ABSOLUT and Spike Jonze Premiere I'm Here at Sundance Film Festival Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Jonze premieres his latest work - I'm Here, a 30-minute short film - today at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the first-ever Opening Night's Shorts Program at the festival. The film is a collaboration with ABSOLUT VODKA, and the partnership acknowledges the brands position as a pioneering and culture-shaping brand. ABSOLUT has always stood out in the marketplace as a groundbreaking company that has been supporting artists for decades. Previous collaborations include those with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Helmut Newton. I'm Here honors the brands history while embarking on a new and innovative alliance with one of todays most original filmmakers. The film came about when ABSOLUT reached out to Jonze to make a film, and gave him creative control to create the film he wanted. "It was a pretty incredible opportunity," says Jonze. "They (ABSOLUT) didnt give me any requirements to make a movie that had anything to do with vodka. They just wanted me to make something that was important to me, and let my imagination take me wherever I wanted. And it wasn't like working with some huge corporation where I had to meet with committees of people. It was just a small group, and it seemed like creativity and making something that affected them emotionally was the only thing that really mattered to them. I got to make my first love story. It's about the relationship between two robots living in Los Angeles". I'm Here will also screen at the Berlin Film Festival in February, followed by a global release in March on www.imheremovie.com. View the teaser trailer at the official film site www.imheremovie.com. "Since its inception, ABSOLUT VODKA has been driven by creativity, and together with Spike Jonze we set a new standard for creative collaborations," says Anna Malmhake, Vice President Global Marketing at The Absolut Company. "Spike Jonze is one of the most important influencers of modern popular culture, and this 30-minute film subtly and artfully expresses our enduring commitment to collaborations and creativity." I'm Here, a 30-minute short film by Spike Jonze. Featuring Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillory in the lead roles. The soundtrack includes original music by Sam Spiegel and original songs by L.A.-based art musician Aska Matsumiya and other emerging musicians. Follow the I'm Here blog at http://blog.imheremovie.com/. Press images are available at http://press.absolut.com. The creative collaboration between ABSOLUT VODKA and Spike Jonze will be accompanied by a charitable donation of $30,000 to 20/20, an American Film Institute (AFI) initiative, designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding and collaboration through filmmakers and their films from the US and abroad. Spike and ABSOLUT are each donating $15,000. The collaboration with Spike Jonze was created by long-standing ad agency of record TBWA\Chiat\Day. In addition to the 30-minute film, there are also 30 and 60 second trailers, to be used online and as TV commercials globally.
Title: Im Here Length: 31 minutes Director: Spike Jonze Writer: Spike Jonze Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sienna Guillory Producer: Vincent Landay Executive Producer: Mark Figliulo, Matt Bijarchi Director Of Photography: Adam Kimmel, A.S.C. Editors: Eric Zumbrunnen, A.C.E., Stephen Berger Production Designer: Floyd Albee Casting By: Justine Baddeley & Kim Davis-Wagner Costume Designer: Casey Storm Robot Designer: Sonny Gerasimowicz Sound Designer: Ren Klyce Original Score By: Sam Spiegel There are many of us By: Aska Matsumiya Lost Trees Music Produced By: Nick Zinner Visual Effects Supervisor: Ben Gibbs Visual Effects By: Method Studios Produced In Association with MJZ