2016 Film Guide


Runtime: 8 min

Directed by: Mykee Steen

Location: Portland, OR

The aspiring writer Jonas accidentally invokes the spirit of his great-grandmother to finish his novel, but he wields the power recklessly and makes himself vulnerable to the realm of Norwegian lore.


Grackle’s Grove

Runtime: 1 min

Directed by: Allison Pisha

Location: Martin, SD

Grackle’s Grove — a texture-based animation — illustrates a man recalling a past skirmish between a flock of grackles and himself.


Help Desk

Runtime: 8 min

Directed by: Edward Linder, Sean A. Skinner

Location: Minneapolis, MN

It’s just Video, Audio and Gadgets and some people can’t understand the technology. That’s where the HELP DESK comes…in.


Lay in Wait

Runtime: 25 min

Directed by: Jonathan Ade

Location: June Lake, CA

A young married woman in the midst of an affair loses her wedding ring in the woods and must find it before the sun sets.

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Lost Dog

Runtime: 7 min

Directed by: John Vogel

Location: Aberdeen, SD

Viewers get taken along on the journey during a day in a life of an atypical lost dog.


May the Price Be With You

Runtime: 2 min

Directed by: Zach Thompson

Location: Moorhead, MN

An average, mundane day at the grocery store turns into an action packed, martial arts extravaganza reminiscent of gems such as Kung Pow! Enter the Fist and Kung Fu Hustle when a cashier, fed up with his job, engages in a hand to hand showdown of the craziest check out experience you’ve ever seen!


Night of the Slasher

Runtime: 11 min

Directed by: Shant Hamassian

Location: Los Angeles, CA

A ‘shot-in-one-take’ slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and defeat him.


Not About Me

Runtime: 6 min

Directed by: Aaron Nix

Location: Seward, NE

A husband attempts to avoid the building tension at home. Instead, he finds perspective on the urgency of life and love with the hopes of reconciling with his wife.


Player Two

Runtime: 4 min

Directed by: Zachary Antell

Location: Syracuse, NY

Player Two is a short animation that explores the relationship that develops between two brothers of differing age growing up, and how video games foster that bond.



Runtime: 31 min

Directed by: Candice Carella

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Spending the weekend looking after a spirited 5 year old, Jeff, an aging rock musician, must suspend his delusions of grandeur and face reality.

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Ruff Interpretation

Runtime: 5 min

Directed by: Justin & Kristin Schaack

Location: Richfield, MN

Pet psychic/storyteller, Jimmy Redondo, interprets a tall tail through the point-of-view of a “compact yet fierce fur ball of fury” also known as Sadie, an 8-pound yorkie. Unfortunately, his interpretation is a bit…ruff.


Sandlot Hockey

Runtime: 11 min

Directed by: Jenny Menzel, Lucas Murray

Location: Aberdeen, SD

Hockey means lots of things to the world. For the Orr family in Aberdeen, it is both a sport and a way to bring their family and community together.