2012 Film Guide

A Picture of Ric

Runtime: 14 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Dam Sprynczynatyk

Location: Bismarck, ND

Showtime: During Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Best Dakota Short Documentary This is the story of an artist from Bismarck, North Dakota. He has done many big projects around the world for big name clients but at the end of the day, he comes home to an old broken down house and struggles to get by in every day life.

As Seen on TV

Runtime: 9 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Patrick Wynne

Location: Pasadena, CA

Showtime: During Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

A talented, but guarded, commercial director watches as all his nightmares come true on a low budget infomercial set. His ability to overcome or fail will determine his future in the more lucrative commercial world.

Blood Terror of the Night Fiend

Runtime: 8 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Bri Deihl

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Showtime: During Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

When asking a tiny favor, one man finds the extent of his friendship with an old acquaintance.

Brother

Runtime: 6 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Sean Voysey Olsen

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Showtime: During Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

A youth mentor bites off more than he can chew when he takes ten year-old Zach to the library.

Buffalo Shampoo

Runtime: 30 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Ryan Becken

Location: Apple Valley, MN

Showtime: During Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Jury Award – Comedy Late 80s Early 90s Style The All Valley Open Mic Talent Contest; where the untalented go to live and the talented go to die. Handcrank Kelly Lee, a washed up rocker from the late 80′s/early 90′s, just wants to win this contest so he can finally seal the deal with his lovely […]

Butter

Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Jim Field Smith

Location: New York, NY

Showtime: During Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Best Comedy Feature A tale of competition at its most cutthroat, Butter surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob […]

Carbon for Water

Runtime: 22 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Evan Abramson, Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Showtime: During Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Carbon For Water begins with the hardships of the people of Kenya’s Western Province, where safe drinking water is scarce and the wood fuel used to boil water for purification is expensive. These two factors conspire to make waterborne illness a daily–and life-threatening–reality among the already poor population.

Case #377

Runtime: 9 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: John Gigrich

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Showtime: During Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

What’s really in the duffel bag, and how many people will die trying to find it? A crooked cop cons a Hazmat team into descending into a ‘banshee’ infested drug lab, only to realize that they may be in over their heads. He also discovers that the Hazmat team is made up of some really […]

Caves: The Social Underground

Runtime: 10 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Jennifer Bird

Location: Savannah, GA

Showtime: During Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

The experience of being in a place where no one else has ever been, and to capture and bring back images of wonder. Why do some risk their lives to go into these places? As we follow three individuals into the deepest depths of caves around the United States we will unlock new sights never […]

Coming Out

Runtime: 7 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Justin Schaack, Kristin Schaack

Location: Hastings, MN

Showtime: During Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Best Comedy Short Thanksgiving at the Thomas house is always dramatic, but this year someone has a surprising announcement.

Don’t Be Nervous

Runtime: 4 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Peter Gulsvig

Location: Vancouver, BC

Showtime: During Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Johndace, an obese Edwardian boy, attempts to play fetch with his dog. 

Duel at Blood Creek

Runtime: 14 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Leo Burton

Location: London, UK

Showtime: During Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

A comedy about a duel at dawn, over a matter of honour.

Et Excipes Hanc Animam Ore Pio

Runtime: 14 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Gabrielle McNally

Location: Coralville, IA

Showtime: During Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Featuring striking images of the family landmark – the hay barn built by the filmmaker’s great-grandfather in mid-destruction and the raw emotion of both the original heir of the farm and McNally herself, the would-have-been heir, this piece is a tour-de-force of the pain and regret endured through generations.

Eulogy

Runtime: 3 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Jennifer Martucci

Location: Seattle, WA

Showtime: During Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

‘Til death do us part’ comes sooner than expected for a married couple. Ian and Hayley seem happily married until Hayley is stolen away by a tragic murder. Her husband Ian is faced with the task of delivering her eulogy. Is this a case of broken hearts or broken vows? 

Forever Mankind

Runtime: 10 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Howard Cook

Location: Denver, CO

Showtime: During Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

In July of 1969, the world watched as Apollo 11 took the first men to the moon. Speechwriter William Safire was tasked with writing the contingency speech for President Richard Nixon to give should the mission end in disaster. If the worst happened, what words would their families, the nation, and the world need to […]

Frames

Runtime: 5 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Lawrence Diggs

Location: Roslyn, SD

Showtime: During Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Frames is an interactive animation presentation that explores how the frames through which we experience reality have a greater weight on our perception than reality itself. Using only visuals, it aims to help the viewer pierce the veil of reality.

Francois Marconi-Man or God?

Runtime: 12 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Patrick McKeown

Location: Shoreview, MN

Showtime: During Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

We take a brief look at the life of one of cinema’s most iconic figures; Francois Marconi.

Inside the Whale

Runtime: 10 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Greg Carlson

Location: Fargo, ND

Showtime: During Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Matt Kish thought it might be interesting to draw one image per day for every page of “Moby-Dick,” but the project nearly ate him alive. The Ohio-based artist embarked on an eighteen-month odyssey to illustrate the Signet Classics edition of Herman Melville’s quintessential American novel, earning the attention and admiration of scores of fellow Great […]

Into Thick Air

Runtime: 20 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: David Story

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Showtime: During Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

They rebuffed Sherpas, rejected supplementary oxygen, and refused advice to turn back. Now, ten years after an unthinkable expedition, seven defiant mountaineers confront the long-lost footage of their attempt to climb the abominable Seven Summits…of the Great Plains.

Jabberywocky

Runtime: 8 minutes

Festival Year: 2012

Directed by: Ted Eschweiler

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Showtime: During Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Best Short Narrative Imprisoned in a post-apocolyptic winter wonderland, Alice and the Hatter must confront the monster that has been terrorizing them in this film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s iconic poem.