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7 Stages Theatre
1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
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Wednesday November 13th
4th annual Sinema Challenge!
See the films that Atlanta filmmakers come up with in 13 days. After randomly drawing a horror genre and a subject card from Cards Against Humanity, they then have 13 days to produce their horror masterpiece. Make sure you are here early for this one of a kind event. It’s a lot of fun and always sells out.
Thursday November 14th
Shorts Block #1 – “First shovel in the grave is always the best!”
Dir. Ujicha – Japan – 4 min
Masashi and Takeshi are lost in the woods when they look for their loving dog John. They find John in a cave in the woods, but something is wrong with John…
The Corpse is Alive
Dir. Edmundo Barraza – USA – 5min
A man gets buried alive with a cell phone, a gun, and a single bullet.
Dir. David Bornstein – USA – 6min
A selfish man sells the soul of his unborn child to Satan in exchange for forcing his wife to make guacamole for him. Things go wrong…
I Learned to Drive at the End of the World
Dir. Miao – China – 12min
China, day zero of the zombie apocalypse came quietly in deep night, while a girl wore gloves of “left” and “right” and was learning to drive with her newly married husband. She thought she was incapable of driving. But that night, she made it and she had to make it through the end of the world.
Dir. Andrea Corsini -Italy – 17min
The story of a strange woman who lives in an abandoned villa between civilized society and a wild forest. Something fierce and threatening is revealed in her behaviors, something connected with that forest, a place that hides the true nature of her actions.
Dir. Christian Meola USA – 6min
A woman’s finds a disturbing photograph on the supermarket floor. It leads to her own abduction.
Dir.Ryan Cauchi – Australia – 1min
A true millennial horror story.
Dir. Germán Sancho – Spain – 5min
The most terrifying fears creep into a little girl in her room when the lights turn off, just before she goes to sleep. Her father tries patiently to calm her; however, the darkness and the unknown are much more powerful and voracious. There’s something even worse there, that hides a frightening reality.
Dir. Sharai Rewels – Canada – 12min
Buckshot and Pearl are two serial killers on the run from the law, they are also in love. When they cross paths with a small town whore-house and its crazies, will their love be enough to save them from themselves?
Dir. Donato Sansone – France – 4min
A portrayal of the evolution of a human being from his creation to his awareness of the mysteries of the universe. It is a metaphor of the creation of the world and a parable of the artistic process.
Dir. Dan Tabor – USA – 3min
Hanako-san is a Japanese urban legend about the spirit of a young World War II-era girl who haunts school bathrooms. What happens when Hanako is summoned depends on the wishes in the heart of the one who summoned her.This horror short that combines animation and live action is the story of a troubled young girl who summons the demon Hanako-san in hopes that she can help her.
Five Course Meal
Dir. James Cadden – Canada – 6min
Mark and Jenny agree to take part in a mysterious experiment for money. Things get exceptionally messy.
The Procedure 2
Dir. Calvin Lee Reeder – USA – 3min
A man is forced to endure another strange experiment.
Watch The Procedure 1
Antrum: The Deadliest Movie Ever Made
Dir. Michael Laicini and David Amito – USA – 95min
Antrum, a feature length film shot in the late 1970’s, is cursed. In 1988, a movie theatre in Budapest that was screening the film burnt to the ground, killing the 56 people who were in attendance. This incident follows the inexplicable deaths of a number of film festival programmers that had received Antrum as a submission and died shortly after watching the film. These events culminated with a riot during an exhibition in San Francisco, after which the film vanished. These events have created a belief that watching Antrum will you kill you. Else Films has successfully tracked down a sole copy of the film for public release. This is that film.
Before the feature
Dir. Dusty Brown – USA – 4min
A man must deal with an elevator company’s incompetent customer service while stuck between floors.
Website and trailer:
Friday November 15th
Shorts block 2 “Graveworm’s Finest”
Dir. Daniel Ballard and Tyler Hellhake – USA – 7min
The Lively Farm in Hendersonville, NC, is known to locals as a cursed and dangerous place. Many locals have nicknamed it “The Haunted Farm.” While the local authorities have investigated many disappearances, of both locals and tourists alike, there has never been enough physical evidence to warrant any arrests. When two young thrill-seekers set out to do some snooping of their own, they find themselves on the run for their lives. Will they make it out alive? Or will they find themselves the latest victims of The Livelys and their DEATHYARD?
Dir. Tyler March – USA – 1min
You can feel them growing inside of you. They want out.
Dir. Tyler Hatch – USA – 1min
One hell of a commute…
The Death Vendor
Dir. Jeon Jinkyu – Korea – 6min
One day a boy encounters a street vendor who sells chicks.Even the boy knows these birds will die very soon. To his eyes, the man is selling none other than death itself.
Dir.Juan Fran Jacinto and Carla Pereira – France – 10min
In his thirties and still living with his mother, a man decides to break free from his inner demons.
Jac Kessler’s Popsy
Dir. Jak Kessler – USA – 31min
Briggs Sheridan can’t chase his gambling-dragon fast enough, and when it looks to cost him more than a few broken limbs, he unwittingly puts more skin in the game than intended.
D is for Demon
Dir. Steven Stull – USA – 8min
A philanderer struggles to maintain his grip on sanity when a late-night tryst descends into calamity.
How to be Alone
Dir. Kate Trefry – USA – 13min
How To Be Alone follows LUCY, as she struggles to survive an increasing bizarre and horrifying night. When her husband JACK leaves for the hospital graveyard shift, Lucy is left alone in the company of a particularly menacing kitchen cabinet, which she is convinced contains all her most secret fears. As the phobias begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life.
Dir. Park Yeon – Korea – 8min
The Ghost Kid appears in front of The Live Kid. The two were twins, but one disappeared from the mother’s belly. The Ghost Kid envies the life of a living brother and wants to have his body.
Night of the Fluffet
Dir. Raymond Wallace – USA – 8min
A cautionary tale about the dangers of bringing a wild Fluffet into your home.
Dir. Joe Begos – USA – 91min
VFW follows Fred and his military buddies as they must defend their local VFW post – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives.
Short before the feature
Dir. James Sizemore and Tim Reis – USA (Local) – 16min
Indie toymaker Jo Carver’s latest creation has come to life, and it’s trying to kill him! The lines between reality and delusional paranoia are blurred as Jo battles his way through his cartoonish nightmare laboratory, set on destroying the demonic weed monster before it destroys him! Loosely based on Sizemore’s own career as an independent toy maker known as Wonder Goblin.
Trailer and website:
The Call of Cthulhu – With an all new original soundtrack from Samadha
Dir. Andrew Leman – USA – 47min
`Based on the classic short story by H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”. While sorting the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of dark secrets connected to an ancient horror waiting to be freed. With an all new original score performed by Atlanta’s psychedelic instrumental space jazz group Samadha.
Dir. Ben Winston – USA (Local) – 68min
Two reckless bikers on a provocative, nightmarish journey through the mountains. Shot entirely on black and white 16mm film. It invokes the aesthetic of the classic films of the 1970s.
Saturday November 16th
Shorts block 3 – “Who said robbing graves wasn’t fun!”
Dir. Neal O’Bryan and Chad Thurman – USA – 7min
A starving boy eats a toe he finds sticking out of the ground. Later that night, something ghastly comes to his bedroom wanting it back.
Dir.Brian Shephard – USA – 8min
On a dark, eerie night, a young woman makes a wrong turn through a long stretch of deserted woods. But as the night goes on, she’ll soon learn you’re never truly alone on Terror Road. Buckle up for a scary ride in this throwback horror blast for fans of all ages!
Website and Trailer:
One Last Meal
Dir. Jill Gevargizian – USA – 11min
Today’s the day the Missouri madman Otis Boyle finally gets executed. The Warden and his Captain of the Guards, York, have been looking forward to this for years, but they could never have prepared themselves for his last request. As Warden insists upon fulfilling their most notorious inmate’s twisted demand in the name of “tradition” and “protocol,” York struggles to keep up in order to keep his job — no matter how much it asks of him.
Dir. N’cee van Heerden – Canada – 19min
Barry has a unique problem. He came up with a truly original idea. And sharing it has consequences…
Website and Trailer:
Dir.Trevor Mirosh – Canada – 28min
A police forensic photographer known as the exhibit man discovers some town folk have been infected by an alien.
Dir.Gino Crognale – USA – 9min
A look into the the life of an older Michael Myers from the Halloween movies.
Dir. Tony Reames – USA (Local) – 11min
The only thing Dee loves more than classic horror movies is terrorizing the babysitter. It’s New Years Eve, Dee’s parents are looking forward to one of the rare nights without their angel. Little does Laurie, the new babysitter know, the fifty bucks an hour won’t cover the years of therapy needed after spending one night with Dee and her stuffed friends.
Website and Trailer
Dir. Stacey Palmer – USA (Local) – 5min
After Amanda’s teeth start to fall out, she will soon learn the terrifying reason way.
Dir. Keola Racela – USA – 97min
When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in it’s basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education…written in blood.
Before the feature
Dir. Elwood Quincy Walker – USA – 7min
A coroner fixes up the new body in the morgue and adds a few touches of his own.
Shorts block 4 – “Dig the graves deep so they can’t crawl out!”
Dir. Yfke van Berckelaer – Netherlands – 9min
Lili knows she has to nail this audition. The Man she auditions for, knows this too. Thus starts an uncomfortable cat and mouse game in this single-shot #metoo horror, about power, the misuse of power and female empowerment.
Dir. Mia’kate Russel – Australia – 14min
Sometimes doing nothing can be the worst move of all.
Dir. Carlos Baena – Spain – 12min
A young boy who loves to draw and build ferris wheels encounters strange creatures that turn his life upside down.
Skeletons in the Closet
Dir. Tomi Malkki – Finland – 11min
A Stranger In A Strange Land, Exodus 2:22
Dir. Jamie Delaney – UK – 13min
In an attempt to find acceptance and purpose in an alienating postmillennial world, an unhinged young woman develops a violent addiction to social media.
Dir,Kyle Sharpe – Canada – 5min
Intrigue turns to nightmare when a woman is trapped and stalked in a house of horrors. A dark and surreal animated journey.
Dir. Anca Vlasan – USA (Local) – 4min
Lizza, a scaly, green lizard woman, prepares for her first online date with a human man by violently making herself over into the typical blonde bombshell she isn’t. Lizard Queen is an animated short film that takes on both female and male beauty standards through the lens of online dating culture.
Dir. Ashley Young – USA (Local) – 3min
Two dumb kids explore the dangers of a Ouija board and come face to face with the Ouija demon, Zozo
Trailer and Website:
Dir. Brett Pierce and Drew Pierce – USA – 95min
A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent’s imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.
Before the feature
Dir. Rich Ragsdale -USA – 8min
Mikey’s older brother, Tommy, brings home a mysterious bootleg VHS tape of “the scariest movie ever made”. But what they expect to be a run-of-the-mill 80s slasher flick turns out to be something much more terrifying.
Toxic Avenger and a performance by Blast off Burlesque
Dir. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz – USA – 82min
Before the film Atlanta’s own award winning burlesque troop “Blast Off Burlesque” will present their one of a kind performance inspired by the Toxic Avenger. This is their 4th year putting on this event and it’s always a highlight of the festival. Make sure you are here for this!!!
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.
Blast Off Burlesque’s Website:
Sunday November 17th
Those Who Deserve to Die
Dir. Bret Wood – USA (Local) – 91min
Based on a novella by Thomas de Quincey (Confessions of an Opium Eater) and fueled by visions of ’60s gialli, Those Who Deserve To Die is a thriller that subverts the formula of the revenge film, following its “hero” as he enacts a series of brutal crimes in the name of justice—without sharing with the viewer why these heinous acts are being committed. Goaded by the cold-hearted spirit of his dead ten-year-old sister Berenice, Jonathan wades into ever-deepening, ethically muddier water—not just punishing the guilty but extinguishing their bloodlines.
Before the feature
In Sound We Live Forever
Dir. Joshua Giuliano – USA – 12min
Something bad has(is) happened(happening).
J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius
Dir. Sandy K. Boon – USA – 85min
What started out as an inside joke amongst two self proclaimed weirdos in Ft. Worth, Texas soon becomes much more than they bargained for when they decide to turn their conservative southern ideology on its head and invent a new religion all their own. Praise Bob!
Before the feature
All Stretched Out
Dir. Alastair Train – UK – 4min
After accidentally joining an advanced Yoga class, an unfit man pushes his body to the limit trying to impress his judgmental teacher and classmates.
Mark of the Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf
Dir. Daniel Griffith – USA (Local) – 83min
“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.” Universal was the first studio to chronicle the tragic story of a man whose own inner demons become realized, and violently transform him into a ferocious beast. Of all the cinematic monsters that thrilled and terrified audiences over the last century, the wolf man was the only creature that sought its own demise. For that reason alone, countless filmmakers and special effects artisans have been drawn the character. This epic documentary utilizes new interviews with celebrated authors, actors, and make-up effects artists to help recount the evolution of the werewolf films released by the legendary studio.
Short before the feature
Dir. Josh Gould – USA (Local) – 12min
Two weirdos run an early morning call on the ambulance that turns from a case of difficulty breathing to voodoo. Crises of faith ensue, and breakfast biscuits are eaten.
Shorts block 5 – “The toll of the Death Bell.”
Dir. Dawid Krepski – USA – 24min
As an aspiring immigrant actress tells her story, it is soon unveiled what she herself is not aware of – that she was taken advantage of and lured into isolation from the bustling life of Los Angeles. Something disturbing and tenebrous is hidden under the layer of her seemingly normal life.
Dir. David Oesch and Remo Rickenbacher – Switzerland – 10min
With a heavy heart a man brings his dead cat to the animal carcass disposal. When a mysterious taxidermist gives him her business card he is intrigued to find out if the death of his pet might be just the beginning.
Dead Teenager Seance
Dir. Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini – Brazil – 21min
A group of dead teenagers spending their after-lives in Limbo decides to wreak vengeance upon their killer by summoning him to the world of the dead.
Dir. H.J. Leonard – India – 23min
After a harsh breakup, Pranay decides to ease the pain with alcohol. Little did he knows his life was about to change when he encounters a young undead bride looking for revenge.
Dir. Charles de Lauzirika – USA (Local) – 16min
Taking refuge in an abandoned cargo truck during the Zombie Apocalypse, a bickering couple (and their dog) find their lives on the line when hostilities between them quickly escalate to dangerous levels.
Please join us as we give our this year’s awards. We will be screening the winners for Best Short Film, Best Animation, and the winners of the Sinema Challenge. Come and see who takes home the awards!