Short Films: 2013

The Road

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Written/Directed by Owen Thomas

Written/Directed by Owen Thomas

Karma, condensed. A group of seemingly random people help Karma along, passing through many hands.

5 min

The Robbery

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Written/Produced by Tina Leach; Directed by Stan Williams

Written/Produced by Tina Leach; Directed by Stan Williams

Confusion abounds as a bank is robbed by the three people least likely to be armed and dangerous: mimes. Hilarity (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) ensues.

4 min

The Root of the Problem

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Written by Mark Davidson & Ryan Spindell; Directed by Ryan Spindell; Produced by Nathan Lavine-Heaney & Ryan Spindell

Written by Mark Davidson & Ryan Spindell; Directed by Ryan Spindell; Produced by Nathan Lavine-Heaney & Ryan Spindell

Set in the candy-colored world of 1950s suburbia, a reluctant young housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret, but is it just the anesthesia at work or is there something more sinister hiding below the surface?

13 min

Rose, Mary and Time

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Written/Directed/Produced by Hardeep Giani

Written/Directed/Produced by Hardeep Giani

Barney is married—unhappily. He lost the love of his life around six years ago; she was murdered. Through the magic contained within a clock he inherited, and with the help of an old Indian shopkeeper, Barney finds himself back in time, with the opportunity to save her… but life isn’t always as easy as that. A story of second chances.

38 min

The Rose of Turaida

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Written/Directed/Produced by Ryan Grobins

Written/Directed/Produced by Ryan Grobins

Based on a true story set in 17th century Latvia, “The Rose of Turaida” tells of the tragedy of a beautiful young woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice for love and honor.

6 min

The Secret Keeper

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Written/Directed by Bears Fonté; Produced by Bradley Fletcher, Sara Fletcher & Bears Fonté

Written/Directed by Bears Fonté; Produced by Bradley Fletcher, Sara Fletcher & Bears Fonté

A secret is a precious commodity. If a person can seal their secrets away and live guilt free, they can truly be anyone, do anything. Somewhere, sometime in an alternate future or past that vaguely resembles the styles and prejudices of our late 1940’s, the Secret Keeper provides clients with that very opportunity. But who keeps the Secret Keeper’s secrets?

17 min

Shelf Life

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Written by Yuri Lowenthal; Directed by Steven Calcote; Produced by Steven Calcote, Tara Platt, & Yuri Lowenthal

Written by Yuri Lowenthal; Directed by Steven Calcote; Produced by Steven Calcote, Tara Platt, & Yuri Lowenthal

What shenanigans do your toys get up to when you’re not looking? Find out in this irreverent web comedy about four action figures on a young boy’s shelf where no topic is off limits: sex, politics, gender, race, religion, sex, and more from a pint-sized perspective. Watch these tiny toys, ahem, “collectibles,” deal with the biggest topics.

9 min

She’s Having a Baby!

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Written by Stefan Meza, Chris Smellin, & Robert Smellin; Directed/Produced by Chris Smellin and Robert Smellin

Written by Stefan Meza, Chris Smellin, & Robert Smellin; Directed/Produced by Chris Smellin and Robert Smellin

Simon wakes up alone and tied to Jenny’s bed. Jenny is a psychotic woman in her late 30s, obsessed with having a little baby boy or girl. Held prisoner, Simon is forced to help Jenny conceive her baby or die. A cat and mouse struggle unfolds as Simon fights to survive.

14 min

Shotrocity

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Written/Directed/Produced by Brian Burroughs

Written/Directed/Produced by Brian Burroughs

Meet novice sadist Jack Marbellous, and observe as he sets out on his lifelong journey to becoming a violent, dangerous maniac. Watch as he grows into a teenage nightmare, with ever increasing disregard for the property and lives of others, always discovering bigger and more creative ways of destroying things.

At a time when he should rightfully be thrown into an asylum, bizarre circumstances converge to instead encourage his destructive ways, and propel him into a position of authority and influence. Be afraid!

10 min

Shtarkers: Tough Guys

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Written by Tony Perzow; Directed by Tony Perzow & R.S. Bailey;  Produced by Gabby Egito & Tony Perzow

Written by Tony Perzow; Directed by Tony Perzow & R.S. Bailey; Produced by Gabby Egito & Tony Perzow

Shtarkers, meaning “strong men” in Yiddish.

What happens when a hooker, a drug dealer, a couple of thugs, a Shylock, three bums, and a Hasidic Jew find themselves in a dark alley?

One evening, a couple of degenerate thugs are unpleasantly surprised by the dreaded Uncle Moe, the Shylock. He came to collect an unpaid debt; however, an unexpected intervention embarrassingly rears its ugly head. What happens next? Laughter! A hilarious Jewish gangster musical based on the award winning play Angelo’s by Tony Perzow.

7 min

Side Effects of Barry

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Witten/Produced by Etienne Eckert & John Charles Meyer; Directed by Amy French

Witten/Produced by Etienne Eckert & John Charles Meyer; Directed by Amy French

A new pharmaceutical promises a boyfriend in a pill, but there are side effects.

5 min

The Storm

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Written/Directed by Andre LeBlanc; Produced by Chris Fishel

Written/Directed by Andre LeBlanc; Produced by Chris Fishel

Locked in the security chamber of an arctic outpost, Daniel and Jane are the last survivors of a botched military experiment. Beyond the doors are the Hunters—genetically altered, sensory-deprived humans that know nothing but hunger. And they will stop at nothing to get inside.

13 min

Supervised

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Written/Directed/Produced by NIles Heckman & Rick Glenn

Written/Directed/Produced by NIles Heckman & Rick Glenn

In the near-future, Sepulcher Industries is the world leader in RFID chip implantation worldwide. A normal day at the office has turned into a nightmare as the chips start exploding, killing the design team one by one. Two remaining men desperately fend off the “Shutdown” signal, desperately clinging to the hope that someone must be sending help. But if everyone has a chip, who will be left to save them?

8 min

Supine: A Dream

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Written by Jennifer Hill; Directed by Lyon Hill; Produced by Patricia Fox & Brad Jayne

Written by Jennifer Hill; Directed by Lyon Hill; Produced by Patricia Fox & Brad Jayne

In a woman’s dream, a shadowy figure chases her through a barren city and performs a strange underground ritual. Full of compelling imagery and potent symbols, “Supine” has the feel of a moving painting full of potent dream imagery, more surreal than horror.

7 min

Temma

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Written by Anya Meksin & William Gerrard; Directed by Anya Meksin; Produced by Kristie Lutz

Written by Anya Meksin & William Gerrard; Directed by Anya Meksin; Produced by Kristie Lutz

Neuro-programmer Temma Baumgarten tries to complete a computational model of her mind while her body succumbs to a degenerative disease. When Temma’s condition takes a sudden turn for the worse, her husband and daughter must come to terms with the incomplete electronic version of herself that Temma leaves behind.

18 min

Territorial

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Written/Directed by Santiago C. Tapia & Jessica Curtright; Produced by Efren Ramirez

Written/Directed by Santiago C. Tapia & Jessica Curtright; Produced by Efren Ramirez

A person makes himself at home for a nice weekend.

11 min

There’s an Octopus in Your Head

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Written/Directed/Produced by Ari Grabb

Written/Directed/Produced by Ari Grabb

A young pancake master explores the boundaries of his mind by searching through the darkest depths of his mind with the cerebral manifestation of Satan. Through song and dance, the Pancake Master and Satan explore the limitations of being human in an infinite universe, weighing love over mastery, and most importantly ask, “Why does he make pancakes?”

7 min

Til Death

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Written by Jason Tostevin & Randall Greenland; Directed/Produced by Jason Tostevin

Written by Jason Tostevin & Randall Greenland; Directed/Produced by Jason Tostevin

Four unhappy husbands—angry Doug, wimpy Peter, lazy rocker Brett, and “secretly” gay William—barely escape their oppressive brides to meet up for their annual lads night. At the bar, complaints about their marriages spiral out of control, and before they know it, they’ve made a pact to kill each others’ wives that very night. But though they kill them and bury them, things aren’t that simple; they’ve picked a cursed plot of land for their wives’ final resting place! The next morning, the ladies are back, now undead, and with even longer to-do lists.

20 min

Titanadon vs. Mechamantis

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Written/directed by Adam Ruckersfeldt; Produced by Lauren Brinkman

Written/directed by Adam Ruckersfeldt; Produced by Lauren Brinkman

Greg, the star of a series of B-movie monster films, wakes up fused to his costume. When Greg’s diabolical co-star reveals the misfortune to be part of his scheme to command the spotlight, Greg must battle the monster inside him or unleash it upon his nemesis. Will anyone escape the wrath of Titanadon?

9 min

Torturous

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Written by: Angus Swantee & Craig Gunn, Directed by Angus Swantee; Produced Brent MacRae

Written by: Angus Swantee & Craig Gunn, Directed by Angus Swantee; Produced Brent MacRae

“Torturous” chronicles an encounter between an employment counselor and a professional torture artist, blending gore, humor, and irony into a deft cinematic mix.

6 min

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