2013 Short Films: D-J

The Dark

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The Dark

Written/Directed by Justin P. Lange; Produced by Florian Kruegel & Mira El-Koussa

Mina is a young monster who stalks the roads of a quiet mountainside, hunting travelers as they attempt to pass through and killing them with her deadly black eyes. One morning, after she finishes killing and devouring one of her victims, she is startled to find, hiding in the trunk of the victim’s car—Alex, a kidnapped and abused young boy whose eyes have been sewn shut.

16 min

The Dark Companion

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Written/Directed by Darrell C. Hazelrig; Produced by Sam Carter

Written/Directed by Darrell C. Hazelrig; Produced by Sam Carter

Howard (a puppet) has an existential crisis and nervous breakdown when he, and only he, can see his puppeteer… a featureless, humanoid shape that always looms over him, that he calls his “Dark Companion”. His relationship with his wife and friends quickly breakdown, when no one believes him, forcing Howard to take drastic measures.

14 min

Day of the Spectre

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Written by Chris Peters & June Peters: Directed/Produced by Chris Peters

Written by Chris Peters & June Peters: Directed/Produced by Chris Peters

Nearly a year ago, Mary lost her husband and son in a tragic accident, and she has grown increasingly despondent. During a moment of crisis, an unlikely visitor tells her how to build a device to bring them back from the dead…but only if she is willing to give something in return.

10 min

Dead of Winter

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Written by Keith W. Mullin; Directed by Dan Delano; Produced by Damian Walker

Written by Keith W. Mullin; Directed by Dan Delano; Produced by Damian Walker

Teenager Bethany Stevens (Lisie Krohnfeldt) clings to the last remnants of normal life after the zombie apocalypse changes her world forever. She must contend with the elements, the walking dead, and her own loneliness in the desolate frozen world she now lives in.

8 Min

Death of a Shadow

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Written/Directed by Tom Van Avermaet; Produced by Ellen De Waele

Written/Directed by Tom Van Avermaet; Produced by Ellen De Waele

Soldier Nathan Rijckx died during World War I. Stuck in a limbo between life and death, a strange collector offered him a second chance at life, if he can capture 10,000 shadows. It is love that guides him, as his purpose is to meet Sarah again, the woman he fell in love with before he died. But with only two shadows left to collect, he discovers she’s already in love with someone else. Jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him toward a bitter decision.

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Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.

20 min

Dreamtime

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Written/Directed/Produced by Tom Van Avermaet

Written/Directed/Produced by Tom Van Avermaet

In a work-driven world where time is the ultimate dictator, a mysterious sandman spreads chaos and confusion.

20 min

Feral

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Written/Directed/Produced by Daniel Sousa.

Written/Directed/Produced by Daniel Sousa.

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

13 min

Fist of Jesus

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Written by David Muñoz; Directed by David Muñoz & Adrián Cardona; Produced by Adrián Cardona, David Muñoz, Marc Velasco, Paco Ferrari, Monica Murguia

Written by David Muñoz; Directed by David Muñoz & Adrián Cardona; Produced by Adrián Cardona, David Muñoz, Marc Velasco, Paco Ferrari, Monica Murguia

Jesus is always willing to lend a hand to those in need, but there are others that will taste his fist.

15 min

Franky and the Ant

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Written/Directed/Produced by Billy Hayes

Written/Directed/Produced by Billy Hayes

Franky is a methodical, professional killer who believes that loyalty trumps all. After being betrayed, everyone close to him soon discovers that vengeance is not what he seeks. He wants a lot more than that.

9 min

Freebird

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Written/Directed by Dustin LeBoeuf; Produced by: Xuhui Zhao

Written/Directed by Dustin LeBoeuf; Produced by: Xuhui Zhao

Darlene wants out of the small town she grew up in. When a robber busts into her work, she sees a way out. The catch? In order to leave, she has to agree to go on a date with her robber, a backyard-boxing high school dropout named Dennis. Will Dennis and Darlene team up to bust out of town? Or will Darlene be left to rot in her personal jerky-filled hell?

6 min

Freeze

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Written/Directed/Produced by Brian H. Teague

Written/Directed/Produced by Brian H. Teague

It’s chase or be chased through the urban jungle. A short short action-comedy about a good old-fashioned, high energy, mysterious foot chase through an urban jungle between two perpetrators and a detective.

4 min

Girls Named Pinky

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Written by Jonathan John; Directed by Alex Lubliner; Produced by Michael Toscano & Gabriella Dentamaro

Written by Jonathan John; Directed by Alex Lubliner; Produced by Michael Toscano & Gabriella Dentamaro

When a woman is assaulted in a late-night bar, Morris Munsey steps in. Morris is an average guy who wants nothing more than a beautiful woman to share his life with, but the danger that surrounds him challenges his chances with this sexy foreign stranger.

17 min

The Gold Sparrow

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Written by Daniel Stessen; Directed by Daniel Stessen; Produced by Chad Nicholson, Daniel Stessen, Michael Garza, & Noah Lit

Written by Daniel Stessen; Directed by Daniel Stessen; Produced by Chad Nicholson, Daniel Stessen, Michael Garza, & Noah Lit

In a black-and-white futuristic metropolis, void of creativity and color, the Gold Sparrow and her nefarious sidekick, the Ring Leader, scour the gray-scale streets, stealing the color from anyone daring enough to bring art back into their bleak world. Our three heroes, the Strongman, the Fool, and the Monk, perform in the streets as they are hunted, battling for their souls.

13 min

Hibakusha

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Written by Choz Belen, Ivan Tsang, &  Steve Nguyen; Directed/Produced by Choz Belen & Steve Nguyen

Written by Choz Belen, Ivan Tsang, & Steve Nguyen; Directed/Produced by Choz Belen & Steve Nguyen

An animated documentary/drama featuring Kaz Suyeishi, an 84 year old woman who recalls her most vivid and horrific experiences as an 18-year-old Japanese American student during the morning of August 6, 1945, when the atomic bomb dropped on her hometown of Hiroshima, Japan.

Inspired by the desire to raise awareness of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in hopes that nothing like this will ever happen again. This project commemorates the 67th Anniversary of the bombings and is dedicated to the Association of Hiroshima & Nagasaki A-bomb Survivors.

45 min

Hide N Seek

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Written/Directed/Produced by Hanuk Lee

Written/Directed/Produced by Hanuk Lee

Mi-young is playing hide-and-seek with a doll. Oh-geon lives hiding his dark history. And Min-su follows Oh-geon on a course to revenge. The destiny of these three becomes entwined, and their story begins. Some people never repent their sins. But what happens when the attacker becomes the victim?

49 min

House of Monsters

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Written/Directed/Produced by Dawn Brown

Written/Directed/Produced by Dawn Brown

Described as Rankin/Bass meets Looney Tunes, “House of Monsters” features a return to old-school film making and handmade artistry. A mummy seeks relief with moisturizer, trying to regain the vitality of his youth to impress a special lady.

7 min

Iris

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Written/Directed by Justin S. Lee; Produced by Hannah Phenicie

Written/Directed by Justin S. Lee; Produced by Hannah Phenicie

In the near future, status has become more important than ever before. Wearing high-tech identification rings, citizens display their background, education, and employment information to be immediately judged upon by others. One fateful night, a woman with a fake identity must decide how far she’s willing to go to move up the social ladder.

6 min

Josephine and the Roach

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Written by: Jonathan Langager & Joe Swanson; Directed by Jonathan Langager; Produced by Damon Stea, Josh Tate, & Christie Hagenburger

Written by: Jonathan Langager & Joe Swanson; Directed by Jonathan Langager; Produced by Damon Stea, Josh Tate, & Christie Hagenburger

This surreal, offbeat short tells the story of a cockroach and the woman he loves. Her brutish husband stands in the way of their happiness, so the roach must resort to creative means to win her over.

15 min

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