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Tough Case




United States
Comedy
00:12:10
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Stefan Perez
Written by
Stefan Perez
Produced by
Stefan Perez, Jackson Rosenfeld, Adam Carra, Miranda Limonczenko
Edited by
Stefan Perez
Other
Stefan Perez

When loose cannon Detective Dick Murdock is called to investigate another all-too-familiar murder, he embarks on a path toward redemption and bloodshed. In his quest to find the cantankerous Shoestring Slasher, there are no rules except his rules. But he doesn't follow the rules.


You Bet




United States
Drama
00:14:02
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Sky Wang
Written by
Sky Wang
Produced by
Thomas Lounsbury, Aaqib Usman
Edited by
Sky Wang

As a lottery winner lies dying in an ambulance, a murder plot against him is slowly revealed as his friends conspire against to steal the winning ticket.


Zugzwang




United States
Comedy
00:08:50
Season:2014
Directed by
Yolanda Centeno
Written by
Yolanda Centeno
Produced by
Yolanda Centeno, Bettina Mayr
Other
Sam Sasaki, Ben Sasaki, Camille Giuffre

Zugzwang in German means obligation to move. Life and chess are not so different. There is a moment in life where you know you have to make a decision, but the best thing to do would be not to make any move. But... you must. We simply call this being screwed. In chess, they call it Zugzwang.


Anti-Hero




United States
Comedy, Action, Suspense
00:08:00
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Bo! Campbell
Written by
Bo! Campbell
Produced by
Bo! Campbell, Ray Hom
Edited by
Bo! Campbell, Matthew Devapiriam Emmanuel
Other
Alexius Franklin, Adrian Nava, Brandon Zee, Lance Gegner

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


Calvin Rhodes pulls up to the local ‘Dirt Cheap Liquor & Grocery.’ On the radio is a news report about increasing crime rates, as well as a recent string of kidnappings. Calvin’s son, Angelo (nicknamed ‘Tig’, short for tiger), calls. Tig wants milk for his cereal, but Calvin doesn’t have the cash to get anything extra. After a hostile exchange with Tig’s mom, Calvin resolves to find a way to get his son some milk. Searching for money, he comes up short. Calvin spots Tig’s toy gun, and gets a bad idea. He colors the orange tip black. He tears holes in his cap, making a mask. A few practice threats in the mirror, and Calvin is halfway to a new life as a criminal. A few steps shy of armed robbery, Calvin hears a lady in distress. Some would-be kidnappers try to force her into a van! Calvin’s conscience takes control, and before he knows it he’s waving a plastic gun at a violent kidnapper. After some choice words, the driver notices Calvin’s gun is fake, and all hell breaks loose! By sheer luck and fast reflexes, Calvin prevails, killing the kidnappers and saving the day. Unfortunately, all the woman sees is a scary guy in a mask, so she tries to shoot Calvin with her taser! Her shot is ironically deflected by the milk that Calvin is graciously returning, and that’s the final straw. Calvin decides to collect payment for his services in the form of the lady’s taser and purse, and “Anti-Hero” Enterprises has its first, satisfied customer. News reports go on to detail more adventures of “Anti-Hero."


Commonplace




United States
Comedy
00:12:45
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Colleen J. McShay
Written by
Colleen J. McShay & Kimberly Van Winkle
Produced by
Colleen J. McShay, Daniel Chawla, & Francesca Brown-Haysom
Edited by
Matthew Thayer & Kimberly Van Winkle
Other
Cinematographer: Amar Jonathan Chawla

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 3nd Place Judges Choice


A quirky dramady that finds Alice and other well know fairy tale characters living in a mundane world where dreams and imagination are outlawed.


Stick




Norway
Comedy, Animation
00:07:20
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Written by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Produced by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Edited by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Other
Composer/Sound: Anthony Barratt

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


A stray dog stumbles upon a funny guy in swimming trunks, only to get (literally) too attached. STICK is a slapstick comedy about friendship, loss and the evocations of memory.


The People Who Were Never There




United States
Drama
00:39:58
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Ben Hausler
Written by
Ben Hausler
Produced by
Ben Hausler, Ragga Thordarson
Edited by
Matt Williams
Other
Cinematography - Matt Williams

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


In a hotel room in rural Nebraska, a man spends what may well be the last 24 hours of life reminiscing about the woman he loves. That is, until She shows up.


The Inbetween




United States
Drama, Suspense
00:10:01
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Rachel Nichols
Written by
Rachel Nichols
Produced by
Daniel Nichols
Edited by
Matthew Thayer
Other
Duane Peery

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 1st Place Judges and 1st Place Audience Choice


A young woman awakens in a dark forest, on her journey she must face the past and her fears if she ever hopes to return home.


The Rise And Fall....Of A Pea




United States
Documentary
00:02:00
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Leonard Vine
Written by
Leonard Vine
Produced by
Leonard Vine
Edited by
Leonard Vine

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Brief Winner - 2st Place Judges and Audience Choice


Tis is a time lapse movie of a germinating pea. A dried pea was soaked in water overnight, then placed on a slice of cork, floating in a large glass of water. Using a Panasonic DVX100A with a built-in intervalometer, one days filming was compressed into 2 minutes.


Man's Best Friend




United States
Comedy, Action
00:01:02
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Matthew Thayer
Written by
Matthew Thayer
Produced by
Joy Thayer Matthew Thayer
Edited by
Daniel Nichols
Other
Cinematography - Daniel Nichols, SFX - Matthew Thayer, Starring - Matthew Thayer & Trousers

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Brief Winner - 1st Place Judges and Audience Choice


A man taking his dog for morning walk finds himself running for his life....in bunny slippers.


Agent 6




United States
Comedy, Action, Martial Arts
00:22:00
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Desciple
Written by
None
Produced by
The Collective
Edited by
Desciple
Other
Sound design and music score by Desciple

Agent 6 is an experimental film genre I created called HYPER REALITY - where the film was created with NO SCRIPT and NO BUDGET over ONE WEEKEND. Thusly, the storyline and characters look shape as the cameras rolled.


An Agent from a secret assassins group known as The Black Box Agency suffers from multiple personality disorder and seeks psychiatric help when his last mission is compromised in this action/dark comedy.


All I think of is you




United States
Action, Thriller
00:08:00
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Shad Clark
Written by
Shad Clark
Produced by
L. Jeffrey Moore, J.E. Smith, Cheri Arellano, Mark Arellano, Kristen Schwarz(executive producer)
Edited by
Shad Clark

ALL I THINK OF IS YOU tells the story of a woman approached by a stranger possessing the memories and emotions of her dead husband. The film was funded through Kickstarter for $3k and shot in the San Francisco Bay Area in three days


Break




United States
Comedy
00:09:12
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Elisabeth Williams
Written by
Elisabeth Williams & The McFly Brothers
Produced by
Joy Thayer & Karen Law
Edited by
Paul Matta

A girl caught in a mundane and boring life meets a weird little girl in a tree and discovers the beauty and wonder of life.


Dream Raiders: Mission Zero




United States
SciFi, Action, Martial Arts
00:01:38
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Joshua A. Siegel
Written by
Joshua A. Siegel
Produced by
Joshua A. Siegel & L. Renee Boyd
Edited by
Joshua A. Siegel

Sophia, the leader of the Dream Raiders, enters her former mentor’s dreams to bring him back to the real world. But Ronin is addicted to his dream state and won’t wake up without a fight.


Dust to Dreams




United States
Documentary
00:29:40
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Stephen Arrington
Written by
None
Produced by
Stephen Arrington
Edited by
Stephen Arrington
Other
Camera operators: Stephen, Cynthia, Cheyenne and Stetcyn Arrington

David Vixie, winner of the 2005 Disney Teacher of the Year, takes his 8th grade students on a wagon trip on the Oregon/California Trail with wagons, horses, oxen, mules and students in period dress. The students have to overcome many obstacles on this incredible journey. This is a powerful story of personal growth as David is dealing with the unexpected loss of his 18 year old daughter. Unexpectedly he saves the life of one of his students...


Gundown




United States
Action, Martial Arts
00:06:34
Season:2013

Released:2009
Directed by
Joe Cabello
Written by
Joe Cabello
Produced by
Joe Cabello
Edited by
Mike Nguyen

The world's most dangerous weapon plans must be protected by one man's strength and paternal love.


Hell On Earth--Rosetta's Nightmare




United States
Animation, Horror
00:04:06
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
J Bretton Truett and Francisco Enciso
Written by
J Bretton Truett and William Shakespeare
Produced by
J Bretton Truett and Francisco Enciso
Edited by
J Bretton Truett and Francisco Enciso

Rosetta and Dr. D Ablo, characters from the Hell On Earth universe give us a new take on one of Shakespeare's most famous speeches.


Lemonade




United States
Comedy, Children
00:05:17
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Matthew Thayer
Written by
Matthew Thayer Faith Thayer
Produced by
Joy Thayer Matthew Thayer Katie Walden
Edited by
Matthew Thayer
Other
Cinematography - Michael Skilleter, Music - Bailey Calder

A girl with a lemonade stand faces some interesting challenges when a little competition opens near by.


Orange Crush




United States
Comedy, Action
00:02:21
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Tanis Cassidy
Written by
Shawn Dyer & Tanis Cassidy
Produced by
Shawn Dyer
Edited by
Shawn Dyer
Other
Starring Shawn Dyer and Cinematography by Tanis Cassidy

A peaceful day at the park quickly turns into a fruity fight for survival.


Part of Me Died When You Left




United States
Drama
00:04:00
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Susan Lien Whigham
Written by
Susan Lien Whigham
Produced by
Susan Lien Whigham
Edited by
Susan Lien Whigham
Other
Music - Susan Lien Whigham

Helen copes with depression after the death of her husband Javier. NOTE: password to vimeo link is "bartager"


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