Cornerboys

Written/Directed/Produced by Jamieson Ridenhour

“Cornerboys” is collaborative effort between writer Jamieson Ridenhour, artist Ali LaRock, and composer Kevin Smith. The short film tells the dark fairy tale story of Jennifer Lynn, who searches the night streets for home but finds only the rat-eyed and restless Cornerboys. Inspired in equal parts by Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, the fairy tales both of the Brothers Grimm and of later practitioners like Tim Burton and Brian Froud, and the gritty urban Gothic fantasies of the 19th century, “Cornerboys” began life ten years ago as a long poem published in the now-defunct horror ‘zine Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

11 min

Charlie the Breast Fed Hamster

Written by David Haynes, Jeremy Rubin; Directed/Produced by Jeremy Rubin

Charlie, a cute, unsuspecting, little hamster ventures out to play on a bright sun-shiny day. He comes upon his friend Franco, a squirrel, eating lunch. Unfortunately for Franco, Charlie’s dark side gets the better of him when Franco declines to share. Charlie’s twisted aggressions are satisfied just in time for dinner from his big-breasted, human mother.

5 min

Taylors Trophy

Written by Geoff Crackett/Jason McDonald; Directed by Jason McDonald; Produced by Laya Armian/Jason McDonald

A work shy wide boy, attempts to solve the mystery of his local pub’s burglary and claim a reward that will settle his debt with a threatening criminal. Through a series of flashbacks and voice-overs, we witness the fumbled investigation…

21 min

Bygone Behemoth

Written/Directed/Produced by Harry Chaskin

A day in the life of an unemployed B-movie monster, a lingering personified special-effect of the 1950s. Presented as a series of vignettes, “Bygone Behemoth” follows the title character as he putters around his house, laments being out of shape, calls his agent about work, reads the want ads, and contemplates the obituaries.

In an age where computer graphics are all too prevalent, “Behemoth” is a nostalgic tribute to the work of Ray Harryhausen, Willis O’Brien, and numerous other forgotten wizards. Like the Behemoth itself, the film needs stop-motion to exist; it seeks to capture the ephemeral quality of a dying art form.

5 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

Bottles

Written by Samantha Henderson; Directed/Produced by Jon Stout

Mira is a hard-working, divorced mother with a dark secret; when she gets angry, objects move and people get hurt. One day, coming home from a patient who has slipped into a mysterious coma, she notices disturbing items in her twelve-year-old daughter’s antique bottle collection.

Her daughter, Cheyenne, is hiding her own frightening capabilities. As Mira copes with her daughter’s budding talents, Cheyenne draws Mira, her father, and his new wife into a shadowy set of life-or-death choices. You have to be careful about what you collect.

20 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

Quartered at Dawn (Viergeteilt im Morgengrauen)

Written/Directed by Norbert Keil; Produced by Roland Lippoldmüller

“I heard something,” he says and tries to peek through the foggy windows of his car. But she will not have any of this nonsense, and takes his face and guides it towards her open blouse, giggling with anticipation.

It is winter, the snowy landscape tranquil. But Marc and Sarah are not cold, their cheeks are flushed, their breath is heated.  And so they do not notice the car crashing nearby. The driver is hurt badly; she barely makes it out of the wreck.

“I’m positive I heard something,”‘ Marc says again, but Sarah once again directs his attention back to herself.

Another car arrives. The injured woman gets nervous, looks for her gun, tries to shoot – but too late: the axe rips the gun from her hand.

“You didn’t hear anything, no matter how sure you are.” Sarah moans.

And while they continue their little outing in the back of the car, they’re unaware that there was something after all… and it might be coming for them as well.

14 min

Bad Mistake (Mauvaise erreur)

Written/ Directed by Xavier Hibon; Produced by Gérald Frydman

Sophie is not scared by horror movies anymore. One night, she’s kidnapped and she realizes that she is the wrong person. The kidnappers have made a mistake. The kidnappers are going to kill her, because they don’t want to have any witnesses. Sophie will try to escape and will kill one of them. But in fact, she kills her girlfriend’s new boyfriend who she was supposed to meet during the weekend. It was all a joke for her birthday party.

6 min

Aces & Eights

Written/Directed/Produced by Matt Allen

Zombie-cowboys have returned to their favorite Old-West watering hole after an undead breakout. While the group is ‘playing’ poker, we are allowed a glimpse into their reality. Lines are drawn, then crossed, and cheaters punished. A still-human bounty hunter arrives, and he’s all that stands between these ghouls, and their next round of whiskey!

8 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

A Complex Villainelle

Written by Jonathan Goldstein; Directed by Bart Ovaitt, Howard Cook, Nathan Billington, Rebecca Forth, Ryan Porter; Produced by Howard Cook, Tripp Vroman

Before he became the overweight obsessive sadsack of his later years, the Penguin was a poet and a dandy, who threw lavish parties and told complex villanelles and was an expert at umbrella flight. Looking for love, he is introduced to a lovely nanny, Mary Poppins, who also prefers travel by umbrella. The results are not as he had expected; his hopes dashed by a mysterious stranger in a black cape.

8 min

Yamasong

Written/Directed by Sam K. Hale; Produced by Heather Henson

Events are set in motion when a mysterious Trickster hurls a star through outer space. Nani, a patchwork girl, chases the star to discover a world she’s never set foot upon. In her quest she saves the life of Shojun, a tortoise fisherman and warrior. Together they travel through his surreal, fantastic world to the star’s mountain resting place to discover its secrets.

From turbulent coastal waters to frozen mountains and unknown nether spaces, Yamasong takes the viewer on a fantastic journey filled with stunning live-action Japanese-style puppets in a hybrid world of computer-generated and real objects. Set to the music of On Ensemble, an L.A.-based percussion band, the story is an instrumental and visual metaphor for a journey taken with another across a new cultural landscape, and walking away changed from the experience.

Yamasong is an exciting blend of traditional puppet techniques married with new digital technology. From using green screen to After Effects to the Canon 7D camera, the story aims to create a visual world that is neither purely real or imaginary, but somewhere between and evocative as a place all of its own.

9 min

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

Written/Produced by Harry kloor; Directed by Harry kloor, Dan St. Piere

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey is CGI, 3D, science fiction, action-adventure film which interweaves animated sequences with actual space imagery captured from seven ongoing NASA/ESA missions. Its family-friendly tale focuses on a photon named Dave and his heroic efforts to save his people, who are caught in a galactic battle between the forces of good and evil. The film takes a unique and entertaining approach to science education by creating characters which embody scientific concepts and discoveries, making the movie fun as well as informative.

The incredible all-star voice cast include Abigail Breslin, Amanda Peet, Brent Spiner, Chris Pine, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, Jason Alexander, Mark Hamill, Neil Armstrong, Robert Picardo, Samuel Jackson, Sandra Oh, William Shatner.

50 min