Short Films: 2005

1309

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Producer: Stacy Patterson; Director/Writer: Christian Davis

A beautiful redhead is sitting at the bar of a crowded nightclub when a drunk propositions her. She politely says she’s waiting for her husband, but the drunk continues to move in. In need of a contingency plan, she grabs a passing stranger as her ‘husband.’ One look at her, and the stranger happily plays along until the drunk gets the hint.

The redhead and the stranger have a few drinks, then a few drinks more. The chemistry between them is intense. When they move outside to fulfill their passion, the action takes an unexpected twist and thrusts them into a violent criminal plot where nothing, and no one, is as it seems.

15 min

208

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Producer/Director/Writer: Jimmy Sariya

At motels, strangers come and go. Sometimes bad things happen and they, forever, remain behind closed doors.

After the dark storm dies, Mary, a lost soul, checks into room 208. Unrest is born as her life crosses with Jessica’s. Soon after, anyone who enters 208 will discover why…

14 min

Apartment 206

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Producer: Jon Stout, Director/Writer: Gregory Zymet

Two fatal victims of a traffic accident wake up in an ominous apartment surrounded by darkness. Their only contact with the living world is through old televisions that broadcast the one thing they cherish back on earth. They “plug in” to their past lives and attempt to manipulate them. Eventually, they both realize the things they crave can only be gotten when they confront the black void outside.

29 min

The Babel Trunk

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Producer/Director: Bram Tihany; Writer: Ed Cohen

Alone in a room with no entrances or exits a man sits silently at a typewriter, a man whose only known function is to type. When he unwittingly begins questioning his purpose, dramatic repercussions are inflicted on his surroundings, provoking a visit from his coworkers upstairs and below. Their subsequent clash ignites a race against time as the three struggle to reach an agreement before their reality is thrust into complete chaos. An imaginative and dark satire, The Babel Trunk explores a surreal world of sideways logic and deceitful appearances.

20 min

The Big Thing

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Producer/Director/Writer: Carl Laudan

1850: First mass-production of vulcanized rubber condoms.

1851: Patent given for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure” (zipper)

1889: The Eiffel Tower is completed for the Parisian World Fair

But, one detail that the history books never mention is that the World Ended that same year in 1889, in Paris. Just then, Lucifer & Archangel Michael hatched a plan, followed it through, overcoming perilous obstacles, and got the job done. For the first time, our film documents and re-creates the End of the World as it really occurred.

9 min

Circle of Freaks

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Producer/Director/Writer: David Popolow

All are welcome to visit the Circle of Freaks. We enjoy your company and want you to stay a while! Come see the Dog boy! Watch the Worm boy get under your skin! And don’t forget to greet the unhappiest Clown on earth!

But first let me tell you of the story of a little boy who happened upon the Circle of Freaks. Lured by his curiosity, he entered, expecting to have a good old jolly time. He liked to cruelly taunt the freaks and did not consider the consequences.

So who is the Real Monster? You decide.

6 min

Claang: L’Origine (Claang: The Origin)

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Director/Writer: Stefano Milla

Claang is a simbol: four snakes form an oval where two fighters are fencing. This image represent the arena where every day, everyone fights to give a sense to our lives. Claang is the origin of all arenas… Is the origin of all our fights…

6 min

Clown

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Producer: Michael Hagerty, Director: Karl T. Hirsch, Writers: Hirsch & Michael McColl

Ken’s workaday routine, which includes having a few cocktails each night, has left him marginally bored and lifeless. One day, his routine is interrupted. When his regular liquor store is closed, he finds a flyer for Circus Liquor—a nearby store with a giant neon clown at its entrance. When he begins to drink from the store’s liquor, strange things start to happen. He begins to have vivid hallucinations of an Evil Clown, following him, coming closer as the nights progress. As the Evil Clown gradually approaches, the liquor’s appeal becomes stronger—ultimately becoming more important than his girl, his job, and his sanity.

20 min

Cold War

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Producer/Director/Writer: Brian Garrigan

A high tech mix of “old meets new” with art direction and character design influenced by 1930’s sci-fi pulp magazines and vintage advertising posters, Cold War is a tribute to Warner Brothers and Mad Magazine. All these influences are brought together by cutting edge 3D animation. Key framed by hand without motion capture and created by two students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for their Thesis film project. Cold War seeks to veer away from standard student films and get back to the roots of animation, namely comedy.

There are no ninjas or evil clowns in this piece―just a self-contained universe inhabited by two foes from rival nations. Their rivalry is the basis for their slap stick brand of humor.

4 min

Colour Blind

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Producer/Director: Kurt Breitenmoser; Writer: Steve Coates

After a horrific accident, Milo wakes in the notorious Morton Hospital, a place where patients inexplicably disappear without a trace. When the bandages are removed from his eyes, Milo discovers he has been bestowed a psychic gift. Can he rely on this sixth sense to save himself from the sinister forces of the hospital? Will he succeed in escaping with the help of nurse Bettina, before his arranged ‘transfer’?

Things are not what they seem. Colour Blind is a chilling film that explores the fallibility of human perception and the consequences of reading people the wrong way…

30 min

The Commission

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Producer/Director/Writer: Josh Greene

An old-school movie studio has cornered a third of the world box office by cranking out a series of Jesus-ploitation films. However their latest, a noir-thriller called ‘The Big Sheep’ (featuring Christ as a Bogey-esque private detective) isn’t testing so well.

With profits falling and Corporate breathing down their necks, it’s up to eleven crotchety, old Studio Execs to find a solution and revive the franchise. But when a mysterious Stranger appears with an outrageous plan to fill every seat, the old-timers are faced with an even bigger dilemma than the bottom-line.

9 min

Confederate Zombie Massacre!

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Producer: Agustin Fuentes; Director/Writer: Devi Snively

A romantic horror comedy that tells the very true story of a fictitious battle during the Civil War in which the use of homemade chemical weapons results in mayhem of zombie-astic proportions! Heads fly, breasts heave and love is in the polluted green air. Features Dragon*Con favorite, Nikki Taylor Melton.

17 min

Cost of Living

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Producer/Director/Writer: Jonathan Joffe

What would you pay to live forever? That is the question posed by Cost Of Living, a short film starring William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man, The X-Files).

Set in the near future, when a man dying of cancer attempts to purchase a new body, he is forced to decide just how much he is willing to pay for immortality.

An engaging script, powerful performances, and stylish effects make this short film a must see for everyone.

11 min

The Cost of Living

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Producer/Director/Writer: Max Hochrad

For next to nothing, a young woman manages to rent an amazing apartment. She soon discovers though, that the apartment manages to make its money back very quickly…

This film sets out to satirize the way in which our world is moving, at least in terms of what we might experience on a daily basis. There’s nothing wrong with advertising, it’s just that maybe we need a break from it sometimes.

10 min

D

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Producer/Director/Writer: Yoh Komaya

Anjo, a life insurance sales agent, meets a potential client named “D”. D has a special ability to spot a lie, and discovers Anjo has committed a crime and is trying to cover it up. Thus begins his conquest for the truth. As D follows the lies of everyone he meets, he gets closer to the heart of the truth, or what he thinks is the truth. Will the true intention of D be revealed when he discovers the truth behind Anjo’s crime? And who is D really?

55 min

Farmer Brown

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Producer/Director/Writer: Charlie Cline

The American farmer is an icon of hard work and determination in the face of tremendous odds. One constant during the farmer’s struggle is his imperturbable attitude in the face of these challenges. ‘Farmer Brown’ presents a typically stoic and hardworking denizen of the heartland, as we follow him addressing every challenge, from typical farm chores to decidedly atypical supernatural incursions, with the same matter-of-fact demeanor.

4 min

Filthy

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Producer: Andrew Allan, Dave Berggren, Director: John Karliss, Andy Lalino; Writer: Lalino

When reporter Dana Diamond goes in search of the ultimate story, she gets more than she bargained for. On a riot-torn Halloween night, Dana is lured into a decrepit house by a sadistic transient and kidnapped by an incestuous family.

Inside, Dana endures the most brutal and unspeakable ordeals imaginable, mentally and physically tortured to the limit, as she hallucinates monsters emerging from the garbage piles, including a humanoid being made of rotting meat pieces. Will Dana survive the unrelenting attack of her merciless tormentors?

32 min

Final Sale

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Producer: Gina DiSanto; Director/Writer: Julie Hermelin

It’s a short form action/comedy about two best friends, Jane, the conservative traditionalist, and Isabell, the sassy ballbuster, who are shopping for dresses to wear to a friend’s wedding. When they both eye the same red dress tempers flare, barbs are exchanged, and a kung fu show down ensues. But, this face-off isn’t just a fight about a dress, it’s a comedic tale about the shifting dynamics of friendship and the power struggles therein. Starring Felicia Day, Cerina Vincent.

12 min

Freakshow

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Producer: Michael Capiraso; Director/Writer: Marcus Wagner

It’s All Hallows Eve in Coney Island! Many screams cut through the calliope of this urban playground, but not every cry is one of joy. Our fable begins with two trick-or-treaters: Sara the precocious kitty-cat and her little pumpkin Joey. The two are denied entrance to the Freakshow by Mr. Fingers, the ten-in-one’s sinister barker. The costumed kids sneak their way inside, Joey wanting treats and Sara seeking freaks. As this tall tale gets told a lesson does unfold – curiosity can kill a cat and no pumpkin is ripe until its fat! Starring Erik Frandsen, with Alice Cooper as the voice of Pirate Jack. Fine out more at http://marcuswagner.net.

9 min

Herbie!

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Producer/Writer: Chris McKinley; Director/Writer: Drew Barnhardt

Meet Herbie Duck. He’s nice. Well meaning. He likes people. But he has a problem. A big one. He doesn’t want to do what he does. At least, not so much. He wants what we all want, to be happy. And he’d like someone to be happy with. Herbie meets Rosie. She’s young. Too young. Rosie is looking for her lost mother. Herbie is looking for Rosie. She might be Herbie’s last chance, or his next victim. Who’s to say? Not Herbie. He doesn’t say much. Starring Reggie DeMorton, Gena Shaw.

19 min

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