The 11th Annual Valley Film Festival: Short Comedies, Dramas, More
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The last date listed for Valley Film Festival: Shorts Programs was Sunday November 13, 2011 / 1:00pm ("Girls on Film" Shorts Program).
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November 11, 2011 at 7:00pm: Alumni Shorts
Dessert & Suicide (USA/Comedy/10 min.) Directed by Kasey Chakos *
Mark’s older brother, Phil, is constantly setting him up on bad blind dates. He vows to go on one last date before he decides to pull the plug, on his life. Will one last rejection kill him, or will fate intervene to save him from his own misery?
The Further Adventures of Cupid & Eros* (USA/Comedy/12min)* Directed by Avi Glijansky
Love god Cupid can make mortals fall for each other with a mere heart-tipped arrow. But even with the help of his sexy co-worker Eros he’s finding it tough to find a date of his own. Truth is, Cupid is depressed these days and has been ever since his love, Psyche left him. He goes about his duties with a forlorn mope, all the while hoping that some Egyptian goddess will dance with him at the inter-pantheon mixer, or that a mortal woman will fall for him instead of her dictated match. **
League of S.T.E.A.M: Zed’s Clutter Calamity (USA/Comedy/4min)* *Directed by Andrew Fogel**
When The League of S.T.E.A.M. leaves to investigate an anonymous report, zombie butler Zed is left home alone to clean up the house.
Made in Japan* (Spain/Comedy/5min)* Directed by Ciro Altabas
… My mother admitted that the man who I thought was my father was not my father. And that’s how the journey begins.
_**Mine**_** (USA/Thriller/24min)* *Directed by Greg Thompson**
Three friends. …One Stranger … and a Secret.
Derrick, Allison and Kurt abandon the city for a little vacation and soon draw the attention of an unwelcome stranger; a man who will teach them that in order to survive in the desert, one must follow the rules – his rules.
_**Stalked**_** (USA/Comedy/6min.)* *Directed by Matthew Irving**
Someone is being stalked in New York City! Will Lucy make it back to her hotel room alive?
**November 12, 2011 at 1:00pm: Dramatic Shorts
- Ghost of Syllables* (USA/Music Video/4min)* Directed by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Sarah Baker (VFF07, ’Tis the Season) joins forces with Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”) for a short film set to Admiral Radley’s “Ghosts of Syllables.”
_**Kiss**_** (USA/23min)* *Directed by Justin Zagri**
Kiss is the story of a naive young man who hires a lively prostitute to learn how to kiss. As their love grows, the reality of their worlds come between them. **
Live for the Day (USA/8min)* *Directed by Warren Davis**
Based on a true story, one of the last moments of life, given to inspire another to not just live for today, but also pursue those dreams without excuses, and Live for the Day!
Method Actor* (UK/4min)* Directed by Justin Stokes
A powerful short film which presents the monologue of a single actor (John Shrapnel). Through his reminiscences, the audience gets an insight into a dark, confused and embittered mind.
Mirk Riders* (USA/17min)* Directed by David Becker
The Mirk Riders is a movie about what you can’t escape. Seen through the eyes and memory of band leader, Eve, as she leads her band through the desert after their last show of their tour. But a brief car problem sends the band into an unwinding downward spiral.
Valley Relics_** (USA/Music Video/5min)* *Directed by Tommy Gelinas**
A young man finds a classic bike left on the side of the road which leads him on a nostalgic journey through the San Fernando Valley. **
November 12, 2011 at 10:30pm: Comedy Shorts
Fish! *(UK/8min) Directed by Mark Eccleston & Damian Samuels
Jeff is a chef with big dreams and an even bigger fish. He’s sure his prize salmon will help him win Fish Chef of the Year award – and a one-way ticket out of his dull seaside town. With the judge arriving the next morning he heads home early to get some rest. But on the way he’s lured into a local swimming pool by an insatiable mermaid. Now he has to make a choice – satisfy his libido in the lido or keep focused on the future.**
- The Gran’ Scam of Things_** (USA/16min)* *Directed by Leor Baum**
An elderly woman opens an email that leads her into the welcoming arms of an international crime ring.**
- Hold the Mayo* (USA/8min)* Directed by Jeffrey Williams
A beleaguered sandwich store clerk’s bad day gets worse when a customer returns to prove the adage, The Customer is Always Right. In this case, horribly, horribly, right.**
- The Hunter* (UK/19min)* Directed by Jason Korsner When a radio phone-in dating-doctor finds that he has no date for Valentines’ Day, he sets out to change that, using all the tips and advice he dishes out on air. But when he tries to put his tricks-of-the-trade into action, he finds it’s not as easy as he’d hoped to practice what he preaches.**
- Mrs. Christmas* (USA/14min)* Directed by Kristian Gabriel Alice and Jennifer, the “unofficial” welcome committee of Holyfield, drop in on new neighbor, Mary, to explain the established rules of the community. Mary doesn’t intend to be told what she can and can’t do. Or does she?**
- Two Broken Hearts* (UK/4min)* Directed by Giannis Georgiou A black musical comedy about two lonely souls who meet on a train, have some drinks and decide to share a room. Then, everything goes wrong.
**November 13, 2011 at 1:00pm: “Girls on Film” Shorts
12 Hours* (USA/Documentary/5min)* Directed by Ester Brym
Originally shot for Ridley Scott’s Life in a Day, the global experiment to create the world’s largest user-generated feature film, Ester Brym (VFF10 Butterflies) returns to VFF with 12 Hours, the story of one girl’s day and what happens when you walk a small dog in a big city. **
52 Seconds (USA/Romantic Comedy/7min)* *Directed by Lauren Patrice Nadler**
The cycle of a relationship as imagined by a women on a train. **
- Beyond Essays* (USA/Drama/12min)* Directed by Jules Dameron (ASL with English Subtitles)
In the last weeks of her final semester, a rebellious activist student tries to pass English class to graduate, despite her professor, who focuses on winning a Faculty of the Year award. **
_Legacy _(USA/Drama/11min)* *Directed by Jessica Ordonez**
After 20 years in prison, a young man is released and forced to confront the person who set him up…his own brother. **
Mind the Gap (USA/Drama/16min)* *Directed by Kristal Williams**
Mind the Gap follows 16-year old Sara as she grapples with her father’s inadvertent involvement in a classmate’s suicide. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for Sara’s family. As Sara explains, the average train engineer is likely to hit as many as 30 people over the course of his career. While Sara’s school mourns the loss of one of their own, Sara views her father as the true victim of the incident. Through Sara’s inner monologue, we’re given entry into the tragic side of public transit, and become aware of the wall Sara has built up to protect herself, as well as her father from their grief. **
- The Safest Place for Fruit is in Carmen Miranda’s Hat *(UK/Comedy/13min) Directed by Kal Bonner
Naive little Appleby of Frumania is different……A quirky, narrated tale about the weak against the strong, the different against the ‘norm’ and the difficulties of not fitting in with societies expectations, when only one thing really matters – money.