Shorts Blocked

Shorts Blocked

Showtime: 8:00PM on Thursday, September 19th, 2019


The Phantom 52

The Phantom 52

A trucker who calls out on his CB radio waiting for a reply that never comes. A ghost that haunts the deserted highways. A whale that sings at a frequency no other whale can even hear.

2019 / USA / 7 min. / Animation
Directed by Geoff Marslett
Cast: Tom Skerritt, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Howe Gelb, Matthew Lillard


The Hat

The Hat

The sudden and inexplicable appearance of a hat pits two friends against each other with irreversible consequences.

2019 / USA / 4 min. / Comedy
Directed by Peter Ambrosio
Cast: Bilal Mir, Dane Hurlburt


Cold Storage

Cold Storage

Cold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thawes him out as his newfound soul brother.

2017 / Finland / 9 min. / Comedy
Directed by Thomas Freundlich
Cast: Valtteri Raekallio, Eero Vesterinen


Border Patrol Season 2

“Border Patrol” is a comedy centered on two polar opposite Border Patrol agents: Scotty, a failed actor afraid to leave his border town home who channels his frustrated dreams into a Fleetwood Mac cover band with Julio the local coyoté; and Estella, an elite agent transferred to Scotty’s district, struggling with a barely repressed anger issues and looking to get promoted to D.C.

2019 / USA / 19 min. / Comedy
Directed by John Lopez
Cast: Vannessa Vasquez, Greg Roman


Bad Assistant

Bad Assistant

Devoted assistant Emilee Rank has spent the last three years working for washed-up actor and notorious Hollywood nightmare Parker St. Garrett. After decades of bit parts in B-movies, Parker finally lands a leading role in a successful super hero film franchise. But the good news is quickly eclipsed when he and Emilee discover Parker’s best friend Sexual Jay, dead of an overdose in Parker’s guest room. Fearing a death in his home will force the studio to rescind the career-making job offer, Parker enlists Emilee’s help in moving the body back to Jay’s house. Emilee reluctantly agrees and, with Sexual Jay in the trunk, the pair set off on a stressful road trip that pushes their dysfunctional relationship to its breaking point.

2019 / USA / 26 min. / Comedy
Directed by Kyle Cogan
Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Paige Klone, Cooper Johnson


Scratch

Scratch

On the night of a double murder, a mysterious patron of a roadside diner has a date with the Devil.

2019 / USA / 9 min. / Thriller, Drama, Noir
Directed by Ronan Jorah
Cast: Mark DeLaBarre, Ronan Jorah, Carey Van Driest


A Tattooed Heart

A creative writing instructor (Jennifer Morrison, “Once Upon a Time”) at a juvenile detention center finds common ground with a troubled student (Madison Wolfe, “I Kill Giants”) yet quickly finds herself in great danger when she decides to help her.

2019 / USA / 9 min. / Thriller, Suspense, Drama
Directed by Sheldon Wong Schwartz
Cast: Jennifer Morrison, Madison Wolfe, Nestor Serrano


I Am He Who Created Himself

Joining with his shadow, the first god creates himself, the progenitor of humanity. This surrealistic film intermixes stop motion animation, time lapse photography, and live action sequences to re-imagine one of the paradigmatic creation myths recorded in antiquity.

2019 / USA / 4 min. / Experimental
Directed by Emma Penaz Eisner