2016 Film Guide
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Ghostwriter

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pony

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.

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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.