University of Central Florida alumnus Benjamin M. Piety's Sunlit Shadows is well-crafted if obscure exercise in narration, style and minimalist storytelling.
A story stripped down to the basics, it is about a proposal and a breakup, broken into two points of view. "Side A: The Way Things Are" and "Side B: The Way Things Were" give us first the man's view of the live-in relationship; love, romance, a food fight and a drift-apart, then the woman's.
Piety's short film got into Sundance, probably based on its lingering close ups, navel-gazing narration (first "his" then "hers), artful slow-motion, nudity and a play on Paula Abdul's 80s hit, "Straight Up."
Wasting the first minute of a 14 minute film on a disconnected shot of a toddler crying over chocolate birthday cake doesn't help.
Screening as part of SHORTS PROGRAM 2, "Slide": Sunday, March 30, 1:00 PM – 2:35 PM at Enzian,
Wednesday, April 2, 4:45 PM – 6:35 PM at Regal