Palmer’s Beard


Written/Produced/Directed by Brad Lambert

From the time of the American Revolution until the Civil War, it was inconceivable that a respectable American man would grow facial hair. When Joseph Palmer chose to defy social norms and grow a robust beard in 1830s Massachusetts, he became a social pariah and a martyr for civil liberties. Palmer’s Beard tells his true story through animation inspired by 1950s studios like UPA and Playhouse Pictures.

8 minutes



Written/Directed/Produced by Lindsay Meissner

Pruned is a short animated film about a retired superhero living in a Florida retirement community. When his old evil arch-nemesis is released from prison on good behavior and moves in next door, the two resume their old rivalry over their prize-winning rosebushes.

2 minutes

Monkey Rag

Directed by Joanna Davidovich

Directed by Joanna Davidovich

‘Monkey Rag’ is a traditionally animated throwback to the musical cartoons of yore. Inspired by the thumping, riotously fun music of the Asylum Street Spankers, Mitzi pursues a disaster of her own making in this richly colored world where reason is overrated. Mitzi may be barking up the wrong tree, but she also knows that when it comes to love, sometimes you just gotta give a little bit of what you got.

4 minutes


Directed by John Wardlaw; Produced by John Wardlaw; Written by John Wardlaw

Directed by John Wardlaw; Produced by John Wardlaw; Written by John Wardlaw

The story of Jesus of Nazareth, retold in the best possible way, in a movie trailer. This film trailer, to a film that doesn’t exist, is a modern day retelling of the Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

2 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

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

Voodoo Sex Talk

Voodoo Sex Talk

Written by Kyle Horton & Norm Fassbender; Directed by Norm Fassbender; Produced by Kate Holowach

A voodoo doll, a pink unicorn, and sexy Deb give sketchy sexual advice to callers on their radio program called Voodoo Sex Talk. Nobody in their right mind should trust these losers. We’ll have two episodes: The Wang and The Costumes.

1 min.

Cedric & Hope

cedric and hope

Written/Directed by Pierce Davison; Produced by Jacob Fjord

Cedric’s life is just perfect. He has a two-bedroom hovel and he has Faith – his beautiful, but dim, princess girlfriend. He’d do anything for her… for he adores her so. That is until she dumps him for the prospect of some battle-hardened knights.

As a forlorn Cedric struggles to get over his break-up a chance encounter with Hope thrusts them both into a series of unfortunate events. Enlisted into a scheme to bring soap back from the holy crusades, Cedric is given the opportunity to become the brutal and bloodied soldier that Faith desires – but is that what he really wants?

14 min.

Secret Life of Objects – Outhouse

secret life of objects

Written/Directed/Produced by Nathan Jones

Secret Life of Objects is an animated series being developed by Nathan Jones. The series is composed of 30 stories and 30 objects and explores the social interactions of various commonly occurring personality types brought to life through the animation of everyday objects.

“Outhouse” is the first short film/episode of the series and is the story of a cynical, used up, toilet paper roll and a far less worldly new kid on the bock—a modern day parable, dark comedy, and humorous exploration of social politics.

Every object has a story…

3 min

The Man Who Moved Manhattan

Directed by Rob Ludacer

In the summer of 1824, a retired ship’s carpenter known as Lozier walked into Centre Street Market in Manhattan and made a stirring claim: Because of the over-construction on the battery, the island of Manhattan had begun to sink into the harbor. To ease the panicking public, and persuade the naysayers, he revealed that the mayor had given him permission to do the unthinkable. Lozier was to oversee a project to saw the island in half, tow it out into the harbor, turn it around, and reattach it to the mainland.

11 min

Animation’s Graveyard

Directed by Mark Smith & Emilie Caileux

In May of 2001, America’s most trusted provider of family entertainment laid off nearly 600 workers from its Animation Department. Now for the first time, the story can be told from the 2D perspective of the laid-off cartoon characters. Whatever happened to these beloved hand-drawn characters? They were shipped to Australia to work on cheap, Direct-to-video sequels…

4 min

The Ninjews: ‘Goy-L’ Trouble

Written, Directed, & Produced by Josh Bass

Yoav and Fyvush Goldsteinfeldbergowitzblumbaum are your average mohels (that’s ‘professional baby penis carvers’ in layman’s terms) with secret identities as Jewish ninja superheroes. When Fyvush begins dating a Catholica woman, Yoav tries to put aside his reservations and be supportive. But is this apparently sweet girl all she appears? (SPOILER ALERT: she’s not. She’s an evil demon bent on converting everyone to Catholicism. Damn, I spoiled it).

13 min