than for the 2012 Festival).

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Short Film section of our 2013 Festival is comprised of bold works by adventurous filmmakers who have mastered creative ways to embody their unique perspectives in the short form onscreen. The selections represent the immensely varied and dynamic approaches to storytelling that will inspire audiences with their huge accomplishments within a limited timeframe.”