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2014 Film Listing

Film Info

Benji's Memory




United States
Horror
00:01:20
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Heidi Moore
Written by
Heidi Moore and Cassandra Sechler
Produced by
Heidi Moore
Edited by
Heidi Moore
Other
Score - Christopher Calvano

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Judges Choice Brief


Serial killer Benji recalls a disturbing moment from his childhood. A prelude to the film "Dolly Deadly".


Rev. Jimmy Snow vs. Decades




United States
Animation
00:01:12
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Ben Ruttenburg
Written by
Ben Ruttenburg
Produced by
Ben Ruttenburg
Edited by
Ben Ruttenburg

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Audience Choice Brief


Rev. Jimmy Snow, a 1950s preacher who spoke out against the evils of Rock & Roll music, tries to deliver his sermon, but is interrupted by numerous falling block letters.


Call her Lotte




Germany
Drama
00:18:00
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Written by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Produced by
Michael Geidel, Annekathrin Wetzel
Edited by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Other
Lola Dockhorn, Maria Ehrich, Kai Malina

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 3rd Place Judges and 1st Place Audience Choice


Maria and Lea are young actors & best friends in Munich, Germany in the 30ties. With the rising power of the Nazis Maria’s husband Hans goes from being a young adventurer to a high ranking SS officer and gradually divides Maria and her Jewish friend Lea, finally insisting to forget her. But on that infamous first day of the Jewish deportation in Munich, Maria comes to a momentous decision which proves what friendship really means to her. She takes on Lea’s child Charlotte to save her from being deported to the concentration camp, thereby risking her own life and ultimately losing Hans. Maria’s story shows that, in the end, friendship can triumph over terror and death. Inspired by the childhood of Charlotte Knobloch, Vice President of the World Jewish Congress.


Cold Spring




China
Drama
00:24:57
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Shiyan Feng
Written by
Shiyan Feng
Produced by
Tongjue Huangfu, Johnny Byul Lee, Yi Feng, Shilai Jing
Edited by
Shiyan Feng
Other
Jingsheng Wu, Yuhang Wu

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


"Cold Spring" is a short narrative film portrays a transnational Chinese father who left his family over 20 years ago. One day he suddenly finds out his daughter is getting married. He wrestles with his emotions as he realizes she wasn't going to tell him. To save face, he quickly tries to reconnect with his unfamiliar daughter, and at the same time, has to learn how to take care of his 12 year old son. Our film explores a father's emotional reactions and struggles as a consequence to decades of absence in his children's lives.


A short film about fear




United Kingdom
Drama
00:09:30
Season:2014
Directed by
Keith O'Grady
Written by
Keith O'Grady
Produced by
Keith O'Grady, Pearse Moore
Edited by
Keith O'Grady
Other
Luke O'Grady, Gerry Doherty

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


A meditation on the nature of fear, cause and effect as seen through the eyes of a child.


Pie Lady of Pie Town




United States
Documentary
00:33:00
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Jane Rosemont
Written by
Jane Rosemont
Produced by
Dick and Jane Rosemont
Edited by
Jane Rosemont

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


Why did Kathy Knapp, a Dallas businesswoman, leave her charmed life to bake pie in a dusty town with no traffic light, no gas station and sketchy utilities? Pie Town came upon its name honestly in the 1920s when a cattle rancher sold pie to supplement his income. The area is teeming with Old West history and hardy characters. The film is about resolve, heartache, healing, and pie as a vehicle for peace. You’ll see an alien, a dummy, feel connections to deep space, and hear some finger-snapping tunes. You will want pie, and probably more than one slice. Welcome to Pie Town, New Mexico. The name is no joke.


11 MINUTES




United States
Drama
00:06:23
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Written by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Produced by
Tom Botchii Skowronski, Martin Moody, Nick Leisure
Edited by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Other
Rafael Siegel, Kevin Gill, Big Ugly & Elizabeth Ferreira

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 1st Place Judges Choice


The last 11 minutes in the life of a workplace shooter. Told by the director's own suicide note, used as the script for the film.


A Muslim Christmas




United States
Comedy, Music Video
00:07:16
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Aamir Malik & Joshua Siegel
Written by
Aamir Malik
Produced by
Aamir Malik
Edited by
Joshua Siegel

The new neighbor, a Muslim, is invited to a Christmas party only to be ridiculed by one of the hosts. He promptly bursts into song, proclaiming resoundingly that "Muslims love Jesus too"!


A scene from "Bullets Blades and Blood"




United States
Action, Martial Arts, Suspense
00:04:33
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Warren Foster, Art Camacho
Written by
Robert Parham
Produced by
RPI Films
Edited by
Robert Parham

Marcus Blades is a gun for hire. His job is to kidnap Neva, a rising R&B singer, but finds himself marked for death by the syndicate.


Auguste & Louis




France
Comedy
00:08:10
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Nicolas Bertrand
Written by
Nicolas Bertrand
Produced by
Nicolas Bertrand
Edited by
Nicolas Bertrand

Auguste and Louis are fishing, but the fish will have to wait...


Chasing Stars




United States
Animation
00:06:18
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Tom Mason
Written by
Tom Mason
Produced by
Sarah Hedge, Richard Herndon
Edited by
Tom Mason

Chasing Stars is a mixed media stop-motion animation short, made by students at Northwestern University, that re-imagines the story of Laika, the Soviet dog who was the first animal to orbit the earth. Driven by her sense of cosmic wonder, Laika must navigate outer space to find her place in the universe.


Cherry Pop: The Story of the World's Fanciest Cat




United States
Documentary
00:11:00
Season:2014
Directed by
Kareem Tabsch
Written by
Kareem Tabsch
Produced by
Joey Daoud, Andrew Hevia

A FILM ABOUT A CAT, YOU SAY?


Cherry Pop was no ordinary cat.


She ate nothing but filet Mignon and Evian water, traveled in customized Louis Vuitton luggage, and lounged in a mini-Rolls Royce Corniche. For her birthday there were chartered yachts and orchestras. Her lavish living made her a celebrity and she appeared everywhere in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show and television programs throughout the world. She was, to put it simply, the world's fanciest cat.


Her owners Huey and Vi Vanek, were no ordinary people either. While the lavish life they gave their cat seemed like mere eccentricity, the Vaneks were using the spotlight they were sharing with Cherry Pop to talk about the plights of homeless animals.


Yet all this happened in an age before the internet, and this unique story of animal devotion and love hasn't been properly documented for posterity. Until now that is.


Dead Drunk




United States
Comedy
00:09:08
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Joshua A. Siegel
Written by
Cat Campbell & Joshua A. Siegel
Produced by
Cat Campbell & Joshua A. Siegel
Edited by
Joshua A. Siegel

When brain eating zombies take over, there's only one way to survive. Get Dead Drunk.


Decon




United States
Drama
00:17:08
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Luke Snailham
Written by
Luke Snailham
Produced by
Luke Snailham
Edited by
Luke Snailham
Other
Thatcher Robinson, Mandana Wright, Kevin Scott Allen, Zach Alden, Jeremy Kirby, Maison Leigh

When Jack discovers that his girlfriend is one of two people who have locked themselves in a decontamination room, he and the rest of a group of citizens kept in an underground military facility must decide how to handle a possible biological infection.


Dirty Bill Of Health




Canada
Drama, Thriller
00:12:45
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Rob Carpenter
Written by
Rob Carpenter
Produced by
Cynthia Potvin, Vince D'Amato
Edited by
Rob Carpenter
Other
James Tyce, Casey Manderson, Tirra Dent, Cynthia Potvin

A stranger on a road trip stops in for a random medical check up looking for everything but a clean bill of health.


Disaffection




France
Drama, SciFi
00:17:24
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Charles Thomas
Written by
Charles Thomas
Produced by
christian HANQUET
Edited by
Charles Thomas

Specialists team of doctors places in quarantine a patient affected by a disease supposed to have disappeared: Love. Facing the threat, they proceed to a serie of tests on the patient to elaborate a vaccine.


Duetto




Cambodia
Drama
00:06:55
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Polen Ly
Written by
Polen Ly
Produced by
Polen Ly
Edited by
Polen Ly
Other
Tola Sam, Sokro Suong

A violinist lost an arm from a street accident and became incapable to play her violin anymore. Her new life became more and more challenging as she kept continuously losing her music, her loved-one, and her hope. Then, she decided to end her life while she didn't know yet that a duet awaiting her at the bright side of life.


Echoes




Spain
Drama
00:11:14
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Sergio Martínez
Written by
Sergio Martínez
Produced by
Zerkalo Films
Edited by
Sergio Martínez
Other
Juanjo Sanjosé, Jim Trainor, Julie Davies

In a forgotten place in the time, a man lives with the echoes of what was once his life.


Every 15 Minutes-Pleasant Valley High School




United States
Drama
00:18:24
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Michael Peck
Written by
Michael Peck
Produced by
House of BLUE
Edited by
Michael Peck

This short film was made for the CHP sponsored Every 15 minutes program. This film was 100% student made by PV House of BLUE students in Chico CA. Directed By Michael Peck


Extreme Pinocchio




France
Comedy
00:22:44
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Pascal Chind
Written by
Pascal Chind
Produced by
Olivier Lamy
Edited by
Pascal Chind
Other
christophe Fluder, Brice Fournier, Chris Egloff, Arsène Mosca, Bun Hay Mean, Khaled Rekik, Jean François Derec

A dwarf junkie dresses up as Pinocchio to steal money from a schizophrenic psychopath who thinks he’s Geppetto…


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