Short Films: 2006

Surrogate

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Writer/Producer/Director: Peter Podgursky

A childless alien couple just want a baby.  Looking over all the possibilities, they choose a handsome astronaut to be their unknowing surrogate. The female makes herself look human and goes to him. But his romantic human ways sparks more than her maternal instincts.  This is a love triangle that can’t end well.

6 min

Tell-Tale Art

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Writer/Director: Jeremy Dylan Lanni; Producers: Jeremy Dylan Lanni, Bradley Sellers, Noah Goldsmith

Lenore brutally murders her husband, dismembers his body, and conceals the pieces within a grotesque sculpture. Why? Perhaps Lenore was right in claiming it was Allan’s cataract eye that drove her to do it. The milky orb was certainly repulsive to behold. But did it really scour her soul with a supernaturally critical glare? And when one Officer Morley questioned Lenore, something made her lose her composure. What exactly shattered her resolve? That, like Lenore’s motive, is a mystery. All we know for sure is that Lenore dissolved into a gibbering wreck, confessed to her heinous crime, and remains stark raving mad to this day!
(Web Site)

6 min

That’s My Baby

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Writer: Staci Bernstein; Producer: David Bernstein; Director: Staci Simpson

That’s My Baby is a lighthearted look at maternal instincts gone awry. When two women in a park both lay claim to the same child, tempers flare and the fight is on. Though neither seems to have a strong grasp of parenting, both toss their conflict to the wind when the child’s safety is threatened. Who is the real mother? Could the child have two mothers? What’s best for the child? Assumptions about child ownership and child rearing are a gentile undercurrent in this frolicking physical comedy.

10 min

The Cacophone

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Writer: Casey Hayward, Ryan Farriss; Producers: Kristen Maxwell; Director: Ryan Farriss

The Erfinder family is full of great musicians — except for Suzy. Seemingly bereft of her family’s musical skills, she labors as a librarian, yearning for the excitement and adventures found in the books that surround her. Things take a turn for the bizarre when she is approached by a strange old man who offers to teach her to play the Cacophone, a mysterious and ungainly instrument with a long and sordid history. Her playing leads to a series of strange events that ultimately force her to confront her family’s destiny and solve the mystery of the peculiar instrument.
(Web Site)

25 min

Thumb Pow

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Writer: Joseph Clark, Steve Oedekerk; Producer/Director: Joseph Clark

Thumb Parody based on Steve Oedekerk’s Kung Pow: A young man, who some say is the ‘chosen one,’ is walking through life trying to find his purpose. In the mean time there are evil people who are trying to kill him so that they may take over the world. Thumb Animation!

7 min

The Toll

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Writer/Director: J Zachary Pike; Producer: Marc Dole

The Toll is a Computer Animated mockumentary and a character study in the guise of a student project created by fictional film student Harvey Stevens. Harvey delves into the realm of not-so-fantastic myth to interview a troll who lives under a bridge. The troll is, for lack of a better word, evil. He’s aggressive, uncouth, temperamental, and has a nasty habit of eating people. His pet is a malicious cross between a dragon, a pug, and a Cuisinart. Yet strangely, the troll wants acceptance from the society he preys on, and sees the young filmmaker as an opportunity to clear up the ‘misunderstandings’ that have always plagued him.

6 min

Uh-Oh: A Brief Encounter

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Writer/Director: Joe Henke; Producer: Hero Motion Pictures

Uh-oh is a computer-animated short about a brief encounter on a not-so-far away planet. Told without dialogue and set to the music of the legendary Raymond Scott. Moral? Don’t leave your keys in your spaceship.
(Web Site)

2 min

Uh Oh Betty

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Writer: Anthony Veve; Producer: Drew Weaver; Director: Anthony Veve

Uh Oh Betty is a documentary parody that shows the lighter side of a rather bleak topic. Christina Binkley is Betty, a young woman that has had enough of her boyfriend’s sexual advances, in a fit of anger she kills him! Finding herself in a rather large quandary, her only help and savior is the narrator Dr. Rackenport who instructs Betty on the proper techniques of disposing a body. A purely black and white comedy that draws you into the comfortable era of poodle skirts and car hops, lowering your defenses enough to make you laugh. The upbeat jazz and soothing voice of Dr. Rackenport set you up perfectly as a blundering Betty knocks you down with laughter!

8 min

The Urge

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Writer/Producer/Director: Chris Angus

This short film is a spoof, deflating the exaggerated horror behind old vampire movies. We are lead into the suspense of expecting the vampire to leave his coffin and commit heinous crimes, only to discover that he has far more pressing things on his mind.

2 min

Whore

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Writer/Producer/Director: Vincent Scordia

Whore, tells the story of a young married couple experimenting with a violent sexual fantasy in a sleazy New Jersey motel room. The main idea of the film was to explore a side of sexual culture that is often ignored in contemporary culture. The idea is that sexual gratification can be achieved through abuse and violence in the context of an otherwise loving relationship.
(Web Site)

8 min

Witchwise

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Writer/Director: Joe Harris; Producer: Amanda DeSeta, Hunter Shepherd

Everyone adores Andrew, including his old Aunt Mary. Rather, she did… until she died. Now, standing at her funeral, his Aunt’s casket open before him, Andrew reflects on the last time he saw Mary alive… as well as the shocking, secret chain of events that led to her death.  Was Andrew’s Aunt Mary a witch? What was the source of her power? And, most importantly, how can he make it his? Witchwise is a swirling tale of horror and magic, murder and vengeance in which one bad little boy learns an important lesson—Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!
(Web Site)

13 min

The World Outside

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Writer: Ben Collins; Producer: Josh Lind; Directors: Josh Lind, Kevin Phillips

SLOW AND STEADY GETS YOU FIRED! Rules, restrictions, guidelines, suggestions, commands, punishments, work work work. Life in a toy factory goes as planned. Whether the toy you build is a ball on a stick or a ball on a string, you will do as you are told or feel the consequences. After meeting a bright-eyed young lady who works at the factory across the street, a young lever-puller decides to disguise his identity, fool both factories, and avoid the watchful eyes of the building officials to get closer to the one girl he could love.

28 min

The Wright Stuff

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Writer/Producer/Director: Ford Austin

When the Wright Brothers are called upon by the president of the united states to fight ‘evil doers’, they fly to his aid and go on many amazing adventures while remaining grounded with their lucrative bike repair business. Relentlessly hilarious!

20 min

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