Thriller

Trustworthy

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Directed by Gerik Gooch; Produced by Cameron Abdo, John Navarro; Written by Daniel Parra

Directed by Gerik Gooch; Produced by Cameron Abdo, John Navarro; Written by Daniel Parra

After a night full of seduction, alcohol, and sex, Ray wakes up to find an angry gangster at his door, a femme fatale in his bed, $200,000 cash, and a chance to walk away from it all a rich man.

15 minutes

Job Interview

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Directed by Julia Walter; Produced by Jakob Vogt, Daniel Rohm; Written by Julia Walter

Directed by Julia Walter; Produced by Jakob Vogt, Daniel Rohm; Written by Julia Walter

When Lisa applies for a job everything seems to be turning out pretty well. Until the boss, Marie, starts asking strange questions and the job interview turns out to be a little different than expected…

10 minutes

I Owe You

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Directed by Mike McNeese; Produced by Jason Tostevin; Written by Randall Greenland

Directed by Mike McNeese; Produced by Jason Tostevin; Written by Randall Greenland

Old friends long gone their separate ways over a woman are brought crashing back together one fateful night by a dark secret that could destroy them both.

Fastidious Cam and carefree Todd were friends from childhood. Always between them was Diane, the love of both their lives. It always looked like it’d be Diane and Todd together, until Diane began to grow up, and her pragmatism won out: she picked responsibly instead of passionately, and she and Cam got married, leaving Todd adrift. Ever the friend, Todd helped Cam cover up an indiscretion that would haunt them both and finally split them apart. That was five years ago.

Tonight, Todd has shown up out of the past, dragging husband and father-to-be Cam out of his house in the dead of night with a phone call for help. Todd has a body in his trunk and is calling in their debt of friendship. Now Cam must choose: does he risk Todd outing their dark secret, or does he add another to his conscience by helping Todd in his own gruesome cover-up? Nothing is what it seems in this dark character thriller.

13 minutes

No Rest For The Wicked

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No Rest For The Wicked

Written/Directed by Ryan Schifrin; Produced by Ryan Schifrin & Theresa Eastman Schifrin

Spawning from the hit comic, The Devil’s Handshake, this horror-adventure romp features the title’s two main characters, Basil and Moebius. Basil (Ray Park) is a street tough brawler while Moebius (Zachary Levi) is a dashing cat burglar playboy. The partners-in-crime, who work for the mysterious and supernatural Collector, pull a daring heist during an illegal gambling party thrown by an underworld kingpin (Malcolm McDowell).

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For more adventures of Basil and Moebius, visit www.whoisthecollector.com.

16 min.

A Deed Without A Name

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A Deed Without A Name

Written by Martin Vavra & Jeri Klein; Directed/Produced by Martin Vavra

Vanessa has strange proclivities when it comes to sex, as well as a history of pushing the limits of her sexual appetite, mostly pushing her suitors beyond their own comforts.

Jay is all too willing to be one of those suitors. His overwhelming desire for Vanessa makes it favorable for her to seek safety with him. Jay agrees to help Vanessa cover up her latest mistake.

How many men does Vanessa have helping her this evening? It becomes all too clear to Jay that he is just another pawn in Vanessa’s ever evolving sexual game of cat and mouse. Unfortunately for Jay, his realization may have come too late, and with a greater cost than he could ever imagine.

15 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

Owen’s Hobby

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Owen's Hobby

Written/Directed by Zachary Burke; Produced by Zachary Burke, Molly Mayo

Owen loves Susan (from afar), but when a kidnapper snatches her up, he’s forced to step out into the world and rescue the girl he loves (from afar). Risking the exposure of his private hobby and battling with psychological (mommy) issues, Owen’s journey tests his courage as well as his mind.

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17 min

Suffer

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Written by Aaron Au & Kimani Ray Smith; Directed by Kimani Ray Smith; Produced by Aaron Au, Dylan Thomas Collingwood, & Kimani Ray Smith

Kidnapped professional fighter, Logan O’Connor is thrown into an underground fighting tournament where the losers are served up for dinner. In order to save himself from the cannibals, Logan must fight his way out of Hell’s Kitchen or become the evening’s main course.

18 min

Easier Ways To Make A Living

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Written by David Lobatto; Directed by Adam Randall; Produced by Adam Randall, David Labatto, & Tamazin Simmonds

A billionaire heiress is brutally abducted and held for an impossible ransom. The police investigation at a dead end, it falls to Hennessey, a troubled private detective with a pathological disregard for his own safety, to find her. But, savagely attacked in his own office, Hennessey finds himself lying battered, bruised, and watched over by his sinister assailant. How will he be able to save both the kidnap victim and himself by the midnight deadline?

27 min

Magic Kisa

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Written & Directed by Mathieu Saliva; Produced by Jean Claude Flaccomio & Mathieu Saliva

Twin brothers meet again after years of separation. One has been in prison while the other has settled into what appears to be normal family life. Connected not only by birth, but by years of swindles, their lives twist in one night, and soon identities are switched, secrets are revealed. and two strange grave-diggers offer surrealistic danger. In the tradition of 60’s French whodunit, Magic Kisa is a trap movie with wicked humor.

30 min

Ambition Of Love

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Written/Directed by Christopher Zatta; Produced by Christopher Zatta & James Caffery

A noir in five vignettes, with an ex-boxer turned bodyguard for the mob, the femme fatale who lures him in, the aging gangster they scheme against. and the outsider poised as a threat. When all’s said and done, ambition may be the downfall of them all.

My love of noir inspired this film, while its haiku story design stemmed from my time as a TV and webcomic writer for the series HEROES. Using this structure, paired with voice-overs that expose each character’s inner workings, the viewer is slowly lured into a sinister underworld.

18 min

Red Princess Blues

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Written/Directed by Alex Ferrari; Produced by Alex Ferrari, Dan Cregan, Carlos Osorio, Ricardo Jacques Gale, Sean Buck

In this twisted modern day fairy tale, Zoe, a teenage girl, is lured into an after hours carnival tent by the sleazy rock-n-roll carney, Rimo; She gets more she bargained for. It is up to the mysterious Princess, the star of the new knife show at Roscoe’s Carnival & Freak Show to pull Zoe out of the wolf’s den that she has fallen into.

11 min

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Sunday Punch

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Written/Directed by Dennis Hauck; Produced by Aimée Barth, Dennis Hauck

Jill is on a first date with Arthur. She doesn’t know why. Looking at them together, you wouldn’t know either. Jill’s young and beautiful and Arthur’s not. But she’s bored and lonely and figures the internet couldn’t yield any worse crop of candidates than the guys she meets in her line of work. Anyway, the night is wearing on fairly painlessly until Charlie makes a point of running into her. Charlie’s a small time gangster that thinks Jill owes him a favor. That favor is to discretely drug a boxer that refuses to throw tomorrow night’s fight. Jill’s job is to walk through boxing rings holding up a sign that lets everyone know what round it is. Charlie thinks this will make it easy for her to get access to the stubborn boxer. It’s a stupid plan, but Jill isn’t in a position to argue. After that, the night goes from worse to absolute crap, until Jill decides it’s time to start pushing back. Hard.

18 min

Staring at the Sun

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Producer/Director/Writer: Toby Wilkins

Clay Roberts is a Scottish expatriate cautiously navigating the new life he has made for himself in America. Having left his past far behind him, he obsesses about always being in the loop, about being one step ahead. When uncertainty looms large in his life he follows the questionable advice of The Smokers and seeks clarity from an unlikely source. Frustrated by the fortune teller’s refusal to reveal her vision of his future, Clay becomes so obsessed with finding the truth. Starring Alec Newman.

19 min

Rats

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Producer/Director: David Brocca; Writer: Frank Miller

An emaciated war criminal lives in filth as Death comes knocking on his door. From Frank Miller’s Lost, Lonely, & Lethal comes a bone-chilling tale of revenge.  An absolute must see for fans of Sin City.

3 min

One For The Road

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Producer/Director/Writer: Stephen Wenman

It is a rainy night in an unnamed metropolis, when a salesman (Brad Fisher) walks into a deserted bar to drown his sorrows. With the friendly bartender (Barry A Stigler) as his only company for the night, the man confesses his sins of an extra-marital affair, and expresses his hope of making one last sale in the city. As the night progresses, a mutual enjoyment of drinking and smoking develops into a deadly battle of wits as these two seemingly unconnected individuals uncover a common web of deceit. Plot twists and misdirection make One For The Road an atmospheric film noir with a dark, humorous bent.

15 min

Morphin(e)

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Producer: Jamie Millhoff, Director/Writer: Alex Ranarivelo

Ex-con Jack Norris has cleaned up, gotten a real job and even met a nice girl. One cold night, he falls asleep at the wheel of his car, with his wife besides him.

Jack wakes up in a hospital and realizes he’s been in an accident and that his wife is in critical condition. As he slowly goes in and out of consciousness, under the spell of morphine, he thinks he sees a nurse euthanize another patient.  When Jack tries to tell the doctors what he saw, no one believes him. Fearing for the safety of his wife, Jack decides to take matters into his own hands.

20 min

Le Manian

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Producer: Marc Oberon; Director/Writer: Frédéric Jolfre

One day you meet a poor stray dog. Inevitably dirty, hairless and of course bad smelling. The dog decides to follow you. Now, imagine that it doesn’t stop, that it follows you everywhere, all your life.

15 min

Latchkey

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Producer/Director: Sean Olson, Writers: Steve Weiser, Deborah Setele

A divorced parent always too busy working, a son who craves his mom’s attention; “Latchkey” is a psychological thriller that explores the dynamic of the broken home. Observed by a child predator, Danny causes schoolyard fights and breaks into custodial rooms. He is moving toward the wrong path in life. When confronted by a dignified adult with these life issues, Danny blows off that person’s positive advice, which leads him to his impending doom—a killer’s silent avocation.

12 min

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