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Friday the 13th - Narrative Shorts Program

  • Courtyard Theater 1060 River Street, Suite 110 Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)

Friday the 13th - Narrative Shorts Program

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Running Condition

(Narrative Short, 15 mins) 

Synopsis: When a mysterious recluse experiences first love, his carefully constructed world quickly begins to destabilize.


Kong's

(Narrative Short, 10 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Ian Schiller (Director), Thomas Nores (Co-Writer), Potentially - Molly Salz (Producer), Andy Olson (Gaffer)

Synopsis: When a low criminal makes his move against an old friend, it thrusts him into the deep end of a criminal world where his next move could be his last.

Director: Ian Schiller is a Director living in Santa Cruz, California. He’s intrigued by characters living outside the margins of normal. He’s known for arresting evocative imagery. Kong’s is Ian’s short narrative film Directorial debut.


World War Anywhere

(Narrative Short, 14 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Scott Antifave (Director)

Synopsis: An attack on the city thrusts a couple into a fight for their lives.

Director: Scott is a writer/director with experience in all aspects of production. As a 1st Assistant Camera with the International Cinematographers Guild Chapter 669, he spends day in and day out making films and TV for audiences worldwide. Utilizing the skills learned from working with professionals whose resumes span from "Game of Thrones" to "Streets of Fire", Scott applies this knowledge to every project he undertakes.


Frederick

(Narrative Short, 15 mins)

Synopsis: Frederick is the story of a high profile painter and art gallery owner, who suffers from an intense version of artist's block. However, his passion reignites when he has an idea for a new controversial project. To his surprise, he receives an unexpected visit from an intimidating yet oblivious policeman, Detective Marks, who interrogates him about the disappearance of several young fashion models. Frederick and Marks play a game of cat and mouse, culminating in a mysterious yet frightening exhibition.

Director: Traci Hays developed her directing sensibility under the mentorship of Larry Moss (acting coach), Martha Coolidge (Real Genius) and Randal Kleiser (Grease). Her recent directing credits include the Web Pilot, Seer, Produced by MyTeeVee, the TV Pilot, Alive Again, Produced by Legacy Films and Media, the documentary Ecstasy Lives out of Balance, produced for the County of Santa Clara, and a short 1800s period film, Lions Among Men starting Johanna Watts (American Warship) and Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games, The Spectacular Now). In addition, Lions Among Men was selected in the TOP 10 for DGA Student Film Awards. Growing up on classic musicals in San Jose, California, Traci developed her taste as an artist through various theater productions. This love for the arts blossomed into filmmaking after taking her first filmmaking class in high school. Traci earned her B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University.


Alfred J Hemlock

(Narrative Short, 14 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Edward Lyons (Producer, Co-Writer, Director) Melissa Lyons (Producer, Co-Writer)

Synopsis: When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorised by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock.

Director: Edward has a degree in English from Sydney University and a Master of Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney. His first short film, 'Can I Call You', was sold to ‘Fangoria’ magazine. In 2013 the Australian Writers' Guild honoured him with an AWGIE nomination for his screenplay 'Drive-By'. His previous short film, the award winning ‘A Man On The Edge’, screened in over 50 international festivals.


Wandering Soul

(Narrative Short, 13 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Josh Tanner (writer/director), Jade van der Lei (writer/producer)

Synopsis: A Viet Cong soldier stationed in the claustrophobic tunnels of Cu Chi during the Vietnam War finds himself haunted by the ghost of a fallen comrade after the burial ceremony is compromised.

Director: Josh Tanner is an Australian writer/director. In 2013, he co-wrote and directed short film THE LANDING, a period drama/Sci-Fi, which won Best Short Film at the Sitges International Film Festival, qualifying it for the 2015 Academy Awards®. The film went on to win fifteen awards at international festivals before a successful online release, gaining Vimeo Staff Picks and receiving over 300,000 views. Josh is currently in development for feature versions of both THE LANDING and WANDERING SOUL, and is represented by The Gotham Group in Los Angeles.