shorts! volume 4
16 AWARD-WINNING FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS
UK (2005) Sam Hearn & Richard Penfold (4 min)
o Commentary 1 & 2: Producer/Director Sam Hearn & Writer/Director Richard Penfold
Ben, a mutt, talks about his mid-life crisis, the indignity of neutering, and his dreams of a loving home.
Rain is Falling
Germany (2004) Holger Ernst (15 min)
o Commentary: Director/Writer Holger Ernst
A girl is trying to save her mother, she might be saving much more.
US (2005) John Mitchell & Jeremy Kipp Walker (19 min)
o Commentary 1: Producer/Writer/Directors John Mitchell & Jeremy Kipp Walker
o Commentary 2: Cinematographer Martin Matiasek
When a cynical old man is forced to share his hospital room, he discovers that it's never too late to
change your outlook on life.
UK (2002) Martin Jones (12 min)
o Commentary: Writer/Director Martin Jones
She thinks that if she can steal away in the darkness, before the man in the bed wakes, it never happened. The man in the tree strongly disagrees.
Latvia (2004) Vladimir Leschiov (7 min)
o Commentary: Director Vladimir Leschiov
She comes at night quiet as a cat to take his sleep away until he feeds her. All she needs is milk brought by him somewhere between sleep and reality. Her name is Insomnia.
Winning the Peace
UK (2004) Eli Kaufman (18 min)
o Commentary 1: Director Eli Kaufman
o Commentary 1 & 2: Director Eli Kaufman & Producer Kori Shadrick
The story of an Iraqi American Marine on a personal crusade to redeem his place of birth. Ultimately his moral imperative to torment the wicked and save the aggrieved proves untenable.
Learn Self Defense
US (2004) Chris Harding (5 min)
o Commentary 1 & 2: Director Chris Harding
Five practical lessons of self-defense for the citizen on the go-- or nation-state on the rampage!
Rave Against the Machine
UK (2004) Richard Rudy & James Harvey (24 min)
o Commentary: Richard Rudy, Stevan Riley, Holly Lubbock & James Harvey
During the Bosnian conflict, Sarajevo spent four years under seige. The story of how a troubled group of young friends strove to keep their sanity through the music they made; parties they organized; and radio they broadcast.
Hungary (2005) Géza M. Tóth (5 min)
o Commentary 1 & 2: Director Géza M. Tóth (English)
o Commentary 3 & 4: Director Géza M. Tóth (Hungarian)
Five minutes before the Big Performance, behind the curtains Maestro is getting ready for the execution. Time is slowly ticking away...
The Silent Treatment
UK (2003) Peter Lydon (10 min)
o Commentary: Director Peter Lydon
Why is Sara not talking to Bill? Why doesn't Bill stop talking to Sara? What could have happened at the dinner party the night before? Whatever happened, Sara's not telling.
US (2004) Trey Nelson (19 min)
o Commentary 1: Director Trey Nelson & Actor Ben Curtis
o Commentary 2: Director Trey Nelson, Producer Chris Carroll & Cinematographer Jon Miller
It's a bitter winter day in 1968 when two best friends set out across a field. A story of friendship and lost trust.
US (2005) Josh Staub (8 min)
o Commentary 1 & 2: Director Josh Staub
Created in its entirety by first-time filmmaker Josh Staub, The Mantis Parable is the charming tale of a humble caterpillar trapped in a bug collector's jar and in need of a helping hand.
US (2005) Jim Cashman (4 min)
o Commentary: Writer/Producer/Actors Brian Palermo & Mitch Silpa
A slip of the tongue can lead to hilarious results over dinner.
Ukraine / US (2005) Sophie Barthes and Andrij Parekh (18 min)
o Commentary 1 & 2: Directors Sophie Barthes and Andrij Parekh
A couple's honeymoon journey across the snow-covered steppe of Ukraine is inexplicably troubled by a bleeding finger. In English, Russian, Ukrainian and French with subtitles.
US (2005) Glenn Komsky (12 min)
o Commentary 1 & 2: Director Glenn Komsky
Rule one at any art gallery is 'Do Not Touch The Artwork,' but when curious Myles comes face to fin with a certain irresistibly tantalizing installation piece, trouble is blending. Cross the line and see what awaits you on the other side.
Ireland (2004) Brendan Muldowney (10 min)
o Commentary 1 & 2: Director Brendan Muldowney
A young girl is left at home by her parents. When all the lights go out, she has to check the fuse box down in the cellar….