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Thursday, December 4th

7:42pm Opening Night: THE WELL (TX Premiere)


Tom Hammock | USA | 95 min

Writers: Jacob Forman, Tom Hammock
Producers: Seth Caplan, Billy Federighi, Dante Federighi, Jacob Forman, Chris Harding
Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart, Max Charles, Nicole Fox, Michael Welch, and Jon Gries

It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, seventeen-year-old Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left. A full-throttle action film, The Well features an ass-kicking female heroine in Haley Lu Richardson, and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Gries as her nemesis. 


10:15/10:40pm SHORTS PROGRAM 1 - Dystopian Visions

(note: this program plays in 2 theaters, 25 minutes apart to facilitate filmmakers being at both Q&As)

Pablo Bonelli | USA | 20 min
Writer: Pablo Bonelli

A scavenger in a ravaged wasteland comes across a house deep in the woods, and a family that doesn’t take kindly to strangers. Eventually, they invite him in for food, but nothing is as it seems.

The Developer
Robert Odegnal | Hungary | 17 min
Writer: Aron Horvath

Lens can burn the pictures of the past into photosensitive paper. Called in by the Golden Dimension, a business that runs the city like a dictatorship, he discovers something that may overturn its supremacy.

Justin Nickels | USA | 14 min
Writer: Justin Nickels

Two estranged brothers, one a deputy and one an ex con, confront the darkness in the barn, as well as their own present.

Daniel Beaulieu | USA | 2 min
Writer: Daniel Beaulieu

With the entire crew lost to an unknowable entity, Kappa, the sole survivor, makes a desperate break for the escape pods. 

J S Mayank | USA | 10 min
Writer: J S Mayank

In a world where time flows backwards, an old man looks forward to greeting his wife as she comes alive, while his 7-year old granddaughter contemplates her upcoming mortality.

Bryan Costanich | USA | 13 min
Writer: Bryan Costanich

In a coffee shop, Dave, trains his robot apprentice, Al, to take over and then train others while Ivette, a Slumptown regular, is faced with a difficult choice.

Joe Ksander, Kevin Adams | USA | 8 min
Writers: Joe Ksander, Kevin Adams

A young girl flees the city with the help of her only ally – an old, broken down construction robot.

Gavin Williams | UK | 15 min
Writer: Gavin Williams

In the near future, a young woman becomes a sleepworker: her body is programmed to do menial labor while she is asleep. Suffering disturbing side effects, she uncovers what she is really doing while unconscious. 

Friday, December 5th

5:30/6:00pm SHORTS PROGRAM 2 - Passage to the Unknown

(note: this program plays in 2 theaters, 30 minutes apart to facilitate filmmakers being at both Q&As)

Martian American
Lee Citron | USA | 21 min
Writers: Lee Citron, John Barr

A lonely Martian travels to Los Angeles to start a
new life and make new friends, but when faced with adversity, culture shock, and self doubt, he struggles to find the courage to stay.

One-Minute Time Machine
Devon Avery | UK/USA | 6 min
Writer: Sean Crouch

James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions.

Crash Course
Simon Heath | UK | 4 min
Writers: Simon Heath, Luke Watkinson

Gavin’s long suffering instructor, Don, is stuck yet again trying to get him through his flying license test. When a thief hijacks their flying car after a heist, he gets more than he bargained for.

The House at the Edge of the Galaxy
Gleb Osatinski | USA | 13 min
Writer: Gleb Osatinski

At a desolate outpost, a lonely boy is taught by a passing Cosmonaut how to plant a ‘star’ to transform his existence. Yearning for the heavens, he discovers that paradise instead resides in his own backyard.

One Last Question
Sean Corbin | Texas | 4 min
Writer: Sean Corbin
His wife taken hostage and a sniper’s rifle aimed at his head, has Lucas run out of options? Will he turn over the technology they want? Can he ask one last question?. The sniper has   in exchange for a piece of technology Lucas has created. 

David Dibble | USA | 7 min
David Dibble

Shunned by his village, an eccentric old man treks into the woods every day and returns late at night, until a young boy who follows him on his journey discovers his magical secret.

Little Man of Steel
Larry Ziegelman | USA | 10 min
Writers: Larry Ziegelman, Colin Costello

Lois discovers the hardest part about dating Clark.

The Trail’s End
David Rosenbaum | USA | 10 min
Writer: David Rosenbaum

On the final day of his life, an android has an unexpected encounter that alters the course of his existence.

Dear Lucas
Winnie Cheung | USA | 19 min
Writers: Winnie Cheung, Zack Marotta

A man in the shadow of his famous, beloved scientist father falls in love with one of his fans until they receive a message from the future. A horrific tragedy awaits them. Will their love be worth the risk? 


7:55/8:20pm Centerpiece Film: TIME LAPSE (TX Premiere)

(note: this program plays in 2 theaters, 25 minutes apart to facilitate filmmakers being at both Q&As)

Time Travel

Bradley King | USA | 103 min

Writers: BP Cooper, Bradley King
Producers: BP Cooper, Rick Montgomery
Cast: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary, George Finn, Amin Joseph, Jason Spisak

In a sleepy apartment building, three roommates discover their scientist neighbor dead. In his apartment, a giant experimental camera aimed at their apartment takes pictures 24 hours into the future. Exploiting the machine, they enjoy being one step ahead in life, until the machine starts spitting out disturbing images. A Hitchcockian thriller, Time Lapse is part indie love triangle comedy, part SciFi mystery and is sure to make your head hurt. 


10:30pm in the ALPHA Theater


Technology w/ Unexpected Consequences

Matt O’Mahoney | Canada | 83 min

Writer: Matt O’Mahoney
Producers: Daniel Domachowski, Todd Giroux, Michael O’Mahoney, Christena Zatylny
Cast: Adam Boys, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Ken Tsui, Gabrielle Giraud, and Dwayne Bryshun 

Travis is an underground comic book artist with a penchant for the obscene. When one of his comics insults a Chinatown crime boss, the gangster punishes Travis by removing his drawing hand. A daunted Travis retreats into a life of alcoholic misery. That is, until his hand returns from the grave... Single-handedly dragging him into harm’s way, Travis’s appendage points him

in the direction of revenge, with an avenging S&M homosexual superhero by his side.

This fim is dedicated to Corey Mitchell, co-founder of Housecore Horror Film Festival. 


Bloody Knuckles plays with:

Justin McLachlan | USA | 6 min
Writer: Justin McLachlan

Two roommates who each want the last donut have trouble learning to share. 

10:30pm in the BETA Theater


Space Travel/Parallel Universe

Armen Evrensel | Canada | 85 min 

Writer: Armen Evrensel
Producers: Holly Baird, Billy Boyd, Robin Dunne, Kristin Kreuk, Rob Merilees, Shayne Putzlocher, Amanda Tapping
Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Amanda Tapping, Billy Boyd, George Takei, Robin Dunne

Four blue-collar astronauts find themselves stuck on a Sanitation Station after they bring a mysterious device aboard their ship, ending all life on Earth. Discovering what happened to civilization is only the first of many galactic-level crises the astronauts will have to face as they are about to come under attack by a mutating rubber duck named Gary bent on taking over the Universe. Featuring George Takei as the voice of Gary. 


Space Milkshake plays with:

Tony Mirza | Canada | 16 min
Writers: Justine Warrington, Alison Araya

In a barren post-apocalyptic future, the seven sexy Goddesses of Merkabatron descend upon a wretched Earth to convey the message that the Vibration of Love can heal all. 

Saturday, December 6th

12:30pm in the ALPHA Theater

AURA (US Premiere)

Parallel Universe/Alternate Reality

Zsolt Bernáth | Hungary | 80 min

Writer: Márk Kis-Szabó
Producers: Márk Kis-Szabó, Károly Váczy
Cast: Bálint Szénási, Kristóf Szénási, Panka Kapócs, Péter Dubai, Ádám Ungvár

Four kids wake up in the morning in an abandoned field only to find that the Sun did not rise. As darkness covers them the whole day, with no hope of light, they face mysteries rooted deep in mankind’s very beginning. Surrounded by a mysterious dome that reacts to their touch, they must settle their differences and find their way back to reality. 

(WORLD Premiere)

Parallel Universe/Alternate Reality

Steven Ayromlooi | USA | 30 min

Writer: Steven Ayromlooi
Producers: Mandy Amano, Steven Ayromlooi, Dragon Dronet, Mathew Gray, Alex Villareal
Cast: Mandy Amano, Dragon Dronet, Yoshio Iizuka, Stephen Meyer, Pancho Moler, Evan Parke

The realm is embroiled in war between the Sun Goddess and the Witch Queen, Goddess of the moon. Hirohawa The Sun Devil returns to save the princess as a way of paying of a long-standing debt of honor. 

12:30pm in the BETA Theater

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John E. Hudgens | USA | 96 min

Writer: John E. Hudgens
Producer: John E. Hudgens
Featuring: Bill Corbet, Chris Gore, Walter Koenig, Harry Knowles, and many more

For years, people have been making home movies called “fanfilms,” using pop culture properties that they may not own, but love. Backyard Blockbusters looks at the history and influence of the fanfilm genre, as well as the copyright and fair use problems these films create. Star Trek: New Voyages, Batman: Dead End, Hardware Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, George Lucas in Love, Ryan vs. Dorkman, Browncoats: Redemption, Tarzan and the Rocky Gorge and many more! 


3:10pm in the ALPHA Theater

THE PERFECT 46 (TX Premiere)

Technology w/ Unexpected Consequences

Brett Ryan Bonowicz | USA | 97 min

Writer: Brett Ryan Bonowicz
Producers: Brett Ryan Bonowicz, Sheldon Coolman, Marco Cordero, Whit Hertford, Thomas Campbell Jackson, John Seabright
Cast: Whit Hertford, Keston John, James Kyson, Robyn Cohen, and Don McManus

A geneticist creates a website that pairs an individual with their ideal genetic partner for children.
This ‘science factual’ film has been lauded by MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, Science, and the London Evening Standard as “a worryingly believable cautionary tale.” What if you could have the perfect child? 

3:10pm in the BETA Theater

CAPSULE (US Premiere)

Technology w/ Unexpected Consequences

Djie Han Thung | Netherlands | 85 min

Writer: Gerson Oratmangoen
Producers: Christine Anderton, Stefany Rietkerk
Cast: Anouk Kleykamp, Michael Schnörr, Orlando do Brito, Jet Kragt, Inge Snijders

Radiation threatens life on earth. With the end of the world imminent, behavioral scientist Ichigo conducts interviews to select 900 souls who can survive for one year in a capsule. Practical skills are less important for this than the ability to love. While candidates for the capsule struggle with their daily life, there is growing doubt about the integrity of Ichigo, who is accused of taking advantage of the spreading insecurity. 


Capsule plays with:

Ronald Eltanal | USA | 11 min
Writer: Ronald Eltanal

An aging scientist struggling with early-onset dementia takes an experimental drug to prevent losing what he most cherishes. 


5:30/6:00pm Shorts Program 3 - On To Tomorrow

(note: this program plays in 2 theaters, 30 minutes apart to facilitate filmmakers being at both Q&As)

Faroukh Virani | USA/India | 17 min
Writer: Faroukh Virani

Two Indian astronauts must cope with the death of their captain on a one-way voyage to the nearest Earth-like sanctuary.

Preston Peterson, Jason Boesch | USA | 17 min
Writers: Preston Peterson, Jason Boesch
In the midst of the greatest scientific discovery of our generation, three young scientists face an ethical dilemma when their experiment works in a way they never thought possible.

Jupiter’s Glare
Rebecca Gower | UK | 5 min
Writers: Rebecca Gower, Jack Holden

A massive gender crisis has gripped the planet. Women vastly outnumber men and the authorities try all sorts of incentives to help restore the balance.

The Last Wildflower
Jonathan Hal Reynolds | Texas | 10 min
Writer: Jonathan Hal Reynolds

A pilgrim from the stars crashes on an unknown planet in search of organic life.

Cidney Hue | USA | 15 min
Writer: Cidney Hue

Mission specialist Shannon Wendell spends one last night in New York City before she embarks on a 135 year-long journey to the distant planet of Odessa.

John Harden | USA | 17 min
Writer: John Harden

An elderly couple restored to life after centuries of cryonic suspension faces the joys and challenges of a second life in the distant future.

7300 Days Later
Luca Bertoluzzi | UK | 13 min
Writer: Luca Bertoluzzi

Five childhood friends meet again exactly twenty years later in the same place they played as children. 



(US Premiere)

Technology w/ Unexpected Consequences

Dan Bush | USA | 97 min

Writers: Dan Bush, Conal Byrne
Producers: Linda Burns, Dan Bush, Conal Byrne, Clay Floren, Michael McReynolds, Alexander Motlagh, Aimee Shieh
Cast: Conal Byrne, Amy Seimetz, Tim Habeger, Adam Fristoe, Scott Poythress, Lake Roberts, Melissa McBride, Jeff Rose

William Blakely, a cutting-edge geneticist, wakes up from a mysterious accident with fragmented memories and must re-learn his identity from his twin brother. But as William digs deeper, he realizes the shocking truth: This is not his life at all. A gripping drama full of moral quandaries we are mere years from facing, The Reconstruction of William Zero features a phenomenal cast and an emotional core seldom seen in science fiction. 


10:30pm in the ALPA Theater

APT 3D (WORLD Premiere)

Revealing Would Reveal Too Much 

Zack Imbrogno, Horst Dieter Baum (co-director) | USA | 80 min

Writer: Zack Imbrogno
Producers: Maxxe Sternbaum, Zack Imbrogno
Cast: Maxxe Sternbaum, Zack Imbrogno, Jordan Lewis

Erin and Ben move to New York City in the dead of winter to find themselves psychologically and physically imprisoned in their apartment by their enigmatic neighbors. Battling fears and their own concerns they might be imagining things, the couple’s relationship starts to fracture. However, as they look further into what happened to Ben’s sister, former resident of this apartment, they begin to wonder if the other residents of this complex might have it out for them. 


Apt 3D plays with:

Andrew Olson | Texas | 10 min
Writer: Andrew Olson

Combing the wastelands for useful objects, a scout finds herself racing back to base trying to beat the setting sun because once the darkness comes – so do the Reapers. 

10:30pm in the BETA Theater


Technology w/ Unexpected Consequences

Tyler Pavey | USA | 92 min

Writer: Tyler Pavey
Producers: Nikhil Jassawalla, Mike Mo, Orson Ossman, Tyler Pavey
Cast: Corey Rieger, Andrew Simpson, David Pesta, Orson Ossman

Four scientists move into a house with one goal, to craft a machine to raise the dead. With dwindling resources, the crew must contain their ulterior motives in order to realize the daunting task ahead of them. On the brink of success, the team begins to unravel, secrets and lies undercutting their groundbreaking work. A modern day Frankenstein, The Phoenix Project is less about the technology and more about the pioneers pursuing it. 


The Phoenix Project plays with:

Evan Matthews | USA | 18 min
Writer: Evan Matthews

When discovering a deep space distress call from his estranged brother, Marshall must choose to save himself or venture into the unknown ‘Recoil Effect’ for a chance at redemption. 

Our 2014 Program Guide.  Thank you to our sponsor, The Label Collective for the awesome design work, and David Poe for the awesome cover design.