Kyoto Nocturnes: Elegant Slaughter

Producer/Director/Writer: John Foster

Boss Watanabe is clinging to his sanity and control of Kyoto’s yakuza after Boss Aihara massacres most of his men in a sneak attack. Holed up in a dingy bar with Uchida, his lieutenant, Watanabe starts to see the mutilated ghosts of his dead soldiers. The specters blame him for their deaths, and they want revenge. Terrorized by both his inner demons and the threat that Aihara’s thugs will find him at any minute, Watanabe has only one way out: he hires K, an alluring American hit woman, to assassinate Aihara. For the right price, K will kill anyone. Even her own client.

22 min

D

Producer/Director/Writer: Yoh Komaya

Anjo, a life insurance sales agent, meets a potential client named “D”. D has a special ability to spot a lie, and discovers Anjo has committed a crime and is trying to cover it up. Thus begins his conquest for the truth. As D follows the lies of everyone he meets, he gets closer to the heart of the truth, or what he thinks is the truth. Will the true intention of D be revealed when he discovers the truth behind Anjo’s crime? And who is D really?

55 min

1309

Producer: Stacy Patterson; Director/Writer: Christian Davis

A beautiful redhead is sitting at the bar of a crowded nightclub when a drunk propositions her. She politely says she’s waiting for her husband, but the drunk continues to move in. In need of a contingency plan, she grabs a passing stranger as her ‘husband.’ One look at her, and the stranger happily plays along until the drunk gets the hint.

The redhead and the stranger have a few drinks, then a few drinks more. The chemistry between them is intense. When they move outside to fulfill their passion, the action takes an unexpected twist and thrusts them into a violent criminal plot where nothing, and no one, is as it seems.

15 min

Tell-Tale Art

Writer/Director: Jeremy Dylan Lanni; Producers: Jeremy Dylan Lanni, Bradley Sellers, Noah Goldsmith

Lenore brutally murders her husband, dismembers his body, and conceals the pieces within a grotesque sculpture. Why? Perhaps Lenore was right in claiming it was Allan’s cataract eye that drove her to do it. The milky orb was certainly repulsive to behold. But did it really scour her soul with a supernaturally critical glare? And when one Officer Morley questioned Lenore, something made her lose her composure. What exactly shattered her resolve? That, like Lenore’s motive, is a mystery. All we know for sure is that Lenore dissolved into a gibbering wreck, confessed to her heinous crime, and remains stark raving mad to this day!
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6 min

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Writer/Director: Attila Szász; Producer: Dalma Hidasi

It seemed like an ordinary day. Dad is experimenting in the lab, mom is at home boiling water, while their six year old son, Alex is playing around her. But this day is different. This day Dad brings something home from the lab.

And the next morning…Alex becomes invisible.

Is it possible that a father makes his own son disappear?

Or is there any other explanation?

An unthinkable one…

An unbearable one…
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30 min

Just

Writer/Director: Jesse Wheeler; Producer: Chloe Aftel, Jesse Wheeler, Stephanie Kwong

Idealistic attorney Eddie Winkle only wants to do what’s right…even if it means convincing himself that his scumbag clients are actually innocent! But even Eddie can’t deceive himself about his newest client, Lou Tanner, an aging lowlife facing Murder One for beating a crossing guard to death. When his delusions finally catch up to him, Eddie must find a way to do what’s right before his conscience rips him apart.

But what exactly does doing what’s “right” mean to someone who can convince himself of anything?  Starring William Windom.

16 min

Hunted

Writer: Ahmad Charif; Producer/Director: Moe Charif

Emily wakes up to find herself in the middle of nowhere, chased by a group of lunatics for reasons beyond her comprehension.  But her instincts kick in, and she fights to survive as she tries to make sense of the mess she has stumbled into. Hunted was first written with the intent to capture some of societies flaws, we live in a world today where many people in positions of authority become corrupted and drunk with power, that all barriers come crashing down, and moralities and values are nothing but a distant memory.

21 min

The Fishing

Writer: Michael Aronson; Director: Dawn Boyd

After buying a house in the country, newlyweds Mark and Karen live in fear of a local fisherman who they mistake for a killer. As emotions run high, the tables turn to reveal the killer in us all.

7 min

Faceless

Writer/Director: B. Jason Roer; Producer: Sydny Brown

Vincent van Gogh once said, “In an artist’s life, death is perhaps not the most difficult thing”. Cynthia Navarro paints with a similar brush. Faceless is a psychological thriller about an artist obsessed with the beauty of the human body and the unique manner in which she expresses her art.

9 min

Chingaso The Clown

Writers: Ezequiel Martinez, Robert Hayes, Manny Elias; Producers: Christien Tinsley, Jim Kass, Joseph Guzman; Director: Elias Matar

Messiah was prosperous, until a circus rolled in and the clowns took over.  Soon, the mime’s rebelled.  The War between the Clowns and Mimes has raged for decades and there seems to be no end in sight.

A man named Chingaso, whose parents were victims of the ruthless clown boss, Bastard The Clown, must now become what he hates most. To find vengeance—and possibly end the brutal war between the mimes and the clowns in the province of messiah—He must become…CHINGASO THE CLOWN

15 min

Voigtkampff

Producer: Julia Gerhardt; Director: Tobias Suhm.

Using surreal and bizarre images, Voigtkampff deals with a disenchanted man, whose only reason for staying alive is his exorbitant hatred towards his tormentors. When the day of revenge has finally come, his vast detestation will make him even put up with the deaths of 6.519 million people. Persecuted by nightmares continuously reminding him of the terrible events of his childhood, he is driven to his payback, resulting in an immensely destructive showdown. Always hoping to be able to return to peace and quiet….

14 min

Walker Stalker

Writer: Keith Claxton, Ben Pullen; Producer: Ben Pullen; Director: Keith Claxton.

What happens when the most trusted means of ordering your life turns into the most menacing means of destroying your life? Walker Stalker follows the harrowing homeward journey of four urban commuters; from station to termination, all are stopped short by their Mobile Phones…

14 min

SuperHUMAN

Writer/Producer/Director: Dagan Taylor.

On a planet ravaged by climate change and war, a bizarre meteor shower struck the surface. It was said the crystal meteors were gates to a dimension of superhuman power. But all who sought out the mysterious crystal spheres never returned…all except one.

SuperHUMAN shatters the limitations of micro budget filmmaking with spectacular combat scenes packed to the limit with breath-taking visuals and brutal realism. Boasting award winning visual effects SuperHUMAN could be one of the most impressive independent action shorts ever made.

10 min

Indiana Jones and the Relic of Gotham

Writers/Producers/Directors: Ryan Schile, Brian Finifter.

The year is 1939. Artist Bob Kane takes his girlfriend on a hike and stumbles upon an ancient artifact with extraordinary powers. Before long, he finds himself caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse between a winged demon and a laughing jackal. When Kane returns home without his girlfriend, the authorities bring him in for questioning. With no evidence and no one else to turn to, world renown archaeologist Indiana Jones is asked to investigate the mysterious artifact. Little does Dr. Jones know that government agents are hot on the trail, determined to keep the ancient power of the relic a secret.

30 min

Metal Gear Solid: Acquiescence

Writer/Director: Wes Eastin. Producers: Stephanie Busing.

Metal Gear Solid: Acquiescence is a short tribute to the many contributions to both video games and film made by the Metal Gear saga and Hideo Kojima.

The story is set in 1994 where we find our hero, Solid Snake, as he attempts his first mission for the secret organization known only as Foxhound. Snake must infiltrate a facility that is rumored to be under the control of a draconian, Russian nationalist, Nikita Doovaravich, holding hostage, a world renowned physicist. A former army soldier, Snake must now enter a world of espionage and cruelty where even the smallest amount of indecision can lead the world to cataclysm.

31 min

Al’s Beef

Writer/Director: Dennis Hauck; Producers: Jacob Motz, Aimee Barth, Dennis Hauck.

Bloodied, barefoot, and branded like cattle, a mysterious woman comes to town with an aim to kill the son of a bitch that done her wrong. Starring Jordan Ladd, and Dean Stockwell.

35 min

A Woman in the West

Writer/Director: Jeremy Dylan Lanni; Producer: Jeremy Dylan Lanni & Peter Jason.

Reuniting three stars from the HBO series Deadwood, A Woman in the West tells the shocking true story of a frontier wife who is tough, independent, and willing to do whatever is necessary to protect her home. When Marion Faber’s husband Oscar is beaten up and robbed in a local saloon, Marion takes it upon herself to right the wrong. The film boasts outstanding performances from Paula Malcomson (Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica Prequel: Caprica), Peter Jason (Deadwood, The Other Side of the Wind), and Larry Cedar (Deadwood, Hollywoodland).

10 min

Urban Wolf

Writer/Director:/Producer: Laurent Touil Tartour.

Urban Wolf is a thriller in which an American tourist freshly landed at Paris airport in France is persecuted by a CCTV operator. The latter will act at a distance, without ever entering into direct contact with the American tourist, using only means of surveillance videos, computers and electronics that are now common in the modern urban environment. Isolated in this city he does not know, the American will see his mental state deteriorate to a paranoid psychosis, as attacks by the CCTV operator will be more urgent and aggressive, and that he will have to use all his physical and mental resources to escape programmed death.

58 min

Unawakening

Writer/Director: Jack Daniel Stanley; Producer: Barry Green, David Jimerson.

Haunted by imagined or possibly real visions of the murder and macabre burial of a mysterious stranger deep within the woods, a man struggles to regain his sanity and save an adulterous marriage. In this mind-bending thriller, loosely inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s Annabel Lee and part homage to Hitchock’s Psycho, love will undoubtedly prove key—but to what—sanity or madness?

9 min

SHADOW.NET

Writer/Director: John V. Knowles; Producers: Lotti Pharriss Knowles, Guy Birtwhistle.

Welcome to The Scene… Inspired by the Wired magazine article “The Shadow Internet” by Jeff Howe, SHADOW.NET is set in the underground world of online movie piracy—a secret network of anonymous groups that compete to steal the latest films. Greg McKenna (Screen Name: Deckard) and the other members of an upstart group known as DMG are tired of being overshadowed by other groups with better access to stolen films. Deckard jumps at the chance to raise DMG’s rep with a huge score: Marvel’s latest release. But just like in any other high-risk heist, things don’t quite go according to plan.

20 min