2008

This Is a Story About Ted and Alice

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Writer: Matthew P. Gustafson; Producers: Teressa Tunney, Sunah Lee Schultz; Director: Teressa Tunney.

Some first dates seem like they’re going to last forever.

16 min

Tofu the Vegan Zombie: Zombie Dearest

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Writers: William Vaughan, Lee Stringer; Producer: William Vaughan; Director: Lee Stringer.

Professor Vost has been keeping a deep, dark secret from his daughter Addie about her deceased mother, Fiona. Unfortunately, a curious Tofu lets the cat out of the bag. Will Addie be cool with what happened to mom?

8 min

Transrexia

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Writer/Producer/Director: Aurelio Voltaire.

In this ultra-short prehistoric postcard a stop-motion T-Rex ponders the nature of love and loss with a Pterodactyl. Narrated by Richard Butler, singer of the band The Psychedelic Furs.

1 min

Troll Picnic

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Writer/Director/Producer: Torey Haas.

In the haunted town of Devil’s Hill, Ricky has big plans for his longtime girlfriend Robin. Unfortunately something else also has big plans for Robin, and Ricky soon finds himself in a desperate bid to rescue his girlfriend from a vile troll.

11 min

Turducken!

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Writer/Director/Producer: Steve Stark.

3 birds, 1 cop… Turducken!

3 min

The Vault

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Writer/Director/Producer: Justin Owensby.

The Vault illustrates one man’s journey into the unexplainable.

4 min

Verboten

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Writer/Director: Martin Keegan; Producer: Rebecca Keegan.

The only beauty in Todd Gorman’s life is Laura Hagen, his abusive father’s bewitching girlfriend. When Todd’s odd behavior drives Laura away, the lonely teenager embarks on a menacing quest for something lovely for himself.

15 min

Voigtkampff

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Producer: Julia Gerhardt; Director: Tobias Suhm.

Using surreal and bizarre images, Voigtkampff deals with a disenchanted man, whose only reason for staying alive is his exorbitant hatred towards his tormentors. When the day of revenge has finally come, his vast detestation will make him even put up with the deaths of 6.519 million people. Persecuted by nightmares continuously reminding him of the terrible events of his childhood, he is driven to his payback, resulting in an immensely destructive showdown. Always hoping to be able to return to peace and quiet….

14 min

Walker Stalker

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Writer: Keith Claxton, Ben Pullen; Producer: Ben Pullen; Director: Keith Claxton.

What happens when the most trusted means of ordering your life turns into the most menacing means of destroying your life? Walker Stalker follows the harrowing homeward journey of four urban commuters; from station to termination, all are stopped short by their Mobile Phones…

14 min

The Whistler

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Writers/Director: Avram Dodson; Producers: Priya Sircar, Charles Mulford.

Who was that masked man? What difference does it make when we all wear a mask? Well, since you asked, he’s called The Whistler, and he whistles a carefree tune. Or he did. Now his mask is slipping, his whistle dry. But Professor Crime doesn’t stop for existential angst. Looks like our hero picked the wrong day for an identity crisis.

11 min

Winter’s Tale

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Writer: Gardner Linn; Producers: Mike Serrao, Jessica Mason, Anna Mackowiak; Director: Nick Hiltgen.

Charlie Winters is a young imaginative boy on his most exciting adventure yet, the search for the mythic razor blade apple. His search takes him through all of the typical suspects but by the time he exhausts his list he realizes that there is a very thin line between what he thinks is real and what is just in his imagination.

14 min

Zany Dick!

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Writer/Producer/Director: Ricky Sprague.

An eccentric, bald surgeon grafts a sexual deviant’s penis onto the pianist husband of a woman he loves.  Zany Dick! is a parody of “transplant tragedies” such as Eyes Without A Face, Santa Sangre, Choice Cuts, The Beast With Five Fingers, and, most specifically, Mad Love.

3 min

Zoologic

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Writer/Producer/Director: Nicole Mitchell.

Within the walls of this zoo, an overbearing zookeeper maintains order by arranging the animals to his liking. His absolute rule begins to falter, though, when he encounters a blobby little penguin.

5 min

Paper Shepherd

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Writer/Producer/Director: David L. Houry.

Chris is the janitor at a biogenetics company, where living sheets of paper are bred to fight and die in an arena. Chris pities the papers and sets out to rescue them, hoping they’ll overcome their brutal nature and live greater lives …if given the freedom to choose.

8 min

The Paranormalists

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Writers: Matt Bolish, Scott Barsotti; Producers: Bryce Forester, Jon Peele; Director: Matt Bolish.

When Chance and Ben rang the bell of the house on Young drive they knew what to expect: another widow, desperate to reach her dead husband. That passed for normal in their line of work. But Kylie Harrison is far from normal. Convinced she’s plagued by evil spirits – including that of her husband Mark – Kylie is at the end of her rope. Things only get worse when Mark arrives from work to find his wife raving to a pair of strangers. Is Kylie crazy? Is Mark alive? More importantly, do Chance and Ben have any idea what they’re doing?

17 min

Pear

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Writer/Producer/Director: Jill Dana Siegel.

A little pear takes a surrealistic journey.

1 min

Princess Alisanne

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Writer Brittany Hilgers; Producer: Christin Cracchiolo; Director: Jennifer Mathews.

Alisanne, a rebellious and independently-minded princess, was born into a land where a princess’s main role in life is to be rescued and married off to a handsome prince. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she tries in vain to convince her father, the king, to excuse her from this undesirable (to her, anyway) fate, but he will not break with his kingdom’s traditions. That night, she is kidnapped in her sleep, and awakes to the reality that she will have to overcome many obstacles if she is to have the freedom that she so deeply desires.

15 min

The Procedure

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Writer/Director: Sergio Pinheiro; Producers: Sergio Pinheiro, Jennifer Wagner.

Called in for a temp job, Mr. Pullman reports to a cold, stoic gentleman named Mr. Stetler, a veteran at this very special line of work. Pullman arrives in the wake of a completed procedure. He is subject to bizarre sightings and characters with severely frayed mental tethers. As Pullman is caught up in preparations for a second procedure, learning its purpose will come at a cost.

The Procedure marks a throwback to classic horror. It’s a mystery at its core and a morality play which haunts the viewer and sparks discussion long after the credits roll.

15 min

Prombies!

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Writer/Director: Frederick Snyder; Producer: Andrew Bartels.

Strange things are happening at the Senior Prom. The boys have gone crazy, and the girls have gone wild. Amy and Darryl flee from the horror, but will they also become victims of the supernatural forces from below? Can Darryl save Amy from the madness? Can Amy save Darryl from himself? What will become of the hapless student body? Prombies! is a thrilling journey of fear and discovery and a heartwarming tale of young teenage lovers coming together to deal with the issues of sex and zombies on one of the most memorable nights of their lives.

7 min

Prometheus’ Garden

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Director: Bruce Bickford

Inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus, a Titan who created the first mortals from clay and stole fire from the gods, Prometheus’ Garden immerses viewers in a cinematic universe unlike any other. The dark and magical images of this haunting film unfold in a dreamlike stream of consciousness revealing an unlikely cast of clay characters engaged in a violent struggle for survival. Like all Bickford films, Prometheus’ Garden defies description and simply must be experienced.

28 min

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