Cinema16 is a British company dedicated to collecting the short films - many of them early - of well-known directors and making them available on DVD. So far, their work has resulted in a pair of very successful releases: a collection of pieces from European directors (among them Jean-Luc Godard, Lars von Trier, and Krzysztof Kieslowski), and one focusing on their British counterparts, including Mike Leigh, Ridley Scott, and Christopher Nolan.

The third collection from the company will focus on American directors, and the list of participants is truly impressive, including big names names like Tim Burton (that's a still from his offering over there), George Lucas, and D.A. Pennebaker, as well as people like Gus Van Sant and Alexander Payne. The best thing about this series - apart from the simple fact of its existence - is that its producers manage to convince some of the participants to provide commentaries for their pieces. In fact, every single director in the British collection did so. Though there's no word yet on which (if any) of the American directors will take that step, it's tantalizing to thing about what, for example, George Lucas might have to say about Freiheit, made when he was in school at USC.

The DVD is due out in May, but will probably only be available in the UK - time to dust off those region-free players.