Short Films

Odokuro

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Directed by Aurelio Voltaire

The skeleton of a rat-monkey comes to life in a room full of cursed objects in this Gothic tale with a sci-fi twist. Narrated by electro-Goth rocker, Gary Numan.
This is the 5th film in Aurelio Voltaire’s award-winning “Chimerascope” series of animated, experimental films. See the other four films at voltaire.net.

6 min

Followed

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Written by Mark Stokes, Maureen Cooke & Will McIntosh; Directed/Produced by James Kicklighter

From Hugo-award winning writer Will McIntosh, Followed is a socially conscious monster movie in which zombies symbolize society’s disadvantaged and oppressed.

20 min

The Man Who Moved Manhattan

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Directed by Rob Ludacer

In the summer of 1824, a retired ship’s carpenter known as Lozier walked into Centre Street Market in Manhattan and made a stirring claim: Because of the over-construction on the battery, the island of Manhattan had begun to sink into the harbor. To ease the panicking public, and persuade the naysayers, he revealed that the mayor had given him permission to do the unthinkable. Lozier was to oversee a project to saw the island in half, tow it out into the harbor, turn it around, and reattach it to the mainland.

11 min

Ghost Perv

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Written by Brett E. Hollis & Tyson Persall; Directed/Produced by Tyson Persall

Jennifer is haunted by the most inappropriate ghost ever.

9 min

The Candy Shop

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Written by Charlie Wetzel; Directed/Produced by Brandon McCormick

Twelve-year-old Jimmy works hard selling newspapers to help his family survive during the depression. His world seems brightened by the new candy shop that opens across the street and by its bizarre owner (Doug Jones – Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), but Jimmy quickly figures out that something is wrong, and that the candy is not what it appears to be. A fairytale/parable about the child sex trafficking.

30 min

Beautiful As You Are

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Directed by Doug Mallette; Produced by Doug Mallette, Julian Herrera, Mary Katherine Sisco, Paul Cain

A lonely TV addict finds his co-star.

6 min

Rantdog’s Top Ten Zombies – EVER!

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Written by Dave Clark & Norm Fassbender; Directed by Norm Fassbender; Produced by Kate Holowach

Midnight in a fog-bound swamp, Rantdog (Zombie fan) debates Twitch (non-Zombie fan), who is gagged and bound to a post. Nearby, a pile of rotting Zombie bodies and a freshly dug grave. Will Twitch learn to love Rantdog’s favorite zombies in time? Do you agree with Rantdog. No zombie fan can miss this.

8 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

Animation’s Graveyard

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Directed by Mark Smith & Emilie Caileux

In May of 2001, America’s most trusted provider of family entertainment laid off nearly 600 workers from its Animation Department. Now for the first time, the story can be told from the 2D perspective of the laid-off cartoon characters. Whatever happened to these beloved hand-drawn characters? They were shipped to Australia to work on cheap, Direct-to-video sequels…

4 min

Nasty Stuff (Cosas Feas)

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Written/Directed by Isaac Ezban; Produced by Isaac Ezban, Miriam Mercado, Pamela Hernandezn

Kriko Krakinsky is a lonely, 11-year-old boy that dislikes sports, insects, and most of what goes on in his house. At night he listens to the screams coming from his older brother’s room, who lives there with his girlfriend. When Kriko´s father tells him that “nasty stuff” is going on there, he imagines horrible things and his first sex ed class only makes it worse. But when he begins to discover what’s going on around him, he finds his imagination was insufficient. Nasty Stuff is a story of the sexual discovery, bizarre immigrants, and scorpions.

This is a film you will have to see to believe, and will burn itself into your brain.

29min

The Lost Explorer

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Written by Kit Hesketh Harvey & Patrick McGrath; Directed by Tim Walker; Produced by Ben Pugh & Rory Aiken

Adapted from the short story by Patrick McGrath, The Lost Explorer centers on a young girl called Evelyn who, on discovering an explorer from Africa dying of malaria at the foot of her garden, manages to keep his existence and his fate a secret from her parents.

20 min

5 Minutes Each

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Written/Directed/Produced by Vojin Vosovic

5 Minutes Each is a metaphorical story about the constant struggle of the artist to reach those five minutes of limelight. A tale about an upswing and downfall, with the climax appearing concurrently and unexpectedly. The hermetical life of artists, who are enclosed into their own world of ideas, striving to create the epochal masterpiece. Even if they succeed, the image they create is the reflection of themselves. And with the same fervor, they repeat the process in endless cycles.

10 min

CAUTION: May Contain Nuts—Dragon*Con Edition

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Written by CAUTION: May Contain Nuts; Directed by Bruce Pirrie & Dana Andersen; Produced by Camille Beaudoin, Jake Chapman, & Eric Rebalkin

The finest genre humor from the Canadian comedy troupe CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, constructed specially for Dragon*Con. Casting a wide net, these sketch comedians take on zombies, cyborgs, sasquatches, supervillains, and tabletop RPG’s… and also some geeky topics.

30 min

Spoiled Rotten

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Written by J. Alan Peeples & Kelli D. Meyer; Directed/Produced by J. Alan Peeples

What happens to a normal, happy family when a zombie attack leaves 4-year-old Tommy craving human flesh? A headshot with the family rifle would finish it, and his father wants to do just that, but his mother can’t bear to face the end of Tommy’s existence. As Tommy decomposes, his mother’s sanity wastes away as well. Just how far will a mother go to hold onto her son?

16 min

Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury

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Written/Produced by Rachel Bloom; Directed by Paul Briganti

Comedian Rachel Bloom makes her affection for the works of science fiction great Ray Bradbury as clear as they can be in this loving and sexy musical tribute.

3 min

Once Upon a Time in 1972

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Written and Directed by Chris Lukeman; Produced by Anne Lukeman

Once Upon a Time in 1972is a transistorpunk-science fiction-action-adventure-period piece. It follows the scientist hero, Spring Heeled Jack, through one crazy night in the possibly-alternate early seventies. This retro techno fairy tale follows Jack as he investigates a strange rift in space, battles a giant robot, and still manages to get the girl.

14 min

Blunderkind

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Written/Directed by Zak Mechanic; Produced by Lindsay Burton

In 1988, 12-year-old boy genius Henry Jameson accidentally loses his best friend and sidekick, George, somewhere in time. 20 Years later, Henry has become a degenerate alcoholic whose schedule revolves around pornography, sleeping, and tacos, when George (age 12!) arrives at his doorstep needing Henry to get his act together and return him to the 80’s.

20 min

Star Wars: Blasted Behavior

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Written by Alexander Galant & Carmen Gillespie; Directed by Alexander Galant; Produced by D. Kirk Teeple & Alexander Galant

Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Yoda are brought together for their greatest challenge… a group therapy session. To psychologist, Dr. Aldridge, their actions in the original Star Wars trilogy seem… crazy. Each of them has unresolved issues and soon tempers flare and lightsabers ignite.

9 min

James Vs Reality

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Written by Chris R Wilson & Tim Feeney; Directed by Chris R Wilson; Produced by Hollie Olson, Matthew Sweeney, Steve Lake, Aaron Lutz, & Pat Wellington

A chronic escapee from a mental institution, our ‘hero’ James, believes he has super powers. He is a nuisance to his physiologist with his attempts to save ‘this whole stupid planet on his own’. Is he only doing the world more harm than good? Well, maybe…

23 min

Deadbeat

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Written by Brenda Lee Lau & Tad Summers; Directed by Brenda Lee Lau; Produced by Michelle Summers & Adam Davis

K.D. is a single Mom who uses the Internet to track down her runaway 15- yr-old daughter, Cricket. K.D.’s worst nightmare is realized when she finds Cricket is with her deadbeat father, a member of the Chinese Mafia, the Triad.
Deadbeat is a rich multi-cultural story that embraces the American and Chinese cultures and their blending in the character of Cricket, a Happa, half Caucasian/Asian. Francois Chau of Lost and Kim Rhodes of the Suite Life of Zak and Cody star in this suspense thriller.

17 min

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