Short Films: 2012

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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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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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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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

The Quiz

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Directed/Produced/Written by Daryl A. Moon

As a man and woman go through the time-honored tradition of the magazine quiz, the poor man does quite well until he is forced to answer honestly about the Zombie Apocalypse. A relationship will be tested by its greatest, historic enemy: the truth.

3 min

Remote Control

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Written by Mark Johnson, Matthew McGahren, Mike MacManus (story); Directed by Matthew McGahren; Produced by Matt Green, Richard Rosenthal

A newly invented Spiderman has recently turned to catching animals as opposed to criminals and has been recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. When he tries to take the television remote from his disinterested girlfriend, the Black Cat, who is more interested in watching romantic movies and the Vue, it becomes quickly apparent that the power struggle is much more than he bargained for.

12 min

Reverse Parthenogenesis

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Reverse Parthenogenesis

Written/Directed by Javier Grillo-Marxuach; Produced by Devon Kliger, Jessica Mills & Sarah E. Baker

In this satirical look at love, marriage, and the pitfalls of potential parenthood, a happily married couple undergo genetic testing before deciding whether to have a baby. The results are bizarre, comical, and ultimately bloody when their test reveals a dark and improbable secret that could change the very course of human history and bring about the end of civilization as we know it. From the Emmy Award-winning writer/producer of the TV series Lost and staring Amber Benson and Adam Busch (both of Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

17 min.

Scrap Metal

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Written/Directed/Produced by Anthony Straus

The Cold War is over, but with a different ending. New York is in ruins and is overgrown with a network of some kind of sentient plant organisms. All human life has vanished. However, roaming the empty streets is a lone robot leftover from a Soviet spy initiative. The robot’s only companion is a screw which the robot lives with inside his out-of-place subway car wreck. When mutant plant monster known as Gigaplant emerges, threatening to eat the screw, the robot must do everything he can to defend his helpless friend from certain demise.

4 min

Secret Life of Objects – Outhouse

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Written/Directed/Produced by Nathan Jones

Secret Life of Objects is an animated series being developed by Nathan Jones. The series is composed of 30 stories and 30 objects and explores the social interactions of various commonly occurring personality types brought to life through the animation of everyday objects.

“Outhouse” is the first short film/episode of the series and is the story of a cynical, used up, toilet paper roll and a far less worldly new kid on the bock—a modern day parable, dark comedy, and humorous exploration of social politics.

Every object has a story…

3 min

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