2013 Short Films: Q-S

The Quirk and the Dead

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Written by Ken MacGregor; Directed/Produced by Ken MacGregor & Brian Lillie

Written by Ken MacGregor; Directed/Produced by Ken MacGregor & Brian Lillie

Dan and his fiancee set out to escape the zombie apocalypse, but it catches up with them. After losing her, Dan meets up with Craig, a survivor who’s lost his friends along the way. Together, they negotiate their way to Dan’s hideout, sharing their stories. But Dan has a secret—a dark and terrible secret—and Craig has no idea what he’s in for.

16 min

Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film

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Written/Directed by Caleb Evans; Produced by Paul DeNigris & Samantha Hammond

Written/Directed by Caleb Evans; Produced by Paul DeNigris & Samantha Hammond

Serving as a prequel to the Mass Effect game series,”Red Sand” is set 35 years before the time of Commander Shepard and tells the story of the discovery of ancient ruins on Mars. Left behind by the mysterious alien race known as the Protheans, the ruins are a treasure trove of advanced technology and the powerful Element Zero, an energy source beyond humanity’s wildest dreams.

14 min

Restitution

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Written/Directed by Justin Miller; Produced by Justin Miller & Mike Gowen

Written/Directed by Justin Miller; Produced by Justin Miller & Mike Gowen

Architect and workaholic Preston Sanders struggles to reconcile with his wife, Susan, after the recent death of their oldest child. Their relationship is further strained when Preston discovers that his wife has resorted to an unconventional coping mechanism: cloning their youngest son.

13 min

Revelation

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Written by Joseph Morgan & Persia White; Directed by Joseph Morgan; Produced by Joseph Morgan, Paul Cha, & Persia White

Written by Joseph Morgan & Persia White; Directed by Joseph Morgan; Produced by Joseph Morgan, Paul Cha, & Persia White

A woman trapped in a post-apocalyptic situation questions her reality. As she secures her house against an unknown terror outside, she reflects upon the darkness that took her husband and changed the world as she knew it. But she is not alone. After barely surviving a brutal encounter that pushes her to her limits, both physically and emotionally, she is forced to leave the safety of her home and is propelled towards a staggering conclusion that will change her forever.

9 min

Riverside

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Directed by Chris Garrison; Produced by Chris Garrison & A. Vernon

Directed by Chris Garrison; Produced by Chris Garrison & A. Vernon

Edwardian-era widower Ambrose struggles to cope with the death of his young wife, Virginia. But when his grief turns to anger, he decides to confront the bride who abandoned him and heads for the graveyard.

Lovingly created in an ancient tradition, rendered with pencils on paper, and with backgrounds painted in ink washes by hand, the film is tinted in a style reminiscent of early silent productions. Music by 13ghosts.

3 min

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

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