Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard hit the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend to promote her short, Solemates, which is one of 17 eligible in the U.S. Narrative Short Films category. The 60-second movie tells the story of a family’s life from the perspective of their shoes, starting with a vintage pair of saddle shoes. A love letter to footwear? Of course, we were intrigued. And it’s really, truly adorable. Just watch:
Howard told us that the project was a family affair when we sat down with her at the WME & IMG Lounge on Park Avenue during the festival. She and her husband, actor Seth Gabel, are the parents’ feet; her two kids, Theodore and Beatrice, are featured as the children’s feet; and her grandfather and step-grandmother are the older feet. “We did this all as a family over one weekend,” she said. “I wanted to see how inanimate objects, particularly shoes, represent what we’re trying to step into both literally and metaphorically. Details, like the moments you have with shoes, can express your personality and dreams over a lifetime.”
Sundance won’t announce the winner of her category until Wednesday (Jan. 27), but no matter what, Howard is walking away from this fest with a prize. Movie website IMDb.com honored her with the IMDb STARmeter Award at a ceremony presented by WhoSay on Main Street Monday night (Jan. 25). The award winner is determined by who is searched most on the site, and surely Howard’s turn in the high-grossing Jurassic World helped the spike.
“I click on IMDb probably 10 times a day,” she said during the ceremony. “That's not an exaggeration. It is where I go for all my information. It is humbling to learn that so many people all over the world have searched on IMDb to learn more about me and the projects I was involved with in 2015.” In years past, Brie Larson, Olivia Wilde, Miles Teller, and Jeffrey Tambor, have also received the prize. Way to go, Bryce.