2010 Short Films: T-Z

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

Treevenge

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Written by Jason Eisener, Rob Cotterill; Directed by Jason Eisener; Produced by Rob Cotterill

Treevenge details the experiences and horrifying reality of the lives of Christmas trees. Clearly, for trees, Christmas isn’t the exciting “peace on earth” that is experienced by most. After being hacked down, and shipped away from their homes, they quickly become strung up, screwed into an upright position for all to see, exposed in a humiliation of garish decorations. But this Christmas will be different, this Christmas the trees have had enough, this Christmas the trees will fight back. Treevenge could be a short film about the end of days for Christmas trees, or perhaps, the end of humanity?

16 min

Trick of Light

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Written by David Page, Jennifer Page; Directed by J.A. Forbes; Produced by Jennifer Page

A young woman is pursued by a shadowy gentleman through a maze of forest paths. But is the pursuit a chase, or a trap?

4 min

Tub

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Written/Directed by Bobby Miller; Produced by Kim Jackson

It’s just your typical short film about a guy who can’t commit to his girlfriend…  Who then jerks off in the shower.  And accidentally impregnates his tub.

12 min

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Whaling and the Inherent Dangers Therein

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Written by Joseph Sliker, Robert The Green; Directed by Joseph Sliker; Produced by Caleb Negassa

In the wake of a string of deadly ‘whale attacks’ a young intern from the League of Whalers sets out with whaling legend Dockweiler and industry star Naples Tinkleton to slay the beast who is responsible.

15 min

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Window Pains

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Written, Directed, Produced by Paul Allen Tillery IV

When a man struggles to fix his computer, the effort sends him down a spiral of frustration and rage. He faces error messages, customer service lines, and the limits of human patience. Ultimately the man must face the truth: in the world of computing technology, nothing works, and nobody cares. When you’re on hold, no one can hear you scream.

5 min

Written By

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Written by Matt Duggan, Trevor Boelter; Directed by Karni Baghdikian; Produced by Stephanie Bell, Mona Nash, Nicole Chamberlin, Trevor Boelter

Hotshot screenwriting duo Stephen Adiano (Matt Duggan) and Brian Harris (Trevor Boelter) might have let success go to their heads. Fired by the studio for failing to hand in a script, they plead for one more chance and lock themselves in a room to finish their draft about a haunted clown doll. In this horrific tragicomedy from the award-winning Annex Film Group, the duo learns how to write a killer story…but this time, it might just be their final deadline.

15 min

Yamasong

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Written/Directed by Sam K. Hale; Produced by Heather Henson

Events are set in motion when a mysterious Trickster hurls a star through outer space. Nani, a patchwork girl, chases the star to discover a world she’s never set foot upon. In her quest she saves the life of Shojun, a tortoise fisherman and warrior. Together they travel through his surreal, fantastic world to the star’s mountain resting place to discover its secrets.

From turbulent coastal waters to frozen mountains and unknown nether spaces, Yamasong takes the viewer on a fantastic journey filled with stunning live-action Japanese-style puppets in a hybrid world of computer-generated and real objects. Set to the music of On Ensemble, an L.A.-based percussion band, the story is an instrumental and visual metaphor for a journey taken with another across a new cultural landscape, and walking away changed from the experience.

Yamasong is an exciting blend of traditional puppet techniques married with new digital technology. From using green screen to After Effects to the Canon 7D camera, the story aims to create a visual world that is neither purely real or imaginary, but somewhere between and evocative as a place all of its own.

9 min

Zombie Team Building

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Written by Nathan Blackwell, Bracken Batson; Directed by: Nathan Blackwell; Produced by Elyse Rukkila

Zombie Team Building is a comedy about the ultimate corporate team building experience … zombie survival!

It’s day seven, the final day of the retreat, and there’s only four survivors remaining. They’ve learned ‘synergy’ … they’ve learned ‘innovation’ … now it’s time to put their teamwork to the test with one final challenge.

10 min

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