Short Films: 2009

Shoot!

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Writer/Director/Producer: Jim Menza.

Mel hires a local production company to shoot a regional commercial for his small, family owned, plumbing business. It turns out to be much more than he bargained for.

8 min

Sirens

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Writer/Director: Benjamin Radford; Producer: Edward Summer.

A young boy in a library neglects his math homework, and is instead drawn into a world of fantasy while reading about the mythological Sirens, lovely women who lured ancient sailors to their deaths.

6 min

Snapshots

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Writer/Director/Producer: James Mullins.

This is a stop motion short about an average Joe type of alien taking a trip to an asteroid field. While enjoying the scenery of one of the larger asteroids, he mistakenly picks a flower that is much more than a common flower. He is chased off the asteroid with the flower still in his pocket. Things get crazy when he places the flower into a soft drink in order to revive it.

6 min

Snowyville

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Writers: Michael Attardi, Peter Raymundo; Director/Producer: Michael Attardi.

Have you ever wondered what magical things could happen under your Christmas tree?

In the miniature village of Snowyville, Sir Evil, a power-hungry knight charges in atop his dim-witted sidekick, the Dragosaurus, only to find the village deserted. In order to find out where the villagers are, the Dragosaurus has the ridiculous idea to go in and spy. But first, he needs a title: “The Head of Intelligence.”  With Jim Belushi, Tim Curry, and Joey Fatone.

4 min

Snuggle Time

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Writer/Director/Producer: Angela O'Sullivan.

It’s bedtime and everyone needs their favorite toy to snuggle with in order to sleep. Snuggle Time is the story of a little girl, a vampire, and the stuffed toy lamb that is caught between them.

5 min

Soulmates

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Writer/Director: Tom Flynn; Producer: Dianne Ward.

Barry is a fledgling couples therapist with a lot of heart and no talent. He goes on a blind date only to find out that his date is Claudina, a strange old hag with a curiously over-active libido. After a series of strange paranormal events, Barry must rely on his shoddy counseling skills to make it through the night with his body and soul intact.

19 min

Springbringer: Songs from the World of New Nature

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Writer/Director/Producer: Jukka Eronen.

Springbringer is an epic, poetic and dream-like music fantasy movie from Finland. It is an enchanting journey to the world of New Nature which is full of wonders, swans, animals, spirits and changing seasons: “Three thousand suns ago… A seed falls from the sky. It lands on the bottom of a pond. The beautiful seed begins to sprout and rises to surface. A sprite is born. Swans gather around her as she calls them. The pond starts to effervesce. The sprite sends the swans on a voyage to the Moon. They must fly there before the sky freezes over.”

20 min

Striking Metal (Tira Bakal)

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Writer/Director/Producer: Scott Wurth.

Since 1963, when members of Matias Santos’ family became sick, with some dying, Matias made a pledge to God by imitating the sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ in an act to save them. Through a grueling event called “Tira Bakal”, the Santos family honors their late grandfather’s pledge in a tradition that not only involves a family but has engulfed a community.

25 min

Survivors

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Writer: Soham Mehta, Marcel Rodriguez; Director: Soham Mehta; Producer: Seema Shah.

The dead are rising and the city has been evacuated, but two survivors remain behind. Rita would not abandon her infected husband, and Sachin refused to leave the memory of his dead wife. Willing to do anything to avoid dying alone, Rita deceives and seduces her way into Sachin’s life, but soon discovers that tempting his memories is even more dangerous than what’s lurking outside.

Survivors brings Indian influences to the classic zombie genre to create a sexy, fun, and terrifying nightmare.

13 min

That’s Magic!

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Writers: Brandon McCormick, Charlie Wetzel; Director/Producer: Brandon McCormick.

That’s Magic! follows a disillusioned magician who seeks his own answer to find what is ‘magic’ in the world around him.

15 min

Theosaurology

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Writer/Director:/Producer: Alex Austin.

Theosaurology presents the concept that since there are so many things scientists still speculate about with dinosaurs, why couldn’t they be super powerful creatures that performed wondrous acts? We were not there to witness these things, and there has been no fossil evidence to prove otherwise. All told with a sense of arrogance and humor, the narrator leads the viewer through this concept though a book while the dinosaur illustrations come to life and demonstrate their awesomeness. This is a layered satire and action comedy.

5 min

Throwaway

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Writers/Directors/Producers: Dennis Widmyer, Brian James Fitzpatrick.

Abby works the graveyard shift at a home security company as an operator. With such a tough schedule, she spends her days like a vampire, sleeping while the sun is up. This rotation gets disturbed, however, when Abby is repeatedly awoken each day by the sounds of a bum rummaging through her apartment’s dumpster (which rests directly outside her bedroom window).

When Abby decides she’s had enough, she confronts the Bum in the hopes of negotiating for some daily solace. Only the Bum has other plans for Abby that have nothing to do with a little spare change.

If you sleepwalk through your days, you could bump into a nightmare.

21 min

Tiny Legs of Fire

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Writer/Director/Producer: Doug Bayne.

Apparently David Bowie used to write song lyrics by throwing pieces of paper into the air. Honestly, I don’t see how that would help.

2 min

Trafficking

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Writer: Josh Mitchell; Director: David Lindabury; Producers: Nancy Miller, Jack Charlop.

A courier gets stuck in rush hour gridlock, where he finds himself stalked and tormented by someone—or something—that really wants the mysterious package.

8 min

Tree of Knowledge

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Writer/Director/Producer: Gregory Walsh.

This documentary short depicts the efforts of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia to erect a non-religious display on the lawn of the county courthouse in West Chester, Pennsylvania, already adorned with a Christmas tree and Menorah. Amid mixed reactions and controversy from the citizens of West Chester, the Freethought Society affirms the importance of bringing visibility to an often unheard minority.

13 min

Unawakening

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Writer/Director: Jack Daniel Stanley; Producer: Barry Green, David Jimerson.

Haunted by imagined or possibly real visions of the murder and macabre burial of a mysterious stranger deep within the woods, a man struggles to regain his sanity and save an adulterous marriage. In this mind-bending thriller, loosely inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s Annabel Lee and part homage to Hitchock’s Psycho, love will undoubtedly prove key—but to what—sanity or madness?

9 min

Until the End of Everything

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Writers: Logan Blackwell, Nathan Blackwell, Craig Curtis, Jason Curtis; Director/Producer: Nathan Blackwell.

Gentleman superspy Ethan Hazard is back in action! Only you have the power to help him! At critical moments of the story you must vote and choose the path he takes—whether he lives or dies—in his latest daring adventure!

7 min

Urban Wolf

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Writer/Director:/Producer: Laurent Touil Tartour.

Urban Wolf is a thriller in which an American tourist freshly landed at Paris airport in France is persecuted by a CCTV operator. The latter will act at a distance, without ever entering into direct contact with the American tourist, using only means of surveillance videos, computers and electronics that are now common in the modern urban environment. Isolated in this city he does not know, the American will see his mental state deteriorate to a paranoid psychosis, as attacks by the CCTV operator will be more urgent and aggressive, and that he will have to use all his physical and mental resources to escape programmed death.

58 min

The Water

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Writers/Producers: Carl Firth, Dean Nye; Director: Carl Firth.

Maverick Iron’s perfect day is ruined when his fiancée is swept out to sea. Not taking time to grieve, he returns to his job, but he finds himself unable to perform. Upset and confused, Iron reaches the only logical conclusion: He must avenge his fiancée’s death.

4 min

Who’s Your Daddy?

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Writers: Dov Engelberg, Andrea Schwartz, Brian Schwartz, Marcus Zalewski, Eric Guerin; Director: Dov Engelberg; Producer: Brian A. Schwartz.

A puppet youngster, Milo, finds out from his human parents that he is not their biological son. He and his “brother” then set out on a road trip to find his real biological parents. This mission helps Milo learn not only his origins, but also gain some severely lacking sexual experience.

8 min

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