2010

2010 Dragon*Con Film Festival Awards Announced

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And the award goes to…

Each film was placed into a judging category.  Three films were then chosen by the judges as the finalists in each category, with one going on to be given 1st place.  Below is listed the three finalists and the first place films.

Animated Comedy
1st Place The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas
Skylight
The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger
Animated Fantasy
1st Place Yamasong
Bygone Behemoth
Cornerboys
Animated Science Fiction
1st Place Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks
One Small Step
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
Animated Short-Short
1st Place The Sacrifice
DemiUrge Emesis
Steeples
Comedy
1st Place Whaling and the Inherent Dangers Therein
Chase Thompson, a film by Chase Thompson
The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell
Dark Comedy
1st Place Self-Inflicted
Elusive Man
Tub
Documentry
1st Place The Pledge
Conventional Wisdom
Drama
1st Place The Tea Master
The Hatter’s Apprentice
Nothin’ Noble
Thriller
1st Place Sunday Punch
One Night
Taylors Trophy
Magic Realism
1st Place Lorelei
Desert of the Real
infinite
Fantasy
1st Place Bottles
Heartless
The Horseman
Horror
1st Place Alice Jacobs is Dead
8 Butterflies
Leftovers
Horror Comedy
1st Place The Necronomicon
Night of the Punks
Written By
Science Fiction
1st Place Mnemosyne Rising
Mister Green
The 3rd Letter
Feature
1st Place Doctor ‘S’ Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie
Born of Hope
Pushin’ Up Daisies

A Best Animated Film was chosen from the 1st place winners in the animated categories, and a Best Short Film was chosen from the winners in the live-action short film categories.

Best Animated Film: Yamasong

Best Short Film: Sunday Punch

Finally, four additional awards were presented for films/filmmakers that deserved additional recognition.

Cult Film
Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer
Honorable Mention
Elusive Man
Screenplay
Bottles
Spirit of Dragon*Con Comcast Award
Mike Salva/Death Row Diet

The Offering

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Written/Directed/Produced by Michael Huber

Surrounded by peace, tranquility and the lushness of nature, a young, innocent woman gathers water from the river. She plucks a lotus blossom and tucks it behind her ear. As she passes through the jungle her grace, beauty and purity is evident but the sway of her hips hints at her budding maturity. Irresistibly drawn to the abandoned temple, she hesitates unsure whether she should enter. As though compelled by an unseen force she takes her first tentative steps and the transformation from girl to woman begins. When she steps in front of the statue of the temple god, she feels the goddess within stir and senses the universal power that women possess. The dance begins naïve and stylized, to impress the being within the statue. Her attempt fails to illicit a response. She turns, discouraged but even gods are not immune to a woman’s power.

9 min

Red Princess Blues

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Written/Directed by Alex Ferrari; Produced by Alex Ferrari, Dan Cregan, Carlos Osorio, Ricardo Jacques Gale, Sean Buck

In this twisted modern day fairy tale, Zoe, a teenage girl, is lured into an after hours carnival tent by the sleazy rock-n-roll carney, Rimo; She gets more she bargained for. It is up to the mysterious Princess, the star of the new knife show at Roscoe’s Carnival & Freak Show to pull Zoe out of the wolf’s den that she has fallen into.

11 min

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Party Sauce

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Written/Produced by Greg Culberson, Jason Beck; Directed by Jason Beck

A sketch comedy juxtaposition from the The Woodcreek Faction, mixing a cigarette cop, recently discovered Hitler footage, and a happy tree painter in a retro bowl. Seasoned to taste with eye drops and an invisible ball. Covered with a beaver carpet and chilled until cold. Serve when ready.

 

 
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Four Days at Dragon*Con

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Written/Produced by Gordon Ray, Jack Walsh; Directed by Jack Walsh

As any visitor to Dragon*Con knows, every Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands descend upon Atlanta for the largest convention of geeky pop-culture fandom in the Southeast. From science fiction celebrities and their obsessive fans to colorfully costumed characters engaged in mock combat, this documentary explores the Woodstock for nerds known as Dragon*Con.  Featuring interviews with fans, staff, performers, artists, stars and would-be superheroes, Four Days at Dragon*Con examines the sense of community and acceptance that draws together what is often seen as a marginalized subculture.  With footage of the magnificent Dragon*Con parade, the greatest collection of homemade costumes to be found anywhere, and a stirring climax centered around an ambitious attempt to break the world record for dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,”  Four Days at Dragon*Con is quirky and fascinating fun.

(Screened out of competition)

55 min

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Treevenge

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Written by Jason Eisener, Rob Cotterill; Directed by Jason Eisener; Produced by Rob Cotterill

Treevenge details the experiences and horrifying reality of the lives of Christmas trees. Clearly, for trees, Christmas isn’t the exciting “peace on earth” that is experienced by most. After being hacked down, and shipped away from their homes, they quickly become strung up, screwed into an upright position for all to see, exposed in a humiliation of garish decorations. But this Christmas will be different, this Christmas the trees have had enough, this Christmas the trees will fight back. Treevenge could be a short film about the end of days for Christmas trees, or perhaps, the end of humanity?

16 min

Hands Off!

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Written by Carl V. Rossi; Directed/Produced by Patrick Bosworth

When John is visited by an Angel he learns a disturbing truth about how he spends his time on the Internet.

7 min

Rantdog’s “Zombies of the Tar Sands of Death of Doom”

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Written by Norm Fassbender, Dave Clarke; Directed by Norm Fassbender; Produced by Kate Holowach

A four-part animated series following Rantdog and family and their encounter with the Zombies of the Tar Sands of Death of Doom.

14 min

Episode 1: The Quackening, Redux

Can a flock of ducks and a cute bunny dodge the grasp of the Tar-Zombies?

Can Rantdog and family have a happy holiday at Tar Sands National Park–a nature preserve as gooey as the La Brea Tar Pits, but with the added bonus of being infested with industrial-strength Zombies?

4 min

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One Night

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Written/Directed/Produced by Laura Jean Cronin

The idea for this film first began with the question, “what would you do the morning after you took a human life?” This is where we begin with Allie, a little bruised up and very self-reflective. I had only then to figure out the why, when, where and how. I also wanted to bring the audience down an unexpected path while they think they are watching the “expected”. Allie’s flashbacks keep bringing her back to the Dance Club where she awkwardly put the moves on her long time crush. Did Allie stab Nicole to death? All too often “psycho lesbian” has been a cinematic archetype. One Night turns that archetype on its head and makes us examine our own boundaries and social anxieties as Allie, our protagonist, must examine hers.

13 min

Lorelei

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Written/Directed by Steffan Schulz

Filmed partially underwater and loosely based on the poem by German writer Heinrich Heine, “Lorelei” is a story of lost love. The original poem tells the tale of a maiden on a cliff overlooking a bend in the Rhine River calling out to her former lover, a sailor navigating the treacherous curves below. Similar folklore of maidens, mermaids, and sirens seducing unsuspecting sailors can be found throughout literature. This experimental film tells the tale of a sailor drowning his sorrows in drink as he ponders the lost love of his life. Haunted by images of his former lover, the sailor finds refuge in drink, but a constant barrage of sublime reminders beckon him.

7 min

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Alternative Dragon (Orutana Doragon)

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Written/Directed by Takehito WADA; Produced by Takehito WADA, Naoko NAKAMURA, Kohei ANDO 

Serena had just started to work for a door-to-door sexual service when she accidentally kills a customer who got out of hand. Sayama, her driver, treats this as an unfortunate business situation.

Out of panic, they cut the body into 6 pieces and load it in the back seat of their car. They decide to dump the body somewhere remote–the nearby woods.

On their way, they are stopped by basic human needs: food, washroom, and sleep. Each time they stop however, they encounter a new, annoying, and nearly surreal circumstance.

40 min

Merlot

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Written/Directed by Eduardo Munoz; Produced by Eduardo Munoz, Marchette Stamps

Carol is a classy and sophisticated woman with a superhero boyfriend. The only problem is, he rarely spends quality time with her because he is always off saving the world. Carol truly cares about her boyfriend and wants to make their relationship work, but she isn’t going to stand for the rejection any longer. She wants to regain her dignity. The two have a typical dinner date; only this particular evening is anything but typical. Unpredictable and catastrophic events occur as Carol tries to make their relationship work one last time.

Merlot is about dignity; the dark side of a superhero’s perfect, intimate life, which leads to his girlfriend’s ultimate alternative. Merlot is a drama with a slight taste of humor.

5 min

The Lighthouse Girl

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Directed/Produced by Jenna Smith, Ryan Miller

A short, animated adventure of a little girl and her monster friend and their daily journey on a magical island.

5 min

Leave Me

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Written by Dustin Ballard, Ryan Dunlap; Directed by Dustin Ballard; Produced by Ryan Dunlap

A recent widower deals with his grief through his wife’s broken camera as he relives through her photos one last chance to be with her. Meanwhile, his father must decide whether to let his son go or move on himself.

5 min

The Painter of the Skies (O Pintor De Ceos)

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Written by Jorge Morais Valle, Silvia Pazos Hermida; Directed/Produced by Jorge Morais Valle

From the darkness of the lost cliffs, a crazy painter–marked by his past, and his faithful assistant try to find a solution to the perpetual storms. The sea is destroying their home. A magic boiler and some tormented ghosts will help them to find the light.

20 min

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League of S.T.E.A.M. “The Fright Before Christmas”

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Written/Directed by Scott Folsom, Gail Folsom; Produced by Trip Hope, Pam Hargrove, Lianna Lawrence

‘Twas the night before Christmas at the League of S.T.E.A.M. headquarters, but there’s mischief afoot! The League of S.T.E.A.M. (Supernatural and Troublesome Ectoplasmic Apparition Management) is an organization comprised of inventors, scientists, adventurers, craftsmen, monster and creature hunters, and paranormal researchers!

You can see more of League of S.T.E.A.M. and our Steam Punk adventures at leagueofsteam.com.

3 min

Jesus Comes To Town

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Written by James Aloysius Von Seitz; Directed by Kamal John Iskander; Produced by Kamal John Iskander, Michael Silberman

An unexpected guest drops in during an underworld poker game in this dark comedy film noir. Starring Steve Eastin (Catch Me If You Can, The Black Dahlia, Up in the Air), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5, Freaks & Geeks), and Alex Veadov (Drag Me To Hell, We Own The Night). Sometimes, a second coming can be…painful!

13 min

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Qing Lou Nu

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Written/Directed/Produced by Bryan Hopkins

Qing Lou Nu is a stylistic film that explores the life of an Asian prostitute trapped by a contradictory world of passion and obligations. All of which climaxes when one of her naive clients confesses his love. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart, Qing Lou Nu is an edgy reinvention of a classic. This macabre tale of east meets west is noted for its potent performances by the leads Cindy Chu and Axel Harney; along with the carefully orchestrated imagery which combines to create a moment of beauty that will not be soon forgotten.

25 min

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Infinite (Binahaiat)

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Written/Directed/Produced by Afsaneh Zamani

An old man and a little boy left their drought-stricken and abandoned village to the endless world (infinite) seeking any sign of life.

They keep traveling through the desert, but the land becomes more bare and lifeless, until they reach the most dried and cracked land. The old man and the boy lag behind. The old man applies ointment to his hands and feet while the child applies ointment to the cracks of the land.

This is the moment when the sky begins to cry.

10 min

The Horseman

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Written/Directed by Ben Bays; Produced by Ben Bays, Chad Dutka, René Kline

A darkening sky. An ominous figure. A town on the edge of nowhere. The horseman approaches….

Set against the epic backdrop of post-Revolutionary War America, THE HORSEMAN chronicles the arrival of an unknown outsider to a remote village in the New England wilderness. The townspeople greet him with curiosity and suspicion. Equally as mysterious as the man are the contents of his satchel that he guards with aggressive fervor. Is it a mercy or malice that the horseman brings?

The film unveils the character and history of the horseman layer by layer, revealing a persuasive commentary of an outsider who is closer to our core than we may like to believe.

33 min

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