The Signal

Written and Directed by David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry.

It’s New Year’s Eve in the city of Terminus and chaos is this year’s resolution. All forms of communication have been jammed by an enigmatic transmission that preys on fear and desire driving everyone in the city to murder and madness. In a place once marked by conformity but now sent into complete anarchy, the rebellious Ben must save the woman he loves from the bedlam in the streets as well as her crazed sadistic husband. But the only way he can tell who to trust or who has given in to violence is by uncovering the true nature of The Signal.

Told in three parts from three unique perspectives by three directors, The Signal is a sci-fi/horror/thriller that imagines a world where everyday anxieties become the catalyst for inhuman terror. The Signal is a horrific journey towards discovering that the most brutal monster might actually be within all of us.

Saturday at 4:00 PM.  Q&A with 10 members of the cast and crew following the screening.

Pirates of the Great Salt Lake

Directed by E.R. Nelson. Written by E.R. Nelson & Nathan Phillips.

E.R. Nelson makes an unforgettable directorial debut with Pirates of the Great Salt Lake.

Kirk Redgrave (Kirby Heyborne) and Flint Weaver (Trenton James), outcasts and loners in their landlocked home, have dreams to become the best pirates the world has ever seen. They take the pirate code to heart and set out for a life of pillaging and plunder. Still, pirate life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, until they stumble across a long lost treasure map that has the power to not only fulfill their wildest pirate dreams, but curse them as well.

Now all they have to do is find the treasure, break the curse, get the girl, defeat the evil pawn shop owner (Larry Bagby), and show themselves to be true pirates. Pirates of the Great Salt Lake is a tongue-in-cheek, camp comedy/fantasy that vividly captures the dreams of youth and  explores the human plight of acceptance.

Saturday, 7:00 PM.  Q&A with director E.R. Nelson after the screening.

Blood Car

Directed by Alex Orr. Written by Alex Orr and Adam Pinney

Save gas…drive Blood Car
In the near future gas prices have reached astronomical highs nearing $40 a gallon. One man, Archie Andrews, an environmentalist elementary school teacher, is trying to discover an alternate fuel source. While experimenting with wheat grass, Archie accidentally stumbles upon a solution. That solution turns out to be blood. HUMAN BLOOD!

Sunday, 11:30 PM.  Q&A with writer/director Alex Orr after the screening.

07

Writer: Benjamin Sztajnkrycer; Producer: Marc Ferrero; Director: Peter Sullivan

When a mysterious package ends up in the hands of a feared terrorist, the fate of the entire city of Los Angeles rests in the hands of just one man, special agent Jack Dour. Now Jack and his partner, Soulpatch, have just seven minutes to find a secret warehouse and save the world. Good thing they brought the Jack Sack.

11 min

2007 Film Festival Awards

Best Short Film: Jakob and the Angels
Best Animated Film: Operation: Fish
Honorable Mention: Thanksgiving With the Kranzes

Animated Comedy

1st Place: Whale
Clicker Clatter
Dr. Docatto’s Reprise!!!

Animated Drama

1st Place: When The World Goes Dark
Everything Will Be OK
Snake

Animated Horror

1st Place: Puppet
Georgie’s Wish
The Intruder

Animated Fantasy & Science Fiction

1st Place: Operation: Fish
Alien for Christmas
Art’s Desire

Action & Suspense

1st Place: Forged
Rest Stop for the Rare Individual
Roma Sub Rosa: The Secret Under the Rose

Asian-Themed

1st Place: Lullaby Crossing
The Laborer
Vengeful Spirit

Comedy

1st Place: Monster Job Hunter
The Love Box
The Time Machine

Dark Comedy

1st Place: The Fifth
My Friend Sam
Sparks

Fantasy

1st Place: Jakob and the Angels
The Henchman
Ordinary Angels

Horror

1st Place: Para-Normal
A.W.O.L.
Iron Bird

Horror Comedy

1st Place: Zombie Love
Cannibal Flesh Riot
Night of the Hell-Hamsters

Parody

1st Place: 07
The Ring of Ultimate Power
Thanksgiving With the Kranzes

Magic Realism

1st Place: Enter the Dragonfly
Belinda’s Swan Song
Vanished Acres

Science Fiction

1st Place: D-I-M, Deus in Machina
Face Machine
Great Detective

Short-Shorts

1st Place: A Little Night Fright
Blue Dreams Downtown
Kasting

Additionally, we presented five awards determined by the audience. The Filmmaker’s Choice award was given to the film receiving the most votes from attending filmmakers. The remaining four awards were voted on by the audience in general, and as the processes used for figuring festival audience awards can never stand up to rigorous inspection, we took things light from the start. The voting for these none-too-serious awards had no rules, and yet the results certainly made sense to us.


Filmmaker’s Choice:
Zombie Love

Audience Awards for films containing:
Insanely Brilliant Original Song: Zombie Love
Kick-Ass Fight: Forged
Deliciously Twisted Relationship: Daddy Why?
Overall Joyously Perverse: The Boy Princes: A Tragedie Most Monstrous