Oliver’s Treasure

Written/Directed/Produced by Chuck Grieb

Down on his luck again, the likable and plucky, if opportunistic, knight, Sir Oliver, is on the run. Stumbling into the king’s receiving room, Sir Oliver finds the old monarch’s crown, left forgotten on the throne. Intrigued at this unique, valuable, and fragile find, the easily distracted Sir Oliver gives the crown a try to see how it sits on his head. Trouble quickly returns when a searching knight tracks down Oliver’s hiding place.

2 min

Death Row Diet

Written by Jonathan Katz, Tom Leopold; Directed by Mike Salva, Tom Snyder; Produced by Jonathan Katz, Mike Salva, Tom Snyder

Jonathan Katz is a man who is on both death row and Weight Watchers. With Tom Leopold. (It takes the “D” out of Death Row and puts it back in “Delicious” where it belongs!)

3 min

The Breakup

Written/Directed/Produced by Elizabeth Dashiell

In 2004, Mattel announced the breakup of Barbie and Ken. Members of the media blamed Ken’s unwillingness to commit. Others questioned his sexuality. The years have passed, and Barbie has moved on—new life, new loves, new job. No one has ever bothered to ask how Ken is doing…until now. This short, dark, comedic fantasy features music from the award-winning musician and artist Voltaire. Ken imagines Barbie and her new lovers while planning the demise of those who supplanted him in ever-increasingly devious ways. Rated R for excessive violence…to dolls.

7 min

The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas

Written/Directed/Produced by John Wardlaw

The late Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space, A Bug’s Life) makes his final performance as “The Bolt” and is the narrator of this screwy parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Bolt devises a scheme to take away Christmas from every last Screw. Can Christmas be saved for the Screws of Screwville? Harris is joined by his former TV co-stars Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, and Marta Kristen who portray the Ratchet family from a nutty scene from A Christmas Carol. The film also features the voice talent of Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons, Futurama).

7 min

Window Pains

Written, Directed, Produced by Paul Allen Tillery IV

When a man struggles to fix his computer, the effort sends him down a spiral of frustration and rage. He faces error messages, customer service lines, and the limits of human patience. Ultimately the man must face the truth: in the world of computing technology, nothing works, and nobody cares. When you’re on hold, no one can hear you scream.

5 min

Tobacco Man

Written/Directed/Produced by Andrew Racho

Tobacco Man is the story of a cigarette-shaped ‘superhero’ fighting against ‘liberals, whiners, and people who just say ‘no.” A satirical ‘Colbert-esque’ hero, Tobacco Man stops a teenager from resisting peer pressure, stops an addict mother from quitting for her children, and encourages a schoolgirl experimenting in the playground.

4 min

To A Man With A Big Nose

Producer/Director/Writer: Cecilia Aranovich

To A Man With A Big Nose is a 2D animated short film based on a poem by Spanish author Quevedo. It is in essence a visual adaptation of Quevedo’s sonnet. The premise of the story deals with a man who is troubled because he is stuck to a disproportionally big nose. While we look at the portrait of this unfortunate man through the poem’s comparisons and metaphors we realize that the nose is a character with a mind of its own that dominates the man attached to it. The attempts of the little man to get rid of the horrible nose end up in failure. The ode to the big nose takes us through a journey of fantastic transformations and turns, always dragging the poor man along.

4 min

Surly Squirrel

Producer: Pranay Patel; Directors/Write: Peter Lepeniotis

A discarded pizza slice becomes the Holy Grail to a pack of starving park animals.  A rat and squirrel launch a clandestine operation to get the slice, without any of the other park animals finding out, but their greed disrupts the natural order of the park once their plan is discovered. Simultaneously, across the street from the park, a bank heist turns into a huge gunfight between bank robbers and police. These two worlds collide in an uproarious farcical romp of comic cartoon mayhem.

11 min

Rattus Pistofficus

Producer/Writer: Nigel Christensen; Director: Josh Reed, Sam Reed

Larry, a small, orange rat and Josh, a big ugly man, fight for the right to a place to call home. A breathtaking portrayal of the rise of the underclass in the eternal struggle of the proletariat for dignity and compassion in a selfish, unfeeling world.  Well…with a rat.

5 min

Lightman

Producer/Director: Jun-heon Oh

Although he lives with an Alarm clock, Lightman has a flaw in his character; he always oversleeps. It doesn’t help that he has a bad memory.  Once he wakes it is time to rush, and nothing can get in his way, because without him, the show can’t go on.

2 min

Herman, The Legal Labrador

Producer: Jeremy Parker; Director/Writer: David Blumenstein

A man is dead, and the police have picked up Danny Hoang. The evidence is compelling, but is Danny innocent? Herman, The Legal Labrador thinks so! Herman, the city’s top canine defense attorney, has legal knowledge, cunning and a shiny, healthy coat, and a little sniffing leads him to a secret, powerful brotherhood of crime, comprised of, among others, the Mafia, the Yakuza, the Ku Klux Klan, the Scientonomists, the Shriners, the Market Researchers of America and the entire nation of Ireland. But can a group of the evilest people in the world really be behind this frame-up, or is the truth far stupider?

22 min

The Urge

Writer/Producer/Director: Chris Angus

This short film is a spoof, deflating the exaggerated horror behind old vampire movies. We are lead into the suspense of expecting the vampire to leave his coffin and commit heinous crimes, only to discover that he has far more pressing things on his mind.

2 min

Uh-Oh: A Brief Encounter

Writer/Director: Joe Henke; Producer: Hero Motion Pictures

Uh-oh is a computer-animated short about a brief encounter on a not-so-far away planet. Told without dialogue and set to the music of the legendary Raymond Scott. Moral? Don’t leave your keys in your spaceship.
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2 min