Animation II

Akemi and Tarou

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12 Kilometers

Directed by Kayla Mitchell

Inspired by the Japanese tales of the kitsune, Akemi and Tarou follows the antics of a dog, Tarou, chasing a fox, Akemi, only for the fox to suddenly disappear. Magical hijinks ensue, leading to a run in with a giant water monster, the Umibouzu. Will Tarou end up catching his prize, or will he find something even better?

4 minutes

Convenience Store Diet

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Written/Directed by Andrew Racho

Hope you’re saddled up for this ride, cowpoke!

Three friends (Kelly, Craig, and Andrew) discover they’ve fallen behind the times by never getting smart phones. This prompts Andrew to make a pact: don’t upgrade phones, don’t upgrade life, don’t become douchebags. One by one, the group joins the 21st century, leaving Andrew to question whether he’s being a stodgy luddite or if he’s just afraid to change with the rest of the world. And at some point an animal may get decapitated. Just sayin’!

15 minutes


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Written/Directed by Brett Foxwell; Produced by John France

Ten years in the making, Fabricated is a stop-motion animated miniature epic. It is the story of the machines left behind by a dying industrialized society. From a pile of bones and scrap metal, a creature named Oto is assembled and sent off. As he makes his way through an old world that is dying and a new world struggling to be born, Oto begins to sense that he may have a part to play in the evolution of his imperfect kind.

19 minutes

Nil: No Blood for Coffee

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Written by James Turner; Directed by James Turner & Andrew Foerster; Produced by James Turner

The film is a tongue-in-cheek look at the dichotomy between physical and emotional reality through an absurdest flight of fancy. Here the pursuit of a morning coffee turns into a world shattering existential crisis of war and destruction. The seemingly senseless becomes sensible through dream logic.

3 minutes

One Per Person

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Written/Directed by Jacquelyn “Jac” Piette & Nasheet Zaman; Produced by Melissa Nemcek & Brian L. Tan “BLT”

Chuck and Nancy are two fast-food employees who compete for customers by handing out free chicken samples. Their vastly different styles of salesmanship results in an amusing duel and an unexpected story of self-discovery. The film is a fresh take on the disappointing first job that many of us had to endure, and how staying positive can turn a dead-end situation into a new lease on life.

11 minutes

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