Short films by the moviemakers of tomorrow are some of the most creative comedies, cutting-edge animations and gripping dramas of today. Produced by KQED, each episode allows viewers to see, for the first time, works by emerging filmmakers who could become the next Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola.
Stop Making Sense (#1106H) Duration: 26:07 STEREO TVG
MR. FOLEY - Ireland
During movie credits did you ever wonder what the Foley Artist does? Wonder no more as this brilliant film shows the devil (and the fun) is in the details of making movies. A man awakens in a hospital bed to find he has lost his hearing. Well, not really. He can hear, but it comes with a catch. Written and directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman. Principal cast: Mark Doherty, Paraic Breathnach, Paul Connaughton and Louise Lenihan.
SHORT FILM ABOUT ICE FISHING - USA
What could be more relaxing than a spot of ice fishing with your buddy and his dog? Note to self...never a good idea to mix ice fishing, beer, guns and dynamite. Unfortunately, two clueless friends decide to do just that with hilarious results. Written and directed by Jason Shahinfar. Principal cast: Levi Adema and Zach Engelhart. While looking for a location to shoot the filmmaker found his soon to be cast members. < br />WE LOVE OUR CLIENTS - Italy
The tedium of working the nightshift is no match for the ingenious clerks that work at an all-night grocery store. The employees do a whole lot more than stack the grocery aisles. Unsuspecting shoppers are in for quite of a surprise once they get to the checkout line. Directed by Beppe Tufarulo. Principal cast: Giampiero Judica, Lucia Mascino, Francesco Mandelli, Maurizio Lombardi and Hal Yamanouchi.
CENTRIFUGE BRAIN PROJECT - Germany
The centrifuge brain project is a scientific experiment that started in the 1970s. It involves an amusement park to enhance people's brain capacity (or in other words blow your mind). The goal is to create an experience of total freedom, cutting all connection to the laws of gravity (and reality). Written and directed by Til Nowak. This is Til Nowak's second film to appear on Imagemakers (his first was the animation Delivery in season five). Principal cast: Leslie Barany.
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The Company of Men (#1005H) Duration: 28:25 STEREO TVPG-VL
BREAK A LEG - Canada
Are you a folder or a crumpler? While eating breakfast in a cafe, a hit man asks his next victim this unusual question. The tightly wound assassin simultaneously threatens and regales his companion about his startling beliefs about human behavior. Only when he gives his ultimatum do we learn the shocking identity of his next casualty. Written and directed by Jesse Shamata. Principal cast: Chuck Shamata, Gage Munroe and Conrad Bereschneider.
THE CANDIDATE - USA
A man's worth can be judged by the caliber of his enemies. In the cutthroat world of big business, no truer words have been spoken. Burton Grunzer, a hyper-aggressive and confident dealmaker, lives in the pressure cooker of a Fortune 500 company. A bumbling co-worker is protected by someone high up and his blunders in the board room are damaging Burton's reputation. As luck would have it, Burton is contacted by a secret organization called the Society for United Action. Intrigued, he agrees to meet with a representative from the society with an interesting proposition. If you could kill off your most aggravating co-worker and get away with it, would you? Directed by David Karlak. Principal cast: Tom Gulager, Thomas F. Duffy, Robert Picardo, Meghan Markle, and Vyto Ruginis.
Dead Last Option (#1105H) Duration: 29:05 STEREO TVG
TRUE LOVE - Australia
A woman has suffered years of psychological and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. When he starts focusing his rage on her daughter, she snaps and kills him. She never thought she had it in her to kill somebody. Now does she have it in her to bury the evidence? The original and unpredictable thriller that will have you guessing up to its shocking climax. Directed by Robert Braiden. Principal cast: Niki J Price and Jamie Dunn.
CURFEW - USA
At the lowest point in his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his 9-year-old niece. Years may exaggerate the distance separating brothers and sisters, but blood ties run too deep and cannot be ignored. Written, directed and edited by Shawn Christensen. Principal cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek and Kim Allen.
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Psycho Killer (#1007H) Duration: 29:52 STEREO TVPGL
INTERVIEW - Germany
An ambitious reporter might have the scoop of his life in an interview with a possible serial killer named Tillmann. What motivates the killer to do what he does? Just as important of a question - what motivates the reporter to ask the question? An even more important question - what's inside the box Tillmann brought to the interview? An intense face-to-face thriller unravels more than one dark secret on both sides. Edited and directed by Sebastian Marka. Principal cast: Antje Widdra, Stephan Grossman, and Florian Panzer.
THE PIANO TUNER - France
A piano prodigy shuns his career after a horrible audition and becomes a piano tuner, pretending to be blind to get better business. He becomes exposed to the intimate details of his clients' lives unbeknownst to them. One day he finds himself welcomed into a crime scene, and his charade becomes an edge-of-your-seat game of life and death. Written and directed by Olivier Treiner. The film won the French equivalent of the Academy Award for best short French film in 2012. Principal cast: Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gregory Gadebois, and Daniele Lebrun.
A Boy's Life (#1107H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
FELIX - Germany
An annoyingly precocious boy in a supermarket learns the hard way that for every action there is a reaction. Clocking in at just 43 seconds, this is the shortest film to air ever on Imagemakers. While short in length, it does not lack for impact or lack or laughter. Written and directed by Anselm Belser. Principal cast: Felix Muller, Daniela Blaschke and Paul Ohmert.
LITTLE BOY AND THE BEAST - Germany
Since little Haro's dad has left, his mother has completely changed. Divorces are always difficult and painful but when your mother and father are actually monsters... that makes life even more difficult. He discusses the pros and cons of having monsters as parents, but deep down wishes he had normal parents. The award winning film is directed by Uwe Heidschotter and Johannes Sweiland.
HELLION - USA
All hell breaks loose after three brothers tape their babysitter to the side of the house. Petey is the youngest of three boys in his family and he must survive his older brothers' slash and burn approach to the world. These older boys are rebellious in a way that is both terrifying and intriguing to Petey. He must decide if he wishes to become just like them or remain the sweet innocent child in the eyes of his father. A dark tale about the destructive seeds of machismo. Written and directed by Kat Chandler. Principal cast: Arthur Dale, Deke Garner and Jonny Mars.
SIX DOLLAR FIFTY MAN - New Zealand
Set in the 70s at the height of popularity of the TV series "Six Million Dollar Man," a gutsy eight year old misfit is forced to break out of his make believe superhero world to deal with playground bullies. Writer and director Mark Alison and Louis Sutherland capture the innocence, wonder and bravado of kids that don't fit in. The film won the top prize at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Berlin and Aspen. Principal cast: Oscar Vendee Connor, Celina Russo Berwick, Carmel McLane and Thomas Limber.
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Mind Benders (#1004H) Duration: 44:09 STEREO TVG
COLOUR BLEED - England/Poland
A young creative and idealistic girl dreams of brighter days in a dim Eastern European city. Her fate is inextricably sealed when she crosses paths with a scheming and enigmatic old woman, who harbors a dark secret. A cold act of cruelty will fracture the very foundations of a city. Directed, written, produced, and edited by Peter Szewczyk. Peter has contributed his talents to the feature films Harry Potter, Shrek, Star Wars, Ice Age and Avatar. This is his directorial debut. Principal cast: Anna Barry and Milla Karkkainen.
WEST OF THE MOON - USA
The memory of a long lost love triggers an old man to recall the odd set of circumstances that led to his having a grenade as a heart and a monkey inside his head. A wildly inventive and visually amazing film inviting comparisons to the work of Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton. The film is directed by Brent Bonacorso and based on the book of children's essays entitled The Colored Monster Has No Mouth by Roger Omar. Principal cast: Jacob Whitkin, Michael Garbe, Amber Noelle, and Christopher Tomafelli. West of the Moon won the top prize at five film festivals in 2011.
EGG BREAKERS - Germany
A game of one-upmanship gets out of hand. In a surreal landscape two creatures learn that if eyelids were lips at the same time, they would also be able to lay eggs ... say what?! Animated by Emanuel Strixner.
Another One Night Stand (#1101H) Duration: 26:26 STEREO TVG
THE PICK UP ARTIST - Germany
Olli is a playboy. He finds himself just as he did the morning before - in another strange woman's bed. As he plans to make his escape after another conquest, he comes face to face with his worst nightmare - the woman's 6 year old daughter. Little Yvonne is not happy with the unlucky love life of her mother and decides to take matters into her own hands. Produced and directed by Steffen Weinert. Principal cast: Steffen Groth, Chantal Hourticolon and Nina Weniger.
SATURDAY GIRLS - France
Waking up alone the morning after a one-night stand is bad enough. Finding yourself alone with your one-night-stand's little brother is worse. Little Leon explains rather matter-of-fact, she's expected to be his babysitter for the day. Written and directed by Emilie Cherpitel. Principal cast: Cecile Cassel, Antoine Rodet and Vincent Marie.
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The Golden Years (#1001H) Duration: 25:06 STEREO TVG
THE BIRTHDAY CIRCLE - England
Two young children defiantly claim independence in their own home, but are implored by their frustrated elders to consider external care. This unique film places mature dialogue literally in the mouths of babes making for an uncomfortable, but illuminating look at the cruel irony of aging. What results is a role reversal dark comedy of brutal honesty. Directed and produced by Philip Lepherd. Principal cast: Matthew Marsh, Orson Lepherd, Rafe Lepherd, and Rosemary Smith.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT - England
It's not everyday you fall in love, but in 70-year-old Arthur's case he can and does. When he spots Ruth in the retirement home, he knows in his heart he has finally found his soul mate. Directed by Michael Davies, the short film shows that you are never too old to fall in love. Principal cast: John Hurt, Phyllida Law, and Barry McCarthy. Love at First Sight won the top prize at six film festivals and was shortlisted for a 2012 Academy Award.
DANNY & ANNIE - USA
In a simple analogy, the old Brooklynite Danny Perasa says that marriage is like color TV. Once you have it, you never want to go back to black and white. He has been married to Annie for 25 years. The couple recounts their life together from their first date (on which Danny proposed) to Danny's final days with terminal cancer. This remarkable couple personifies the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people. Directed and animated by brothers Mike and Tim Rauch.
Cry for Love (#1108H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
DIVISION OF GRAVITY - England
Kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises. With every goodbye you learn. Love can take your breath away as well as break your heart. A woman lets her heart reveal lessons of a love lost. The fragility of love is captured eloquently and gorgeously by director Rob Chiu. Principal cast: Rebecca Calder and Max Wrottesley.
NEW YEAR - Germany
The morning after celebrating New Years' Eve is going to define the relationship between Michael, Anna and Fabian. It's the start of the New Year. It's time for things to change. Written, directed and edited by Thomas Hartmann. Principal cast: Alexander Merbeth, Ann-Cathrin Schaible and Jan Taubert.
FALLING APART - Holland < br />Frank is a quiet, ordinary man with an extraordinary problem. His life is no longer subjected to the laws of gravity. Frank's life is turned upside down, figuratively and literally. Finding love is hard enough as it is when you're shy. His unusual situation forces him to resort to desperate measures. Written and directed by Jasper Wessels. Principal cast: Stijn Koomen and Tamara Bosma.
Frozen In Time (#1102H) Duration: 27:05 STEREO TVG
DILEMMA - Holland
A jogger and a boy on a bicycle challenge each other to a race. The runner stops at a busy intersection a truck approaches. The runner stops but the small boy pedals on. For a couple of minutes the world comes to a standstill as the jogger discovers he has the power over life and death - but whatever he decides comes with a price. Written and directed by Boris Pavel Conen. Principal cast: Marcel Hensema, Thom Van Seijen and Jack Bontekoe.
THE SPEED OF THE PAST - France
Margo and Joseph move into a new house in need of TLC. Joseph slips from the roof as he is making a repair. Time literally stops and he is stuck in mid-air. While he is frozen in time, Margo's life continues on. Her loss not only stays with her emotionally, but physically, as she is reminded of it every day. How long must she wait until the day things return as to how they once were? Directed by Dominique Rocher. Principal cast: Melanie Thierry, Nicolas Giraud and Alban Lenoir.
Love Fool (#1109H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
0507 - England
Who says technology makes your life easier? There's an app for everything except when it comes to your boyfriend's stupidity. Directed and edited by Chris and Ben Blaine. Principal cast: Fraser Millward and Cariad Lloyd.
LUNCH DATE - England
Getting dumped always hurts...even more so when your boyfriend sends his fourteen-year-old brother to break the news to you. Annabelle believes everyone is a half - a half that is looking for its other half to make a whole. What if you never find your other half? Written and directed by Sasha Collington. Principal cast: Sasha Collington and Alexis de Vivenot.
GEMOLOGY - Spain
Erick is a young gemologist who works for a company that specializes in classifying diamonds. He and his colleagues spend long hours analyzing the imperfections of these precious stones, until one day he believes he has found the perfect diamond despite evidence to the contrary. He loses his job, but comes to the realization that imperfections are what give character and make something special and unique. This goes for diamonds... and for people. Written and directed by Rick Limintani. Principal cast: Alex Barahona and Rebecca Cobos.
School Days (#1012H) Duration: 29:36 STEREO TVPG
FIRST MATCH - USA
In the testosterone-fueled sport of wrestling, Mo faces one of her toughest battles preparing for her first match on the boys team. Her father, a former outstanding wrestler himself, doesn't think a girl has what it takes to wrestle. Not only does Mo have to battle for the respect of her male teammates, but also for the respect of her father. Written and directed by Olivia Newman. Principal cast: Nyasa Bakker, Anslem Richardson, Zach Lombardo, and Juan Freire.
PUBLIC - USA
When Sharde is forced to show up for Mrs. Harrington's after school program, the lessons become personal. Image is everything in high school. Teenagers can be cruel and rumors spread like wildfire in the hallways. Their adversarial relationship takes on a new light when each one has surprising secrets revealed during detention. Can they trust each other to keep each others secret? Written and directed by Jeannie Donohoe. Principal cast: Anne Sorce, Shanice Spencer, Stanley Rodriguez, and Phyllis Johnson.
Gone But Not Forgotten (#1110H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
PASSING HEARTS - Sweden
A young boy goes on a secret quest for answers after receiving a mysterious letter. This very moving tale reveals the unexpected ties that bind people who have never met. This award winning film is inspired by an article that writer/director Johan Brisinger read in a newspaper. Principal cast: Max Enderfors, Kicki Bramberg, Angela Kovacs and Jan Mybrand.
WANT TO SEE SOMETHING - Sweden
Nancy wakes up one night by a sound coming from the outside. She tries to wake her husband, but to no avail. She decides to go out and see what it is. She sees her next door neighbor behaving strangely in his yard. They were once close friends, but slowly drifted away. Tonight is the night that things will change. Adapted from a short story by Raymond Carver. Directed by Tomas Jonsgarden. Principal cast: Rebecca Lowman, Phillip Brock, Tobias Aspelin and Ebba Hellberg.
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Starting Over (#1103H) Duration: 25:20 STEREO TVG
EVEN GODS - Ireland
Recovering alcoholic Hughie has been living in a long-term homeless shelter for as long as he can remember. But when his long forgotten daughter contacts him out of the blue and wants to see him for the first time in 13 years, the long buried wounds of the past come back into sharp, painful focus. A heart-wrenching tale about the power of reconciliation with a tour de force performance by lead actor Lalor Roddy. Written and directed by Phil Harrison. Principal cast: Lalor Roddy, Laura Thompson and Lois Turkington.
JONNY BOY - Ireland
After a lifetime of love, faithfulness and loyalty, Jonny's terminally ill wife confesses a secret that she has kept secret for thirty five years. A secret stash of letters takes Jonny on a journey of discovery of feelings that had long since been denied, but never forgotten. Directed by Laura Way. Principal cast: Jon Polito, Kathleen Tierney, Ronan Wilmot and Irene Wright.
Love Comes Crashing Down (#1009H) Duration: 28:06 STEREO TVPGL
SORRY, DESTINY - Bulgaria
You have a feeling in your bones. After countless failed connections and dashed hopes, your heart is telling you this could be the day you meet your soul mate. There's just one little problem ... what if your soul mate doesn't speak the same language as you? Directed by Neda Morfova. The infectious song is "Sitting on the Fence" by Bulgarian pop star Milenita. Principal cast: Radina Kardjilova and Dimitar Nedelchev.
SEPARATIONS AGENCY - Ireland
Breaking up is hard to do. A guy wakes up one morning to find out his girlfriend has dumped him, with the news being delivered in the strangest possible way. A singing barbershop quartet's smooth and professional delivery does nothing to soften the blow. Directed and written by Shane Morton. Principal cast: Oddie Braddell, Vincent Fegan, and The Jolly Sunbeams.
THE SCREAMERS - Spain
There are times in all our lives when you just want to scream. There are other times that are filled with awkward silences. Some situations contain both. This is one of them. Written, produced, edited, and directed by Roberto Perez Toledo. Principal cast: Fran Rodriguez Castillo and Ruth Armas.
CRAZY GLUE - USA
A simple story about love and glue, but not just any glue. This special glue has extraordinary bonding properties for a husband and wife whose relationship has lost its magic. Produced, edited, and directed by Elizabeth Orne. Principal cast: Will Brill and Katya Campbell. < br />CONNECTION - Australia
After Dan and Natalie meet on a dating website they decide to go a step further and have a video date. Romance seems destined, but fate has other plans. The modern day fable exposes the disadvantages of matchmaking using the latest technology. Written and directed by Jennifer Leacey. Principal cast: James Mackay, Kate Mulvany, and Dan Krige.
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