Director and television scribe Riley Stearns has created several potent shorts, some starring his wife, and one of our favorite actresses, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. His latest, The Cub, showcases a few of his strengths: quirky humor and economic storytelling. The five-minute movie nabbed a Short Film Grand Jury Prize nomination at Sundance, and it's easy to see why. The camera stays fixed on a spot in the woods where two parents bring their daughter to greet a pack of wolves. They want the beasts to raise her for the next 10 years, earnestly hoping she'll have "an upbringing no other child will have."
An oddball and hilariously horrific experience follows. Enjoy Stearns' peculiar short, and keep an eye out for his next directorial effort — the film Faults, also starring Winstead, about a cult member whose deprogramming may be doing more harm than good. [Spotted via Slash Film]