2011 Short Films: #-C

5 Minutes Each

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Written/Directed/Produced by Vojin Vosovic

5 Minutes Each is a metaphorical story about the constant struggle of the artist to reach those five minutes of limelight. A tale about an upswing and downfall, with the climax appearing concurrently and unexpectedly. The hermetical life of artists, who are enclosed into their own world of ideas, striving to create the epochal masterpiece. Even if they succeed, the image they create is the reflection of themselves. And with the same fervor, they repeat the process in endless cycles.

10 min

Abra Cadaver

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Written by Josh Heisie; Directed by Jay McBeth; Produced by Kurt Ogilvie

One saw, one box, no magic!

A failed magician just needs an assistant to pull off that one great trick. His choice of a streetwise hooker might not have been as clever as he thought.

12 min

The Absence

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Written/Directed by Alex Demille; Produced by Alex Demille, Dane Reiley, & Dagmar Weaver-Madsen


An assistant manager in the Records Department of Black House Securities, is sent on a mission to a mysterious and barren rural landscape. There he crosses paths with an eleven-year-old boy who is beginning to wake up to the dark forces devastating his town. The bureaucrat confronts the truth behind his company’s work and must choose whether to continue to obey his messianic boss.

29 min

Ambition Of Love

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Written/Directed by Christopher Zatta; Produced by Christopher Zatta & James Caffery

A noir in five vignettes, with an ex-boxer turned bodyguard for the mob, the femme fatale who lures him in, the aging gangster they scheme against. and the outsider poised as a threat. When all’s said and done, ambition may be the downfall of them all.

My love of noir inspired this film, while its haiku story design stemmed from my time as a TV and webcomic writer for the series HEROES. Using this structure, paired with voice-overs that expose each character’s inner workings, the viewer is slowly lured into a sinister underworld.

18 min

Animation’s Graveyard

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Directed by Mark Smith & Emilie Caileux

In May of 2001, America’s most trusted provider of family entertainment laid off nearly 600 workers from its Animation Department. Now for the first time, the story can be told from the 2D perspective of the laid-off cartoon characters. Whatever happened to these beloved hand-drawn characters? They were shipped to Australia to work on cheap, Direct-to-video sequels…

4 min

Apocalypse Twins: Fast Zombies (sort of)

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Written by Gregory Boytos; Directed by Andrew Lee; Produced by Gregory Boytos & Andrew Lee

All Petey wants to do is venture out of the (not so) zombie proof bunker. All Mitch wants to do is keep his younger (by minutes) brother safe from the dangers of the new world. But when Petey gets out, things tumble out of control rapidly.

6 min

Bad Moon Rising

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Written by Scott Hamilton & Peter J. Hamilton; Directed/Produced by Scott Hamilton

Held captive in a basement, a man is repeatedly beaten. As his torture intensifies, he breaks. His captors have won, but they’ve missed one little, bloody, thing…

8 min

Balls

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Written/Directed by Jeremy Smith; Produced by Jamie Kassler


A pseudo-intellectual redneck with the gift of gab has 3 chances to save his job at his brother-in-law’s pawn shop, but can only seal one deal.

7 min

Bear Force One

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Written/Directed/Produced by Andy Mogren


After his father was attacked by bears, the President declares war on bears! Outraged “Bearrorists” sneak onboard Air Force. It’s up to the commander in chief, the head of the secret service, and a flight attendant to regain control at 30,000 feet.

25 min

Bear-Horse

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Written/Directed/Produced by Steve Stark


It’s a rock song, it’s a sitcom…it’s Bear-Horse.

4 min

Beautiful As You Are

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Directed by Doug Mallette; Produced by Doug Mallette, Julian Herrera, Mary Katherine Sisco, Paul Cain

A lonely TV addict finds his co-star.

6 min

Bedtime For Timmy

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Written/Produced by Becky Griesheimer; Directed by Becky Griesheimer & Thomas Nicol

The story of a little boy and his closet monster.

3 min

Betania

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Written/Directed/Produced by Andrea Giomaro


Serena is a doctor in a city hospital. Her life is quite and systemic until the day she has a call from the priest of the small village of Betania. He informs her that her grandfather has passed away. Serena takes a symbolic and actual journey to that strange and forgotten town, where death is not so well defined.

24 min

Blunderkind

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Written/Directed by Zak Mechanic; Produced by Lindsay Burton

In 1988, 12-year-old boy genius Henry Jameson accidentally loses his best friend and sidekick, George, somewhere in time. 20 Years later, Henry has become a degenerate alcoholic whose schedule revolves around pornography, sleeping, and tacos, when George (age 12!) arrives at his doorstep needing Henry to get his act together and return him to the 80′s.

20 min

Campfire

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Directed by Dan MacKenzie


A stop-motion animation short about a boy attempting to build a campfire and doing it badly.

2 min

The Candy Shop

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Written by Charlie Wetzel; Directed/Produced by Brandon McCormick

Twelve-year-old Jimmy works hard selling newspapers to help his family survive during the depression. His world seems brightened by the new candy shop that opens across the street and by its bizarre owner (Doug Jones – Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), but Jimmy quickly figures out that something is wrong, and that the candy is not what it appears to be. A fairytale/parable about the child sex trafficking.

30 min

CAUTION: May Contain Nuts—Dragon*Con Edition

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Written by CAUTION: May Contain Nuts; Directed by Bruce Pirrie & Dana Andersen; Produced by Camille Beaudoin, Jake Chapman, & Eric Rebalkin

The finest genre humor from the Canadian comedy troupe CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, constructed specially for Dragon*Con. Casting a wide net, these sketch comedians take on zombies, cyborgs, sasquatches, supervillains, and tabletop RPG’s… and also some geeky topics.

30 min

Certified

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Written/Directed by Luke Asa Guidici; Produced by Kimberly Browning

In 1950′s rural America, a postman’s first day takes a terrifying turn when a precocious young girl tells him of her family’s horrible tragedy.

8 min

Cleaning House

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Written by Jaime Byrd & Matthew Montgomery; Directed by Jaime Byrd; Produced by Adam Cohen & Matthew Montgomery

While on probation from a previous mishap and now under the watchful eye of the “Agency” they work for, Denver and Dallas are called on to remove an unwanted ghost from the home of Charlie, a reclusive toy maker. The “procedure” is not what the toy maker expected as the two women blur the lines between what’s real and what’s not in Charlie’s life.

14 min

Cockpit: The Rule Of Engagement

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Written/Directed by Jesse Griffith; Produced by Charles Danek

In the year 2103, mankind is at war with the Tarceds, an alien race that can control minds. Our brave men and women of the U.E.S. Navy hold the enemy at the outer edge of the galaxy. But when a pilot returns mysteriously from a bombing run without his wingman, suspicions arise. The Captain of a Star Carrier must decide whether to let him land and risk exposing his carrier to alien control, or succumb to the will of the cold Government Agent and let him die in space; insuring that the rule of engagement is followed.

12 min

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