2011 Short Films: H-M

I Just Want To (Dance)

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Written/Produced by Ninja Sex Party (Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian); Directed by Jim Turner

A music video by NY comedy band Ninja Sex Party. Lead-singer Danny Sexbang realizes that his passion for dancing is getting in the way of his murderous ninja lifestyle.

3 min

If We Were Gay

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Written/Produced by Ninja Sex Party (Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian); Directed by Jim Turner

A music video by NY comedy band Ninja Sex Party. Band members Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian think about how awesome the world would be if they were gay.

2 min

Incubator

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Written/Directed by Jimmy Weber; Produced by Annie Baker

A young man wakes up in a bathtub full of ice in a dingy motel room only to discover his problems have just begun. You’ve heard the urban legend…this is worse.

6 min

Insomniac

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Written/Directed/ Produced by Tarek Sursock

An insomniac struggles to find his sleep again. Desperate for release, he tries every possible remedy in vain. Broken nights follow endless days. Mysterious events start to take place in his apartment. Are these real or is sleep deprivation driving him mad?

15 min

Invasion from Planet Schrump

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Written & Directed by Nadine Keil; Produced by Daniel Schmidt & Lucia Scharbatke

Since Romy`s little brother has gone, her mother changed. When Romy and her best friend Moritz secretly watch a campy old invasion movie, they discover why: Romy`s mum is an alien! Embarking on a search for proof they hurl themselves into an extraterrestrial adventure.

29 min

James Vs Reality

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Written by Chris R Wilson & Tim Feeney; Directed by Chris R Wilson; Produced by Hollie Olson, Matthew Sweeney, Steve Lake, Aaron Lutz, & Pat Wellington

A chronic escapee from a mental institution, our ‘hero’ James, believes he has super powers. He is a nuisance to his physiologist with his attempts to save ‘this whole stupid planet on his own’. Is he only doing the world more harm than good? Well, maybe…

23 min

Junk Palace

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Written/Directed by Lyon Hill; Produced by John Scollon

Homer and Langley Collyer were two of the world’s most infamous hoarders. Packed floor to ceiling, their New York brownstone became a labyrinth of tunnels and traps. They were utter recluses who might have passed away into obscurity were it not for the bizarre circumstances of their deaths.

From executive producer Heather Henson, Junk Palace uses elaborate paper puppets to take you into the Collyer’s strange world and imagines what life was like for these unique individuals.

15 min

The Lady ParaNorma

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Written/Directed by Vincent Marcone; Produced by Rodrigo Gudino & Marco Pecota

The Lady ParaNorma can hear ghosts, but cannot see them. They whisper and sing and tease her, but refuse to reveal themselves, until one fateful day, when one ghost in particular calls her from his tomb which lies beneath a treacherous pile of rocks.

6 min

Lamaze Of The Dead

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Written by Whitney Baltz & Carolyn Burns; Directed by M. Shawn Lewallen; Produced by M. Shawn Lewallen, Whitney Baltz, Jon Baltz, Derek E. Tindall, Benedict R. Fancy, Shane Callahan, & Brad Walker

What would happen if The Zombie Apocalypse struck during your birthing class? See who thinks fast and runs faster to stay ahead of the walking dead.

Blair and Jackson don’t get along very well, but they are having a baby together and headed for Lamaze class. When a strange illness strikes many around them, they make a mad dash for their lives and that of their unborn child. You better be running the fastest as they continually must make the hard choices to save their little family. It’s The Zombie Apocalypse – welcome to the last day of the rest of your life.

8 min

Last Seen On Dolores Street

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Written/Directed by Devi Snively; Produced by Agustin Fuentes

In a hard-boiled town, a heartbroken woman says goodbye to an old pet and hello to a new nightmare. Sometimes, life’s a real bitch.

4 min

The Lone Warrior

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Written by David Spence & Stephen Griffin; Directed by Stephen Griffin; Produced by Emily Peck

The Lone Warrior chronicles the journey of Hanshiro, a master samurai who carries the most coveted weapon in all of Japan—a legendary sword that prevents its owner from dying in combat. For Hanshiro however, this extraordinary gift came with a price. The sword possesses a curse that deprives him from achieving any joy or honor from fighting, and has caused him to resign from the samurai lifestyle and become a vagrant traveler. When Dorin Munesuke, a prominent samurai lord, discovers Hanshiro’s whereabouts and beckons him to fight once more, bloody conflict erupts between the two men to determine if Hanshiro will regain his honor.

17 min

Loop-Da-Loop And Giuseppe

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Written by Noel Robichaux; Directed by Jason R. Jaworski; Produced by Jason R. Jaworski & Noel Robichaux

Loop-da-Loop and Giuseppe is a silent film that drew inspiration from the life of an actual Victorian era transvestite prostitute who went by the moniker Loop-The-Loop. With the help of his secret lover, Brooklyn Police Captain Giuseppe Baldi, Loop-Da-Loop escapes from his menacing pimp, Big Earl.What follows is a madcap romp through turn-of-the-century Prospect Park. Ragtime and Stride Piano great Terry Waldo composed and deftly performs a whirling ragtime score. Anchored in Victorian homosexual New York, LOOP-DA-LOOP AND GIUSEPPE is a heartwarming love story, complete with classic chase scenes, pie-in-the-face humor and murder!

16 min

Lost And Found

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Written/Produced by Lost and Found Productions; Directed by Lee Crowe

Made by multiple animators, each creating his or her own sequence with a mysterious strongbox as the connecting theme.

7 min

The Lost Explorer

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Written by Kit Hesketh Harvey & Patrick McGrath; Directed by Tim Walker; Produced by Ben Pugh & Rory Aiken

Adapted from the short story by Patrick McGrath, The Lost Explorer centers on a young girl called Evelyn who, on discovering an explorer from Africa dying of malaria at the foot of her garden, manages to keep his existence and his fate a secret from her parents.

20 min

Magic Kisa

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Written & Directed by Mathieu Saliva; Produced by Jean Claude Flaccomio & Mathieu Saliva

Twin brothers meet again after years of separation. One has been in prison while the other has settled into what appears to be normal family life. Connected not only by birth, but by years of swindles, their lives twist in one night, and soon identities are switched, secrets are revealed. and two strange grave-diggers offer surrealistic danger. In the tradition of 60’s French whodunit, Magic Kisa is a trap movie with wicked humor.

30 min

Making Friends

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Written by Greg Bartlett/Gary Raisor; Directed by Marvin Suarez; Produced by Greg Bartlett

With the unpaid bills piling up, single mom Ali Grayson is forced to work a second job on Halloween night, leaving her 8-year-old son Denny home alone. After months of meticulous planning, Denny looks to make friends with the same kids who taunt him about his stutter. A Halloween urban legend comes to a horrifying reality in this haunting tale of a social outcast, and the children who bully him.

12 min

The Man Who Moved Manhattan

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Directed by Rob Ludacer

In the summer of 1824, a retired ship’s carpenter known as Lozier walked into Centre Street Market in Manhattan and made a stirring claim: Because of the over-construction on the battery, the island of Manhattan had begun to sink into the harbor. To ease the panicking public, and persuade the naysayers, he revealed that the mayor had given him permission to do the unthinkable. Lozier was to oversee a project to saw the island in half, tow it out into the harbor, turn it around, and reattach it to the mainland.

11 min

Masks

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Directed/Produced by Patrick Smith

Begun as an audio experiment, Masks illustrates modern exploitation, production and consumption in animated terms. In Masks the audio came first, thus all images exist to tell the musical story, instead of the typical method of scoring music after animation has been completed. In this manner, Masks projects itself as a musical interpretation, a contemporary and disturbing version of the Disney formula of Fantasia.

8 min

Milo

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Written/Directed/Produced by Corienne Gibeault & Patrick Lafrance

A young girl grieves at the grave of her recently deceased dog, Milo. When she turns to leave, a bark calls her back…

3 min

Moonfishing

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Written by David Michael Friend & Stuart Cudlitz; Directed/Produced by David Michael Friend

A fisherman’s hobby of sculpting is interrupted when he must perform his monthly task of illuminating the town he lives in. With container on back, fishing pole in hand, and his current carving stashed in his pocket, the lonely soul goes searching for the perfect spot to catch the moon’s shimmering sister. But his shattered hope for exchanging his catch for the villager’s fellowship returns him to his art for companionship. From executive producer Heather Henson.

12 min

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