Starring Michael Cera, Gregory Go Boom is a black comedy that will not appeal to everyone. It follows the attempts of a weird paraplegic to find love via internet dating. He finds a girl willing to overlook his lack of mobility, but things do not go well when it comes to bedtime. Her jealous boyfriend complicates matters. As mentioned, it will not be to everyone's tastes, being quite dark and a little ponderous in places, but it did well at Sundance.
Rat Pack Rat is a somewhat bizarre drama about a Sammy Davis Jr impersonator who is hired to visit a dying man. It is hard to pin down the genre as there are comedic elements but it is by no means funny and, like many Sundance films, which tend to be dialogue-heavy, there is an inherent awkwardness to it and some cringeworthy sexual moments. Rohal has been making short films for twenty years, and has more recently moved into feature films with films such as The Catechism Cataclysm.
Whiplash was the precursor to the feature film of the same name, and has become the blueprint for creating a proof-of-concept short, sometimes called a sizzle. However, this is by no means a new idea: see the shorts of horror Saw, South African sci-fi District 9 and Pixels. Those who have seen the feature film, Whiplash, will recognise the scene in the short film, for it is almost exactly the same; almost shot for shot. A student drummer has been invited to partake in his music school's top band, run by a tyranical teacher.