Shift

Directed by James Croke; Produced by Jessica Cribb; Written by James Croke

Directed by James Croke; Produced by Jessica Cribb; Written by James Croke

Adam’s reputation is ruined. Worse still, the funding he requires for his experiments has been withdrawn. He is a legitimate genius, but it is his determination to move from theory into practice that has lead to his undoing.

Adam’s initial experiments failed and the subsequent controversy lead to the withdrawal of all support for his “unorthodox” methods. Undeterred, Adam resolves to prove his critics wrong and “reclaim” his funding by robbing a high security bank. Whatever his experiment, it seems it will play a part in the heist. In a risky step Adam begins to experiment on himself. He has been injured in the past, suffering a horrible burn to his arm, but he presses on. After initial success, he begins to experiment in full. Under cover of darkness, Adam tests the device. When triggered it makes Adam flicker in and out of existence—”shifting.” He disappears and reappears some distance away.

10 minutes

Anamnesis

Directed & Written by Benjamin Goodger; Produced by Chiara Ventura

Directed & Written by Benjamin Goodger; Produced by Chiara Ventura

A 2013 National Film and Television School graduation film, Anamnesis is a love story set against a sci-fi backdrop. Following the death of his girlfriend Sophie, Luke, a young scientist, is working on Anamnesis, a project funded by a powerful corporation developing memory retrieval technology. Harnessing the sublime properties of a recently discovered substance, he secretly uses this technology to repeatedly revisit the day she died. Wracked by guilt and regret his obsession drives him towards self- destruction until one day a startling epiphany presents the possibility of a new beginning.

24 minutes

The Fog of Courage

Directed by John R. Dilworth; Produced by Jack Spillum; Written by John R. Dilworth

Directed by John R. Dilworth; Produced by Jack Spillum; Written by John R. Dilworth

In this animated horror comedy, a cowardly dog named Courage must rescue his lovely owner, Muriel from a vengeful supernatural Fog. Eustace, Muriel’s greedy husband, refuses to return the gold necklace belonging to the Fog’s long lost love.

8 minutes

Better The Devil

Directed & Written by Alessandro Pulisci; Produced by Erica Simons, Ariana Minolli

Directed & Written by Alessandro Pulisci; Produced by Erica Simons, Ariana Minolli

A drunken devil sits by a lake waiting for his ride back to hell, as he hears someone conjuring him in a nearby house. In the house, a girl and her friend torment her younger sister by reading from an occult book, but little do they know the devil is real, and he is thirsty for a nightcap.

Meanwhile, robbers have schemed to invade the house, but have come at the wrong time, and must face not only an intoxicated Lucifer, but a mistreated satanic little sister who only wishes to please.

8 minutes

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The Country of Wolves

Directed by Neil Christopher; Produced by Louise Flaherty

Directed by Neil Christopher; Produced by Louise Flaherty

The Country of Wolves (Amaqqut Nunaat) is a traditional Inuit story about two brothers who find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land. The hunters begin to look for landmarks or people to help them find their way back home.

Eventually, they come to a camp and the two brothers split up to find help. The younger brother goes to the large communal igloo, where music and merriment can be heard. The older brother walks to a small igloo at the edge of the camp. Here he finds a strange old woman who is surprised to see him. She identifies him as human and tells him that he is in the Country of Wolves. She warns him of danger, but says it is too late for his brother. From this land, almost no one returns…

11 minutes

The Developer

Directed by Robert Odegnal; Written by Horvath Aron

Directed by Robert Odegnal; Written by Horvath Aron

The scene is an alternative Budapest, with a special kind of dictatorship controlled by a company group called Golden Dimension. The marvelous Hungarian capital the way we never wanted to see. Lens is a dark, cynical character of this world. With his special ability of unknown origin, under the influence of a drug, he can burn the pictures of the past and the future into photosensitive paper. Lens hates the present because he understands the past and sees the future.

He sells his ability as an outlaw private detective. One day the position of the oppressing power seems to get unstable as some strictly confidential documents are stolen from the home of the president of the Golden Dimension. Ironically, it is the specially skilled Lens who gets the task to find the person who could ruin the oppressing system by using the stolen incriminating evidence. When he gets to the robbery scene it’s all set up for the experiment. He administers his drug, sticks the photosensitive paper on his nape and waits for the vision to come…By retrieving the pictures of the past, Lens finds out the identity of the unknown thief and even gets a glimpse of some images from the near future. But this future offers nothing good for Lens: he is facing a gun and gets a bullet into his forehead. Is it possible for Lens to put together the pieces of his visions, can he catch the thief and prevent his own violent death?

18 minutes

Time Lapse

Directed by Bradley King; Produced by BP Cooper, Rick Montgomery; Written by BP Cooper, Bradley King

Directed by Bradley King; Produced by BP Cooper, Rick Montgomery; Written by BP Cooper, Bradley King

In a sleepy apartment building, three twenty-somethings live and love. Callie plays den mother to her two wayward roommates. Finn, apartment manager and struggling painter, is dragging his feet on proposing to her after years of dating. Jasper, refusing to grow out of his college party mentality, tends bar and compulsively gambles. Their quiet world is shaken when they find their elderly scientist neighbor dead. In his apartment he has left a mysterious camera that takes pictures of the future. Aimed into the roommates’ apartment, it shows regular glimpses of their life 24 hours in advance. Their initial plan is to leave the body hidden and exploit the machine. Jasper utilizes it to foresee race results each day, racking up winnings. With the cash windfall, Callie is able to quit her waitress job and focus on writing. Finn’s creative block is lifted through seeing his artwork ahead of time, and becomes prolific. It doesn’t take long before disturbing images of the future begin to arrive. A tense love-triangle emerges between the three, and Jasper’s bookie begins sniffing around at all the successful betting. When a picture shows what looks like a warning from the future, they are forced to prepare for the worst. Jasper hides weapons around the house and the deaths start happening. As the bodies pile up, Jasper becomes more paranoid and unhinged, a wedge gets driven between Callie and Finn. By obsessing on the future and their seemingly innocent hopes and dreams, the relationships unravel, and the trio descends into a dark future where none of them may survive unscathed.

1 hour 43 minutes

Welcome to Hell

Directed by Erica Wester; Written by Erica Wester

Directed by Erica Wester; Written by Erica Wester

After the accidental murder of his own parents, Sock, a genuinely sweet but somewhat unstable teen who struggles with homicidal tendencies, decides that his only way out is to commit suicide. Upon arrival in Hell he is not met with eternal torture and suffering, but with Mephistopheles, the amicable manager of the underworld, who instead makes him a job offer: Sock is to become a demon, charged with the task of haunting humans indefinitely in the hope of ultimately driving them to suicide. At first this seems like Sock’s dream job—a way he can finally act on his darker desires and have them be met with reward rather than consequence—but after meeting his first target, a disinterested, lonely, and apathetic highschooler named Jonathan, he finds that the job is not as easy as he’d hoped it would be. Sock’s unfortunately friendly demeanor proves to be a detriment, and as he attempts to haunt the unwavering Jonathan, he finds himself with another desire that just might be stronger… and just might have a consequence.

10 minutes

Recoil

Directed by Evan Matthews; Produced by Evan Matthews, Christina Granados, Eric Matthews; Written by Evan Matthews

Directed by Evan Matthews; Produced by Evan Matthews, Christina Granados, Eric Matthews; Written by Evan Matthews

Apathetic deep space freighter Marshall Walker has a crisis of conscience when he discovers a distress call from his estranged brother, Alec. With the help of his digital co-pilot, Bodhi, the search leads them to the edge of a black hole where Alec’s ship is found at the mercy of the paralyzing time loop known as Recoil. With the clock expiring, Marshall must choose between saving himself or venturing into the unknown for a chance at redemption.

19 minutes

Death Has a Son

Directed & Written by Zack Ogle; Produced by Peter Davis

Directed & Written by Zack Ogle; Produced by Peter Davis

Not looking to die young, Natalie makes a tawdry bargain with the Reaper: sex for her life. Six years later, Death has a mousey kid on his hands whose only friends are made of felt. Though apprehensive and terrified, Death’s doing his best to fill the role of Daddy Reaper, but how close can a father and son get with the touch of Death in the way?

9 minutes

Dragon Con Superheroes needs you – Walk to End Lupus Now on 4/26

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Now you can show your support year-round! Dragon Con Superheroes is a community service project team created for our members, volunteers, and staff to expand our charity efforts each year. We want YOU to join us at the Walk to End Lupus Now on 4/26/14 at Piedmont Park. Join our team, raise money*, and make a real difference in the lives of those living with Lupus each day.

There are several ways you can do so:
1.      WALKER:     Join Team Dragon Con and walk with us! *In order to be considered a Dragon Con Superhero (and be entitled to the free t-shirt and exclusive party), walkers on Team Dragon Con must raise a minimum of $50.

2.      VIRTUAL WALKER:     Become a virtual walker and raise money* for Team Dragon Con.  Join Team Dragon Con.

3.      COSTUMED GREETER: Come out and cheer on the walkers as they cross the finish line by showing up in your best Superhero or other “Dragon Conesque” costume.  Sign up for Finish Line duty here.

For more details: https://www.dragoncon.org/?q=superheroes
TO REGISTER: https://www.dragoncon.org/?q=Walk_To_End_Lupus_Superohero_Signup

ABOUT THE LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA  The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education and advocacy the Lupus Foundation of America leads the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.  Lupus is an unpredictable and potentially fatal autoimmune disease that affects 55,000 Georgians, mostly women aged 18-45, but also men, children and women of all ages.

Dragon Con Film Festival: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The 2014 Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival is open for submissions. The festival begins on August 29th in Atlanta GA.

We focus each year on showcasing the finest independent short films of the fantastic.  We welcome not only Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror films, but any film of the imagination.  This includes Mysteries, Thrillers, Film Noirs, Comedies, Alt Lifestyle, Magical Realism, Surrealistic films, and most dramas, just to name a few, as well as short animated films of all types.  We take narrative shorts as well as documentaries. We also accept a limited number of features.

Reminder Approaching Early Bird Deadline: March 1, 2014
                                                      Regular Deadline: April 26th, 2014

For everything you need to submit, look at https://www.dragoncon.org/filmfest/submit-to-the-festival/