2012 Short Films: L-P

Life After Death

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life after death

Written/Directed/Produced by Patrick Peacock

After killing her husband, Fred, in a failed attempt to collect on a hefty life insurance policy, Maggie Dedmon had trouble maintaining the lifestyle to which she and daughter Emma had grown accustomed. So, naturally, she had Fred re-animated and sent him back to work to earn a salary.
 Now, Maggie has an insurance agent on his way to the Dedmon’s house to review and sign off on a new life insurance policy for the previously deceased Fred. And Maggie is ready to collect the benefit as soon as possible!

12 min

Life Life in in Space Space

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Directed by Tyson Persall; Produced by Cary Martin, Tyson Persall

Life Life in in Space Space is a concept TV show/short film that is about fanciful characters in space working together and getting along despite radical differences. It centers on the themes of tolerance and “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Some people have said, “It’s like Space Balls for the 90’s.” The truth is, political correctness on a space ship—an isolated place—is probably a horrible idea in all practicality.

13 min

A Light In The Darkness

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A Light In The Darkness

Written by Fed Wetherbee & PJ Tamayo; Directed by Fed Wetherbee; Produced by Renee Otero & Wendy Dye

On a small planet in the Outer Rim. A young boy watches the Jedi who saved his people be killed by the very clones who once fought by his side. Years later, as a member of an insurgency against the empire, he and his team hatch a new plan to take back their planet by drawing the attention of the newly formed rebel alliance. Armed with the fallen Jedi’s light saber, they battle to strike fear into the local imperial garrison and overthrow their despotic governor. Their silent attacks give birth to a legend, and the people speak of a phantom Jedi whose spirit has returned.

As the story spreads they manage to draw attention to their forgotten corner of the galaxy, but who will arrive first, the rebel alliance or the empire?

40 min.

Long Days

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Written/Directed by Adam Keleman; Produced by Adam Keleman, Ted Feldman

In the desolate landscape of the American Northeast, Carol, an alluring woman living on the fringe, carries out her quiet routine. Even as she lands an interview for a job as a waitress, she gets a call for work she can’t refuse. In the ensuing racy encounter, her true identity is exposed.

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16 min

Lookout, Science

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Lookout Science

Written by Erin Hill; Directed by David Frame & Matt Bockelman; Produced by David Frame

Erin (aka The Sci-Fi Harp Girl) plays the harp, sings, and writes songs with science fiction lyrics; Lookout, Science is a song with a story: like a five-minute Twilight Zone episode set to a pop tune about the relationship between science and religion.
God (or Mom, depending on how you look at it) has a scientist daughter and pastor son. Erin plays an angel (with a harp, of course!) given a mission by God that she must carry out in appropriately mysterious, scientific, and supernatural fashion. The video also pays tribute to the TZ episode ‘Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?’ Stars Marni Nixon and Lisa Roberts Gillan.

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5 min.

Madly in Love

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Written/Directed by Yfke van Berckelaer; Produced by Yfke van Berckelaer, Darren Herczeg

The last thing Damian and Pippa wanted was to fall in love. Yet when they first looked into each others’ eyes, love is exactly what happens—so much so that it makes them, and everyone else in the park, burst into song and dance.

This one-song, one-shot musical will make you want to fall Madly in Love!

5 min

Mr. Foley

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Mr. Foley

Written/Directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman; Produced by Mary McCarthy

Mr. Foley wakes up in a hospital to find his whole life is being sound-tracked with sound effects added in front of his eyes. He starts to panic as he doesn’t know the score…

4 min.

The Narrative of Victor Karloch

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Written by Ryan Murphy; Directed by Kevin McTurk; Produced by Heather Henson

Victor Karloch receives a journal from a colleague who is involved in a salvage operation for a series of missing sea freighters in the North Sea. In this journal, Karloch’s friend describes his descent into the abysmal deep with the use of a diving bell and his encounters with the ghosts of a lost Templar Knights ship.

The Narrative of Victor Karloch is a Victorian ghost story puppet short film that utilizes 30′ tall rod puppets, traditional shadow puppetry, rotoscope, and rear projection to present the adventure of Victor Karloch, an alchemist, scholar, and ghost hunter, as he battles the supernatural forces of the Unknown.

15 min

No Rest For The Wicked

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No Rest For The Wicked

Written/Directed by Ryan Schifrin; Produced by Ryan Schifrin & Theresa Eastman Schifrin

Spawning from the hit comic, The Devil’s Handshake, this horror-adventure romp features the title’s two main characters, Basil and Moebius. Basil (Ray Park) is a street tough brawler while Moebius (Zachary Levi) is a dashing cat burglar playboy. The partners-in-crime, who work for the mysterious and supernatural Collector, pull a daring heist during an illegal gambling party thrown by an underworld kingpin (Malcolm McDowell).

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For more adventures of Basil and Moebius, visit www.whoisthecollector.com.

16 min.

The Old Man and the Old Woman

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Written by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski (original material); Directed/Produced by Basia Goszczynska

Two soul mates fight their fears of death and loneliness in this short dark comedy based on the Polish fable by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski.

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9 min

Old Man Cabbage

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old man cabbage

Written/Directed/Produced by Raymond Carr

In a farm forgotten by time, Viola and Theodore are a couple of dust bowl farm kids who love to play circus. But their lives are flipped upside down when they are caught in an accident with Viola’s abusive father in a struggle. They decide to run away and join a ghostly circus that appears in a 1920’s style Speakeasy.

This new long-form narrative music video is based on the Song “Old Man Cabbage” by Atlanta’s own Ninja Puppet Productions Blair Crimmins and the Hookers and features the magnificent Imperial Opa Circus performers.

16 min

Opening Day

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Written/Directed by Caitlin Shirts

In this slapstick tragedy, handless creatures are given the opportunity to receive hands. When two of the creatures cheat the system to increase their odds of getting good pairs, the others try to stop them.

8 min

Owen’s Hobby

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Owen's Hobby

Written/Directed by Zachary Burke; Produced by Zachary Burke, Molly Mayo

Owen loves Susan (from afar), but when a kidnapper snatches her up, he’s forced to step out into the world and rescue the girl he loves (from afar). Risking the exposure of his private hobby and battling with psychological (mommy) issues, Owen’s journey tests his courage as well as his mind.

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17 min

Pac-Man

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pac-man

Written/Directed by Brad Cannady; Produced by Brad Cannady, Josh Miller, Hunter Kallenbach, Steven Aleck

Two men find themselves trapped and on the run from a nightmarish creature.

3 min

The Passage

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The Passage

Written/Directed by Fabien Montagner; Produced by Laurent Montagner

A lonely teenager, who is living with her grandfather, has a difficult cohabitation with him. One day, whilst walking outside, she will enter in an adventure out of time which will reveal a dark moment about her family history.

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18 min.

Perceptio

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perceptio

Written/Directed by Brendan Gabriel Murphy; Produced by Jeff Beard

Through a dream-like fantasy interpretation of dying, Viola experiences the powerful seduction of the Angel of Death. Her vulnerability causes her to cross over, taking her deeper into the darkness. But through pure strength and determination, her soul suddenly breaks free of Death’s grasp and continues to go on living. A surreal journey seen through Viola’s cold, white eyes.

14 min

Pillow Fight

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Written/Produced by Hollie Olson; Directed by Chris Wilson

Two sisters engage in a pillow fight that turns epic. Along with intense, hectic, and humorous fight choreography, this short has had great reviews as fast, funny, and wildly entertaining.

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5 min

The Post-Lifers

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The Post-Lifers

Written/Directed by Greg Kovacs; Produced by Nathan Hawkins & Brad MacMillan

The dead have risen and want your brains! Or do they? This hard-hitting mockumentary chronicles a group of zombies during a world-wide infestation. Tremble with fear and laughter as you are taken along an exclusive journey into the unknown and undead. It’s zombies like you’ve never seen them before…articulate.

14 min.

The Price

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Written by James St. Vincent; Directed by Zeke Pinheiro, James St. Vincent; Produced by Michael May, Ashleigh Snead

Set in a gritty, futuristic, and economically devastated NYC, The Price is the story of two outlaws and the bounty hunter who pursues them. Inspired by the Italian Westerns of the 1960’s, the film is a mash-up of A Fistful Of Dollars and Mad Max with a little Escape From New York sprinkled on top.

Starring Carlos Gallardo (el Mariachi), Solomon Trimble (Twilight), Mali Elfman, Michael May, and James St. Vincent.

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18 min

Psycho Therapy

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Written/Produced/Directed by Lucas Cody Garcia

A young woman deals with her inner demons that aren’t just fantasy anymore. Inspired by writer/director Lucas Cody Garcia’s own past with crippling anxieties, it is a humorous yet horrifying tale about the struggle with irrational day-to-day fears. This process, along with his own experience in actual psychotherapy, became very cathartic for Lucas.

14 min

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