Sundance 2023: “Ricky” Short Film Director, Rashad Frett

A powerful look at an individual struggling with a return to freedom

A cinematic pool of unmatched depth, the short film program at Sundance offers an immersive introduction to emerging talent, a concise selection of thought-provoking stories and a taste of the future of the medium. Screening this year as part of Short Film Program 1, writer/director Rashad Frett‘s Ricky delivers a poignant, powerful portrait of a person struggling with life after incarceration and the strangling after-effects of the …

CES 2023: Mercedes-Benz and SUPERPLASTIC’s Superdackel

A playful reimagining of the iconic Wackeldackel nodding dog toy by the two brands

Superdackel—the digital canine creation and a reimagining of the iconic Wackeldackel nodding dog toy—from Mercedes-Benz and Paul Budnitz’s SUPERPLASTIC launched at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. The playful pooch makes his debut in an animated short film and as an 8.2-foot figure at Mercedes-Benz’s CES stand. In the film, Superdackel joins SUPERPLASTIC’s characters Janky and Guggimon and the trio takes a joyride around NYC in …

David Ma’s iPhone 14 Pro Film, PINCH

The food artist, culinary filmmaker and director pays homage to Kaiju films in his new short movie

Food artist, culinary filmmaker and director David Ma has created a cinematic, stirring short film using the Apple iPhone 14 Pro. In just over one minute, PINCH tells the tale of two crustaceans—a King Crab and a Horseshoe Crab—fighting for dominance. The animals’ sizes and movements, the close-up shots of their pincers and the smoky surface of the water all combine to create a dramatic film that …