September 30 is National Podcast Day—and we’re celebrating with all-new episodes of ShortsCast, our audio series spotlighting short films that have stayed with us long after playing at the Sundance Film Festival. Senior Programmer Mike Plante caught up with the teams behind a few such films, many of which are playing in cities around the U.S. and Canada with our annual Short Film Tour, which started earlier this summer and will go through early 2020.
Check out the behind-the-scenes conversations with American Paradise director Joe Talbot (whose latest feature, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, hit theaters earlier this summer); the film teams behind Netflix acquisitions Zion and The Trader; and Quebecois filmmaker Jeremy Comte, whose unsettling story, Fauve, plays on your fantastical childhood fears to make you think twice about playing another prank anytime soon. After it premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Comte was shocked to win a Special Jury Award, but his poignant story went on to earn a well-deserved Academy Award nomination for best live-action short film.
Watch the full short and listen to our chat with Jeremy below, and then check out the rest of the ShortsCast series on SoundCloud.