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The critically acclaimed Cinema16 series continues with American Short Films, which will be released on DVD in the UK in May 2006. Amongst the A-list directors confirmed are George Lucas, Tim Burton, Alexander Payne, Todd Solondz, Gus van Sant and DA Pennebaker.
The 16 films include: Gus Van Sant's 1982 adaptation of a William S. Burroughs short story, The Discipline of DE; Tim Burtons early stop motion animated classic Vincent; George Lucas USC short Freiheit; Alexander Paynes previously unreleased UCLA graduation short Carmen; D.A. Pennebakers Duke Ellington scored Daybreak Express; Todd Solondz NYU short Feelings; along with Oscar winner The Lunch Date by Adam Davidson, Stefan Nadelmans multi-award winning documentary Terminal Bar, Joe Nussbaums cult classic George Lucas in Love, and this years Sundance winner The Wraith of Cobble Hill by Adam Parrish King.
Cinema16 celebrates the short film by showcasing some of the best classic and award winning shorts on DVD accompanied by audio commentaries by their directors. The release of Cinema16: American Short Films follows the success of two previous DVD releases in the series Cinema16: British Short Films and Cinema16: European Short Films which include the work of Mike Leigh, Sir Ridley Scott, Lars von Trier, Stephen Daldry, Lynne Ramsay, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Patrice Leconte, Tom Tykwer, Nanni Moretti, Lukas Moodysson and Jan Svankmajer amongst others. Both collections have grown through word of mouth to become major independent hits both critically and commercially, and owing to popular demand, will be re-released alongside the new American Short Films DVD.