Category Archives: Short

Melissa's Story

Scotti Scott | 2 min | Ireland | 2012

SYNOPSIS
This film is about a young girl called Melissa who has Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare and distressing genetic disorder. She is not able to play like normal children and suffers more pain in a day than most of us will suffer in our lifetime. Currently there is no cure.

A biomedical researcher tells us how a new type of gene therapy is being developed to help Melissa, and children like her, by correcting her skin, without adverse effects, so that it can repair itself. This means that the worst of her wounds will be treatable in the future improving the quality of her life and increasing longevity.

The message behind the film had to be positive, emphasizing increased longevity due to research rather than early death due to the condition. By using animation as a technique to tell the story of Melissa it was able to illustrate difficult subject matter in a beautiful way while still delivering the message effectively.

As EB is indiscriminate, affecting people in all corners of the globe, it was decided to use a silhouette for Melissa. The butterfly was used extensively throughout the film as metaphor for skin, fragility, science, freedom, joy, birth and renewal.

A repeating pattern of screws and wing nuts suggests gene sequences in a laboratory ever replicating.

This film is to raise awareness about Epidermolysis Bullosa and what research can do to improve quality of life for children like Melissa.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Inside Out
7:30pm | Wednesday July 11, 2012
LIGHTHOUSE

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Director | Scotti Scott

DIRECTOR BIO

Denmark

Daniel Fickle | 11 mins | USA| 2010

SYNOPSIS
“Denmark” takes place above and below the waterline of Oregon’s Willamette River. It’s a story about Pily, a lovable crustacean of mixed origin, who builds a rocket ship to escape the contagion of his underwater crops and home.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Science for Nanos
11:00am | Saturday July 6, 2012
LIGHTHOUSE

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Director | Daniel Fickle
Production | Courtney Eck, Mark Smith
Editor | Jesse Salsberry
Music | Gideon Freudmann, Portland Cello Project

DIRECTOR BIO
Daniel Fickle was born in Atlanta, Georgia where his youth was shaped by Atlanta’s thriving, underground music scene. From an early age Daniel displayed an affinity for song writing which placed him in prominent bands including Portrait and the New York based band, The Station Myth.

Always more at home creating rather than performing on stage Daniel gravitated toward film production. He soon gained a strong reputation for his film scores, his camera work as a director of photography, and his creative vision as a director. After numerous projects that garnered ”Best Film” festival wins, Ebert and Roper ”Picks of the Week” and official selections to Sundance, Daniel struck out on his own and founded Two Penguins Productions.

Two Penguins has grown up fast. With offices in New York, Los Angles and Portland, Oregon the company has attracted notable clients like GQ Magazine, Nike, BlackBook Magazine, Gilt Groupe, Microsoft and Stolichnaya Vodka. However, the core purpose of Daniel’s production company remains the same and that is to create music.

Daniel’s most recent directorial work, ”Denmark” is a music video for the Portland Cello Project. It premiered to a sold out show at Portland’s Aladdin Theater, it has been televised throughout France, featured on websites like Vimeo, Motionographer, and Daily Motion, and is an official selection of multiple film festivals. Daniel currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Anna and their two daughters, Lilith and Ava.

The Man Machine

Vincent Fournier | 5 min | Japan | 2010

SYNOPSIS
The Man Machine’ film features some of the latest robot technology interacting with humans and the built environment.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
BAD ROBOT
7:00pm | Friday, July 13 2012
LIGHTHOUSE

DIRECTOR’S BIO
Brussels, Belgium-based Vincent Fournier is a commercial and fine-art photographer whose photographs of rockets, moon landscapes, and cosmonauts have enjoyed worldwide appeal since 2006. The winner of a bronze award at the Cannes Festival and Gold Clio, Fournier has a distinctive style that merges fantasy with reality, leading the viewer through a colorful journey into the unknown.

Time Freak

Andrew Bowler | 11 mins | USA | 2010

When Stillman discovers the secrets to time travel, his big discovery gets lost in the smallest details.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
BAD ROBOT
7:00pm | Friday, July 13 2012
LIGHTHOUSE

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Written and Directed by | Andrew Bowler
Produced by | Gigi Causey
Cinematographer by | Luke Geissbuhier
Edited by | Geoffrey Richman
Cast | Michael Nathanson, John Conor Brooke

DIRECTOR’S BIO
Andrew Bowler is a filmmaker. On January 24, 2012, he was nominated for an Academy Award for the film Time Freak. Bowler graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 1996.

Everything is a Remix – Part 3

Kirby Ferguson | 11 min | USA | 2011

Creativity isn’t magic. Part three of this four-part series explores how innovations truly happen.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
BAD ROBOT
7:00pm | Friday, July 13 2012
LIGHTHOUSE

PRODUCTION CREW
Director | Kirby Ferguson

DIRECTOR BIO
Kirby Ferguson is a writer, director and producer who has created dozens of comedic short films and has over four million views on the web. As part of a development deal with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he recently wrote, directed, produced and edited the viral hit Macs vs. PCs. The video now has almost 400,000 views. He is a prolific comedy writer and has extensive knowledge of video production, executing most production roles for his shorts.

Transgenic Spidergoats

Field Test | 6mins | USA | 2010

SYNOPSIS
It’s clear, if you think about it very carefully, that it would be impossible to breed a goat that had spider silk protein in it. There’s no way that mutation would occur under any natural circumstance, no matter how you bred them. Randy Lewis, a professor at University of Wyoming has done otherwise; designed goats that can be used in spinning spider silk.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Controlled Experiments
6:00pm | Saturday July 7, 2012
LIGHTHOUSE

DIRECTOR’S BIO
Field Test Film Corps is an independent production company focused on creating cinematic documentaries about modern science.

 

Zero

Christopher Kezelos | 12 min | Australia | 2011

SYNOPSIS
Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Science for Nanos
11:00am | Saturday July 6, 2012
LIGHTHOUSE

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Narration | Nicholas McKay
Writer and director | Christopher Kezelos
Producer | Christine Kezelos
Director of Photography | Matthew Horrex
Animation | David Cox, Christopher Kezelos
Assistant Animators | Mark Lagana, Christine Kezelos
Original Music | Kyls Burtland
Matte Painting & Production Design | Brett Bimson
Sound Design, Foley & Mix | Brendan O’Brien
Visual Effects Supervisor | Justin Alvarez
Compositors | Justin Alvarez, Carlo Monaghan, Brad Roddy, Chris Jackson, Mike Foxall, Heather Galvin, Desmond Waterman, Douglas Njegovan, Kieran Kenny, Darrin Hanley, Bevan Lynch, Erik Fazekas
3D Artists | Robert Mack, Chris Burness, Michael Yates, Bevan Lynch, Jorge Arturo, Hernandez Ruiz
Online Editor | Billy Wychgel
Offline Editor | Christopher Kezelos
Edit Consultant | David Maurer
Colourist | Billy Wychgel
Credit Roll | Heather Galvin
Sculpting & Models | David Cox
Carpentry | Jim Kezelos
Set Design & Construction | Bonnie Tulloh, Ai Ikeda, Elisabeta Goanta, Jim Kezelos, Ziad Jamal, David Cox, Christine Kezelos, Christopher Kezelos
Painting | Olivier Strobel, David Cox
Props | David Cox, Bonnie Tulloh, Ai Ikeda, Rueben Carlsen, Olivier Strobel, Ziad Jamal, Susan McClymont, Christine Kezelos, Shelley Hepworth
Fabrication | Christine Kezelos, Reina McAndrew
Costume Designer | Katie Nimmo
Children’s Drawings | Hannah Jamal, Nathan Stewart
Singer | Robyne Dunn
Additional Voices | Reina McAndrew, Shelley Hepworth, Anthony Clark, Kyls Burtland, Keely O’Brien, Tully O’Brien, Lisa Hill, Brendan O’Brien, Christine Kezlos, Christopher Kezelos
Recording Studio | Linear Studios, Colony NoFi, Love Htz Studio
Producer Mentor | Warwick Burton
Script Editor | Christine Kezelos

DIRECTOR BIO
In 1996, Christopher received a BVA from Sydney University, majoring in film production. For more than a decade he’s worked as a writer, producer, director and editor on ads, online videos and award winning short films through his production company Zealous Creative. In 2009 Christopher wrote, directed and animated a stop motion short film called Zero. It screened in over 50 festivals and has won 11 awards including ‘Best Animation’ from LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival and has been nominated for an AFI Award in the ‘Best Short Animation’ category. His latest stop motion short called The Maker is currently touring festivals and recently won the ‘Grand Prize’ at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Christopher lives in Los Angeles and is writing a feature animation.

Yuri Landing on Alpha 46

Anthony Vouradoux | 14 mins | Germany | 2011

SYNOPSIS
After his landing on Jupiter moon Alpha 46, the cosmonaut Yuri Lennon is confronted with an extraordinary paradox. Unlocked from the mothership, Yuri begins his startling journey through space, which leads him to the end of the world as we know it. An amazing 15-minute short movie… the countdown is on.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Inside Out
7:30pm | Wednesday July 11, 2012
LIGHTHOUSE

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Screenplay | Anthony Vouardoux, Daniel Young
Cinematographer | Pascal Walder
Editor | Orza Ramon
Music | Beat Soler
Cast | Marc Hosemann
Print Source | René Römert, Port-Au-Prince

DIRECTOR BIO
Anthony Vouardoux was born in 1975 in Sierre, and he was interested in photography from an early age. He studied at the ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art) in Lausanne and graduated in 2002. He attended the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the Actors Studio in Paris with Jack Garfein (one of the creators of the Actors Studio in the States with Lee Strasberg). Today, he lives and works in Berlin. His films include: Les tartines (2003), Greed (2003), Black Lights (2004), César (2004), Dance alone (2004), Le western le plus court (2004), La limace (2005), Bouly le campeur (2006), Le maitre du monde (2006), Ne me quitte (2007).