Festival History ◊ 2006 ◊ Films: H - M
If I Had a Hammer
The Injured StormTrooper
The Mamtsotsi Bird
The Masque of Ollock
Writer: Oscar Brown Jr.; Producer: Brandon Schultz; Director: Kobina Yankah
Sultry waitress Hazel is a balm to every males eyes and grist to their fantasies. Hazel's Hips is a music video for one of jazz vocalist Oscar Brown Jr.'s most famous songs.
Animated Comedy, USA, 3 min
Writer/Producer/Director: Chris Barfoot
DEATH is but a doorway...
Imagine if you could navigate the ancient corridors of your ancestral DNA.
Imagine if you possessed the ability to leave your physical body behind.
Imagine if you were David, for he was such a man!
The first time was an accident! The next time they pushed him to do it!
Now, it might be impossible to get back! His uncanny ability is soon revealed as a clinically controlled process designed to transport him to a specific point in history. Stars Prunella Scales of Fawlty Towers.
Science Fiction, United Kingdom, 20 min
Producer: Cary Becker; Director: Leo Age
Love, lust and lucha libre.
Thomas and Vivvy appear to be a happily married couple. But the spark has begun to fade. It's hard to keep the passion. So Thomas brings home a Mexican wrestling mask, to spice things up. But the game turns out to be very different than he expected: duping, disguise, and a ménage a trois with luchador.
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Drama, USA, 10 min
Writer: Ahmad Charif; Producer/Director: Moe Charif
Emily wakes up to find herself in the middle of nowhere, chased by a group of lunatics for reasons beyond her comprehension. But her instincts kick in, and she fights to survive as she tries to make sense of the mess she has stumbled into. Hunted was first written with the intent to capture some of societies flaws, we live in a world today where many people in positions of authority become corrupted and drunk with power, that all barriers come crashing down, and moralities and values are nothing but a distant memory.
Thriller, USA, 21 min
If I Had a Hammer|
Writer/Producer/Director: Andy Bean
Tremble mortals! Thor, the mighty God of Thunder, has lost his hammer and embarks on his quest for a new one… at the local hardware store.
Set in a shop whose proud boast is “we won’t be beaten on price—just quality and service”, If I Had a Hammer is a gleefully violent cartoon where the gags come as thick and fast as the bloodletting. It is here that Thor encounters Mud, a pimple-faced store assistant, and endures levels of customer service ill-fitting a Thunder God. It is not long before the short-tempered deity goes postal and what was once a busy hardware store is transformed into a blood-splattered war-zone.
Animated Fantasy, United Kingdom, 6 min
The Injured StormTrooper|
Writer/Producer/Director: Brian Finifter
We've all watched Star Wars. A lot. And we've all marveled at how quickly and easily storm troopers die. So, it's no surprise that storm troopers are at a loss when one of their own is injured, but not killed, in a run-of-the-mill firefight. With no precedent, they attempt to deal with the situation as best they can... which is to say, not very well.
Parody, USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Jesse Wheeler; Producer: Chloe Aftel, Jesse Wheeler, Stephanie Kwong
Idealistic attorney Eddie Winkle only wants to do what’s right…even if it means convincing himself that his scumbag clients are actually innocent! But even Eddie can’t deceive himself about his newest client, Lou Tanner, an aging lowlife facing Murder One for beating a crossing guard to death. When his delusions finally catch up to him, Eddie must find a way to do what’s right before his conscience rips him apart.
But what exactly does doing what’s “right” mean to someone who can convince himself of anything? Starring William Windom.
Thriller, USA, 16 min
Writer/Producer/Director: Micah Moore
In a war torn future, two lovers are captured by a fascist military force. Now one of them must escape his chains and fight through an army to save the woman he loves. But time is running out. Emotional storytelling by Micah Moore and slick visuals by Will Stroud combine with exciting martial arts action by Matthew Sumner and Brian Lee to make The Key a brutal beautiful love story.
Science Fiction, USA, 10 min
The Mamtsotsi Bird|
Writer: Mpotseng Mdakane; Producer: Jo Horn, Mpotseng Mdakane; Directors: Jo Horn, Matt Horn
An African mythological creature, the Mamtsotsi Bird, is called down from the thunder by witches to carry out missions of malevolence. Musa can feel something evil drawing closer. Her estranged husband Sipho tries to convince her that it's all in her mind because of her alcohol abuse. Having gone for fertility shots, Musa thinks her strained marriage will take a turn for the better. Little does she know that her husband has already consorted with evil to get rid of her.
Horror, South Africa, 12 min
The Masque of Ollock|
Writer/Producer/Director: Robert Kauffmann
This animated horror-fantasy film uses delicately rendered black-and-white images and dark atmospheric music to evoke a mood of impending doom that hangs upon the unsuspecting inhabitants of a medieval castle who do not realize that sometimes, the dead are but lightly sleeping.
Related in this short but spellbinding film is the tale of the disembodied head of a fallen mage which haunts a king and his household in their own castle.
Animated Horror, USA, 8 min
Writer/Producer/Director: Lesley Wisley
The time has come, and today is inspection day in the factory. Before packaging and shipping, every thermometer must be tested to make sure that they function properly and that their mercury rises. As the metal doors open and the belts begin to move, thermometers flood out in single file into the testing room. They march up to their inspection platforms, the meter lights turn on, and they await the moment that their fate will be revealed.
Animated Comedy, USA, 3 min
Writer: Seth Talley; Producer: Clint Otteson; Director: David Sanders
Eniko has been orbiting the moon for far too long. She is fatigued from endless maintenance of her aging capsule, plagued by nightmares of explosive decompression and separated by her friend and fellow astronaut Claude by the unforgiving vastness of space. When a malfunction forces her to perform a spacewalk, Eniko must pit her wits, her training, and her will to live against the fatal certainty of cold, hard vacuum.
The culmination of four years of effort, Microgravity presents a thinking man’s nightmare.
Science Fiction, USA, 12 min
Writer/Director: Colin Decker; Producer: Colin Decker, Jennifer Jang
The Mime Massacre is a tale of one man’s lifelong mission for vengeance on all mimes that leads him to where the story begins, the mother of all mime gatherings, the Mime Workshop. Penetrating the mime lair, the mad man’s years of both hatred and unwitting respect for the craft of mime, culminate in explosive mayhem. The Mad Man uses the one method the mimes are powerless against, the dark side of mime.
Horror Comedy, Canada, 6 min
Writer/Director: Gary DeJidas; Producer: Katharine Leis
Valerie has it all. Looks, talent, intelligence, and a brand new contract as the Essence of Chicken Fragrance model. What more could a girl want? Problem is, her best friend Charlotte, and ex-boyfriend Jeremy become more angry the better her life gets. A tale of opportunity, envy, and reality.
Comedy, USA, 17 min
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