Short Films: 2010

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

Sunday Punch

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Written/Directed by Dennis Hauck; Produced by Aimée Barth, Dennis Hauck

Jill is on a first date with Arthur. She doesn’t know why. Looking at them together, you wouldn’t know either. Jill’s young and beautiful and Arthur’s not. But she’s bored and lonely and figures the internet couldn’t yield any worse crop of candidates than the guys she meets in her line of work. Anyway, the night is wearing on fairly painlessly until Charlie makes a point of running into her. Charlie’s a small time gangster that thinks Jill owes him a favor. That favor is to discretely drug a boxer that refuses to throw tomorrow night’s fight. Jill’s job is to walk through boxing rings holding up a sign that lets everyone know what round it is. Charlie thinks this will make it easy for her to get access to the stubborn boxer. It’s a stupid plan, but Jill isn’t in a position to argue. After that, the night goes from worse to absolute crap, until Jill decides it’s time to start pushing back. Hard.

18 min

Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks

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Written by Sean Kennedy; Directed by David T. Krupicz; Produced by James O'Brien

From an underground bunker a hooded figure lights a candle in the darkness, broadcasting warnings of the inevitable anarchy destined for humanity. He reaches for one of few remaining personal possessions and re-tells the story of his wife, one of the many who have fallen to the widespread plagues and fallout sickness. The man had been employed as a sentry guard for Octamed, a company that treated the infected and sick.

When the darker times came, they switched to processing the weak and dead. As his ailing wife succumbed to illness, he faced his greatest struggle yet: how to remember.

12 min

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Taylors Trophy

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Written by Geoff Crackett/Jason McDonald; Directed by Jason McDonald; Produced by Laya Armian/Jason McDonald

A work shy wide boy, attempts to solve the mystery of his local pub’s burglary and claim a reward that will settle his debt with a threatening criminal. Through a series of flashbacks and voice-overs, we witness the fumbled investigation…

21 min

The Tea Master

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Written/Directed/Produced by Aaron Au

On his long journey home, a humble Old Man is challenged by a Samurai to a duel to the death.  Through an unlikely encounter with a young Sword Master, the Old Man is taught how to defeat the Samurai using something he has had with him all along.

10 min

The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell

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Written By Kelly Young-Silverman, Michael H. Harper; Directed By David Marshall Silverman; Produced by Kelly Young-Silverman, David Marshall Silverman

Trapped by routine and responsibility, Terrell and Nancy Howell find themselves going through the motions of everyday life. Having grown accustomed to a mundane lifestyle and stagnant marriage, Terrell and Nancy live life together and yet completely alone.  But It only takes one act of randomness to change all this. Their tedious existence is forever altered when middle-aged Terrell finds Joy, a seductive young woman who reignites his passion. Sensing something is wrong, Nancy soon finds herself hunting down her wayward husband in an attempt to discover the truth. What Nancy finds is something she could never have imagined.

25 min

tHERAPY

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Written by Kelley Slagle, Alex Kristobek; Directed/Produced by Kelley Slagle

Jesus and Satan seek professional help to settle their eternal differences.

7 min

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This Side Up

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Written/Directed by Eric Blue; Produced by Eric Blue, Scott Salamon

Jack ships himself in a crate to see his girlfriend. En route, he discovers an unexpected surprise. Comedy ensues. This Side Up is a hilarious and award winning comedy that mixes animation, special effects and live action.

12 min

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Tobacco Man

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Written/Directed/Produced by Andrew Racho

Tobacco Man is the story of a cigarette-shaped ‘superhero’ fighting against ‘liberals, whiners, and people who just say ‘no.” A satirical ‘Colbert-esque’ hero, Tobacco Man stops a teenager from resisting peer pressure, stops an addict mother from quitting for her children, and encourages a schoolgirl experimenting in the playground.

4 min

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