2012

White Room: 02B3

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Directed by Greg Aronowitz; Written by Tory Ireland Mell; Produced by Kim Evey, Tory Ieland Mell

From Roddenberry Entertainment, the creators of Star Trek, comes White Room: 02B3, the story of six strangers who wake up in a room with no visible exit only to find that they are part of a bizarre experiment that could change the face of humanity.

This unique film follows Roddenberry’s tradition of breaking boundaries, shot as both a traditional movie as well as a one-of-a-kind 360 degree narrative.

15 min

The Stolen

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Written/Directed by Karen Lam; Produced by Karen Wong

Young Essie turns to the fantastical world of her imagination to escape her emotionally abusive home. Her father, a veteran, committed suicide after witnessing the horrors of war in Afghanistan. Her older brother, Braden, is now lashing out in anger at the world around him. One day, Essie witnesses Braden and his friends beating frail teenager Sebastian and putting him in a cage. Essie rescues Sebastian and tells him she is a fairy princess. When Sebastian promises to grant her a wish, she discovers he is more than he seems.

5 min

Trysts

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Written/Directed/Produced by Stephen P. Sherwood

Danny is intrigued when he learns of a place where he can indulge his geekiest fantasies. Welcome to Nerdvana!

10 min

Deadpool: A Typical Tuesday

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Written by R.K. Brooks, Trevor Garner; Directed by Keith Brooks; Produced by Anthony McHie, Keith Acton, Shawn Borsky, et al.

Marvel’s popular crimson assassin has been hired to take out a specific target. Kill the man, get the cash. The problem is, he’s not the only one on the job.

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17 min

Felix Graves

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Written by Jeff Meyers; Directed/Produced by Jeff Meyers, Keith Jefferies

Felix Graves is polite, pleasant, and personable. He works for his mother, takes pride in his work, and is dedicated to customer satisfaction. Oh, and he kills people for a living. But you couldn’t be killed by a nicer guy. During an assignment where things go wrong, Felix struggles to keep his cool—even as others lose theirs. Why can’t people understand that it isn’t personal?

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15 min

A Life

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Written/Directed by Justin Colautti; Produced by Daniel Whidden

Robbie Diner (Guy Bradford) is an atheist, and he’s not afraid to show it. When Christ returns to Earth to renew the copyright on The Bible, he tests Robbie’s beliefs in non-believing—by exploding on his face. Robbie’s faith goes from one end of the spectrum to another, as he sees the light and joins the newly formed Church Of The Injectable Christ.

Director Justin Colautti (Chance Encounters, Official Selection, Hot Docs 2011) feasts on the absurdity of absolutes in a challenging and introspective satire that revels in the opiate of the masses.
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15 min

Life After Death

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Written/Directed/Produced by Patrick Peacock

After killing her husband, Fred, in a failed attempt to collect on a hefty life insurance policy, Maggie Dedmon had trouble maintaining the lifestyle to which she and daughter Emma had grown accustomed. So, naturally, she had Fred re-animated and sent him back to work to earn a salary.
 Now, Maggie has an insurance agent on his way to the Dedmon’s house to review and sign off on a new life insurance policy for the previously deceased Fred. And Maggie is ready to collect the benefit as soon as possible!

12 min

Baby-Sitting

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Written/Directed by Lucas Masson

A young woman accepts a babysitting offer from a couple she doesn’t know. Puzzled by the children’s odd behavior, she invites some friends to keep her company. Little do they know that it will be the worst night of their lives…

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20 min

Wish

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Written/Directed by Norman Tumolva; Produced by Innessa Ray, Jessica Walter

During the darkest period of his life, Stephen, a homeless man, stumbles upon a magic lamp. Unable to believe the mythical being standing before him, he makes a wish regardless of the warnings given. This starts a chain of sinister events that affect the lives of more people than he was led to believe.

Wish is a fantasy tale of magic and myth existing in everyday life that focuses on the theme of balance and what it takes to keep it no matter the cost.

14 min

Twisted

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Written/Directed by Norbert Keil; Produced by Judith Westermann

A twisted short film about two lovers in for a big surprise.

3 min

Zero Killed

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Directed/Written/Produced by Michal Kosakowski

Zero Killed delves into the minds of seemingly average people who agree to participate in video dramatizations of their darkest desires to murder another human being. This documentary revisits the horror through interviews with these would-be-killers and clips of the dramatizations made ten years before. Zero Killed depicts how violence takes place on both camera and in our minds.

80 min

Strange Frame: Love & Sax

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Written by GB Hajim & Shelley Doty; Directed/Produced by GB Hajim

Parker, a saxophonist, leaves a comfortable life to play music in the dangerous Ganymede City. During a riot against slavery, debt slave, Naia, rescues Parker from one of the regime’s thugs. They fall fast in love and form a band. Naia is soon discovered by a talent agent, and Parker is tossed aside. What is every performer’s dream soon turns into a living Hell as Naia is enslaved again, this time by stardom. Parker must risk everything to rescue her.

An animated, sci-fi, lesbian, musical of debt slaves, spaceships, and saxophones.
The amazing cast includes Juliet Landau, Tim Curry, Claudia Black, Ron Glass, Tara Strong, Cree Summer, Alan Tudyk, Claudia Christian, Michael Dorn, and George Takei

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98 min

Madly in Love

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Written/Directed by Yfke van Berckelaer; Produced by Yfke van Berckelaer, Darren Herczeg

The last thing Damian and Pippa wanted was to fall in love. Yet when they first looked into each others’ eyes, love is exactly what happens—so much so that it makes them, and everyone else in the park, burst into song and dance.

This one-song, one-shot musical will make you want to fall Madly in Love!

5 min

Whom God Helps

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Writer/Directed by Louis Mansfield; Produced by Christine McDermott

After the last glass of champagne is finished a young upper class couple departs from a wild night of partying on a roof top deck. While playfully flirting and speaking of innuendos, the angel of death, Azrael, stalks the couple in the shadows. The new beau mentions his sexual intentions for the night only to be disappointed by her response. Azrael speaks to them, manipulating their actions and words. Their conversation escalates into a furious argument as Azrael instigates, ultimately inciting a horrific act of violence. Only after fate runs its course can the will of God come into fruition.

15 min

Psycho Therapy

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Written/Produced/Directed by Lucas Cody Garcia

A young woman deals with her inner demons that aren’t just fantasy anymore. Inspired by writer/director Lucas Cody Garcia’s own past with crippling anxieties, it is a humorous yet horrifying tale about the struggle with irrational day-to-day fears. This process, along with his own experience in actual psychotherapy, became very cathartic for Lucas.

14 min

Stuffed

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Written by Gabby Egito, Marcelo Carneiro da Cunha; Directed by Gabby Egito; Produced by Gabby Egito, Janaina Duarte

A mysterious private eye is hired by an arrogant advertising executive to investigate whether his partner is stealing from their ad agency, triggering fiendish consequences in this neo-noir film with a dash of creepy magical realism.

Filmed in Los Angeles, the story is loosely inspired by the critically acclaimed Brazilian novel The Devil To Pay In The Backlands. Like in noir novels, Stuffed depicts a world full of cynical attitudes with dialogues that sometimes sound outlandish. The title is used in the whimsical sense of “turned into stuff.”

15 min

Dead Lions

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Written and directed by Michael Bennett Smith; Produced by Zachary Johnson

Deep in the jungle, Petruis is part of an expedition whose leader has just killed a mysterious primate. Jealous of the victory, Petruis hatches a plan to lure in an ape of his own, but just as Petruis is underestimated by his companions, he may be underestimating the very environment he seeks to pillage.

7 min

Souvenir

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Directed by Rachel Morgan

Several days captured in a matter of seconds through an animation created from hundreds of photos.

1 min

Fisher

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Written/Directed/Produced by Yoram Benz

Fisher is an outcast who lives in a small cabin at the edge of the sea. A pasty grey creature living among tall furry ones, Fisher is ostracized by his village for being different. His only company is a memory, a faded photograph of his deceased mother. But his world is turned upside down one day when in a twist of fate, he is forced out of his comfort zone and into a journey of self-discovery.

A film about finding yourself and how sometimes we need that extra push to take a leap toward changing our lives.

7 min

Zing

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Directed by Kyra Buschor, Cynthia Collins; Produced by Phillip Wolf, C. Cramer-Clausbruch

Day in, day out, Mr. Grimm is busy with his job as the Reaper, harvesting people’s lives. One day, his monotonous existence is interrupted by the door bell. It’s a little girl. She wants her cat back. Little does she know that she’s the next life on Mr. Grimm’s list.

7 min

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