2005 Short Films: J-M

Jedi House

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Producer: Errol Oktan; Directors/Writers: Oktan, Heather Harris

A Jedi trains for four years at the Jedi Academy in the hopes of becoming a Jedi Knight. For some, it can take decades. In this faux trailer from SpatCave Films, we see what College life might be like for some Jedi training at the Academy. From panty raids to parties, and everything in between, will Jedi House be able to graduate in just four years? Will they somehow pass the Jedi Trials? Will the Hippies get their underwear back? Will Kegboy find his clothes? Will Yoda expel them? Will Pinki the Hutt finally find a girl? All these questions and more get answered in this short trailer.

9 min

Jitters

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Producer/Writer: Eric Richter, Director: Anthony Sumner

Tom just popped “the question” to Suzi and she couldn’t be more excited. Everything seems perfect at first, but is Suzi all that she seems? When Tom wakes up finding himself tied and bound in a plastic covered room, he soon learns exactly what Suzi expects their life together to be like. As she literally cuts away the flaws in their relationship, Suzi makes it clear that this marriage will not be without sacrifice. Hanging helplessly from the rafters, Tom clings on to consciousness as Suzi carves away at his masculine imperfections. Is this really happening? Many of the graphic scenes in Jitters will test the stamina of audience members.

13 min

Joy Comes in the Morning

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Producer/Director: Scott Friedman; Writers: Friedman, Joe Ledbetter

The morning commute inspires a bunny to daydream of heroic conquests stretching across the galaxy and back again. This handpainted world comes to life with a pumping, dark and magical score.

4 min

Knights in the Enchanted Museum

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Producer/Director/Writer: Jonathan Bird

Every night at midnight, Thomas and Simon, two medieval suits of armor, come to life and explore the museum in which they are displayed. The museum is constantly growing with new wings and exhibits, and it is enchanted. Often the new displays are just some broken old pottery from long before their time, but every now and then, an exhibit comes along and completely catches Thomas and Simon by surprise. This night is such a night. They run across several very interesting exhibits, and more importantly, they discover that they aren’t the only ones who are enchanted in the museum.

6 min

Kyoto Nocturnes: Elegant Slaughter

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Producer/Director/Writer: John Foster

Boss Watanabe is clinging to his sanity and control of Kyoto’s yakuza after Boss Aihara massacres most of his men in a sneak attack. Holed up in a dingy bar with Uchida, his lieutenant, Watanabe starts to see the mutilated ghosts of his dead soldiers. The specters blame him for their deaths, and they want revenge. Terrorized by both his inner demons and the threat that Aihara’s thugs will find him at any minute, Watanabe has only one way out: he hires K, an alluring American hit woman, to assassinate Aihara. For the right price, K will kill anyone. Even her own client.

22 min

L’amour est…

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Producer/Director/Writer: Victor Throe

Refusing to accept their relationship is over, the good doctor begins an experiment to discover how much Alice really wants to leave.

4 min

Latchkey

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Producer/Director: Sean Olson, Writers: Steve Weiser, Deborah Setele

A divorced parent always too busy working, a son who craves his mom’s attention; “Latchkey” is a psychological thriller that explores the dynamic of the broken home. Observed by a child predator, Danny causes schoolyard fights and breaks into custodial rooms. He is moving toward the wrong path in life. When confronted by a dignified adult with these life issues, Danny blows off that person’s positive advice, which leads him to his impending doom—a killer’s silent avocation.

12 min

LEGION: The Word Made Flesh

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Producer/Director: Robert Sexton , Writers: Sexton, Steven Dandois

A man of the cloth who has lost his faith tries to help an anguished mother free her daughter from an ancient demonic curse. But it is a nearly impossible task as they are lost in an occult underground where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted.

23 min

Lightman

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Producer/Director: Jun-heon Oh

Although he lives with an Alarm clock, Lightman has a flaw in his character; he always oversleeps. It doesn’t help that he has a bad memory.  Once he wakes it is time to rush, and nothing can get in his way, because without him, the show can’t go on.

2 min

Little Dead Girl

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Director: Lee Lanier

Ah, the trials and tribulations of being dead. A dead girl attempts to travel from the grave to a rock concert, befriending strange creatures along the way. Music by the Bronx Casket Co.

5 min

The Love Train

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Producer/Director: Eva Bennett

A female dragon wishes to share her life with the warm touch of another being once again. So, putting her failed marriage behind her with melancholy optimism, she prepares herself for a journey to find love. As she travels through the snowy landscape, which is at odds with her whole being, Dragon meets some incompatible suitors which only serve to make her feel more alone. So, can the perfect mate be found, for such a hot blooded woman?

Told using traditional 2D hand drawn animation, and subdued color pallet, The Love Train is set in a mythical northern, snowy landscape in the age of steam.

8 min

Le Manian

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Producer: Marc Oberon; Director/Writer: Frédéric Jolfre

One day you meet a poor stray dog. Inevitably dirty, hairless and of course bad smelling. The dog decides to follow you. Now, imagine that it doesn’t stop, that it follows you everywhere, all your life.

15 min

Means To An End

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Producers/Directors/Writers: Paul Solet, Jake Hamilton

Pete and Jasper are two horror-crazed special effects artists with big aspirations and a unique philosophy about their beloved genre: Horror needs special effects that are REAL.

When they find themselves ostracized by the mainstream industry as a result of their unorthodox techniques, they set out to make their own film, starring themselves. Production is a bloodbath. Battered, bruised and slashed, Pete and Jasper cut together an excellent film and set forth on a quest for distribution. But they remain blacklisted. No one is willing to take a chance. Finally, they find one executive willing to take on their film, under one condition—they must find a climax that KILLS….

14 min

Morphin(e)

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Producer: Jamie Millhoff, Director/Writer: Alex Ranarivelo

Ex-con Jack Norris has cleaned up, gotten a real job and even met a nice girl. One cold night, he falls asleep at the wheel of his car, with his wife besides him.

Jack wakes up in a hospital and realizes he’s been in an accident and that his wife is in critical condition. As he slowly goes in and out of consciousness, under the spell of morphine, he thinks he sees a nurse euthanize another patient.  When Jack tries to tell the doctors what he saw, no one believes him. Fearing for the safety of his wife, Jack decides to take matters into his own hands.

20 min

Mosquito: Behind the Scenes Preview

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Producer/Director: Nathan Town

Mosquito: Behind the Scenes Preview is a comedic parody of Joss Whedon’s sadly short-lived Firefly television show. Clips and interviews with the cast and crew accentuate this humorous sneak peak at another up and coming, yet doomed to failure, science fiction/western series.

11 min

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

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Producer: Julia Lucas; Director: Anthony Lucas; Writer: Mark Shirrefs

Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself. Starring the voice talents of Joel Edgerton, Helmut Bakaitis, and Tommy Dysart.

26 min

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