2010 Short Films: I-N

Infinite (Binahaiat)

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Written/Directed/Produced by Afsaneh Zamani

An old man and a little boy left their drought-stricken and abandoned village to the endless world (infinite) seeking any sign of life.

They keep traveling through the desert, but the land becomes more bare and lifeless, until they reach the most dried and cracked land. The old man and the boy lag behind. The old man applies ointment to his hands and feet while the child applies ointment to the cracks of the land.

This is the moment when the sky begins to cry.

10 min

It’s A Dog’s Life

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Written/Directed/Produced by Harley Hay

A quirky little tale of role reversal in a weird world, where our perceptions are challenged and our expectations turned upside down.

2 min

Jesus Comes To Town

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Written by James Aloysius Von Seitz; Directed by Kamal John Iskander; Produced by Kamal John Iskander, Michael Silberman

An unexpected guest drops in during an underworld poker game in this dark comedy film noir. Starring Steve Eastin (Catch Me If You Can, The Black Dahlia, Up in the Air), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5, Freaks & Geeks), and Alex Veadov (Drag Me To Hell, We Own The Night). Sometimes, a second coming can be…painful!

13 min

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League of S.T.E.A.M. “The Fright Before Christmas”

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Written/Directed by Scott Folsom, Gail Folsom; Produced by Trip Hope, Pam Hargrove, Lianna Lawrence

‘Twas the night before Christmas at the League of S.T.E.A.M. headquarters, but there’s mischief afoot! The League of S.T.E.A.M. (Supernatural and Troublesome Ectoplasmic Apparition Management) is an organization comprised of inventors, scientists, adventurers, craftsmen, monster and creature hunters, and paranormal researchers!

You can see more of League of S.T.E.A.M. and our Steam Punk adventures at leagueofsteam.com.

3 min

Leave Me

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Written by Dustin Ballard, Ryan Dunlap; Directed by Dustin Ballard; Produced by Ryan Dunlap

A recent widower deals with his grief through his wife’s broken camera as he relives through her photos one last chance to be with her. Meanwhile, his father must decide whether to let his son go or move on himself.

5 min

Leftovers

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Written/Directed by Paul Moore; Produced by Paul Moore, Todd Gilpin, Scot Tanner, Eugene Johnson

Claire has adjusted to life in the world of the dead.  Alone after her husband and son fell victim to the scourge of walking corpses, she spends her days striving to maintain a normal life.

However, a ‘normal life’ is a relative term in this dark, new world. When Claire saves a family from a horde of the dead, all of them come to realize a terrifying truth…

There are some things worse than death…

17 min

The Lighthouse Girl

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Directed/Produced by Jenna Smith, Ryan Miller

A short, animated adventure of a little girl and her monster friend and their daily journey on a magical island.

5 min

Lorelei

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Written/Directed by Steffan Schulz

Filmed partially underwater and loosely based on the poem by German writer Heinrich Heine, “Lorelei” is a story of lost love. The original poem tells the tale of a maiden on a cliff overlooking a bend in the Rhine River calling out to her former lover, a sailor navigating the treacherous curves below. Similar folklore of maidens, mermaids, and sirens seducing unsuspecting sailors can be found throughout literature. This experimental film tells the tale of a sailor drowning his sorrows in drink as he ponders the lost love of his life. Haunted by images of his former lover, the sailor finds refuge in drink, but a constant barrage of sublime reminders beckon him.

7 min

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Merlot

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Written/Directed by Eduardo Munoz; Produced by Eduardo Munoz, Marchette Stamps

Carol is a classy and sophisticated woman with a superhero boyfriend. The only problem is, he rarely spends quality time with her because he is always off saving the world. Carol truly cares about her boyfriend and wants to make their relationship work, but she isn’t going to stand for the rejection any longer. She wants to regain her dignity. The two have a typical dinner date; only this particular evening is anything but typical. Unpredictable and catastrophic events occur as Carol tries to make their relationship work one last time.

Merlot is about dignity; the dark side of a superhero’s perfect, intimate life, which leads to his girlfriend’s ultimate alternative. Merlot is a drama with a slight taste of humor.

5 min

The Midge

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Written by JJ Lowe; Directed by: Rory Lowe; Produced by Rory Lowe, Will Adams

You’re in the woods… You’re alone… And something wants your blood!

A young city girl seduces her new boyfriend on a camping trip in the Suffolk countryside. But the sexually inexperienced country boys worst fears are realized when he comes face-to-face with the scourge of the British wilderness…

Following a classic horror model, the film builds an atmosphere of slowly heightening terror, as its visual narrative moves ever inward, from wide establishing shots of the open landscape to super close-ups of sinister ‘weird nature’ and the miniature horror itself — the midge — a CGI marvel presented in microscopic detail. Shooting on the highest-quality digital format and using the latest developments in 3-D digital FX technology to achieve the highest level of creature design and animation, the film is a seamless blend of real footage and CGI, accentuated throughout by striking and original sound design and music.

Beautifully positioned within its genre, this twisted take on the horror movie toys with themes of sexual desire, environmental catastrophe, genetic manipulation and urban-rural relations.

11 min

Mister Green

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Written/Directed by Greg Pak; Produced by Karin Chien

In a world in which catastrophic global warming has become reality, a jaded government undersecretary (Tim Kang) flirts with a scientist (Betty Gilpin) and ends up embroiled in a radical conspiracy to save the planet — by transforming the human race itself. A parable about change, both personal and political, from award-winning director Greg Pak, “Mister Green” launches in March 2010 as part of the ITVS Futurestates series.

15 min

Mnemosyne Rising

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Written/Directed by Miguel Alvarez; Produced by Soham Mehta

A solitary deep-space transmitter pilot begins to experience unusual flashbacks when he learns he’s being sent back to Earth.

20 min

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Necromance

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Written/Directed by Matthew Munson; Produced by Blake Myers, Matthew Munson

What would you do if you met a real zombie? Would you overcome your urge to run like diarrhea? Would you help the Zombie “B-movie” actress of your dreams get re-seeded by a virgin? Would you find the courage to fend off zombies trying to capture your B-movie princess? Would possess the skills to avoid the police officers who think you are just an obsessed fan dragging around her dead body? Would you have guts to rush into a voodoo sacrifice to save your zombie girl from death beyond undead? Would it be love, or just ‘NECROMANCE’?

29 min

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The Necronomicon

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Written/directed/Produced by Joseph Nanni

Do you want to be a nicer person? Are you looking for inspiration to do good things? Well keep looking. But if you’re into opening up terrifying vistas of reality then the Esoteric Order of the Old Ones and Cthulhu Cultists want to help. From Bad Advice for Good Times, the team that brought you Elder Sign and Casting Call of Cthulhu, comes The Necronomicon; a short and biting spoof of faith-based commercial advertising and accepted religious dogma.

2 min

Nickel Children

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Written/Directed by Kevin Eslinger; Produced by Kevin Eslinger, Mary Katherine Sisco

It is the late 19th Century, but not as you might have heard of it. In dust bowl Kansas, a young boy, Jack, witnesses his parent’s murder, and is then abducted and forced into an underground child fighting ring. Only the wealthiest are invited to attend these secret communities and bet on the children for their own amusement. However, one among them, an airship captain, is determined to find her own abducted son, whatever the cost.

Nickel Children is an action, adventure, sci-fi, fantasy steam punk film.

16 min

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Night of the Punks

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Written by Dan Riesser, Mike L. Kinshella; Directed by Dan Riesser; Produced by Dan Riesser, Christopher Stoudt, Michael D. Fuller

Small town punk rockers The Brain Deads have their first out of town gig. But there are a few problems: The venue is deserted, the promoter is a creep, their bass player has gone missing, and the only kids in the audience appear to be bloodthirsty monsters from hell. It’s gonna take a lot more than a few power chords and teenage angst to survive this night. Night of the Punks is a horror-comedy short film in the vein of fun 80’s classics like The Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Demons.

18 min

Nothin’ Noble

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Written/Directed by Derek Underwood; Produced by Kathleen Hovan, Derek Underwood, Tyler Reid, Lia Towers

A lost squad of wandering soldiers fight against time to find medical help for their wounded comrade. Their journey takes an abrupt turn when they stumble upon an orphaned infant.

16 min

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