Short Films: 2011

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

My Good Fortune

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Written/Directed by David Marshall Silverman; Produced by David Marshall Silverman & Kelly Young Silvermann

Paulie Gugliata loves Chinese food. He especially digs his fortune cookie. One day, after his usual meal at his usual Chinese restaurant, something very unusual occurs: Paulie is stiffed on the cookie! Informed of a possible fortune cookie writers’ strike, tough guy Paulie flies from Newark, New Jersey to Decatur, Georgia to straighten things out, and what he finds down in Dixie will change his life forever.

14 min

My Mom and Other Monsters

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Written/Directed by Kate Tsang; Produced by Jacob Robinson & Jennifer Suhr

A young boy tries to escape his overbearing mother with the help of 2 imaginary friends.

9 min

Nasty Stuff (Cosas Feas)

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Written/Directed by Isaac Ezban; Produced by Isaac Ezban, Miriam Mercado, Pamela Hernandezn

Kriko Krakinsky is a lonely, 11-year-old boy that dislikes sports, insects, and most of what goes on in his house. At night he listens to the screams coming from his older brother’s room, who lives there with his girlfriend. When Kriko´s father tells him that “nasty stuff” is going on there, he imagines horrible things and his first sex ed class only makes it worse. But when he begins to discover what’s going on around him, he finds his imagination was insufficient. Nasty Stuff is a story of the sexual discovery, bizarre immigrants, and scorpions.

This is a film you will have to see to believe, and will burn itself into your brain.

29min

Night Of The Living Spuds

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Written/Directed by Timothy Alan Richardson; Produced by Timothy Alan Richardson & Michael Kouroubetes

After a large astrospud falls from the sky and crashes into the cemetery on the outskirts of Chive City, Dr. Ram Russett, astronomer, and Nurse Candy Yam must quickly create an antidote in order to return the town’s zombie-fied citizens to their normal, high potassium state.

10 min

The Ninjews: ‘Goy-L’ Trouble

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Written, Directed, & Produced by Josh Bass

Yoav and Fyvush Goldsteinfeldbergowitzblumbaum are your average mohels (that’s ‘professional baby penis carvers’ in layman’s terms) with secret identities as Jewish ninja superheroes. When Fyvush begins dating a Catholica woman, Yoav tries to put aside his reservations and be supportive. But is this apparently sweet girl all she appears? (SPOILER ALERT: she’s not. She’s an evil demon bent on converting everyone to Catholicism. Damn, I spoiled it).

13 min

Odokuro

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Directed by Aurelio Voltaire

The skeleton of a rat-monkey comes to life in a room full of cursed objects in this Gothic tale with a sci-fi twist. Narrated by electro-Goth rocker, Gary Numan.
This is the 5th film in Aurelio Voltaire’s award-winning “Chimerascope” series of animated, experimental films. See the other four films at voltaire.net.

6 min

Oliver’s Treasure

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Written/Directed/Produced by Chuck Grieb

Down on his luck again, the likable and plucky, if opportunistic, knight, Sir Oliver, is on the run. Stumbling into the king’s receiving room, Sir Oliver finds the old monarch’s crown, left forgotten on the throne. Intrigued at this unique, valuable, and fragile find, the easily distracted Sir Oliver gives the crown a try to see how it sits on his head. Trouble quickly returns when a searching knight tracks down Oliver’s hiding place.

2 min

Once Upon a Time in 1972

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Written and Directed by Chris Lukeman; Produced by Anne Lukeman

Once Upon a Time in 1972is a transistorpunk-science fiction-action-adventure-period piece. It follows the scientist hero, Spring Heeled Jack, through one crazy night in the possibly-alternate early seventies. This retro techno fairy tale follows Jack as he investigates a strange rift in space, battles a giant robot, and still manages to get the girl.

14 min

Passengers of 7D

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Written/Directed/Produced by Sharifa Williams

A divorced man retreats from the city when he phases in to his quiet apartment on Osiris Level, Unit 7D. One night he discovers a ghostly woman in his home – only to her, it is he who has appeared in her home.

Johcef and Phee live in a Phased Housing Project where tenants are separated by dimensional Levels. As the Levels fluctuate, Johcef is surrounded by more unwanted guests. The closest thing he has to a friend is Phee, a woman he offended the moment they met.

29 min

Playing For Keeps

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Written/Directed by Dylan Hayes

Lesson 1: everyone gambles but not everyone loses.
Lesson 2: the world is full of traps
Lesson 3: you cannot win if you don’t take risks

9 min

Plush

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Written by Jason Witter & Ryan Denmark; Directed by Ryan Denmark; Produced by David C. Valdez & Joshua Sallach

Kathy is a mature, professional woman who still sleeps with her cuddly teddy bear Vincent. One night, when a burglar invades, Kathy’s home comes alive with magical surprises. To his horror, the intruder learns that not everything is as it seems and Vincent may not be so cuddly after all.

11 min

Prom King

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Written & Directed by Taylor Cohan; Produced by Matt Clegg

After getting nominated for prom king, a nerd Antoine asks the girl of his dreams to go with him. She says yes, and she wants to go to his house after school so that they can discuss it. Why are all the kids so nice to Antoine? Will he win prom king?

8 min

Rantdog’s Top Ten Zombies – EVER!

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Written by Dave Clark & Norm Fassbender; Directed by Norm Fassbender; Produced by Kate Holowach

Midnight in a fog-bound swamp, Rantdog (Zombie fan) debates Twitch (non-Zombie fan), who is gagged and bound to a post. Nearby, a pile of rotting Zombie bodies and a freshly dug grave. Will Twitch learn to love Rantdog’s favorite zombies in time? Do you agree with Rantdog. No zombie fan can miss this.

8 min

Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story

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Written by David Dewes & Jenny Stolte; Directed by David Dewes & Ted Campbell; Produced by David Dewes, Jenny Stolte, Marcia Stolte, & Matt Olsen

Shortly after humanity has put down a zombie outbreak, the last two zombies left ‘undead’ are looking for their place in the world, while one lonely zombie hunter’s new-found fame and glory can’t fill the hole in his heart left by the recent loss of his undead love.

Can the zombies avoid a gruesome second death at the hands of chainsaw-wielding mobs and find a place where they can live in peace? Can the zombie hunter complete his quest to rid the world of zombies or will his past relationship with his prey cause him to falter? Can any of them hit the high notes?

37 min

Savasana

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Written/Directed/Produced by Gerry Curtis

A fierce, beautiful woman and her new assistant have just moved to the US from Singapore to expand their family “business.” A single note played on a piano in her empty mansion triggers a sequence of strange events that result in death and reveals their family’s dark secret.

17 min

Shadow Puppets

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Written by Sam Carter & Evan Fowler; Directed by Sam Carter; Produced by Sam Carter & Eddie Stone

What evil lurks behind their googly eyes?

Stan Gable isn’t a bigot. He doesn’t hate anybody… except puppets. As a self proclaimed ‘fluff-o-phobe’, Stan’s worst nightmare comes true when a group of puppets move into the house across the street. As his suspicion turns to paranoia, Stan tries desperately to convince those around him that the puppets are up to something. Is Stan crazy, or is there something truly sinister about his cute and cuddly neighbors? A film chocked full of torture, bigotry, mutilation, terrorism, and adorable fuzzy puppets.

16 min

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