2013 Short Films: T-Z

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

Transmission

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Written/Directed/Produced by Jared D. Weiss

Written/Directed/Produced by Jared D. Weiss

In a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland, a creature, Quad-Clops, and his dog, 2D, find a radio with a signal that may lead them to the first sign of other life they have encountered in ages. But is the chance to find new life worth leaving the only home they have?

5 min

Unicorn Wizard

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Written by Brian Wecht & Dan Avidan; Directed by Jim Turner; Produced by Dan Avidan

Written by Brian Wecht & Dan Avidan; Directed by Jim Turner; Produced by Dan Avidan

Comedy band Ninja Sex Party explores what their lives would be like if they were even MORE awesome than they already are. As if that were possible…

3 min

Voyage Trekkers

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Written/Produced by Nathan Blackwell & Craig Curtis; Directed by Nathan Blackwell

Written/Produced by Nathan Blackwell & Craig Curtis; Directed by Nathan Blackwell

The worst crew in the galaxy returns to ruin new lives and civilizations in the sci-fi comedy series Voyage Trekkers. In the Season 2 premiere, the crew of the GSV Remarkable scramble to make the ship presentable as they try to impress the visiting Admiral Grissom. These are the voyages that don’t make the “Captain’s log.”

8 min

Watercolors

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Written/Directed/Produced by Robert Kornstein

Written/Directed/Produced by Robert Kornstein

An octopus with a magic paintbrush tries to create his masterpiece, but finds that he is lonely.

4 min

Witchfinder

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Written/Directed/Produced by Colin Clarke

Written/Directed/Produced by Colin Clarke

A small community lives in fear of the satanic evil that festers within the dark forests that surround their small village. One night, a love-struck villager ventures into the oppressive woods in search of forbidden magic and ancient rites. To aid them, the townsfolk enlist the aid of William Thatcher Blake, a witch hunter whose arrival stirs a cauldron of terror that threatens to engulf them all in a bloody pit of horror.

18 min

Witch’s Reign

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Written by Elizabeth Hatcher, Marianne Chiaramonte; Directed/Produced by Elizabeth Hatcher

Written by Elizabeth Hatcher, Marianne Chiaramonte; Directed/Produced by Elizabeth Hatcher

A cat and mouse chase between a witch and a young priest ends in an unexpected, caffeine-driven, ending.

3 min

With Paper Hands

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Written/Produced by Zachary Burke; Directed by Sarah Plonski

Written/Produced by Zachary Burke; Directed by Sarah Plonski

Explore the dazzling artistry of the Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a North Carolina based company that transforms paper, fabric, and paint into masks, shadow puppets, even giant puppets that stand 30′ tall for use in their engaging theatrical performances. This documentary explores the unique ability of puppetry to engage audiences on a visceral level, draw them into fantastical worlds, and spark the imagination in a way that makes artists like Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman stand out, even in a culture saturated with entertainment media.

11 min

The Zombie Lawyer Commercials

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Written/Directed by Matthew McGahren; Produced by Iron Shadow Cinema

Written/Directed by Matthew McGahren; Produced by Iron Shadow Cinema

Ever since the first outbreak, the Zombie Lawyer has helped the living dead fight for the justice they deserve by protecting them with the right arm of the law. In order to market himself, he has recently begun to produce a series of commercials directed toward making it clear that “just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you don’t have rights.”

6 min

Zombie Socks

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Written/Directed/Produced by V. Elizabeth Stacy

Written/Directed/Produced by V. Elizabeth Stacy

The zombie apocalypse has come and gone with life returning to normal. Corporate America has figured out how to capitalize on the leftover undead wandering about. They utilize Undead Rental Corporation to catch the zombies, clean them up, and rent them to the living for all sorts of purposes.

9 min

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