GeekFest Film Fest Year 4 Comes to WhedonCon 2017
Woodland Hills CA
May 19-21 2017
Films screening at WhedonCon
The Chair (Chad Ferrin, 84 mins, NH) A man struggles to escape a grisly fate on death row in this intense story of betrayal, revenge, and humanity’s horrifying capacity for evil. Starring the legendary Roddy Piper (in his final feature film role), Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Noah Hathaway (The NeverEnding Story), Tim Muskatell (Deadgirl), and Bill Oberst Jr. (Circus of the Dead).
The Night Watchman ( Mitchell Altieri, 79 mins, MD ) Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie and a fearless tabloid journalist, fight an epic battle to save their lives. A mistaken warehouse delivery unleashes a horde of hungry vampires, and these unlikely heroes must not only save themselves but also stop the scourge that threatens to take over the city of Baltimore.
Long Live the King (Frank Dietz, 67 mins, CA)Feature documentary about the enduring popularity of the character King Kong, and how the 1933 film has inspired countless artists, writers and filmmakers.
As They Continue To Fall ( Nikhil Bhagat, 7 mins, CA) From the writer of Marvel’s upcoming movie DOCTOR STRANGE comes a story about an aging drifter hunts fallen angels in a desolate city. Society may have turned its back on him, but that doesn’t stop him from moving forward in his endless search.
The Adventures of Kentucky Jackson (Kris Theorin, 2 mins, US) Kentucky Jackson searches the world for adventure and explo–I mean archaeology. Yes, definitely archaeology.
Born Again (Jason Tostevin, 7 mins, OH) When five bumbling Satanists have their summoning ceremony go horribly right, they’re left to deal with the decidedly holy shit consequences.
Darkwave: Edge of the Storm (Darren Scales, 24 mins, UK) One hundred years from now, the DARKWAVE has left mankind stranded across the galaxy. On a distant planet, New Earth 72, a young family is on the run, escaping from the clutches of the Ministry. David, Sarah, and their young son Ben, stumble across a burning outpost. Starving and fatigued, they risk capture to stop and search for supplies, only to discover the terrifying cause of the outpost’s destruction.
The Call of Charlie ( Nick Spooner, 14 mins, RI) A trendy Los Angeles couple sets up a blind date for two of their friends, one of whom is an ancient evil deity vibrating with pure malice. Unfortunately, on the evening of the rendezvous, two interlopers unexpectedly arrive at dinner to make the situation all the more awkward. A macabre comedy of manners, influenced by Luis Buñuel, David Lynch and/or H.P. Lovecraft. Alternately amusing and disturbing.
Death Metal (Chris McInroy, 5 mins, TX) A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.
Legend (Mark Lammerding, 10 min, CA) Seeking the truth behind an urban legend, two young boys venture into the woods in search of a mysterious cabin.
Marauder ( Brendon Rathbone, 13 mins, Canada) After the Marauder’s motorcycle is stolen, the hunt is on for the bandits that stole it.
Might (Emil Sallinen, 9 mins, Finland) Maryam, a rebel leader in an archaic world governed by ruthless religion, is set to prove that the god hovering in the sky is a lie. But she is stopped by a holy warrior that turns out to be her lost father. Soon their lives change as they are about to find out a secret only a god can keep.
Moonshot (Matthew Lucas, 22 mins, DC) A world-weary homeless woman is given an opportunity to leave her violent life behind when a roguish mechanic devises a risky plan to send her to a colony on the Moon.
Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time- The Goblin Forest ( Rob Taylor, 17 mins, OR) It is the year 2095, and the world’s most dangerous secret agent and his team are in pursuit of a time-traveling scientist that has led them to a forest deep in the bowels of the villain’s fortress where a time barrier filled with goblins awaits…
Plug (David Levy, 16 mins, US) On a post-apocalyptic Earth, Leila Dawn (Natalie Floyd), is the only human survivor. Raised by Robots after humanity abandoned the planet they destroyed with nuclear warfare, Leila cannot forget her parents nor ignore her yearning to find other organic life. A hunt she sets out on with a Military Unit, Marker (Lex Cassar), leads Leila to discover the reality she’s been denied—a reality that sparks her ultimate quest.
ReWrite (Crash Buist, 15 mins, CA) A short Sci-Fi thriller about a fourth-dimensional artifact, the thief who steals it, and the man who will kill him to change the past.
Steven Speilberg and the Return to Film School ( Joshua Hoh, 21 mins, CA) Steven Spielberg ventures back to the film school that he once dropped out of to finally earn the degree that he began 33 years before.
White Lily (Tristan Ofield, 11 mins, UK) A tense spaceship captain and co-pilot set out to investigate a comet, when a technical fault cuts to the core of their relationship problem…
Arkham’s Journal (Matthew P.H Read, 7 mins, Canada) An independent production that is based around the super villains of the batman universe. Filmed in and around Toronto, this short proof-of-concept film provides a small insight into the untold stories of Gotham’s darkest hour. With the timeline loosely based around the batman comic, “Knightfall”, Arkham’s Journal is told through the words of Dr. Arkham’s Journal, detailing the lives of all the Arkham Asylum patients.
Knights of New Jersey ( Mike Hadley, 9 mins, NJ ) A comedic, behind-the-scenes look at a troupe of Renaissance Faire actors and the passions, aspirations and petty humiliations that arise as they attempt to bring their vision to life.A mashup of “The Office” and “Medieval Times,” Knights brings us into the unique, make-believe world of the Faire, where Game of Thrones cosplay fans, Steampunk divas and weekend Wizards mingle with Mundanes—aka normal people. Friendships are strained, love blossoms and politics trumps all.
Legends of the Mantamaji ( Eric Dean Seaton, 9 mins, CA) When a masked gang known as the New World Knights gather illegal weapons for an attack on New York City, it’s up to a mystical warrior known as a Mantamaji to stop them. His powers are untested and he’s outgunned, can he survive this first big challenge? Based off the critically-acclaimed graphic novel series “Legend of the Mantamaji.”
Phoenix Run- Catch a Rat (TJ Walker, 8 mins, CA) Taking place in a dystopian future where everyone is infected with a deadly nano virus, A street smart smuggler Marky is on the run from a crooked super hero and his infected henchmen. Marky flee’s to the only family he’s ever known, former superhero Ma Jones AKA Thunder.
The Hunted (Robert Chapin, 7 mins, US ) The origin story of The Hunted, one of the longest running shows online, tells the story of how a struggling actor becomes the leader of a group of misfit vampire hunters.
The Spell Tutor 2.2 (Herman Wang, 7 mins, Canada) Professor Caltain presents Emma with a challenge
Pioneers of Fear (Dan Reheuser, 5 mins, CA) A group of famous film icons meet for a weekly dinner party, where they reminisce about the past.
The Rogue One: A Star Wars Toy Story (Raymond Montemayor, 2 mins, CA) Craving the attention of her busy father, a 7-year-old Star Wars fan disobeys him and unknowingly starts a rebellion with his Star Wars toy collection that has surprising consequences.
Injustice For All (Danny Mooney, 20 mins, CA) Reimagined origin story, steeped in darkness, for the Joker and Harlequin, two of comics most notorious villains.
Committed (Terry Ziegelman, 11 mins, CA) In this DC Comics fan film, The Joker and Harley Quinn take a time-out from battling Batman to explore their own issues… in couples’ therapy.
One PM (Kevin Wu, 7 mins, US)
Where No Jedi Has Gone Before ( Rena Yamamoto, 4 mins, CA) A Star Wars fan tries to make a good impression when he meets his girlfriend’s Trekkie family for dinner. It’s a culture clash of two universes, including between his and her family’s ethnic backgrounds (they’re Asian, he’s not).
IAMEVE “Starman” (Thor Freudenthal, 5 mins, CA) IAMEVE’s tale begins with the 2016 release of “Starman”, a mesmerizing video short where two soulmates are reunited in a multi-dimensional plane of existence. It’s orchestral tapestry of sound and melody will worm its way down your ear canals to the base of your spine. “Starman” is part of a sci-fantasy transmedia fairy tale called The Everything Nothing, about creation, fractured identity, and transcending physical form.
The Island ( Darrell Lee Hall, 5 mins, France) In a world where mankind finds itself immersed in artificial paradises via virtual reality, a young woman tries to make sense of the present in order to find her lost love.
City of Imperium Trailer (TJ Walker and Rick Walters, 1 min, CA)
Heirloom: A Star Wars Story Trailer (Casey Cavanaugh, 1 min, MI) The untold story of the Skywalker Lightsaber
All selections will tour with GeekFest Film Fests and are guaranteed at least one screening throughout the festival tour. Most short content is screened at most comic con stops unless otherwise noted. All films are voted on by attendees at the screenings at every comic con tour stop and the highest rated films in each category will have the opportunity to be included in the end of tour event at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con in October.