Short Films: 2010

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

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

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