Short Films: 2010

Death Row Diet

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Written by Jonathan Katz, Tom Leopold; Directed by Mike Salva, Tom Snyder; Produced by Jonathan Katz, Mike Salva, Tom Snyder

Jonathan Katz is a man who is on both death row and Weight Watchers. With Tom Leopold. (It takes the “D” out of Death Row and puts it back in “Delicious” where it belongs!)

3 min

DemiUrge Emesis

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Written/Directed/Produced by Aurelio Voltaire

A mummified cat is tormented by the skeletons of past meals. Directed and animated by MTV and Sy Fy Channel veteran Aurelio Voltaire and narrated by Danny Elfman.

3 min

Desert of the Real

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Directed/produced by Tal S. Shamir

The film is a short powerful manifestation of the Desert of the Real—a critical note raised by French philosopher J. Baudrillard in Simulacra and Simulation.

3 min

The Devil’s Toy

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Written by Chris Keaton; Directed/Produced by Alex Lugones

A Jack-in-the-box is no longer child’s play in this short film about a toy that possesses unimaginable evil. During WWII where atrocious acts were committed, a Satan-worshiping Nazi protects a box that is truly the devil incarnate. The box ends up in the hands of an American soldier who does everything in his power to destroy it, but soon learns it is indestructible. His grandson finds the box and with a friend, contemplates unleashing the darkness that has been dormant for decades.

8 min

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The Duty of Living

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Written by Brandon Hunt; Directed by Brandon Hunt; Produced by Brandon Hunt, George Retelas, John Meredith

A soldier must deal with his past when he returns home from fighting the undead after the apocalypse

“The Duty of Living” is a short film about a young soldier’s return to his family’s home after the zombie apocalypse.

Juan Riedinger (Jennifer’s Body, The Day The Earth Stood Still) plays Darren Stark, who’s joined up with one of the emergency squads dispatched to clear out areas with zombies still roaming the town.

As he makes his way back to his deteriorated home, he must contend with the memories of the last words he had with his family.

20 min

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The Elusive Man

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Written by Marc Roussel, Mark Sanders, Mark Thibodeau; Directed by Marc Roussel, Mark Sanders; Produced by Marc Roussel, Mark Sanders, Ron Basch

Blaine Sutherland, an industrial chain manufacturer, is a newly rich man. Being filthy rich is not one of the Seven Deadly Sins, at least, so he thought. Suddenly he has a target on his back as well as his wallet vis-à-vis his gold digging wife, Angela, and her hunky “boy toy,” Lance.

Suddenly, Senorita Peligro and her ruthless band of international art thieves invade Blaine’s office and demand the whereabouts of a certain individual. Blaine has no idea! He just wants his severed body parts re-attached. Angela doesn’t care but certainly wants the reward. Who is the Elusive Man?

15 min

Every 28 Days

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Written/Produced by Arielle Boisvert; Directed by Kenny Chow

When a newly patented birth control begins to show its side effects, Dr. George Manning must take to the streets with his wife and idiot brother in the hopes of finding a weapon against the most terrifying adversary imaginable: a PMS-driven legion of blood-thirsty zombies.

God help us all.

18 min

Four Days at Dragon*Con

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Written/Produced by Gordon Ray, Jack Walsh; Directed by Jack Walsh

As any visitor to Dragon*Con knows, every Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands descend upon Atlanta for the largest convention of geeky pop-culture fandom in the Southeast. From science fiction celebrities and their obsessive fans to colorfully costumed characters engaged in mock combat, this documentary explores the Woodstock for nerds known as Dragon*Con.  Featuring interviews with fans, staff, performers, artists, stars and would-be superheroes, Four Days at Dragon*Con examines the sense of community and acceptance that draws together what is often seen as a marginalized subculture.  With footage of the magnificent Dragon*Con parade, the greatest collection of homemade costumes to be found anywhere, and a stirring climax centered around an ambitious attempt to break the world record for dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,”  Four Days at Dragon*Con is quirky and fascinating fun.

(Screened out of competition)

55 min

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Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer

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Written/Directed by Andrew W. Jones; Produced by Andrew W. Jones, Jeanette McNeil, Priscilla McEver

In the annoyingly sparkly future-scape of Neo-Mega-Ultra Tokyo, reporter Holly Malone tracks a murderous urban legend. She discovers that a chain of drug-related killings leads down a supernatural trail—a trail that ends with no average pill pusher, but Frank Dancoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer!

A comedy featuring a goofy blend of computer generated overkill, cartoon physics, and stop-motion monsters.

8 min

Hands Off!

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Written by Carl V. Rossi; Directed/Produced by Patrick Bosworth

When John is visited by an Angel he learns a disturbing truth about how he spends his time on the Internet.

7 min

Happy Face

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Written/Directed by Franklin P. Laviola; Produced by Franklin P. Laviola, Jack Lambert, Michael Gallart

“Happy Face” is a psychological thriller about a troubled Hollywood starlet named Katie who seeks to escape from the media spotlight by hiding out in a rehab facility on Long Island. However, when Les, her overbearing agent, tracks her down and attempts to whisk her back to LA, Katie must plan her next move, even if it means taking drastic measures that will affect the course of their twisted relationship and her own identity forever.

14 min

The Hatter’s Apprentice

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Written by Derek F. Meyer, David B. Whitmore; Directed by Derek F. Meyer; Produced by Laurie Bookhardt

William, a young and eager shop attendant, works in the magnificent world of chemicals and artistry as a hatter’s apprentice. His passion for hat making is only matched by his desire for Sophia, a local flower peddler.
Inspired by constant belittling from his off kilter master and the overly pompous Earl of Longford, William creates his own hat, directly defying the Hatter’s warnings.

At first, his creation seems perfect, as it gives him the confidence to approach Sophia. But when an unexpected side effect turns his fantasy into a nightmare, it’s a struggle to escape before the madness takes over.

16 min

Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man

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Written by Brandon McCormick, Charlie Wetzel, Nick Kirk; Directed by Brandon McCormick; Produced by Brandon McCormick, Nick Kirk

“Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man” is an adaptation true to L Frank Baum’s original story from his book The Wizard of Oz. In this tragic story, a young ambitious woodsman falls in love and loses his heart in his work and to his own efficiency.

While trying to stay true to the source material, the filmmakers have re-imagined the world of Oz and its inhabitants with their own creativity and style.

21 min

Help! Tangent Man!

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Written/Directed/Produced by Mark Smith

A damsel in distress, tied to the railroad tracks, calls for help. Tangent Man, a terribly talkative superhero, shows up just in time… well, almost.

1 min

The Horseman

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Written/Directed by Ben Bays; Produced by Ben Bays, Chad Dutka, René Kline

A darkening sky. An ominous figure. A town on the edge of nowhere. The horseman approaches….

Set against the epic backdrop of post-Revolutionary War America, THE HORSEMAN chronicles the arrival of an unknown outsider to a remote village in the New England wilderness. The townspeople greet him with curiosity and suspicion. Equally as mysterious as the man are the contents of his satchel that he guards with aggressive fervor. Is it a mercy or malice that the horseman brings?

The film unveils the character and history of the horseman layer by layer, revealing a persuasive commentary of an outsider who is closer to our core than we may like to believe.

33 min

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

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