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‘Sundance Shorts’ are long on artistry

The short film genre isn’t just the minor leagues for aspiring filmmakers. It demands the concision, ingenuity, and clarity of a veteran director like Michael Almereyda, whose “Skinningrove” is one of eight gems included in “2013 Sundance Shorts,” a touring collection of the best from last year released to coincide with the Jan. 16 opening of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Deceptively simple, “Skinningrove” records photographer Chris Killip as he projects and discusses black-and-white pictures he took of the title British fishing village. With a strong tang of Robert J. Flaherty’s “Man of Aran” (1934) about it, Almereyda’s minimalism shapes into a moving narrative involving hardship, tragedy, and a small town’s resolve not to give in to greedy developers.

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