2010

tHERAPY

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Written by Kelley Slagle, Alex Kristobek; Directed/Produced by Kelley Slagle

Jesus and Satan seek professional help to settle their eternal differences.

7 min

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The Breakup

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Written/Directed/Produced by Elizabeth Dashiell

In 2004, Mattel announced the breakup of Barbie and Ken. Members of the media blamed Ken’s unwillingness to commit. Others questioned his sexuality. The years have passed, and Barbie has moved on—new life, new loves, new job. No one has ever bothered to ask how Ken is doing…until now. This short, dark, comedic fantasy features music from the award-winning musician and artist Voltaire. Ken imagines Barbie and her new lovers while planning the demise of those who supplanted him in ever-increasingly devious ways. Rated R for excessive violence…to dolls.

7 min

Bottles

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Written by Samantha Henderson; Directed/Produced by Jon Stout

Mira is a hard-working, divorced mother with a dark secret; when she gets angry, objects move and people get hurt. One day, coming home from a patient who has slipped into a mysterious coma, she notices disturbing items in her twelve-year-old daughter’s antique bottle collection.

Her daughter, Cheyenne, is hiding her own frightening capabilities. As Mira copes with her daughter’s budding talents, Cheyenne draws Mira, her father, and his new wife into a shadowy set of life-or-death choices. You have to be careful about what you collect.

20 min

Tub

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Written/Directed by Bobby Miller; Produced by Kim Jackson

It’s just your typical short film about a guy who can’t commit to his girlfriend…  Who then jerks off in the shower.  And accidentally impregnates his tub.

12 min

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The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas

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Written/Directed/Produced by John Wardlaw

The late Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space, A Bug’s Life) makes his final performance as “The Bolt” and is the narrator of this screwy parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Bolt devises a scheme to take away Christmas from every last Screw. Can Christmas be saved for the Screws of Screwville? Harris is joined by his former TV co-stars Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, and Marta Kristen who portray the Ratchet family from a nutty scene from A Christmas Carol. The film also features the voice talent of Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons, Futurama).

7 min

Quartered at Dawn (Viergeteilt im Morgengrauen)

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Written/Directed by Norbert Keil; Produced by Roland Lippoldmüller

“I heard something,” he says and tries to peek through the foggy windows of his car. But she will not have any of this nonsense, and takes his face and guides it towards her open blouse, giggling with anticipation.

It is winter, the snowy landscape tranquil. But Marc and Sarah are not cold, their cheeks are flushed, their breath is heated.  And so they do not notice the car crashing nearby. The driver is hurt badly; she barely makes it out of the wreck.

“I’m positive I heard something,”‘ Marc says again, but Sarah once again directs his attention back to herself.

Another car arrives. The injured woman gets nervous, looks for her gun, tries to shoot – but too late: the axe rips the gun from her hand.

“You didn’t hear anything, no matter how sure you are.” Sarah moans.

And while they continue their little outing in the back of the car, they’re unaware that there was something after all… and it might be coming for them as well.

14 min

Bad Mistake (Mauvaise erreur)

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Written/ Directed by Xavier Hibon; Produced by Gérald Frydman

Sophie is not scared by horror movies anymore. One night, she’s kidnapped and she realizes that she is the wrong person. The kidnappers have made a mistake. The kidnappers are going to kill her, because they don’t want to have any witnesses. Sophie will try to escape and will kill one of them. But in fact, she kills her girlfriend’s new boyfriend who she was supposed to meet during the weekend. It was all a joke for her birthday party.

6 min

Aces & Eights

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Written/Directed/Produced by Matt Allen

Zombie-cowboys have returned to their favorite Old-West watering hole after an undead breakout. While the group is ‘playing’ poker, we are allowed a glimpse into their reality. Lines are drawn, then crossed, and cheaters punished. A still-human bounty hunter arrives, and he’s all that stands between these ghouls, and their next round of whiskey!

8 min

Window Pains

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Written, Directed, Produced by Paul Allen Tillery IV

When a man struggles to fix his computer, the effort sends him down a spiral of frustration and rage. He faces error messages, customer service lines, and the limits of human patience. Ultimately the man must face the truth: in the world of computing technology, nothing works, and nobody cares. When you’re on hold, no one can hear you scream.

5 min

A Complex Villainelle

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Written by Jonathan Goldstein; Directed by Bart Ovaitt, Howard Cook, Nathan Billington, Rebecca Forth, Ryan Porter; Produced by Howard Cook, Tripp Vroman

Before he became the overweight obsessive sadsack of his later years, the Penguin was a poet and a dandy, who threw lavish parties and told complex villanelles and was an expert at umbrella flight. Looking for love, he is introduced to a lovely nanny, Mary Poppins, who also prefers travel by umbrella. The results are not as he had expected; his hopes dashed by a mysterious stranger in a black cape.

8 min

Yamasong

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Written/Directed by Sam K. Hale; Produced by Heather Henson

Events are set in motion when a mysterious Trickster hurls a star through outer space. Nani, a patchwork girl, chases the star to discover a world she’s never set foot upon. In her quest she saves the life of Shojun, a tortoise fisherman and warrior. Together they travel through his surreal, fantastic world to the star’s mountain resting place to discover its secrets.

From turbulent coastal waters to frozen mountains and unknown nether spaces, Yamasong takes the viewer on a fantastic journey filled with stunning live-action Japanese-style puppets in a hybrid world of computer-generated and real objects. Set to the music of On Ensemble, an L.A.-based percussion band, the story is an instrumental and visual metaphor for a journey taken with another across a new cultural landscape, and walking away changed from the experience.

Yamasong is an exciting blend of traditional puppet techniques married with new digital technology. From using green screen to After Effects to the Canon 7D camera, the story aims to create a visual world that is neither purely real or imaginary, but somewhere between and evocative as a place all of its own.

9 min

Help! Tangent Man!

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Written/Directed/Produced by Mark Smith

A damsel in distress, tied to the railroad tracks, calls for help. Tangent Man, a terribly talkative superhero, shows up just in time… well, almost.

1 min

One Small Step

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Written/Directed/Produced by Damien Slevin

On July 24th 1969, man finally reached the Moon as 600 million people watched. They were not the only ones.

4 min

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

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Written/Produced by Harry kloor; Directed by Harry kloor, Dan St. Piere

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey is CGI, 3D, science fiction, action-adventure film which interweaves animated sequences with actual space imagery captured from seven ongoing NASA/ESA missions. Its family-friendly tale focuses on a photon named Dave and his heroic efforts to save his people, who are caught in a galactic battle between the forces of good and evil. The film takes a unique and entertaining approach to science education by creating characters which embody scientific concepts and discoveries, making the movie fun as well as informative.

The incredible all-star voice cast include Abigail Breslin, Amanda Peet, Brent Spiner, Chris Pine, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, Jason Alexander, Mark Hamill, Neil Armstrong, Robert Picardo, Samuel Jackson, Sandra Oh, William Shatner.

50 min

Shocking, Bloody Robot News!

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Written/Directed/Produced by Mike Fisher

Using 2D animation, 3D animation, video and motion-comic technique, SBRN! takes a fun look at the fact that robots will soon kill us all.

5 min

Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks

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Written by Sean Kennedy; Directed by David T. Krupicz; Produced by James O'Brien

From an underground bunker a hooded figure lights a candle in the darkness, broadcasting warnings of the inevitable anarchy destined for humanity. He reaches for one of few remaining personal possessions and re-tells the story of his wife, one of the many who have fallen to the widespread plagues and fallout sickness. The man had been employed as a sentry guard for Octamed, a company that treated the infected and sick.

When the darker times came, they switched to processing the weak and dead. As his ailing wife succumbed to illness, he faced his greatest struggle yet: how to remember.

12 min

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It’s A Dog’s Life

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Written/Directed/Produced by Harley Hay

A quirky little tale of role reversal in a weird world, where our perceptions are challenged and our expectations turned upside down.

2 min

Chase Thompson, a film by Chase Thompson

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Written/Directed by Vincent Lin; Produced by Caleb Medders, Matthew D’Amato, Vincent Lin

When up and coming filmmaker Chase Thompson is hired to direct a lackluster romance film, the foolhardy director takes it as an opportunity to fire the crew and turn the film into his own zombie slaying masterpiece, starring himself. When studio executives notice their film isn’t the one being made, Chase must decide which film is the one he truly wants to direct.

12 min

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Whaling and the Inherent Dangers Therein

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Written by Joseph Sliker, Robert The Green; Directed by Joseph Sliker; Produced by Caleb Negassa

In the wake of a string of deadly ‘whale attacks’ a young intern from the League of Whalers sets out with whaling legend Dockweiler and industry star Naples Tinkleton to slay the beast who is responsible.

15 min

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By Her Hand, She Draws You Down

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Written/Directed by Anthony G. Sumner; Produced by Anthony G. Sumner, Alan Rowe Kelly

Based on the short story by acclaimed author Douglas Smith, a creepy and suspenseful tale of a boardwalk portrait artist who struggles with a powerful dark hunger, and the man who, through loving her, must come to grips with his own inner demons. A haunting variant on the vampire legend with an understated and brutal ending.  A beautiful, compelling, horrifying and ultimately tragic film brought to life on the desolate beaches of an off-season Jersey Shore.

26 Min

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