2006

Genesis Antipode

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Writer/Producer/Director: John Robinson

Jeffrey and Rebecca, two polar opposites, are forced to come to terms with each other amidst the desolation of a post-apocalyptic landscape. Initially meeting Jeffrey on a blind date, Rebecca is completely disinterested in him, while Jeffrey thinks that he’s found a lasting partner.  A devastating virus will change both their outlooks.  Told through alternating timelines, the film chronicles their relationship, from their awkward first date up to the point at which they are finally able to find a common ground.
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16 min

Full

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Writer: Gerald McClanahan; Producer: Darya Danesh; Director Mikki Willisl

When Murray was young, he was bitten by a wild dog. Since then, on full moons a beast within overcomes him. When his sister, Stevie, attempts to intervene, Murray turns on his own flesh.

10 min

From Beyond

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Writers: Michael Granberry, H.P. Lovecraft; Producer/Director: Michael Granberry

An unsuspecting man falls into an otherworldly trap set by a psychotic genius in this spine-tingling tale based on the classic short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
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10 min

Flypaper

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Writer/Producer/Director: Raygan Henley

In a room alone, a writer searches for inspiration, but when wit runs dry, he releases his frustration on a little house fly. The house fly dodges his blows. It eludes him and torments him, as did his lack of inspiration. The writer’s feelings are resolved only upon the death of the fly which rekindles the fire of words in his mind.  We’ve all been at a loss for words. Whether writing something for self expression or writing a paper for work or school. And like the chase for a house fly, sometimes, what we need is a little passionate distraction.

9 min

The Fishing

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Writer: Michael Aronson; Director: Dawn Boyd

After buying a house in the country, newlyweds Mark and Karen live in fear of a local fisherman who they mistake for a killer. As emotions run high, the tables turn to reveal the killer in us all.

7 min

Fish Tales

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Writers: Tim Smyth, Dave Habeeb; Producers: Paul McMahon; Director: Tim Smyth

It’s an ordinary day, and Joe is fishing, with little success.  After several hours, a mysterious woman of the lake swims up to him. She introduces herself as Veronica and doesn’t think much of his fishing skills. To prove to her that he is indeed a good fisherman, he boasts that he can catch something no matter what the bait.  Using a piece of his sandwich, he casts his line, but finds that what is in this lake is better off not being caught. Joe wonders if he’s the fisherman, or the bait, as he gets the fight of his life as he tries to survive this fishing trip.

8 min

Faceless

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Writer/Director: B. Jason Roer; Producer: Sydny Brown

Vincent van Gogh once said, “In an artist’s life, death is perhaps not the most difficult thing”. Cynthia Navarro paints with a similar brush. Faceless is a psychological thriller about an artist obsessed with the beauty of the human body and the unique manner in which she expresses her art.

9 min

Earthly Things

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Writer/Director: James Krokee; Producer: Susan Flores

Tobey, a mechanic, uses desperate measures to replace the void in his life left by his dead wife. When his inflatable doll ruptures, he is convinced that a woman he has been voyeuristically watching is destined to be his new companion. But when her resistance pushes him to a murderous rage, preserving this new “organic” doll proves more difficult than it first appears. Weaving in and out of this storyline is April, a mysterious fortune teller with a secret of her own. Earthly Things is about the events that ultimately bring Tobey and April together, and a tale of the destructive and consuming nature of obsession.
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26 min

Dragon

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Writer/Producer/Director: Troy Morgan

After her parents die in a tragic fire, a young girl is sent to an orphanage where she begins sketching fiery visions. When the director of the orphanage sees her talent, he realizes that he might be able to profit from it, and auctions off her work.  The drawings become an instant success, bringing people from every neighboring town. The director, overwhelmed with greed, forces the girl to make more of her amazing creations. Tired and exhausted, she draws through the night and creates one final scenario that will bring everyone face to face with her demons

8 min

The Curling Stones

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Writers: Jason Young; Producers: Jason Young, Pascal Franchot; Director:Pascal Franchot

Inspired by the Olympic sport of curling, Canadian artist Jason Young, creates a “curling” match installation out of highly polished aluminum “curling-stone” sculptures. The warm or cool color inlayed stones leak their colors as they glide down a rink of resin that mutates color as each team takes a turn. “Sweepers” use blowtorches to accelerate the stones as they advance toward the “spotter” in front of the target at the far end. The game is over when all eight stones have been thrown.

5 min

Crooked Mick of the Speewah

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Writers: Philip Smith, Pat Edwards; Producer: Luke Eve; Director: Philip Smith


Speewah and Crooked Mick yarns have been told since Europeans started getting lost in the Australian bush. Created to poke fun at the incredibly harsh and alien landscape, the Speewah downplayed reality by exaggerating itself.  It is said that the Speewah lies west of the sunset, where the crows fly backwards, to keep the dust out of their eyes. Crooked Mick lives on the Speewah. He is literally larger than life—needing to go outside, just to turn around. When he was born, he started growing so fast that his father tried to slow his growth by ring-barking his legs. It didn’t work, but it did give him a nasty limp—and the name Crooked Mick!
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11 min
Writer/Director: Donna Thorland; Producer: Charles DeRosa

The Cobbler’s Daughter

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Writer/Director: Donna Thorland; Producer: Charles DeRosa

Inspired by the visual style of Edward Gorey and Ingmar Bergman, and thematically based on the fairy tale, Rumplestiltskin, The Cobbler’s Daughter is the story of an artisan, fallen on hard times, whose young daughter encounters a mysterious Tinker. The Tinker sharpens and enchants the Cobbler’s tools, but such fey magic always has a cost. For a time the Cobbler profits handsomely and his daughter grows into a maiden of great charm and vivacity, while the fateful toll falls on his customers. In the end, however, the Tinker returns a final time to claim his true payment.

6 min

Chingaso The Clown

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Writers: Ezequiel Martinez, Robert Hayes, Manny Elias; Producers: Christien Tinsley, Jim Kass, Joseph Guzman; Director: Elias Matar

Messiah was prosperous, until a circus rolled in and the clowns took over.  Soon, the mime’s rebelled.  The War between the Clowns and Mimes has raged for decades and there seems to be no end in sight.

A man named Chingaso, whose parents were victims of the ruthless clown boss, Bastard The Clown, must now become what he hates most. To find vengeance—and possibly end the brutal war between the mimes and the clowns in the province of messiah—He must become…CHINGASO THE CLOWN

15 min

Checkout

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Writers: Dan Eckman, Dominic Dierkes; Producer: Meggie McFadden; Director: Dan Eckman

Black Shadow, a recently graduated ninja assassin, returns home from his training to begin his career; however, due to the tight job market, he is forced to take on a job as a stockboy at the local grocery. Mike and Drew, two fraternity brothers, hop from convenience store to convenience store exploring the competitive side of the “beer run.” And Janitor Joe goes to great extremes to prove to everyone at the grocery store that he can, in fact, be a “creepy janitor” as these three seemingly disparate storylines converge in a large-scale grocery store fiasco.
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20 min

Centsless

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Writer/Producer/Director: Kelsey Wander

We all have had our bad ideas, but putting those ideas into action separates those who are senseless from those who are not.  When Benny sees the biggest coin he has ever seen, he does not choose the best method of obtaining it. Thus, making his choice and outcome Centsless.

7 min

Cannes Do

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Writer: Anat Levy; Producer/Director: Steve Tobenkin

This isn’t a documentary about gun control, terrorist attacks, or the failing American health care system. It’s about something much more personal. It’s about three men deciding to create their own destinies, when fate hasn’t stepped up to the plate. Although Ken, Todd and Steve have successful careers as a lawyer, graphic novelist and advertising executive, they’ve each heard the siren call of Hollywood. When they couldn’t get their projects ‘greenlighted’ by the big Hollywood studios, they decided to ‘greenlight’ themselves. How far are they willing to go to produce and sell their own project, knowing that the odds are against them?

59 min

The Call of Cthulhu

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Writers: Sean Branney, H.P. Lovecraft; Producers: Sean Branney, Andrew Leman; Director: Andrew Leman

A man inherits a collection of documents pertaining to the Cthulhu Cult, and bit-by-bit, pieces together the dread implications.  He makes investigating the cult his own crusade as his sanity begins to crumble. In the end, he passes the torch to his psychiatrist, who in turn hears Cthulhu’s call.  Based on HP Lovecraft’s most famous story, The Call of Cthulhu embodies HPL’s nihilistic world view, his cosmic perspective, and his sense that mankind is doomed by its own insignificance. And it’s a pretty good globe-trotting adventure story.

47 min

The Cacophone

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Writer: Casey Hayward, Ryan Farriss; Producers: Kristen Maxwell; Director: Ryan Farriss

The Erfinder family is full of great musicians — except for Suzy. Seemingly bereft of her family’s musical skills, she labors as a librarian, yearning for the excitement and adventures found in the books that surround her. Things take a turn for the bizarre when she is approached by a strange old man who offers to teach her to play the Cacophone, a mysterious and ungainly instrument with a long and sordid history. Her playing leads to a series of strange events that ultimately force her to confront her family’s destiny and solve the mystery of the peculiar instrument.
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25 min

Bon Appetit

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Writer: Brett Simmons; Producer/Director: Justin Lutsky

With choice wine and fine dining, Sherman and the rest of this five-star wait staff have to be ready for anything. However, nothing could have prepared them for tonight’s special order: Two million dollars for the life of one very special guest. Dragged into the middle of a sniper’s hostage scenario, Sherman and his gang of eclectic, table-waiting, aspiring action-film actors discover that tonight’s main course… is danger!
Bon Appetit is an entrée of action-packed fun, garnished with laughs and seasoned with surprises!
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25 min

Big Red Ball

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Writer/Producer/Director: Chuck Moore

Artful. Poetic. Downright silly. Big Red Ball is the compelling tale of an oversized playground ball who meets, then loses, the yellow ball of his (its?) dreams in the big city. Using no special effects or animation, director Chuck Moore employs evocative cinematography and a smoky jazz and blues score to create a playful homage to the classic French short, The Red Balloon.

8 min

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