We are excited to announce the Official Selections of Fantastically Horrifying Shorts! Programmed by Sarah Jones, these 18 short films will screen on Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm at The Studio Theatre (320 W 7th St, Little Rock, AR).
Candy - 4:31
Dir. Nelson Vicens
Some forget the meaning of TRICK or treat… this little boy wants to remind them.
A Dark Night in the Wrong House - 2:56
Dir. Tyler Meyer
One night in an old, dark house, a young boy is visited by a vengeful spirit.
Tyler Meyer has directed numerous short films and is currently in post production on his first feature, a horror movie called The Legend of Grassman.
Hag - 15:00
Dir. Erik Gardner
Starring Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist)
Inspired by true events. Scott Somers mysteriously experiences sleep paralysis when his wife Marie sleepwalks at night. Unbeknownst to him, she lives with a horrible secret that slowly begins to eat away at their relationship.
Little Brother - 5:58
Dir. Eric White
United States (MADE IN ARKANSAS)
Herbert was a boy like any other. He lived in a small, white home with only his mother, until one day she brought him home a baby brother. With his mother's attention divided, he decided one way or another, he was going to get rid of his little brother.
Eric White is a writer/director/animator from Conway, AR. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking from the University of Central Arkansas. He is an award winning multimedia journalist with four Arkansas Associated Press awards for photography and the short documentary, An Uncertain Bill of Health. ‘Little Brother’ marks Eric’s first foray into long form animation.
Locksmiths - 14:55
Dir. James Kwon Lee
Two robbers, posing as locksmiths, unknowingly break into the home of a murderer who is in the middle of hiding his latest victim. The inevitable encounter leads to a series of terrifying incidents that culminates in a heart-rending reveal of the killer's motive.
James is an LA-based writer-director who was born in England, lived in South Korea, and moved around the US, residing in a total of 11 different cities across three continents. He has directed award winning shorts, commercials, and special projects, including an action previs sequence for an upcoming film that stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Mr. Dentonn - 9:00
Dir. Ivan Villamel Sanchez
On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.
Born on February 14, 1978, in Barcelona (Spain). With experience as a writer of film analysis articles for various film press until 2008. Graduate in film direction, screenplay and production for Bande a Part Cinema School of Barcelona in 2011. "Refugio 115" was my first professional short film in 35mm, after leading advertising spots for other events such as the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2010. “Refugio 115” was selected in more than 200 film festivals and wons more than 30 awards (two times nominated as Best European Short Film at Melies d’Argent Award). “Mr.Dentonn” is my second short film.
The Peripheral - 11:15
Dir. JT Seaton
Starring Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies)
When a patient, Kenny, shows up at her home unexpectedly, Dr. Joanna Redding attempts to help him overcome his "irrational" phobia of the creatures that he sees in his peripheral vision. Dr. Redding uses Exposure Therapy, forcing Kenny to face his fear. Of course, the creatures that terrify Kenny are very real - and very deadly. It is a horrifying discovery that Dr. Redding uncovers all too late.
JT is a graduate of the CalArts Directing program. Shortly after snagging a diploma, he wrote and directed the short horror film “Nightshadows”, which won several awards at various film festivals. His first leap into the world of feature films came with the horror/comedy “George’s Intervention”. “George’s Intervention” screened all over the world, winning multiple awards before landing a distribution deal with Breaking Glass Pictures. Next came “Divination”, a multi award winning short film. “Divination” found a home at the Hillbilly Horror Show (Vol. 3) and can be seen during the 2014 Halloween season at amusement parks across the country, brought to you by HorrorHound!
In addition to terrifying people with his own creations, JT is also responsible for sharing the nightmares of other horror filmmakers. In 2011, he co-founded the NOLA HORROR FILM FEST (in New Orleans). Now in its 5th season, the NOHFF is growing and spreading fear throughout Louisiana… and the world.
Rats - 3:23
Dir. Stewart Spark
In this comedy horror short film, a young woman finds her home plagued by mutant Rats from Outer Space.
Stewart Sparke is an Independent Filmmaker from East Yorkshire, UK. Stewart studied an BA in Film and Television Production at York St. John University before studying a MA in Directing Film and Television at Bournemouth University. In 2012 he co-founded the film and animation production company, Glass Cannon, based in York, North Yorkshire. Through Glass Cannon, Stewart has directed a number of short films and continues to work with local talent to produce ambitious film and television projects on a small budget.
Sweet Hollow - 10:27
Dir. Sean Lee
Emily is traveling down a rarely used road to visit her sister. After her car breaks down, a man recognizes her and offers his assistance. While Emily may not know that Sweet Hollow is unlike any road that she has ever encountered before, it's not something she will soon forget.
This Neighborhood - 10:22
Dir. Jerry Ochoa
A deeply disturbed man stalks his neighbors, believing God has instructed him to murder everyone around him in order to save mankind. This black comedy/horror short features an original score by award-winning neo-classical ensemble Two Star Symphony.
Tickle - 11:57
Dir. Corey Norman
We all know how 80s horror movies start: a babysitter and a little boy alone in a house. When things go bump in the night, are they the imagination of a scared little boy, or is someone - or some thing - in the house with them?
Corey Norman is the chair of the Communications and New Media department at SMCC, and a professional filmmaker. He has worked for clients such as: USA Network, History Channel, Nova, National Geographic, National Science Foundation, Entertainment One and Discovery. He was an assistant editor on Nova’s Bioterror, done in conjunction with the New York Times, which won a Best News and Documentary Emmy Award. In 2011, he was honored as one of Maine Today Media’s “Forty Under 40,″ for being one of the most influential people in the state under the age of forty. In 2014, he was awarded runner up for Technology Educator of the Year through ACTEM, and winner of Technology Educator of the Year through Educate ME.
Corey is best known for his feature length film, The Hanover House, which will receive national distribution in 2015.
Vampire Killing Prostitute - 15:50
Dir. Jordan Mears
United States (MADE IN ARKANSAS)
Raven, a vampire hunter who poses as a prostitute, joins a rogue priest and his team in a mission to save the world and exact revenge on the man who killed her father.
My life is honestly pretty boring. I'm from a small town in Arkansas. I found and fell in love with movies as a kid (Most cliched thing ever, I know). Since then, I've spent the rest of my life studying films and filmmaking techniques while making my own shorts. I've worked on a few feature films around the country, where I've held various positions that range from Production Assistant to 2nd Assistant Director. It is my goal to make my first feature by the time I'm 29, which gives me four years - so I need to get busy.
Waffle - 5:08
Dir. Rafael De Leon, Jr
A disfigured science fair champion invites her new friend over for dinner, but by the time dessert comes around, the two schoolmates will discover each other's true, unpleasant natures.
Rafael De Leon is an award-winning filmmaker born and raised in New York City. At the age of two, he wore out his father’s beta machine due to watching “Masters of the Universe” (1987) repeatedly and gained an infatuation with horror films soon afterwards. Since graduating from Fordham University, his short films have screened at festivals such as South by Southwest, the Fantasia International Film Festival and Dances With Films. He is currently in pre-production on his next short film.
William - 6:15
Dir. Grant Berrios
United States (MADE IN ARKANSAS)
A Horror story over the dangers of giving out your personal information on the internet.
Yo Soy Pedro - 10:35
Dir. Jordan Inconstant
1977 Mackenzie and Banks, two Americans cops encounter an alien that has just crash. The police take him for a film actor and decided to bring it back to Hollywood studios.
Passionate about film and video from a young age, it is natural that I entreprie studies in this area. In 2013 I graduated from ESRA (Higher School of Audiovisual Production ) in Paris. With this training I was able to improve my technical point of view , an essential thing to be able to make this trade .
Subsequently , I had a chance to various courses on feature films "Mandarin Cinema". A rewarding experience that allowed me to follow the production of a film from production to post- production. I then joined the writing of "OOB", a magazine about fashion, to make promotional videos and make making of photo shoots . An area different from the cinema but equally interesting .
At the same time , I created my association "Tirak Line", to be able to frame my various personal projects. With this, I produced and directed several short films with my team. Eventually these films are presented at various film festivals in France and abroad .