2010

Nickel Children

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Written/Directed by Kevin Eslinger; Produced by Kevin Eslinger, Mary Katherine Sisco

It is the late 19th Century, but not as you might have heard of it. In dust bowl Kansas, a young boy, Jack, witnesses his parent’s murder, and is then abducted and forced into an underground child fighting ring. Only the wealthiest are invited to attend these secret communities and bet on the children for their own amusement. However, one among them, an airship captain, is determined to find her own abducted son, whatever the cost.

Nickel Children is an action, adventure, sci-fi, fantasy steam punk film.

16 min

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2095

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Written/Directed by Troy Romeo; Produced by Julia Stemock

Westly Ferris is in love with his co-worker, Shannon, but she barely knows he’s alive. When he builds up enough courage to ask her out, he fails miserably.

But that night Shannon contacts Westly on the internet and offers him the opportunity to get to know her better online, beginning an online romance. Yet during the day, Shannon feels they need to hides their relationship from the always prying eyes of the corporation. But the corporation might know more than either of them thinks, and in a world of computers nothing is as it seems.

24 min

Mister Green

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Written/Directed by Greg Pak; Produced by Karin Chien

In a world in which catastrophic global warming has become reality, a jaded government undersecretary (Tim Kang) flirts with a scientist (Betty Gilpin) and ends up embroiled in a radical conspiracy to save the planet — by transforming the human race itself. A parable about change, both personal and political, from award-winning director Greg Pak, “Mister Green” launches in March 2010 as part of the ITVS Futurestates series.

15 min

Mnemosyne Rising

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Written/Directed by Miguel Alvarez; Produced by Soham Mehta

A solitary deep-space transmitter pilot begins to experience unusual flashbacks when he learns he’s being sent back to Earth.

20 min

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The 3rd Letter

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Written/Produced by Bastiaan Koch; Directed by Grzegorz Jonkajtys

From award winning director/writer Grzegorz Jonkajtys and producer/writer Bastiaan Koch (Visual Effects: Sunshine, Hellboy 2‘, Transformer 2) comes The 3rd Letter, A distinctive dystopian vision where humans are utterly depend on health-care plans and technology to withstand the deteriorating climate. Set against a polluted, megalopolis world, the tragic tale of Jeffrey Brief (Rodrigo Lopresti) unfolds; Faced with the imminent loss of his crucial health insurance, Brief unwittingly unravels a dark truth behind his insurance. He is subsequently pushed to unspeakable lengths in an attempt for survival.

15 min

Attackazoids!

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Written/Directed, by Brian Lonano; Produced by Erin Horsey

After escaping an onslaught of giant killer robots, one woman seeks refuge and comfort from a mysterious old man on a ghostly street in a world that isn’t what it seems. “Attackazoids!” is a science fiction nightmare combining live action, stop motion animation and bizarre sound to create a unique and haunting vision of an alien invasion.

6 min

Aidan 5

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Written by Ben Bays, John Jackson, Tim Baldwin; Directed by John Jackson; Produced by Ben Bays, John Jackson, Shawn Likley

The City – 2064. It is a harsh future of legalized human cloning. Detective James Aidan stands on a city rooftop, looking over the corpse of one of his own clones. Under the body, he discovers a mysterious note indicating he is next to be murdered. It is the third time he has seen his lifeless face that day. How should one feel about the death of a clone? And who would want to kill all of him?

7 min

Solatrium

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Written/Directed by Chris Bower; Produced by Chris Bower, G. Craig Hobbs

Bria, a female astronaut, attempts to cure her regret and ennui by abusing her medication Solatrium. Little does she know she is a test subject for the Nevco Corporation who is developing the experimental drug.

20 min

Singularity

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Written/Director by Stephen Griffin; Produced by Clay Hassler

In the year 2029, Simon Fischer approaches what scientists call ‘the Singularity’– the merging of human and artificial intelligence. In order to accomplish this, Simon has compiled a computer database of memories that he has been sequentially extracting from his own brain, and transferring them into Nomad, a highly intelligent and eerily human android.

6 min

Nothin’ Noble

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Written/Directed by Derek Underwood; Produced by Kathleen Hovan, Derek Underwood, Tyler Reid, Lia Towers

A lost squad of wandering soldiers fight against time to find medical help for their wounded comrade. Their journey takes an abrupt turn when they stumble upon an orphaned infant.

16 min

The Tea Master

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Written/Directed/Produced by Aaron Au

On his long journey home, a humble Old Man is challenged by a Samurai to a duel to the death.  Through an unlikely encounter with a young Sword Master, the Old Man is taught how to defeat the Samurai using something he has had with him all along.

10 min

Tobacco Man

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Written/Directed/Produced by Andrew Racho

Tobacco Man is the story of a cigarette-shaped ‘superhero’ fighting against ‘liberals, whiners, and people who just say ‘no.” A satirical ‘Colbert-esque’ hero, Tobacco Man stops a teenager from resisting peer pressure, stops an addict mother from quitting for her children, and encourages a schoolgirl experimenting in the playground.

4 min

The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell

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Written By Kelly Young-Silverman, Michael H. Harper; Directed By David Marshall Silverman; Produced by Kelly Young-Silverman, David Marshall Silverman

Trapped by routine and responsibility, Terrell and Nancy Howell find themselves going through the motions of everyday life. Having grown accustomed to a mundane lifestyle and stagnant marriage, Terrell and Nancy live life together and yet completely alone.  But It only takes one act of randomness to change all this. Their tedious existence is forever altered when middle-aged Terrell finds Joy, a seductive young woman who reignites his passion. Sensing something is wrong, Nancy soon finds herself hunting down her wayward husband in an attempt to discover the truth. What Nancy finds is something she could never have imagined.

25 min

This Side Up

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Written/Directed by Eric Blue; Produced by Eric Blue, Scott Salamon

Jack ships himself in a crate to see his girlfriend. En route, he discovers an unexpected surprise. Comedy ensues. This Side Up is a hilarious and award winning comedy that mixes animation, special effects and live action.

12 min

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The Devil’s Toy

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Written by Chris Keaton; Directed/Produced by Alex Lugones

A Jack-in-the-box is no longer child’s play in this short film about a toy that possesses unimaginable evil. During WWII where atrocious acts were committed, a Satan-worshiping Nazi protects a box that is truly the devil incarnate. The box ends up in the hands of an American soldier who does everything in his power to destroy it, but soon learns it is indestructible. His grandson finds the box and with a friend, contemplates unleashing the darkness that has been dormant for decades.

8 min

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The Midge

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Written by JJ Lowe; Directed by: Rory Lowe; Produced by Rory Lowe, Will Adams

You’re in the woods… You’re alone… And something wants your blood!

A young city girl seduces her new boyfriend on a camping trip in the Suffolk countryside. But the sexually inexperienced country boys worst fears are realized when he comes face-to-face with the scourge of the British wilderness…

Following a classic horror model, the film builds an atmosphere of slowly heightening terror, as its visual narrative moves ever inward, from wide establishing shots of the open landscape to super close-ups of sinister ‘weird nature’ and the miniature horror itself — the midge — a CGI marvel presented in microscopic detail. Shooting on the highest-quality digital format and using the latest developments in 3-D digital FX technology to achieve the highest level of creature design and animation, the film is a seamless blend of real footage and CGI, accentuated throughout by striking and original sound design and music.

Beautifully positioned within its genre, this twisted take on the horror movie toys with themes of sexual desire, environmental catastrophe, genetic manipulation and urban-rural relations.

11 min

8 Butterflies

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Written/Directed/Produced by Nick Narciso

A guilty mind trip or vivid nightmare, you decide. 8 Butterflies redefines the term ‘film noir’ as we know it. We will soon begin to find ourselves roaming lost in a place where hope and light are absent. A place which seems so dark and familiar, where we drift within a reality that may not even exist, as our sanity begins to fade.

17 min

Alice Jacobs is Dead

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Written/Directed by Alex Horwitz; Produced by Jacob Robinson

Dr. Ben Jacobs created a drug that allowed mankind to fight back against the Z-virus, which nearly destroyed civilization entirely. Now he’s trying to cure the last lingering strain of the virus. Working out of an abandoned, dilapidated hospital with George, his friend and assistant, Ben carries on with his research. But he harbors a secret at home. The last infected specimen of the Z-virus is Ben’s wife, Alice, secretly living in domestic quarantine. As Alice feels herself slipping away, Ben races to find a cure. George begins to suspect that Ben is hiding something, while Alice slowly becomes a monstrous Z-positive.

21 min

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Leftovers

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Written/Directed by Paul Moore; Produced by Paul Moore, Todd Gilpin, Scot Tanner, Eugene Johnson

Claire has adjusted to life in the world of the dead.  Alone after her husband and son fell victim to the scourge of walking corpses, she spends her days striving to maintain a normal life.

However, a ‘normal life’ is a relative term in this dark, new world. When Claire saves a family from a horde of the dead, all of them come to realize a terrifying truth…

There are some things worse than death…

17 min

The Duty of Living

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Written by Brandon Hunt; Directed by Brandon Hunt; Produced by Brandon Hunt, George Retelas, John Meredith

A soldier must deal with his past when he returns home from fighting the undead after the apocalypse

“The Duty of Living” is a short film about a young soldier’s return to his family’s home after the zombie apocalypse.

Juan Riedinger (Jennifer’s Body, The Day The Earth Stood Still) plays Darren Stark, who’s joined up with one of the emergency squads dispatched to clear out areas with zombies still roaming the town.

As he makes his way back to his deteriorated home, he must contend with the memories of the last words he had with his family.

20 min

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