Dark Comedy

Frenzbook

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Directed by Paul Fontaine; Produced by Paul Fontaine; Written by Paul Fontaine

Directed by Paul Fontaine; Produced by Paul Fontaine; Written by Paul Fontaine

Addicted to the social media website Frenzbook, Chance meets two strangers and interacts with each using Frenzbook as common ground to break the ice.

11 minutes

The Lord of Catan

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Directed by Stuart Paul; Produced by Lisa McGuire, Jason Dolan; Written by Stuart Paul

Directed by Stuart Paul; Produced by Lisa McGuire, Jason Dolan; Written by Stuart Paul

A nice, relaxing game of Settlers of Catan soon becomes an epic struggle for dominance—for there can be only one. Stars Amy Acker and Fran Kranz.

13 minutes

The Birthday Present

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Directed by Ken Comito; Produced by Jose M Correa, Duane Trunnell, Tim Scales; Written by Ken Comito

Directed by Ken Comito; Produced by Jose M Correa, Duane Trunnell, Tim Scales; Written by Ken Comito

A man orders a special, surprise birthday present for his young daughter, but she has some surprises of her own.

11 minutes

Alejandrito and the Boogie Man

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Directed by Alex Medina; Produced by Alex Medina; Written by Lina Saroza

Directed by Alex Medina; Produced by Alex Medina; Written by Lina Saroza

The life of 9-year-old Alejandrito changes when his primary school teacher catches him with a ‘dirty’ picture.

14 minutes

Cupcake

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Directed by E.J. Carter; Produced by E.J. Carter, Erica Montgomery; Written by Erica Montgomery

Directed by E.J. Carter; Produced by E.J. Carter, Erica Montgomery; Written by Erica Montgomery

A dark comedy about a killer and his unexpected victims.

3 minutes

Mack Blaster—The World in the Crosshairs

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Directed by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Produced by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Written by René Schweitzer

Directed by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Produced by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Written by René Schweitzer

Sometime in a distant, apocalyptic future, the brutal, inhuman bounty hunter Mack Blaster stumps through the bleak desert. On a stonewall he discovers the wanted poster of the worst women slaughterer of all time: Ringo “The Butcher.” Hunting down Ringo is a matter of honor for Mack Blaster, or whatever comes close to honor for him. His way leads him to the down-and-out capital city, through biker gangs, and into a whorehouse, always bathed in blood. So much blood. Really, you will not believe all the blood. Honest.

18 minutes

M is for Mobile

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Directed by Baris Erdogan; Written by Baris Erdogan

Directed by Baris Erdogan; Written by Baris Erdogan

A nameless victim finds himself tied on to a chair. His mouth is gagged. He cannot move. He cannot scream. Than a torturer with a mobile phone enters the room…Hands tied. Mouth gagged. A desperate man is at the mercy of a coldblooded torturer who receives his orders as text messages from an unknown person. What will happen next? Will this nightmare ever end?

3 minutes

Blademaster

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Directed by Dennis Brucks; Produced by Dennis Brucks; Written by Dennis Brucks

Directed by Dennis Brucks; Produced by Dennis Brucks; Written by Dennis Brucks

A gang of bandits in gas masks attacks a young couple when a mysterious swordsman appears. But why should he just save them?

11 minutes

2013 Dragon Con Alum Short film available online

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If you missed Writer/Director Angus Swantee’s dark comedy “Torturous” at our 2013 festival, you’re in luck…It’s now available for free viewing online at:  https://vimeo.com/87142334

For more about the film, revisit: http://filmfest.dragoncon.org/2013/t-z-2013/torturous/

Blood On The Game Dice

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Blood On The Gaming Dice

Written/Directed by Daniel Knight; Produced by Ahren Morris

Another Saturday night, and things are about to get critical at the gaming table.

Having just completed the 9th level to the Labyrinth of Lorzak, the party has now found themselves ambushed by a swarm of gelatinous cubes hell bent on engulfing what’s left of their miserable hides.

While Kat deals with the Orc Shaman in charge, it’s up to Craig and Ryan to hold back the cubes of doom and once again restore freedom to the region!

If only Gus can find his healing potion…

Blood On The Game Dice is a short film for any sized party of levels 2 and over.

12 min.

Tennis

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

Two men play an evenly matched game of tennis, but all is not what it seems. When the Player in White misses a crucial shot, a group of menacing yet foppishly adorned soldiers storm the court and apprehend him. Later that night, the tennis camp stands assembled for the Kommandant’s final judgment.

4 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?

Watch the trailer.

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.
Watch the trailer

15 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

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

A Cup of Tea

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Written/Produced by Kevin Walsh; Directed by Barrett Amato

When a beautiful young woman sits down at a quaint outdoor café, she has no idea that the jerk who shares her table is no garden variety creep, but a psychopath with a disturbing agenda that gives new meaning to the term ‘hitting on’ her. It’s the age old story of boy meets girl, boy tries to murder girl, boy and girl engage in a surreal courtship dance with the help of a muffin, some honey, and a cup of tea.

11 min

Prom King

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Written & Directed by Taylor Cohan; Produced by Matt Clegg

After getting nominated for prom king, a nerd Antoine asks the girl of his dreams to go with him. She says yes, and she wants to go to his house after school so that they can discuss it. Why are all the kids so nice to Antoine? Will he win prom king?

8 min

Balls

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Written/Directed by Jeremy Smith; Produced by Jamie Kassler


A pseudo-intellectual redneck with the gift of gab has 3 chances to save his job at his brother-in-law’s pawn shop, but can only seal one deal.

7 min

Abra Cadaver

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Written by Josh Heisie; Directed by Jay McBeth; Produced by Kurt Ogilvie

One saw, one box, no magic!

A failed magician just needs an assistant to pull off that one great trick. His choice of a streetwise hooker might not have been as clever as he thought.

12 min

Self-Inflicted

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Written by Davey Sherwinter, Isabelle Carruthers; Directed by Davey Sherwinter; Produced by Luke Howard, Davey Sherwinter

A veteran detective, Carl Lambeth (Jerry Durkin) investigates a beautiful young woman, Leslie Renfrew (Sarah Karjian) about the brutal stabbing of her husband, Timothy Renfrew (Robert Axel). As she retells the day’s gruesome events in detail, it becomes unclear whether or not the crime in question was truly ‘self-inflicted.’

8 min

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