Short Film Festival ◊ 2009 ◊ Films: D - H
Writers: Wes Young, Ryan Goff, Bob Herron, Randy Foos; Directors: Wes Young, Ryan Goff; Producers: Wes Young, Ryan Goff, Bob Herron, Randy Foos.
The reanimated infestation has reached a crisis point, overwhelming both local law enforcement and federal agencies. Left behind, alone, and abandoned by the authorities, the three survivors must deal with the multitude of ravenous undead just steps behind them.
Horror, USA, 17 min
Writers/Producers: J. Andrew Molloy, Pat Corcoran; Director: J. Andrew Molloy.
Deadspiel is the “Greatest Curling Zombie Film Ever Made,” In the pantheon of the Zombies in Sports subgenre, none have come close to capturing the gritty realism of life and (un)death in the sometimes ugly world of small town curling as Deadspiel. Chronicling the epic struggle for playoff survival between the human Team Olmstead and the once human Team Romero, this film transcends the confines of its genre to tell a tale of hope and acceptance and remind us all of the simple beauty of a rock sliding down a sheet of bumpy ice.
Horror Comedy, Canada, 8 min
Death In Charge|
Writer/Director: Devi Snively; Producers: Greg Reeves, Heather Smith.
Don't tell Mom the babysitter's Death...When violent media, handguns and nihilism are ubiquitous, who fears the Reaper? In the tradition of E.C. Horror Comics, this cautionary tale examines life through the eyes of Death who gets derailed when an impatient single Mom carelessly mistakes the scythe-carrying cloaked one for her tardy babysitter and leaves Death to care for her precocious 9-year-old daughter for the evening. Whitney teaches Death about life's many marvels through violent video games, macaroni & cheese, and the magic of Sea Munkees. But when Whitney reveals some dark tendencies of her own, it's up to Death to lighten things up before returning to the grim duties that lie in wait?
Horror Comedy, USA, 15 min
Death in the Garden|
Writers: Edmund Jory, Michael Chrisoulakis; Director/Producer: Michael Chrisoulakis.
The stillness hanging over the Chifley gardens is shattered by the girlish scream of the groundsman, mortified after coming face to face with Death itself.
Fleeing to his master, in search of aiding his escape, the aging Baron offers to stand in the young man's place.
So both men begin a journey from where neither intends to return—one to the farthest shore; the other to Death in the garden.
Fantasy, Australia, 11 min
Writer: Tim Logan; Director: Shaun Wilson; Producer: Nathan Spencer.
At a remote radio dish, a professor and a cleaner find themselves the only ones able to stop angry intergalactic neighbors destroying the Earth.
Science Fiction, Australia, 7 min
Writer/Director/Producer: Joseph Nanni.
If you suffer from an overwhelming sense of dread brought on by the realization of your own insignificance in the universe, then you need Elder Sign—H.P. Lovecraft's aeons old remedy for cosmic dread.
Horror Comedy, Canada, 2 min
Writer/Director: Sally Pearce; Producer: Johnny Lewsley.
Kay Grey is a young girl growing up in an entirely grey house in a totally grey world with very very grey parents. But then her house gets infested with ELEPHANTS. They can’t be seen against the grey walls, and crash around in the middle of the night, and leave massive piles of dung in the loo. Kay's unloving parents make her paint the house with brilliant colors, so that they can see these pests. But when Kay corners the Elephants, they become friends and she decides to help them.
Fantasy, United Kingdom, 13 min
Writer/Director: Matt & Jason Shumway; Producer: Jason Shumway.
The people of earth are in a time of crisis. They are waging war against a far superior opponent, an alien race called the Cnidarians. After a bloody assault on a military ship, USSM special forces were able to capture their first Cnidarian prisoner, code named 71099, but commonly known throughout the fleet as Ediolon, the Phantom. Realizing that a military transport would be too obvious of a target to their enemy, the USSM enlisted the freelance ship Genesis, commanded by Nathaniel J Rhys to secretly transport the prisoner to the high security prison located on Mars' moon Demos.
The ship never arrived. General Rothman immediately launches an investigation team, and is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, for one of the dead was his niece, Kyleigh. He will not let her death be in vain. Even with all its efforts, what happened on this voyage is unclear to the investigation team. All are dead, but how, and why? Has earth lost its chance take an advantage in their losing war? Watch closely and see if you can discover the enigma of this doomed mission.
Science Fiction, USA, 41 min
Enter The Sandbox|
Writer/Director/Producer: Kevin Adams.
An argument between two toddlers in a sandbox spirals headlong into an over the top kung fu, anime world where their dispute is played out in grand fashion.
Animated Comedy, USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Richard Bates; Producer: Topper Anton.
A neglected teen takes refuge in the dreams that used to haunt her and orchestrates a shocking plan to prove her worth to her disapproving parents.
Thriller, USA, 18 min
Writer/Director: Micah Ranum; Producer: Alicia G. Dean.
For everything, there is a first. Rayburn, a reluctant contract killer, is sent on a job with his brutal mentor, James. Isolated in an unforgiving wilderness, the men face their own mortality after the messy hit is photographed by a hunter’s camera. Rayburn anxiously waits near the camera with a simple objective: kill the owner and destroy the camera. But things take a surprising turn when Rayburn meets the owner of the camera.
Thriller, USA, 16 min
Writer/Director/Producer: Maxwell O. Perry.
Ethyl, Cassie, Henry and Bob join together for a toast at a recently departed friend's house on the outskirts of town. Little do they know, the moonshine they share is cursed and they may soon become "food for the dead." Can anyone escape their doomed fate?
Frantic Undead combines cel and motion-comic style animation in both a satire and a homage to classic horror films.
Animated Fantasy, USA, 12 min
A Giant Mistake|
Writer/Director/Producer: Michael Ricca
A man drunkenly mistakes a loud and obnoxious giant for a loud and obnoxious baby, then tries to do some thing about it. With his friends at his back and delusions of grandeur ahead of him he pops his caller and steps up to taunt the loud hulk...and gets results...DO NOT TAUNT A GIANT!
Animated Comedy, USA, 4 min
Writer/Director: Gary H. Lee; Producer: Luke E. Watson.
A thriller about a company, Hector Corporation, that must take extreme measures to manage their employees with unexpected executioners. Our righteous hero, Victor, takes us through his experience and shows how justice prevails in the end.
Horror Comedy, USA, 10 min
Writer/Director: A.J. Bond; Producer: A.J. Bond, Amy Belling.
hirsute (hir·sute) (hir´soot) [L. hirsutus] shaggy; having abundant or excessive hair. 1621, from Latin hirsutus "rough, shaggy," related to hirtus "shaggy," and possibly to horrere "to bristle with fear."
Kyle, a young scientist, is struggling to build a time machine when he is confronted by an arrogant future version of himself. Shocked to discover that his future holds a preoccupation with body-hair removal and boiled eggs, Kyle vows to change the course of his life.
Science Fiction, Canada, 15 min
The Hunt For Gollum|
Writer: Chris Bouchard, J.R.R. Tolkien; Director: Chris Bouchard; Producer: Brian Lavery, Gladys San Juan, Julianne Honey-Mennal, Spencer Duru.
The script is adapted from elements of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. The story follows Strider/Aragorn, the Heir of Isildur; the "greatest huntsman and traveler in Middle Earth" as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. The creature must be found to discover the truth about the Ring, and to protect the future Ringbearer.
Fantasy, United Kingdom, 38 min
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