A Thousand Words

Producer/Director: Sean Kennedy

In the near future, another war has begun. Fleeing her hometown, a girl  stumbles across the remains of a house. In an effort to preserve the memory of the lives ruined by the war, she begins taking pictures before stumbling across a more gruesome artifact—the decaying body of the last inhabitant. She searches for remnants of this person’s past, who this person was, what life was to him. She finds photos, leading her to ask the timeless question: What is a picture worth?

4 min

The Time Machine

Writer/Director: Ben Joseph; Producers: Andrew Corkin

Everyone remembers his or her first time—the uncertainty, the awkwardness, the brevity… Jesse and his girlfriend just consummated their relationship and, as Jesse quickly learns, there are no do-overs in bed. That is, of course, unless you just happen to have a genius younger brother with a fully operational time machine at your disposal. Now, Jesse must travel back in time two hours to save himself from, well, himself. Will Jesse be able to salvage his first (and hopefully not last) experience with carnal relations? Will his own past self get in his way? What if HE screws up? Who will be there to stop him? The answer to all these questions, and more, in The Time Machine!

6 min

Tit For Tat

Writer/Producer: B.F. Painter; Director: Adrien van Viersen

This kinetic martial arts short has two gals engaged in hand-to-hand combat to determine who works the Farm, and who escapes to the Big City. Gemini nominated composer Peter Allen’s exhilarating score punctuates this action flick choreographed by renowned stuntmen Mike Desabrais and Heath Stevenson (Fantastic Four, Xmen, Night At The Museum).
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5 min

Totally Connected

Writer/Producer/Director: Randy Brown

This dry-witted SNL-style mock commercial touts the ultimate smart phone: a matchbook-sized device that delivers your email, faxes, and phone calls 24/7. The device even has a built-in GPS transmitter, so you can always be found. But ‘getting away without falling behind’ has a hidden cost…
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3 min

The Toy Maker

Director: Ben Martinez

When an elderly toy maker suffers a heart attack, the only one who can save him is the teddy bear he saved so many years earlier.  Live action with stop-motion animation.

11 min

Under My Skin

Writer/Director: Stanley Ray; Producer: Elizabeth Martinez

Jeff, an apartment maintenance man, encounters a mysterious, secretive tenant on a service call. After a harrowing experience with the afflicted man’s filthy garbage disposal, Jeff rushes to clean up his hand. But he has taken something with him that won’t wash off… something under his skin. He seeks treatment from a less than willing dermatologist, and comes away still infected. He is then forced to take matters off his own hand…

12 min

Vanished Acres

Writer/Director: Adam Bolt; Producer: Michael Silberman

Jerod Grot’s once-prosperous farm is now a twisted shadow of its former self. With his land overrun by crows and a scarecrow with a mind of its own, Jerod is forced to seek solace in the fading happy memories of his past. Each day is as the next.

But today, Jerod finds a lost love letter from his deceased wife. The letter is not to him, but rather to his scarecrow.
With his world turned upside down, Jerod is met with many more memories—dark and unpleasant ones which he chose to ignore. As he confronts the scarecrow about the letter, these buried secrets begin to surface, shattering the uneasy peace that once existed on this haunted land, and forcing him to face his past as it truly was.
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31 min

Vengeful Spirit

Writer/Director: John Bradbury; Producers: Rene Amador, Jocelyn Hsu, John Bradbury

After witnessing his family’s death at the hands of the feudal lord Matsudaira, Katsu Takahashi grows up in the shadows wracked with guilt and hate. When the pain becomes unbearable, his animal instinct for revenge consumes him, forcing him to confront his family’s killers.

8 min

Whale

Director: Rob Wicksteed

A conservative suburbanite struggles to remove an unwanted whale from his front garden. However, when he decides to call in the professionals, he discovers that the solution to the situation is a lot easier than he thought. The problem is, that in this world, if something is too good to be true, it probably is.

5 min

When The World Goes Dark

Writers: Anthony Scalmato, Richard Pope; Director/Producer: Anthony Scalmato

In the underworld of the New York City subway system, one man struggles with madness for a chance at love. Presented as a disjointed sequence of fantasies, When the World Goes Dark is a chilling reminder that the everyday and commonplace can be as grotesque as it is absurd. In the end, only one certainty remains: this macabre delusion is not only on screen, but within our own minds.

7 min

Wrapped

Writer/Director: Bazyl Dripps

Sometime in the near future our society has become so paranoid, that we don’t go out without masks, and we don’t touch without plastic wrap between our skin. The government watches our every move. One man breaks the rules, and pays the price.

6 min

Zombie Love

Writer: Yfke van Berckelaer, Darren Herczeg; Producer: Aubrey Kershner; Director: Yfke van Berckelaer

In this musical extravaganza, Dante, a 200 year old zombie, falls in love with Claudia, a mortal girl. He tries to change his zombie self and pass as a human in order to get her to love him in return. Filled with singing, dancing, blood and gore, Zombie Love will have you laughing all the way to your grave!

37 min

Iron Bird

Writer: Matty Limpus; Producer: Jocelyn Quioc; Director: Chris Richards-Scully

Iron Bird takes us on one of the most destructive missions of WWII, the bombing of Dresden, circa February 1945. For a young Australian Lancaster bomber crew it’s another dangerous mission, but for Flight Sgt. JP Harmer it is a personal vendetta.

As the seven young men battle for survival in the night skies over Germany, a mysterious presence surrounds them, propelling them towards an outcome that would change their lives forever. Driven by his thirst for revenge, will JP find humility and forgiveness before it’s too late?
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28 min

The Intruder

Writer/Producer/Director: Alessandro Ceglia

A woman, apparently alone in her house believes there may be an intruder. The viewer shares her fear and is never certain whether or not there is an actual intruder. As the woman grows increasingly paranoid, the suspense grows and various filmic elements, such as tempo, composition, set design, color palette, and camera angles change to match and heighten the mood. Is the woman delusional or is someone really trying to terrorize her? This film is inspired by film noir tradition, where various elements such a light and dark, shadows, camera angles, and sound are manipulated in an expressionist manner to amplify the emotion of a scene.
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3 min

Para-Normal

Writer/Director: Lauren Timmons; Producer: Sean Cassity

Ben Rutter is an aspiring Paranormal Researcher with one shot at the investigation of a lifetime. Problem is, tonight could be the last straw for Ben’s skeptical girlfriend Sheila. And Ben’s best friend Travis is much more interested in the new girl than in documenting evidence. Still, Ben’s determined to prove everyone wrong—but in the world of paranormal research, he’s about to discover that things really don’t always go as planned.

16 min

Papiroflexia

Writer/Producer/Director: Joaquin Baldwin

Papiroflexia (Spanish for “Origami”) is the animated tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands.

Originally created as a poem by the director, it was turned into a short animated film in the UCLA Animation Workshop.

3 min

Take Out

Writer: Bill Hall; Producers: Jonathan Budine, Bill Hall; Director: Jonathan Budine

The story of a woman on a journey into a dark unknown cavern she considers familiar…the parking garage. Relying on her inner strength, she must trust her instincts to carry her, unharmed, back to her family. Heart-pounding suspense may make this the most tension filled car retrieval ever.
Introducing Mary Ann Emerson, with an appearance by Fangoria’s own scream queen, Debbie Rochon, this short shocker of a film illustrates how unsafe it is to be alone in a parking garage these days…Regardless of why it is that you’re there!
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5 min

Vampira: The Movie

Directed by Kevin Sean Michaels.

From Pin-up to TV Star to B-Movie icon
Vampira: The Movie documents the life and career of Maila “Vampira” Nurmi, the “glamour ghoul” and horror movie hostess. Impossible to forget, Vampira was famous for her 17-inch waist (still a Guinness records), tight black dress, and long black hair, all patterned after Morticia from The Addams Family.

Her cult status was secured with her appearance in Ed Wood’s 1956 low-budget Plan 9 From Outer Space.

The film features interviews with Nurmi, Sid Haig, Julie Strain, Kevin Eastman, Forrest J. Ackerman, Debbie Rochon, Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman, Bill Moseley, Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson, Jerry Only of The Misfits, and many horror hosts.

And if all that doesn’t summon every genre movie fan alive, the film’s score was written and performed by Ari Lehman, the first Jason of Friday The 13th.

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