Films I watched at Palm Springs ShortFest 2014

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1. Tom in America (2014)

17 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael's long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along.

Director: Flavio Alves | Stars: Burt Young, Sally Kirkland, Jacques Mitchell, Alex Kruz

Votes: 296

2. The Gunfighter (2014)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Western

In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator sets up the story of a lone gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator and the narrator may just be a little bit bloodthirsty.

Director: Eric Kissack | Stars: Shawn Parsons, Scott Beehner, Brace Harris, Eileen O'Connell

Votes: 3,029

3. Through the Breaking Glass (2015)

15 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

Alice, already a woman, wakes up in a foreign land. She does not remember her name neither how she got there. Evil forces are at work and Alice will have to fight to survive Wonderland and ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Mena | Stars: Ledicia Sola, Julia Sánchez, Maria Felices, Elena Corredera

Votes: 19

4. The Nostalgist (2014)

17 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

Somehow, an unforeseen malfunction in a man's spectacles blurs the frail bounds between reality and parallel reality, allowing instances of a dark and dystopian future to seep into his world.

Director: Giacomo Cimini | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Samuel Joslin, Darrell D'Silva, Stephen Thompson

Votes: 317

5. Young Americans (II) (2014)

30 min | Short, Crime, Drama

On the verge of aging out of foster care, seventeen year old Mercedes Harper needs money and she needs it now. She manipulates Denver Thomas, a former high school classmate (who happens to ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Lacy | Stars: Stevie Lynn Jones, Matthew Van Oss, Michelle Bernard, John Nicholas

Votes: 64

6. He Took His Skin Off for Me (2014)

11 min | Short, Drama, Horror

A simple, domestic love story about a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn't the best idea...

Director: Ben Aston | Stars: Sebastian Armesto, Anna Maguire, Sarah Barker, Oli Fenton

Votes: 1,060

7. You're Dead to Me (2013)

12 min | Short, Drama

A grieving Chicana mother confronts an uninvited family member before her Día de los Muertos celebration.

Director: Wu Tsang | Stars: Carolina Espiro, Laura Patalano, Harmony Santana

Votes: 21

8. In the Clouds (2014)

G | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

EN LAS NUBES (In the Clouds) explores the complicated, and often comedic, space between how we think romance should work and how it actually does. Set all around Buenos Aires during one ... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Mitnik | Stars: Valeria Blanc, Jeremy Glazer, Martín Piroyansky, Veronica Hassan

Votes: 61

9. A Last Farewell (2013)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Drama, Family

An alternative family drama about life and death.

Director: Casper Andreas | Stars: Liv Mjönes, Tomas von Brömssen, Iwar Wiklander

Votes: 86

10. Ghost Train (2013)

17 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Once a year, estranged brothers Michael and Peter make a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground yard where their friend Sam went missing when they were boys. Both men's' lives are ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Cronin | Stars: Owen McDonnell, Steve Wall, Matthew Dillon, Sean Gormley

Votes: 200

11. The Hero Pose (2014)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Mia is eight years old and wants to do anything but hang out at her dads house trying to sell a car that doesn't run. Her father, Joe has real concerns he's grappling with. The Hero Pose is... See full summary »

Director: Mischa Jakupcak | Stars: Chaske Spencer, Nikki Hahn, Russell Hodgkinson

Votes: 13

12. Unmatched (2014)

20 min | Short, Drama, Family

A young girl's spirit is tested.

Director: Bella King | Stars: Caitlin Carmichael, Aleks Paunovic, Cathy Podewell, Alan Tafoya

13. Way in Rye (2013)

28 min | Short, Drama, History

During the German invasion of Soviet Russia, a humble farmer and his wife must protect a crate of five priceless paintings evacuated from Leningrad while waiting for news from their son, a soldier fighting on the Eastern front.

Director: Goran Stankovic | Stars: Ravil Isyanov, Irina Dubova, Sasha Feldman, Michael Ark

Votes: 24

14. #twitterkills (2014)

11 min | Short, Comedy, Thriller

A dark comedy about how a life can be ruined in 140 characters.

Director: Brett Sorem | Stars: Sunah Bilsted, Sarah Paulson, Nathan Parsons, Seth Bailey

Votes: 80

15. Scrabble (2014)

12 min | Short, Comedy, Thriller

Trapped in a dull and loveless marriage, a few magical letters turn Theo's darkest fantasies into reality. Suddenly, the elderly couple is playing a board game of life and death.

Director: Cristian Sulser | Stars: Albert Tanner, Nikola Weisse

Votes: 16

16. China Connection: Jerry (2014)

6 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Leading United States legal expert on China, and the first American lawyer there after normalization of US-China relations, Jerome Alan Cohen, tells the harrowing tale of how and why his ... See full summary »

Director: Vanessa Hope | Star: Jerome A. Cohen

17. Kuhani (2013)

7 min | Short, Fantasy

A conflicted African priest wrestles with his conscience.

Director: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine | Stars: Charlotte Cornwell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Anania Ngoliga, Abiodun Ojora

Votes: 13

18. Slap (2014)

25 min | Short, Drama

A teenage boxer searching for self-definition gives in to his true colours at the risk of losing everything.

Director: Nick Rowland | Stars: Joe Cole, Stephen Bent, Elliott Tittensor, Skye Lourie

Votes: 118

19. Still Here (2014)

14 min | Short, Drama

Two strangers receive test results from the hospital: A young, up-and-coming sports agent has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, while a grim old loner, anticipating his own death, is ... See full summary »

Director: Iman Nazemzadeh | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Nelson Delrosario, Annie McCain Engman, Marco Naggar

Votes: 13

20. Sounds of Nature (2013)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Fantasy

Ten-year old Finn takes a mystical journey into nature and discovers a whole new world.

Director: Simon Weber | Stars: Thom Straumann-Lachappelle, Patric Gehrig, Fabienne Lachappelle

Votes: 6

21. Into the Silent Sea (2013)

25 min | Short, Drama, History

Alexander, a lone cosmonaut, is adrift in orbit around Earth. He has lost communications and life-support systems are dwindling fast. At the same time in Italy, a radio engineer is working ... See full summary »

Director: Andrej Landin | Stars: Peter Arpesella, Tatiana DeKhtyar, Aleksandr Khachatryan, Zack Sayenko

Votes: 80

22. On/Off (I) (2013)

12 min | Short, Sci-Fi

Obsessed by a mysterious voice message, astronaut Meredith will face its paradoxical condition in order to stay connected to his humanity.

Director: Thierry Lorenzi | Stars: Carole Brana, Arben Bajraktaraj

Votes: 68

23. Prospect (2014)

14 min | Short, Action, Drama

Prospect is the unusual coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.

Directors: Christopher Caldwell, Zeek Earl | Stars: Thomas Castle, Tony Doupe, Callie Harlow, Joshua Miles

Votes: 722

24. Recoil (III) (2015)

19 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

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

Director: Evan Matthews | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, John Ruby, John Bobek, Oh Rhyne

Votes: 225

25. Test Drive (2014)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Comedy, Thriller

A simple test drive turns sinister when Sadie gets trapped in the back seat of her own car, captive to two volatile brothers whose relationship is set to explode.

Director: Lynne Vincent McCarthy | Stars: Grant Cartwright, Eamon Farren, Eryn Jean Norvill, Lea Riley

Votes: 7

26. Theme Song Rebel (2014)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Music

In a dystopia where a person's social class is determined by their theme song, Louise wants to change her tune.

Director: Luke Patton | Stars: Jessica Pohly, Devorah Lynne Dishington, Jonathan Salisbury, Matt Newell

27. Awkward Expressions of Love (2014)

11 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

Based on surprisingly real events, like people making telephone calls.

Director: Trilby Glover | Stars: Trilby Glover, Jayma Mays, Ian Brennan, Bunny Levine

Votes: 6

28. Ticky Tacky (2014)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A wealthy and powerful man is betrayed by those closest to him, and under the guidance of his trusted confidant, devises a fiery requital.

Director: Brian Petsos | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Tim Rock, Erika Rankin, Helen Rogers

Votes: 373

29. Two Missing (2014)

16 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

When their car breaks down in isolated woodland close to the scene of a recent murder, two teenage girls are forced to accept the help of a stranger.

Director: Claire Fowler | Stars: Morfydd Clark, Ben Dilloway, Sophie Kennedy Clark

Votes: 15

30. Tongue Tied (II) (2014)

3 min | Short, Comedy

Tongue Tied is the story of love, train stations and misadventure.

Director: Dan Fernbach | Stars: Topher Collins, Jessica Webber, Priscilla Gray, Michael Gabe

31. Tumorhead (2014)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama, Family

Jean's little sister, Mae, may be sick, but Jean is sick of it...Mae is a bully and gets everything she wants, including Jean's pennant flag.

Director: Lara Gallagher | Stars: Oona Laurence, Aimee Laurence, Nina Hellman, Andy Grotelueschen

Votes: 7

32. Dawn (II) (2014)

17 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.

Director: Rose McGowan | Stars: Tara Lynne Barr, Reiley McClendon, Hannah Marks, Michael Moskewicz

Votes: 487

33. Dragula (2014)

25 min | Short, Drama, Musical

A high school senior who overcomes his emotional dysfunction and self-esteem issues when he unwittingly meets Dragula.

Director: Frank Meli | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Rob Riggle, Missi Pyle, Cheyenne Jackson

Votes: 68

34. Between Us (III) (2014)

12 min | Short, Drama, Romance

In the midst of a passionate affair with a married woman, arts teacher Ariel must choose between sating her sexual desires or living an open life free of broken promises.

Director: Ping-Wen Wang | Stars: Shannon Gayle Hurd, Sierra Fisk, Richard Handley, Isabelle Corona

Votes: 42

35. The Brunchers (2013)

19 min | Short, Comedy

A thirty something couple, concerned that they're out of touch and no longer fashionable, decide to rectify the situation by dragging themselves to the latest hip brunch eatery. As they ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Winn | Stars: Tom Burke, Natalie Dormer, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 125

36. Rabbit and Deer (2012)

Not Rated | 17 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension...

Director: Péter Vácz | Stars: Dániel Czupi, Adrienn Mórocz

Votes: 1,101

37. Me + Her (2014)

10 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Creating a universe between two small pieces of Cardboard. When Jack and Jill of Cardboard City are separated by Jill's torrid illness, Jack must think outside the box to assure they will be together again.

Director: Joseph Oxford | Stars: Keiko Agena, Will Choi, Farah Griffin, Kelvin Kao

Votes: 69

38. Milk and Blood (2014)

11 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A lactose intolerant dairy farmer takes revenge on his overbearing father after being wrongly accused for breaking the milk tank.

Director: Markus Englmair | Stars: Kjartan Bjargmundsson, Hannes Óli Ágústsson, Guðmundur Ólafsson

Votes: 48

39. Sic (2014)

9 min | Short, Drama

A lifelong friendship is set ablaze when two friends confront their past unveiling a provocative secret.

Director: Joshua Hinkson | Stars: Joshua Hinkson, Steven Roberts

Votes: 10

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