The Sundance Film Festival is awarding some drunken ramblings with a prize. Really.
“Drunk History: Douglass and Lincoln,” directed by Jeremy Konner, has taken home the Sundance Jury Prize in short filmmaking, while Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland’s “The Six Dollar Fifty Man” took home the international short prize.
For those not familiar with the “Drunk History” shorts that have become a YouTube sensation, the premise is simple: Someone knocks back enough drinks to become thoroughly sloshed and then narrates a historical event. That occasionally incoherent voiceover is then used as the background while known actors reenact the event.
In the “Douglass and Lincoln” short, Jen Kirkman drank two bottles of wine before she was ready to discuss President Abraham Lincoln (played by Will Ferrell) meeting with abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Don Cheadle). It’s a bit bizarre, even though the actors play the roles straigh, lipsynching to the voiceover.
Somehow, we don’t think these will be used as approved classroom viewing materials.
“Drunk History: Tesla and Edison” was also entered into competition, but it didn’t win. The Wrap has a list of the honorable mentions in the short film category.