Writers/Producers: J. Andrew Molloy, Pat Corcoran; Director: J. Andrew Molloy.
Deadspiel is the “Greatest Curling Zombie Film Ever Made,” In the pantheon of the Zombies in Sports subgenre, none have come close to capturing the gritty realism of life and (un)death in the sometimes ugly world of small town curling as Deadspiel. Chronicling the epic struggle for playoff survival between the human Team Olmstead and the once human Team Romero, this film transcends the confines of its genre to tell a tale of hope and acceptance and remind us all of the simple beauty of a rock sliding down a sheet of bumpy ice.
Writer/Director: Devi Snively; Producers: Greg Reeves, Heather Smith.
Don’t tell Mom the babysitter’s Death…When violent media, handguns and nihilism are ubiquitous, who fears the Reaper? In the tradition of E.C. Horror Comics, this cautionary tale examines life through the eyes of Death who gets derailed when an impatient single Mom carelessly mistakes the scythe-carrying cloaked one for her tardy babysitter and leaves Death to care for her precocious 9-year-old daughter for the evening. Whitney teaches Death about life’s many marvels through violent video games, macaroni & cheese, and the magic of Sea Munkees. But when Whitney reveals some dark tendencies of her own, it’s up to Death to lighten things up before returning to the grim duties that lie in wait?
Writers: Edmund Jory, Michael Chrisoulakis; Director/Producer: Michael Chrisoulakis.
The stillness hanging over the Chifley gardens is shattered by the girlish scream of the groundsman, mortified after coming face to face with Death itself.
Fleeing to his master, in search of aiding his escape, the aging Baron offers to stand in the young man’s place.
So both men begin a journey from where neither intends to return—one to the farthest shore; the other to Death in the garden.
Writer: Tim Logan; Director: Shaun Wilson; Producer: Nathan Spencer.
At a remote radio dish, a professor and a cleaner find themselves the only ones able to stop angry intergalactic neighbors destroying the Earth.
Writer/Director/Producer: Joseph Nanni.
If you suffer from an overwhelming sense of dread brought on by the realization of your own insignificance in the universe, then you need Elder Sign—H.P. Lovecraft’s aeons old remedy for cosmic dread.
Writer/Director: Sally Pearce; Producer: Johnny Lewsley.
Kay Grey is a young girl growing up in an entirely grey house in a totally grey world with very very grey parents. But then her house gets infested with ELEPHANTS. They can’t be seen against the grey walls, and crash around in the middle of the night, and leave massive piles of dung in the loo. Kay’s unloving parents make her paint the house with brilliant colors, so that they can see these pests. But when Kay corners the Elephants, they become friends and she decides to help them.
Writer/Director: Matt & Jason Shumway; Producer: Jason Shumway.
The people of earth are in a time of crisis. They are waging war against a far superior opponent, an alien race called the Cnidarians. After a bloody assault on a military ship, USSM special forces were able to capture their first Cnidarian prisoner, code named 71099, but commonly known throughout the fleet as Ediolon, the Phantom. Realizing that a military transport would be too obvious of a target to their enemy, the USSM enlisted the freelance ship Genesis, commanded by Nathaniel J Rhys to secretly transport the prisoner to the high security prison located on Mars’ moon Demos.
The ship never arrived. General Rothman immediately launches an investigation team, and is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, for one of the dead was his niece, Kyleigh. He will not let her death be in vain. Even with all its efforts, what happened on this voyage is unclear to the investigation team. All are dead, but how, and why? Has earth lost its chance take an advantage in their losing war? Watch closely and see if you can discover the enigma of this doomed mission.
Writer/Director/Producer: Kevin Adams.
An argument between two toddlers in a sandbox spirals headlong into an over the top kung fu, anime world where their dispute is played out in grand fashion.
Writer/Director: Richard Bates; Producer: Topper Anton.
A neglected teen takes refuge in the dreams that used to haunt her and orchestrates a shocking plan to prove her worth to her disapproving parents.
Writer/Director: Micah Ranum; Producer: Alicia G. Dean.
For everything, there is a first. Rayburn, a reluctant contract killer, is sent on a job with his brutal mentor, James. Isolated in an unforgiving wilderness, the men face their own mortality after the messy hit is photographed by a hunter’s camera. Rayburn anxiously waits near the camera with a simple objective: kill the owner and destroy the camera. But things take a surprising turn when Rayburn meets the owner of the camera.
Writer/Director/Producer: Maxwell O. Perry.
Ethyl, Cassie, Henry and Bob join together for a toast at a recently departed friend’s house on the outskirts of town. Little do they know, the moonshine they share is cursed and they may soon become “food for the dead.” Can anyone escape their doomed fate?
Frantic Undead combines cel and motion-comic style animation in both a satire and a homage to classic horror films.
Writer/Director/Producer: Michael Ricca
A man drunkenly mistakes a loud and obnoxious giant for a loud and obnoxious baby, then tries to do some thing about it. With his friends at his back and delusions of grandeur ahead of him he pops his caller and steps up to taunt the loud hulk…and gets results…DO NOT TAUNT A GIANT!
Writer/Director: Gary H. Lee; Producer: Luke E. Watson.
A thriller about a company, Hector Corporation, that must take extreme measures to manage their employees with unexpected executioners. Our righteous hero, Victor, takes us through his experience and shows how justice prevails in the end.
Writer/Director: A.J. Bond; Producer: A.J. Bond, Amy Belling.
hirsute (hir·sute) (hir´soot) [L. hirsutus] shaggy; having abundant or excessive hair. 1621, from Latin hirsutus “rough, shaggy,” related to hirtus “shaggy,” and possibly to horrere “to bristle with fear.”
Kyle, a young scientist, is struggling to build a time machine when he is confronted by an arrogant future version of himself. Shocked to discover that his future holds a preoccupation with body-hair removal and boiled eggs, Kyle vows to change the course of his life.
Writer: Chris Bouchard, J.R.R. Tolkien; Director: Chris Bouchard; Producer: Brian Lavery, Gladys San Juan, Julianne Honey-Mennal, Spencer Duru.
The script is adapted from elements of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. The story follows Strider/Aragorn, the Heir of Isildur; the “greatest huntsman and traveler in Middle Earth” as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. The creature must be found to discover the truth about the Ring, and to protect the future Ringbearer.
Writer/Director: Devi Snively
Friends don’t let friends denigrate the horror genre.
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Writer/Director: Michel Tremblay Jr.; Producer: François Bonneau.
Charles learns he has lung cancer but he doesn’t seem to care. Bored by life, he decides to play an underground game. Whatever the outcome is, everything will be fine.
The Icebox examines the horrors that can arise from the misuse of scientific developments.
Writer/Director/Producer: Marc Alepee.
A man finds himself locked up in the dark. But when he began to try to get out, he never would have thought that he was about to face his worst nightmare. There, his last and only hope lies… in the rope.
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Lin Oeding; Director: Lin Oeding; Producers: Andrew Poston, Tim Sabo, Jay Thames.
A romantic couple’s brief encounter with several philosophical thugs unfolds in an unusual way.
Writer/Director/Producer: Sean B. Conly.
Jabbawaki is the story of a monster’s love, and a journey of self discovery. Inspired by summers spent on the majestic shores of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba and the magical winters of North Ontario, Sean uses his interest in folk art and storybook illustration, as well as his love of a good tale, to bring to life the challenges of this love-struck and unlikely hero. Illustrated in Photoshop, and animated in After Effects, this film was constructed in a series of virtual dioramas. Scored by Sean with throwbacks to folk and classical music, it is all tied together with a haunting narration by Peter Longworth.