2010 Short Films: O-S

The Offering

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Written/Directed/Produced by Michael Huber

Surrounded by peace, tranquility and the lushness of nature, a young, innocent woman gathers water from the river. She plucks a lotus blossom and tucks it behind her ear. As she passes through the jungle her grace, beauty and purity is evident but the sway of her hips hints at her budding maturity. Irresistibly drawn to the abandoned temple, she hesitates unsure whether she should enter. As though compelled by an unseen force she takes her first tentative steps and the transformation from girl to woman begins. When she steps in front of the statue of the temple god, she feels the goddess within stir and senses the universal power that women possess. The dance begins naïve and stylized, to impress the being within the statue. Her attempt fails to illicit a response. She turns, discouraged but even gods are not immune to a woman’s power.

9 min

One Night

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Written/Directed/Produced by Laura Jean Cronin

The idea for this film first began with the question, “what would you do the morning after you took a human life?” This is where we begin with Allie, a little bruised up and very self-reflective. I had only then to figure out the why, when, where and how. I also wanted to bring the audience down an unexpected path while they think they are watching the “expected”. Allie’s flashbacks keep bringing her back to the Dance Club where she awkwardly put the moves on her long time crush. Did Allie stab Nicole to death? All too often “psycho lesbian” has been a cinematic archetype. One Night turns that archetype on its head and makes us examine our own boundaries and social anxieties as Allie, our protagonist, must examine hers.

13 min

One Small Step

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Written/Directed/Produced by Damien Slevin

On July 24th 1969, man finally reached the Moon as 600 million people watched. They were not the only ones.

4 min

The Painter of the Skies (O Pintor De Ceos)

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Written by Jorge Morais Valle, Silvia Pazos Hermida; Directed/Produced by Jorge Morais Valle

From the darkness of the lost cliffs, a crazy painter–marked by his past, and his faithful assistant try to find a solution to the perpetual storms. The sea is destroying their home. A magic boiler and some tormented ghosts will help them to find the light.

20 min

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Party Sauce

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Written/Produced by Greg Culberson, Jason Beck; Directed by Jason Beck

A sketch comedy juxtaposition from the The Woodcreek Faction, mixing a cigarette cop, recently discovered Hitler footage, and a happy tree painter in a retro bowl. Seasoned to taste with eye drops and an invisible ball. Covered with a beaver carpet and chilled until cold. Serve when ready.

 

 
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The Pledge (Panata)

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Written/Directed/Produced by Scott Wurth

Tap ‘Philippines’ and ‘Crucifixion’ into your computer and you will have no difficulty finding gruesome and disturbing images of men nailed to crosses, surrounding by rubber-necking tourists and locals determined to party.

Passion Plays and pageants are common throughout the Christian world in the week before Easter. In the Philippines, these bloody re-enactments of the passion of Jesus Christ have become notorious because they are so literal.

During Holy Week, hooded penitents walk the barrios, scourging themselves with whips until their blood runs into the dust.

On Holy Friday, dozens carry heavy wooden crosses through the streets. A chosen few are part of well-rehearsed pageants, which follow the 14 Stations of the Cross to a makeshift Calvary where three crosses are erected. The ‘nailings’ then begin.

For Westerners, sneering at a ritual they see as a mixture of religious kitsch, Big-Brother voyeurism and medieval mortification rites, conducted by the poor and ignorant, is the easy option.

Scott Wurth’s revealing documentary ‘PANATA’ (The Pledge) resolutely goes behind the clichés. Over five years, the Australian film-maker visited Pampanga province during Holy Week. By filming widely and speaking to everyone, from bishops and priests to the inmates of a local prison, a more complex and thought-provoking view of the practices emerges.

They will not easily give it up.

25 min

Qing Lou Nu

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Written/Directed/Produced by Bryan Hopkins

Qing Lou Nu is a stylistic film that explores the life of an Asian prostitute trapped by a contradictory world of passion and obligations. All of which climaxes when one of her naive clients confesses his love. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart, Qing Lou Nu is an edgy reinvention of a classic. This macabre tale of east meets west is noted for its potent performances by the leads Cindy Chu and Axel Harney; along with the carefully orchestrated imagery which combines to create a moment of beauty that will not be soon forgotten.

25 min

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Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

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Written/Produced by Harry kloor; Directed by Harry kloor, Dan St. Piere

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey is CGI, 3D, science fiction, action-adventure film which interweaves animated sequences with actual space imagery captured from seven ongoing NASA/ESA missions. Its family-friendly tale focuses on a photon named Dave and his heroic efforts to save his people, who are caught in a galactic battle between the forces of good and evil. The film takes a unique and entertaining approach to science education by creating characters which embody scientific concepts and discoveries, making the movie fun as well as informative.

The incredible all-star voice cast include Abigail Breslin, Amanda Peet, Brent Spiner, Chris Pine, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, Jason Alexander, Mark Hamill, Neil Armstrong, Robert Picardo, Samuel Jackson, Sandra Oh, William Shatner.

50 min

Quartered at Dawn (Viergeteilt im Morgengrauen)

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Written/Directed by Norbert Keil; Produced by Roland Lippoldmüller

“I heard something,” he says and tries to peek through the foggy windows of his car. But she will not have any of this nonsense, and takes his face and guides it towards her open blouse, giggling with anticipation.

It is winter, the snowy landscape tranquil. But Marc and Sarah are not cold, their cheeks are flushed, their breath is heated.  And so they do not notice the car crashing nearby. The driver is hurt badly; she barely makes it out of the wreck.

“I’m positive I heard something,”‘ Marc says again, but Sarah once again directs his attention back to herself.

Another car arrives. The injured woman gets nervous, looks for her gun, tries to shoot – but too late: the axe rips the gun from her hand.

“You didn’t hear anything, no matter how sure you are.” Sarah moans.

And while they continue their little outing in the back of the car, they’re unaware that there was something after all… and it might be coming for them as well.

14 min

Rantdog’s “Zombies of the Tar Sands of Death of Doom”

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Written by Norm Fassbender, Dave Clarke; Directed by Norm Fassbender; Produced by Kate Holowach

A four-part animated series following Rantdog and family and their encounter with the Zombies of the Tar Sands of Death of Doom.

14 min

Episode 1: The Quackening, Redux

Can a flock of ducks and a cute bunny dodge the grasp of the Tar-Zombies?

Can Rantdog and family have a happy holiday at Tar Sands National Park–a nature preserve as gooey as the La Brea Tar Pits, but with the added bonus of being infested with industrial-strength Zombies?

4 min

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Red Princess Blues

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Written/Directed by Alex Ferrari; Produced by Alex Ferrari, Dan Cregan, Carlos Osorio, Ricardo Jacques Gale, Sean Buck

In this twisted modern day fairy tale, Zoe, a teenage girl, is lured into an after hours carnival tent by the sleazy rock-n-roll carney, Rimo; She gets more she bargained for. It is up to the mysterious Princess, the star of the new knife show at Roscoe’s Carnival & Freak Show to pull Zoe out of the wolf’s den that she has fallen into.

11 min

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The Sacrifice

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Directed by Stephen Jennings; Produced by Kathy Buxton, Tiffany Webber

Inspired by St. George and the Dragon, The Sacrifice is a moody retelling of the classic myth. A dragon nests in the well of a medieval village. Panicked and irrational the fearful villagers attempt to appease the dragon by offering a virgin to the beast. The dragon is satisfied, but not for long. One by one the women of the village vanish as they are offered to satiate the demon’s desires. This trade of women for water escalates until only a young Princess remains. Held captive, she is taken to be offered to the dragon. Forced onto the ledge of the well she awaits her doom as the dragon beats it’s enormous wings lifting it’s mass aloft out of the well. Is there no-one who would save her?

Visually unique with hand illustrated, pop-up book aesthetics and nightmarish undertones, the dark and moody atmosphere mirrors the fable’s themes of self-satisfaction, apprehension, fear and sacrifice.

2 min

Self-Inflicted

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Written by Davey Sherwinter, Isabelle Carruthers; Directed by Davey Sherwinter; Produced by Luke Howard, Davey Sherwinter

A veteran detective, Carl Lambeth (Jerry Durkin) investigates a beautiful young woman, Leslie Renfrew (Sarah Karjian) about the brutal stabbing of her husband, Timothy Renfrew (Robert Axel). As she retells the day’s gruesome events in detail, it becomes unclear whether or not the crime in question was truly ‘self-inflicted.’

8 min

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Shocking, Bloody Robot News!

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Written/Directed/Produced by Mike Fisher

Using 2D animation, 3D animation, video and motion-comic technique, SBRN! takes a fun look at the fact that robots will soon kill us all.

5 min

Singularity

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Written/Director by Stephen Griffin; Produced by Clay Hassler

In the year 2029, Simon Fischer approaches what scientists call ‘the Singularity’– the merging of human and artificial intelligence. In order to accomplish this, Simon has compiled a computer database of memories that he has been sequentially extracting from his own brain, and transferring them into Nomad, a highly intelligent and eerily human android.

6 min

Sketchi

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Written/Directed/Produced by Lily Sun

A girl struggles to revive her beloved dead dog.

3 min

Skylight

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Written/Directed by David Baas

An animated mock documentary about the ecological plight of penguins in the Antarctic, possibly foretelling cataclysmic results for the rest of the world.

5 min

Solatrium

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Written/Directed by Chris Bower; Produced by Chris Bower, G. Craig Hobbs

Bria, a female astronaut, attempts to cure her regret and ennui by abusing her medication Solatrium. Little does she know she is a test subject for the Nevco Corporation who is developing the experimental drug.

20 min

Steeples

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Written/Directed/Produced by Bryan Papciak

As I look back on my childhood in the late 1970s & early 80s, I realize that a religious up-bringing, and my love for “special fx” movies of the era have become conflated in my memory. This film is probably the result of that.

3 min

Strike

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Written/Directed by Jonas Klinkenbijl; Produced by Jonas Klinkenbijl, Floris van der Weijden

Pete Oldman enjoys his life in retirement. He likes to smoke his cigar, to drink his cognac and he loves his goldfish. When his apartment gets outfitted with a high-tech surveillance system to check upon its residents, Pete’s life takes a turn for the worse. All his guilty pleasures seem to be prohibited and with each transgression a mysterious progress bar is updated with a Strike. After a showdown Pete is subdued into cooperation with the new system. The camera decides he will not get away that easily and takes matters into its own hands.

12 min

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