Short Films: 2013

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

Karl of the Future

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Written/Directed by Nick Reinhard; Produced by Josh Smooha

Written/Directed by Nick Reinhard; Produced by Josh Smooha

As the janitor of Earth’s grandest star-ship, Karl is used to cleaning up. But nowhere in his job description does it say anything about stopping an intergalactic war. So when an alien comes aboard his ship with a bomb, Karl has to get his hands dirty… off the clock.

9 min

Keye Luke

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Written/Directed/Produced by Timothy Tau

Written/Directed/Produced by Timothy Tau

Keye Luke, actor and artist, was the original Kato in the 1940s Green Hornet, the All-American “Number One Son” in the Charlie Chan films, and Detective James Lee Wong in Phantom of Chinatown. In his later career, he was the voice of “Brak” on Space Ghost, the shopkeeper Mr. Wing in the Gremlins films, and the blind Master Po on the 1972 show, Kung Fu. He would go on to later act in 200+ films and TV shows.

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12 min

Kill Switch

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Written by Robert Gadsbey & Michael Chrisoulakis; Directed by Michael Chrisoulakis; Produced by Robert Gadsbey & Michael Chrisoulakis

Written by Robert Gadsbey & Michael Chrisoulakis; Directed by Michael Chrisoulakis; Produced by Robert Gadsbey & Michael Chrisoulakis

An injured bomb disposal technician laments the path his life has taken upon his return to society, from being contently part of the system to opposing it with a vengeance. Drawing on classic comic book elements, “Kill Switch” is a dark and unique take on the traditional origin story.

13 min

Killer Kart

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Written/Directed by James Feeney; Produced by Andrew Fairbank

Written/Directed by James Feeney; Produced by Andrew Fairbank

An evil grows, hiding in plain sight: four wheels and a basket, forged of aluminum in the fires of hell. Tonight, it will strike, and the closing crew of a small-town grocery store will be thrust into the fight of their lives against the devastation of…The Killer Kart!

15 min

Kundalini

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Written/Directed/Produced by V. Alex Marquez

Written/Directed/Produced by V. Alex Marquez

Strange things happen to a couple who meditates too hard. Friends practice meditation together and find themselves stuck in an alternate reality where anything can happen, even the most negative karmic acts. A surrealistic and satirical look at society’s obsession with new age fads of yoga and meditation, and the belief that everything is available within the power of the mind.

8 min

La Bear

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Written/Directed by Alan OW Barnes & BC Thompson

Written/Directed by Alan OW Barnes & BC Thompson

Winifred is a lonely romantic who loves French films. When she takes a chance solitary vacation, she meet La Bear, a friendly wish-granting polar bear with very sensitive ears. She quickly learns that wishes are hard to control when she wishes for the love of Hector Montoya, a “make it pretend” character from the film she’s watching. Hector Montoya is a lost soul looking for love. His big problem is that every time he comes close to finding love, he becomes so controlling that he destroys the very thing he wants to badly and in doing so, he inevitably destroys himself.

12 min

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