Short of the Week

USA

Action about Conquest in Special FX
Dan Blank / 6 min / USA / 2012

It’s sushi chefs vs. sea monsters in this wildly entertaining special effects driven comedic short from director Dan Blank.

Comedy about Crime in Special FX
DANIELS / 3 min / USA / 2012

Pockets are pretty convenient, but can be dangerous when the wrong hands are in them.

Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Alan Spearman / 13 min / USA / 2012

Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. Chris is a poetic observer with much to say about life in South Memphis.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Special FX
Dennis Liu / 14 min / USA / 2012

In the near future, instant DNA identification has created an information grid that makes crime extremely difficult, and anonymity impossible. But, suddenly, the same ID’s start to appear in different locations. A pro-level and intelligent Sci- Fi piece about the genesis of a Big Brother State.

Documentary about Identity in Live-Action
Ewan McNicol / 6 min / USA / 2012

Kendrick, an up-and-coming calf roper from Louisiana, shares his dream of reaching the Las Vegas rodeo finals.

Dramedy about Identity in Multi-Media
Rian Johnson / 10 min / USA / 2012

A woman spends her life dreaming the dreams of a stranger—until she runs into him.

Romance about Love in Live-Action
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders / 12 min / USA / 2012

Adelaide is looking for love in all the wrong places. Seeking attention by faking illnesses, she meets Brad at the pharmacy counter, turning her strategy – and their lives – upside down.

Drama about Childhood in Animation
Jason Carpenter / 10 min / USA / 2012

A young boy is thrust into the terrorizing world of daycare.

Sci-Fi about The End in Special FX
Kevin Margo, Barrett Meeker / 8 min / USA / 2012

One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer.

Documentary about Hope in Live-Action

A disabled man named Agustin in Honduras has been building a helicopter in his home for the past 53 years causing controversy amongst his family and community.

Sports about Perseverence in Live-Action
Nathan Caswell, Jeremiah Zagar / 6 min / USA / 2012

Chad Jones, athletic superstar and NFL hopeful, was brutally injured in a 2010 car crash. His journey to recovery is documented is this virtuosic short from the team at Union HZ.

Dark Comedy about Life & Society in Live-Action
Doron Hagay / 9 min / USA / 2012

Everyone writes to Erica Wexler on her Facebook, and she’s great about responding. But Erica Wexler is dead.

Horror about The End in Live-Action

It’s Dogs vs. Zombies, in this light-hearted horror film from Miami collective Borscht Corp.

Drama about Love in Stop-Motion
Christopher Kezelos / 5 min / USA / 2012

A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.

Romance about Love in Live-Action
Drake Doremus / 7 min / USA / 2012

A unique Branded Content Series from Intel and Toshiba directed by 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Winner Drake Doremus (Like Crazy)

Fantasy about Love in Live-Action
Peter Lewis / 7 min / USA / 2012

A girl finds a mysterious, old Polaroid camera that does far more than meets the eye.

Drama about Abuse in Live-Action
Ari Aster / 29 min / USA / 2012

The Johnsons are an attractive, upper-middle class family with a perverse little secret. Ari Aster directs, this dark satire of the domestic melodrama.

Action about Other Worlds in Special FX
James Farr / 6 min / USA / 2012

The greatest 80s movie never made, a talented production team from Tulsa, Oklahoma, brings Pac-Man to life in this fun fan film.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
David Friedman / 3 min / USA / 2012

Retirement is for people who work, not for people who live. David Friedman’s short but inspirational portrait of inventor Ralph Baer.

Action about Revenge in Live-Action
Thomas Jane, Adi Shankar / 10 min / USA / 2012

Actor Thomas Jane takes the Punisher property into his own hands with a new popular Fan-Film

Fantasy about Perseverence in Multi-Media
Jared Varava, Justin Varava / 7 min / USA / 2012

From acclaimed indie short filmmakers, the Varava Brothers, comes the whimsical and historically accurate tale of one tumbleweed that did not tumble.

Thriller about Reality in Live-Action
Colin Levy / 15 min / USA / 2012

An obsessive mathematician attempts to discover a hidden integer in this well-crafted psychological thriller from Colin Levy

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Seith Mann / 21 min / USA / 2012

Friends meet at the crossroads of loyalty and morality and are forced to decide which path to walk.

Fantasy about Nothing in Animation

Complementing Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is this collection of super brief animated short stories based on the main character’s library books.

Myth about Nature in Animation
Tyler J. Kupferer / 5 min / USA / 2012

Ilona is a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father. Food is running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange creature in order to ensure the survival of her family.