2007 Short Films: D-H

D-I-M, Deus in Machina

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Writers/Producers: Axel and Henning Ricke; Director: Axel Ricke

At the end of the twenty-first century society has given up on the illusion of happiness for everyone. Another ideal has taken its place: your usefulness for society has become the measure of all things. Based on its own rating of the citizens, a dehumanized system distributes goods and services to the inhabitants of it’s world.
Lutz is not cut out for this. He is a romantic aficionado of nostalgic 2D-films of the twenties century. Instead of paying his dues to society, he prefers to sit in front of his antique DVD player and immerses himself in a world where there is still freedom, adventure and heroism. Soon his romantic inclination gets him kicked out of university and loses him his prestigious enrollment at the institute for neuro-informatics. Without perspective or status he finds himself in a situation with no way out.

But Lutz has a plan, and with a little help from his one true friend Jannik, he’s ready to defy the system and win a future.

29 min

Daddy Why?

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Writer/Producer: Michael Aronson; Director: Dawn Boyd

A father calmly explains the nature of death to his eight-year-old daughter.

5 min

Dr. Docatto’s Reprise!!!

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Writers/producers/directors: Benjamin W. Neidenthal, James Davis, Matt Corcoran

Every small town has a mad scientist. Unfortunately for Jamestown that man is Dr. Docatto, the world’s worst inventor. After years of severe failure, Dr. Docatto is about to throw in the towel when he comes up with an idea so wild, so nutty, and so hair-brained, that he is sure it will secure his place in the history books! It’s simple; he will create the world’s first Anti-Gravity Propulsion machine based on the theory that cats always land on their feet.

Without testing his theory, he invites colleagues, the media, and the citizens of Jamestown to witness the unveiling.
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14 min

Endurance Challenge: Mordred’s Isle

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

Endurance Challenge: Mordred’s Isle combines the best of reality TV with a fantasy setting. Twelve contestants, including six stereotypical fantasy heroes and six monsters, compete in a series of dangerous elimination challenges for a million gold pieces.
Starring the voices of Billy West and Richard McGonagle.

4 min

Enter the Dragonfly

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Writer/Director: Nir Paniry; Producer: Emerson Jaco

Enter the Dragonfly is a comedic fantasy tale about a 12-year-old boy named Bruce that has a vivid imagination to say the least. Although academic subjects like math should be Bruce’s focus, his thoughts instead are completely centered around his favorite obsession…kung-fu movies. When his teacher sends him to deliver a note to the principal, the adventure begins.

23 min

Everything Will Be OK

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Writer/Producer/Director: Don Hertzfeldt

A series of dark and troubling events forces Bill to reckon with the meaning of his life—or lack thereof. It’s the latest work from multi-award winner, Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, Billy’s Balloon).

17 min

Face Machine

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Writers: Justin Simms, Lynne Pjeturss Kamm; Producers: Stéphanie Chapelle, Isabel Gomez-Moriana; Director: Justin Simms

In the distant, dystopian future, the Earth’s atmosphere is too polluted to breath.  The only way for humans to survive is by wearing elaborate air filters, which permanently obscure their faces. When he learns the love of his life is getting coupled to the chief chemist, a scientist buys airtime from the head of the underground and convinces his lover to follow him to an air chamber in order to do what the government has outlawed: remove their masks and for the first time look at each other’s faces.

15 min

The Fifth

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Writer/Director: Ryan Levin

It’s Wednesday. Poker night. Four best friends have invited a fifth player to join them. Will the new guy survive the game?

14 min

Forged

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Writer/Producer/Director: David No

Darak is an aging Sword Master—Juda, his brilliant apprentice son. In a drama of startling consequence, Juda recounts the events that lead to the destruction of their relationship and finally the ultimate challenge—a death duel. Both men love each other, although neither of them know it. In a world lost in time, the metal of loyalty, honor and family are tested as the tragedy is played out.
Martial arts actor, David No (Matrix Reloaded, Mr Nice Guy) makes his directorial debut with this epic tale, and a new genre in Australian cinema is born.

38 min

Frattura (Fracture)

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Writers: Omar Pesenti, Veronica Borgo; Producer/Director: Omar Pesenti

A man chases a girl during the night; after having murdered and massacred her, he gets up in the morning from his bed (close to a woman) as if nothing has happened…

9 min

Georgie’s Wish

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Writer/Producer/Director: Michael Granberry

Young Georgie’s seemingly innocent birthday wish comes true…with shockingly hilarious results! A feel-good family film.

4 min

The Girl and the Wolf

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Writer/director: Lauren Bickers

Lana lives in a remote part of the woods with her family. Most little girls have friends. They usually find children their own age to play with, but Lana has found a friend in the forest. Her mother and father are unaware of the visits of the wolf Lana has been feeding on a nightly basis. Upon discovering Lana with the wolf, her father fires a warning shot into the air. While her parents debate how to approach the matter they miss the true nature of the connection their daughter has forged with the wolf.

8 min

The Great Detective

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Writer: Mike Martin; Producer: Mary Kerley; Director: Andrew Young

1940s Chicagotown has been taken hostage by crimelord Vladimir “Pokerface” Hoyle, who threatens to detonate a bomb that will destroy the city. The only hope for the people is the Great Detective, a masked man rumored to have the ability of flight. After a tip from the lovely journalist Effie Soul, our hero sets out to save the city and restore the hope of all.

15 min

The Greyhound

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Producer/Director: Allan Plenderleith

The Greyhound tells the story of an old man and his dog, a greyhound who has never had the chance to fulfill his true potential. Although he loves his owner, the dog has had to endure a life of very slow, tedious walks to the betting shop, every day ending in misery. Until something tragic changes everything forever.

8 min

Happiness is Blowfish (Fuku)

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Writer/Director: Maninder Chana; Producers: Michael Patrick, Tommy Chang

Big Boss has been betrayed. Akito, a young mobster has tried to go it alone, but has failed and has crawled back for forgiveness.

Big Boss though is not having any of it. He’s going to make an example of the young man who insulted him with an elaborate plan to feed Akito blowfish, a delicacy that Akito has an affinity for. He’s ensured the fish hasn’t been cut right making it poisonous. But Akito isn’t going to go easily.

12 min

The Henchman

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Writers: Joe Hill, Jon Fitzsimons; Producer: Joe Hill; Director: Taylor Nida

Tom has a typical American family: a wife he loves, a daughter he would do anything for, and a great job…as a henchman.  For almost twenty years, Tom as been a henchman for some of the most dangerous, psychotic super-villains. It’s illegal. It’s dangerous. And it’s fun. But Tom is getting older, and the high-risk life of henching is taking its toll at work and at home. “One more job” is all Tom needs to set his family up for life.  Inspired by the graphic novel “Hench” by Adam Beechen and Manny Bello.

15 min

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