Short Films: 2005

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 Neighborly Thing

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Producer/Director: Samantha Light; Writer: Michael Simon

A chilling tale about a man’s overzealous obsession with his upstairs neighbor. When the man encounters a young street-couple inhabiting his neighbor’s house, his territory is threatened. He intrudes himself on them causing an imminent, and possibly deadly, confrontation.

11 min

Nie solo seiN (Never even)

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Producer: Corinna C. Poetter; Director/Writer: Jan Schomburg

Done than said easier is drink to something getting, backwards going world a in up wake you when: end the was beginning the in.

10 min

One For The Road

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Producer/Director/Writer: Stephen Wenman

It is a rainy night in an unnamed metropolis, when a salesman (Brad Fisher) walks into a deserted bar to drown his sorrows. With the friendly bartender (Barry A Stigler) as his only company for the night, the man confesses his sins of an extra-marital affair, and expresses his hope of making one last sale in the city. As the night progresses, a mutual enjoyment of drinking and smoking develops into a deadly battle of wits as these two seemingly unconnected individuals uncover a common web of deceit. Plot twists and misdirection make One For The Road an atmospheric film noir with a dark, humorous bent.

15 min

Pee Shy

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Producer: Leslie M. Evers; Director: Deb Hagan; Writer: Kathy Hepinstall

A boy becomes so frightened by his scout leader’s campfire stories that he humiliates himself one night, and becomes the object of the scout leader’s vicious humor….until the troop encounters something truly terrifying in the woods. Starring Riley Kershaw, Nick Offerman, Pat Finn.

15 min

Pirates Vs. Ninjas

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Producer: Graham Moore; Director/Writer: Ben Epstein

Arrr! In 1505, the Ninjas trapped the Pirates in the legendary mists of the Bermuda Triangle. But now, a break in the Triangle’s spell has allowed a single Pirate to escape—unaged after 500 years. When this anachronistic Pirate washes to the shores of New York City, he is lost in a time and place he does not understand. Meanwhile, the last remaining Ninja in New York, her true identity a secret, senses the return of her natural enemy, and the two come together for a final battle. But as blades clash, romantic sparks fly. Will love win out, or will nature take its course? Place ye bets!

8 min

Portrait of a Zombie

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Producers/Writers: Robert Paraguassu, Bradley Bailey Director: Paraguassu

A touching and informative short documentary chronicling the life of an adolescent zombie growing up in suburbia. It’s tough being a teenage zombie, but few have examined how difficult it is for the rest of the family. This is a deeply sentimental story that speaks to the heart, not the…brain…

9 min

Prayers From Pelham

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Producer: Lane Skye; Director/Writer: Ruckus Skye

Aaron returns to his hometown to find his ailing Aunt Enid only has a few days left.  His problems escalate when the town busybody spreads the word that Enid will take prayers straight to God for anyone who asks.  As the house fills with people anxious for Enid’s service, Aaron is torn between controlling the situation and dealing with the loss of his Aunt.  In this charmingly innocent comedy, we see that things rarely happen the way we set out and usually it’s for the best.

27 min

Rainbow’s End

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Producer: Jason Wolk; Director/Writer: Chris Mancini

Small time crooks Sam, Phil and Thomas can’t get a break. They’re out of money and out of options. Their boss is coming by and they don’t have the money they owe her.

Luckily, Thomas has caught a Leprechaun. An honest to goodness Leprechaun! Now all they have to do is figure out how to get his pot of gold and all three of them will be on easy street. Of course, no one has gotten a Leprechaun’s gold in over 700 years. Still, that little fact doesn’t stop the three from trying.

15 min

Rats

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Producer/Director: David Brocca; Writer: Frank Miller

An emaciated war criminal lives in filth as Death comes knocking on his door. From Frank Miller’s Lost, Lonely, & Lethal comes a bone-chilling tale of revenge.  An absolute must see for fans of Sin City.

3 min

Rattus Pistofficus

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Producer/Writer: Nigel Christensen; Director: Josh Reed, Sam Reed

Larry, a small, orange rat and Josh, a big ugly man, fight for the right to a place to call home. A breathtaking portrayal of the rise of the underclass in the eternal struggle of the proletariat for dignity and compassion in a selfish, unfeeling world.  Well…with a rat.

5 min

Seed

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Producer/Director/Writer: Bennett Cain

Seed is the story of a dark and mysterious room tucked away behind a door that rarely opens and the unimaginable things happening within. A young boy, full of curiosity, discovers it and its terrible secrets.  He witnesses the ancient machines, humming and pulsing as if they were alive, and the manufacture of a peculiar substance that is eagerly ingested by the strange inhabitants lurking within. Through his own choice, he learns the dire truth of this substance and finds himself forever bound to it.

7 min

Smartcard

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Producer/Director: James Oxford; Writer: Joseph Anaya

Smart Card, is a tale of a utopian future where every aspect of your life intergraded into one system. Convenience and simplicity is the product and Smart Corporation does the packaging. Robert Sharpe (David Kreigel) has been living this care free life. Everything is perfect, until he encounters a philosophical vagrant (Bret Roberts) at a local fueling station who steals the one item you can not do without, his Smartcard.

16 min

Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day

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Producer: Dom Zook, Directors/Writers: Faye Hoerauf, Jessica Baxter

An unexpected snowstorm strikes Seattle, rendering its population helpless. To make matters worse, the dead have risen from their graves to prey on the city’s unsuspecting citizens. From the confines of their living room, four movie club geeks try to make sense of the chaos. A knock at the door signals the arrival of a street-smart mechanic. This dashing stranger manages to translate the foursome’s geeky musings into a plan of action; they must get to the television station so that they can tell the population of Seattle how to kill the zombies. Starring Justin Alley and Ben Dunn.

14 min

Star Wars: Revelations

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Producer: Dawn Cowings; Director: Shane Felux; Writer: Cowings

Seers once shaped the path of the Jedi Order. But their visions grew unreliable and the Jedi came to distrust those with the ability. Seers hid their visions or left the Order forever.

In the wake of the Temple’s destruction a power struggle has emerged between Darth Vader, the dark Lord of the Sith, and Zhanna, the Emperor’s Hand. Each seeks to eliminate the last of the Jedi and gain the Emperor’s favor.

Caught between them is one woman who cannot deny the truth of her visions as all race to possess an ancient Jedi secret.

47 min

Staring at the Sun

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Producer/Director/Writer: Toby Wilkins

Clay Roberts is a Scottish expatriate cautiously navigating the new life he has made for himself in America. Having left his past far behind him, he obsesses about always being in the loop, about being one step ahead. When uncertainty looms large in his life he follows the questionable advice of The Smokers and seeks clarity from an unlikely source. Frustrated by the fortune teller’s refusal to reveal her vision of his future, Clay becomes so obsessed with finding the truth. Starring Alec Newman.

19 min

Stephen King’s Gotham Café

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Producer: Julie Sands; Directors: Jack Sawyers; Writers: Sands, Peter Schink, Bev Vincent

The attractive young couple has hit a point in their marriage where it’s time to divorce. At the beginning of Stephen King’s Gotham Café, the pair decides to meet in a ritzy restaurant with her lawyer and put an end to their suffering. Once there, they find out that their real misery is only beginning.

Gotham Café examines the death of a relationship, addiction and the age old question of the existence of fate.

15 min

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