2007 Short Films: I-O

The Intruder

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Writer/Producer/Director: Alessandro Ceglia

A woman, apparently alone in her house believes there may be an intruder. The viewer shares her fear and is never certain whether or not there is an actual intruder. As the woman grows increasingly paranoid, the suspense grows and various filmic elements, such as tempo, composition, set design, color palette, and camera angles change to match and heighten the mood. Is the woman delusional or is someone really trying to terrorize her? This film is inspired by film noir tradition, where various elements such a light and dark, shadows, camera angles, and sound are manipulated in an expressionist manner to amplify the emotion of a scene.
(Web Site)

3 min

Iron Bird

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Writer: Matty Limpus; Producer: Jocelyn Quioc; Director: Chris Richards-Scully

Iron Bird takes us on one of the most destructive missions of WWII, the bombing of Dresden, circa February 1945. For a young Australian Lancaster bomber crew it’s another dangerous mission, but for Flight Sgt. JP Harmer it is a personal vendetta.

As the seven young men battle for survival in the night skies over Germany, a mysterious presence surrounds them, propelling them towards an outcome that would change their lives forever. Driven by his thirst for revenge, will JP find humility and forgiveness before it’s too late?
(Web Site)

28 min

Jack-in-the-Box

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Writer/Producer/Director: Craig Dehut

Jack and his sister are just two regular people minding their own business when they are suddenly and ruthlessly thrown into a dangerous chase. As the mysterious driver relentlessly pursues them, they must use all of their talent and wit to elude him.

2 min

Jakob and the Angels

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Writer: Justin Haden; Producers: Julie Ford, Olga Gonzales; Director: Ron Lehmann

Jakob Wywialowski tries everything he can think of to evict the angels who have invaded his attic to sing hallelujahs day and night. Finally, he calls the exterminators. A rather diabolical team of pest killers arrives, and when Jakob accepts their offer to fix his angel problem, they promptly launch a miniature Armageddon in his attic. As Jakob’s life is bombed into “angel-proof” solitude, he wishes he’d left well enough alone. But in the rubble of his attic, he finds new hope for companionship, and a chance to redeem himself. Based on a short story by Audrey Niffenegger, author of the best-selling science fiction novel, “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”

13 min

Kasting

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Writer/Director: Alyosha Saari; Producer: Rodolfo Coloma

How far would you go to get the part?
Monica goes to an audition for a part to die for. A complete horror film in two minutes.
(Web Site)

2 min

Kleeman and Mike in Jaime’s Taco Shop

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Director: Randall Christopher

Every once in a while a cartoon comes along with the most amazing skateboarding animation ever. After watching the animated cat throw down giant kickflips, you will weep with unbearable joy. You will probably consider killing yourself because nothing you could ever experience in life could possibly top the sublime feeling you’ll get from watching this cartoon, even the first time you heard that album by that band with the guy with the weird eye, and how when you heard that Dixie Chicks song covering Fleetwood Mac you really liked the it but knew you could never admit it to anyone.

6 min

The Laborer

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Writer/Director: Darryl Knickrehm; Producers: Darryl Knickrehm, Karl Knickrehm

In a life of work, we work to live life. One businessman has the opportunity to take a step back and look at his life. To his dismay he sees a man who not only labored at work but also in life. The Laborer is a tale of two levels. It is a commentary of the workaholic lifestyles of the world. But more importantly it is the intimate story of a man who is detached from his feelings and as a result has prevented himself from taking the opportunities of life.

20 min

A Little Night Fright

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Writer/Producer/Director: Mischa Livingstone

When the bedtime story ends and the lights go out, a little boy exacts revenge on his tormenting older brother.
(Web Site)

3 min

The Love Box

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Writer: Ira Nayman; Producer/Director: Christopher Cordell

The Love Box is a comedy that follows the struggle of Samuel (Mathew Lemche) as he meets his girlfriend Poppie’s (Caroline Lesley) family for the first time. A normally daunting task that is further complicated by the fact that Poppie’s parents own the largest family run, adult intimacy store (porn shop) in the world. Samuel is forced to deal with an androgynous sibling, porn star dinner guests, and a crash sex-ed course by Poppie’s father.
The Love Box reminds us all that it’s not what we are but who we are that truly matters in life.

23 min

The Lullaby Crossing

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Writer/Director: Mel Soria

An old samurai journeys with his granddaughter to fulfill a promise, but the road traveled is fraught with danger. Can the two survive and reach their destination?

9 min

Monster Job Hunter

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Writer/director: Yehudi Mercado; Producer: Arnie Reyes

Monster Job Hunter is about a man/child rising to the occasion and becoming the hero he only dreams to be in his world of video games. Morgan Aquinaldo is out-of-work, emasculated by his wife, socially awkward, and is about to experience the job interview from hell.

9 min

My Friend Sam

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Writer: Andre Ford; Producers: Charlotte Acker, Monica Vega; Director: Catherine Linebarger

Nine year old Amy tells the slightly twisted story of her summer vacation and of Sam, the unusual best friend she made.

15 min

Night of the Hell-Hamsters

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Writers: Haydn Green, Mike Roseingrave, Paul Campion; Producer: Elisabeth Pinto; Director: Paul Campion

Julie is babysitting the neighbors’ children when her boyfriend Karl pays her a surprise visit. Disappointed that he didn’t bring the Ouija board that she’s been wanting to play with for ages, Julie fashions one out of a child’s alphabet toy and a drop of Karl’s blood.

The game turns nasty when lightning crashes outside and the poor family hamsters are fried to a crisp. But when Karl checks on them, one hamster viciously attacks him and the other climbs up inside his trouser leg and starts having a go at his private parts, it’s the beginning of the end for Julie and Karl…and for the rest of the world!

16 min

Noir Total

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Writer/Producer/Director: Francois Jamin

A man wakes up in a flat with a huge hangover, and finds the dead body of a girl in the bathtub. Not remembering anything from the night before, he calls a friend to help him to get rid of the body, but soon, things don’t go as planned, and his troubles get worse…
(Web Site)

15 min

Operation: Fish

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Writer/Director: Jeff Riley

Operation: Fish is a stop-motion animated short utilizing a variety of additional mixed media, including live action, still photographs, and 2-D graphic animation.
A child’s goldfish is abducted by a criminal mastermind with nefarious intent and a secret agent is dispatched to rescue it. Utilizing his time displacement gun to manipulate events, the agent attempts to foil the villainous scheme.

10 min

Ordinary Angels

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Writer: Todd Downing; Producers: Darlene Sellers, Sally Sparkman Dagna, Todd Downing; Director: Todd Downing

Front line angelic soldiers battle their fallen brethren, while the souls of mortals hang in the balance. One part police drama, one part supernatural thriller, one part mockumentary, Ordinary Angels puts a unique contemporary spin on ancient angelic lore.

37 min

Osama Bin Latte

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Writers: Ross Marroso, Greg Hildebrandt; Producer: Greg Hildebrandt; Director: Ross Marroso

It’s Terrorism vs. commercialism in Osama Bin Latte, a political satire on the making of one of the Taliban’s internet videos as though it was shot with a professional production crew in America. A case of Mid-East meets Mid-West and everyone will be lucky to get out alive.

13 min

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