Beverly Hills Shorts Festival
March 22nd - 24th, 2013
Below are the films that screened at the 2012 Beverly Hills Shorts
DRAMA PROGRAM #1 TRAILERS
A Letter from Home
Written & Directed by Mark Kirkland
During the bitter winter of the Battle of the Bulge, an American GI
receives a descriptive, heartfelt letter from his wife. Meanwhile, a
German sniper creeps up on him and has him in his sights.
Written & Directed by Paul Hicks
A woman plans a party for her husband's birthday. Convinced that her
marriage is in trouble and nothing ordinary will do, she opens the door
to some unorthodox ideas and some unexpected consequences.
Written & Directed by Cynthia Graner
For the first time in over 25 years, Charlie is faced with going out on
stage alone after Aaron, his best friend and comedy partner,
announces that he's no longer performing.
Written & Directed by Victor Bumbalo
Six days before Christmas. Two recently transplanted New Yorkers
are lugging a Christmas tree through the streets of Los Angeles. On
one end is a sixteen-year-old gay boy with quite a mouth on him. On
the other end is his recently divorced mother, trying to be positive
about their new lives.
DRAMA PROGRAM #2
Written & Directed by Alex DeMille
A corporate bureaucrat is sent to a mysterious town, where he
confronts the devastating consequences of his work and must choose
whether to continue to obey his messianic boss.
Written & Directed by E.R. Womelsduff
The story of a pregnant teenage girl who, on her 18th birthday, must
decide whether or not to shatter ties with her biological but abusive
family in order to build a new, unconventional idea of connection and
Directed by Jen McGowan
Written by Colin Pink
An ode to city life, TOUCH explores the universal themes of isolation
and need for community when two strangers make the most important
connection of their lives while waiting for a train.
DRAMA PROGRAM #3
Directed & Written by Lincoln Myers
Cancer researcher Rebecca Wells' quiet routine collides with a
homeless man's paranoia, catapulting her on a tense, compelling
journey to discover the source of his "conspiracy" and get home alive.
But she has no idea that the experience may alter her perceptions
Directed by Joy Gohring
Written by Jennifer Cron
Dave is a seemingly normal psychologist who ultimately discovers that
his patients arenít exactly who they appear to be.
Directed by Saman Keshavarz
Written by Saman Keshavarz & Nate Eggert
Mitch Decker loses his girlfriend Julia to a group of unknown
kidnappers, and has to piece together the clues within his memories:
Starting from the day he met his girlfriend. What follows is a rush that
has more taste and speed than your fancy convertible sports car.
Written & Directed by John Wynn
While laying in bed, a mysterious couple come to terms with their
undeniable emotional and physical connection, only to realize that
their violent past mixed with their peaceful present will lead to an
Directed by Marwan Abderrazzaq
Written by Bill Bant
Five friends get together for their weekly poker game and discuss how
they would kill their wives.
Written & Directed by Lee Goldberg
Kevin Dangler is a once-famous author desperate to regain his lost
glory while traveling the back-roads of middle America, selling
remaindered, fifth-editions of his first book out of the trunk of his car.
When he meets a woman who loves his work, he believes she might
be his salvation...or perhaps his nightmare.
Directed by Ryan McLaughlin
Written by Reedy Gibbs
Two old friends from their flower child days reunite. Laura is now a tidy
city slicker and Ruth, an over ripe hippie. Ruth re-introduces Laura to
their old friend the "ganja" and they happily reminisce until Laura
exhales a deep dark secret that will change Ruth's life forever.
Written & Directed by Marc Carlini
Emma, a weathered hollywood party girl, has had enough with her
current lifestyle. Will reconnecting with her ex help her find clarity?
COMEDY PROGRAM #1
Directed by Niko Hronopoulos
Written by Jeremy Engel
A competitive eating champ well past his glory days must recapture
the taste of victory by mentoring a brash young upstart. Will his
understudy have what it takes to win the Golden Bib or has he bit off
more than he can chew? Pack it in, folksÖ
Heart Says it All
Directed by David J. Eagle
Written by James Tuverson
An expose' on what really happens when you get on the wrong side of
those chalky little candy hearts with the cute sayings on them. Told
sans dialogue, this is a tale of love gone wrong and the steps those
innocent-looking confections will take to dole out sweet vengeance.
Written & Directed by Patrick Gillies
Baz Luhrmann meets Peter Jackson in this audacious 1950s-style
comedy-horror musical, featuring a score by the New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra. Set in rural New Zealand, HUHU ATTACK! is
the story of two social misfits who find love against a backdrop of Cold
War hysteria and 40ft-high mutant man-eating Huhu grubs!
Seven Layer Dip
Written & Directed by Monique Ganderton & Sam Hargrave
A loving couple duke it out over unappreciated Seven Layer Dip.
COMEDY PROGRAM #2
Written & Directed by Sam Schectman
The tale of a man, adopted into a Korean family, who struggles to
reconcile with human connection in a world of boundless and
By the Numbers
Directed by Genevieve Pearson
Written by George Willis
It's Sex & the City meets Sesame Street. Two women meet for happy
hour at their favorite Beverly Hills bar -- to talk in detail about, what
else, the newest man in one's life. Rightly titled, all of the dialogue is
The Fame Deadline
Directed by Casey Sherrier
Written by Casey Sherrier & Amy Berrian
Struggling actress Brooke has one last audition before she is forced to
move home. With a final shot at fulfilling her dreams, she clumsily
attempts to make the impossible happen. The Fame Deadline is about
shooting for your dreams, even if it ends up a bit fuzzy.
Directed by Eric Patton
Written by Moon Cho, Eric Patton, & Maurice Poplar
When Joy Cohen, an insecure 23-year-old law student, seeks out her
biological parents to feel complete, her life turns"unkosher" as she
struggles to bring her two dysfunctional--Chinese and Jewish--families
COMEDY PROGRAM #3
Written & Directed by Westley Eldredge
Follow filmmaker Gary Coogan as he attempts to create a porno movie
that showcases more than just sex. The only problem is that the porn
world is a lot less forgiving than the film world. In order to make his
movie he needs to side step his over the top producer, Martin Dillinger-
who is going to make the film his way whether or not Gary likes it.
Written & Directed by Larry & Terry Ziegelman
Two old friends bump into each other over coffee and get into a heated
discussion about life and death. Well, mostly death.
Written & Directed by John Gorman
Hoping to rekindle the flame of a marriage long extinguished, a
browbeaten husbandís plan for a romantic getaway with his detestable
wife goes all wrong, until a stranger and his gun come along and make
it all right.
Written & Directed by Justin Perkinson
Adorable 6-year-old Millie conjures a host of funny characters to beat
her grandpa in a staring contest. Itís all fun and gamesÖtil itís not!
COMEDY PROGRAM #4
Written & Directed by Amy Ludwig
Decades intertwine as an earnest young man enters a vintage store
and asks a jaded Goth salesgirl to help him choose a suit. But when
retro confronts reality, and clothes aren't all that is changing, will they
embrace the impossible? A love story that stands the test of time.
Nick of Time
Written & Directed by Eric Haywood
Nick and Stephanie have had a rocky relationship for years. But just
and Stephanie is ready to call it quits once and for all, Nick stumbles
upon a unique way to avoid getting dumped.
Sense of Humor
Written & Directed by Nathan Larkin-Connolly
Laura was born without the ability to laugh. When she meets and falls
for Charlie, a struggling stand-up comedian, he makes it his life
purpose to get her to crack up.
Time and Love
Written & Directed by Bo Price
Sonny tries to reconnect with Katie, the love of his life from sixth
grade. Alternating between the present and past, the film explores the
fragile nature of Fate, Luck, Time and Love.
THRILLER / HORROR PROGRAM
Written & Directed by Antonio Altamirano
Two astronauts struggle to stay alive as their crashed space capsule
slowly runs out of oxygen.
Directed by David C. Herman
Written by Greg Shull
Herman Freck is a CFO, and he has done something bad. His
company is on the brink of collapse and everyone is out to find him.
Little do they know that Herman has snuck away to the airport, and
the only thing delaying his escape is the one hour wait until his flight...
Until something begins to stalk him.
Written & Directed by Jarid Boyce
A Young Man wakes from a horrific nightmare to find the woman he
loves dying from a mysterious illness and a strange Black Case sitting
before him. He soon receives a call from a Mystery Man who offers to
save the Young Woman if he will deliver him the Case - but he 'must
never open the Case.' In his desperation the Young Man sets out to
make the deal, but the Black Case has other plans for him.
Directed by Benjamin Dynice
Written by Ryan Parrott
Three hapless college kids find themselves stranded on the side of an
empty desert highway, their only hope of salvation comes in the form
of two inane hillbillies and their RV. But when they take them up on
their offer, they discover there is no such thing as a free ride.
Copyright 2011 Beverly Hills Shorts Festival