Short Films: 2005

Herman, The Legal Labrador

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Producer: Jeremy Parker; Director/Writer: David Blumenstein

A man is dead, and the police have picked up Danny Hoang. The evidence is compelling, but is Danny innocent? Herman, The Legal Labrador thinks so! Herman, the city’s top canine defense attorney, has legal knowledge, cunning and a shiny, healthy coat, and a little sniffing leads him to a secret, powerful brotherhood of crime, comprised of, among others, the Mafia, the Yakuza, the Ku Klux Klan, the Scientonomists, the Shriners, the Market Researchers of America and the entire nation of Ireland. But can a group of the evilest people in the world really be behind this frame-up, or is the truth far stupider?

22 min

Heyday

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Producer: Mark Currie; Director/Writer: Rachel Wang

Iris (Shirley Anne Field) met her true love, Percy (Kenny Lynch) in a nursing home, when she was already old and frail. She wishes she had met him earlier. A former scientist, Iris sets out to make a time machine from a wheelchair, go back to the past, and meet Percy in her heyday. Heyday is a touching modern fairytale about treasuring moments with the person that you love.

10 min

I am Stamos

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Producers: Robert Peters, Alex Eastburg; Director: Rob Meltzer; Writers: Eastburg, Meltzer

There’s only one John Stamos…and his name is Andy Shrub. When character actor Andy Shrub makes a wish to look like a leading man, he magically begins to photograph as John Stamos, provoking the unholy wrath of Stamos. Starring: Robert Peters, John Stamos.

18 min

Ignoble

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Producer/Director/Writer: Murray Triplett

A legendary soldier returns from a mission to recover an artifact that may save his people. But he returns to betrayal and a greater threat in the shadows. A young priest must find his courage to save the artifact from slipping away, as all who surround him become victims to the evil that now haunts them.

20 min

I’ll See You in My Dreams

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Producers: Paula Diogo, Filipe Melo; Director: Miguel Angél Vivas; Writers: Melo, Vivas, Ivan Vivas

In a village inexplicable haunted by a plague of zombies, Lucio is the one man who can fight them. No one is safe in this dark near-future, when even loved ones can be transformed into horrible demons who seek to kill and eat you. This situation is temporarily forgotten in the local bar, where the inhabitants of the village take refuge, pretending that things are normal.  Well, almost normal.  But things aren’t normal, and those that drink in that dark pub demonstrate the one truth in life: the one thing that is worse than a mindless monster, is a human.

20 min

Illume

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Producer/Director: Jason Gottlieb

There is a pool of light that sits atop a cliff which is the life-force of two robots and the downfall of a smoke cat. In order to move freely and leave the shadows the cat must block off the robots’ access to the light. Likewise, the robots must have access to the light or they will perish. While the robots possess some of the light in their lantern they have a defense against the cats attacks; but when their light runs out will they be able to stop the cat before it destroys them?

6 min

Imperial Chopper

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Producers/Director: Cristofer Adrian; Writer: Johnathan Simmons

It is a time of prosperity for the Empire. Swoop Bikes are all the craze for high ranking officials seeking a symbol of status and prestige. Sith County Choppers (S.C.C.) specialize in custom-built bikes for anyone who can pay the price.

In this episode The Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, comes to the crew of S.C.C. to build his personal Swoop Bike. Sparks fly, tempers flare and employees die as the colorful crew build the ultimate swoop bike under the pressure of the Dark Lord.

15 min

Into The Maelstrom

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Producer: Marc Ferrero; Director: Peter Sullivan; Writer: Benjamin Sztajnkrycer

Responding to a distress signal on board the long-lost vessel The Maelstrom, two detectives make a shocking discovery: the crew has been brutally slaughtered. The only survivor is a frightened boy who might be the key to finding the killer.

Into The Maelstrom was produced for the 48 Hour Film Project, a competition where teams are given forty-eight hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film between four and seven minutes long.  Starring Eric Etebari, Bru Muller, Jesse Walker.

8 min

It’s About Time

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Producer/Director/Writer: Jerry Rector

Tick, tick, tick.  Time is not on the side of a captive.  Tick.  And as the torturer comes, time only becomes worse. Tick.  For the sadist has a way, he has a way of making a prisoner…

1 min

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

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