Backlot Shorts

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These ain’t your grandma’s shorts. Join us on the Mooney Backlot as we contemplate the dark underbelly – with humor, music, animation, and other coping mechanisms.

ANIMATION HOTLINE
A series of micro-animations that use crowd-sourced voicemail messages for inspiration. (Dir. by Dustin Grella, 2012, USA, 6 mins.)

BACK HOME
A music video for dark folk band Rasmus Leon. Shot over the course of a night and featuring Tom A. England, the video distills the 6 alchemical elements he is comprised of between birth and death. (Dir. by William S. Davis, 2013, USA, 5 mins.)

PLUMAS
A hunter embarks, with a pair of eggs, searching for his next trophy. (Dir. by Quike Frances, 2013, Spain, 8 mins)

RIDE OVER
Winnie just wants to ride her bike, while Maude, her mother, is just trying to hold it all together. Take a spin with Winnie and Maude as they playfully go head-to-head in an alternate reality of control and rebellion in this beautifully scored, hand-painted animated short. (Dir. by Mik Garrison and Zoe Matthiessen, 2013, USA, 6 mins.)

THERE’S AN OCTOPUS IN YOUR HEAD
An emotionally masochistic ‘pancake master’ attempts to unravel the mysteries of his mind by engaging in heavy-metal musical confrontations with the devil. (Dir. by Ari Grabb, 2013, USA, 8 mins.)

MEETING MR. ELM
A man gets a surprise visit from his girlfriend’s psychotic ex-boyfriend, who isn’t at all what he appears to be… (Dir. by David Bornstein, 2013, USA, 6 mins.)

THE APOCALYPSE
Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea of how to spend their Saturday afternoon. The Apocalypse. (Dir. by Andrew Zuchero, 2013, USA, 5 mins.)

UNLOVABLE
Ah, obsessive love… it never turns out well, but our gal turns her frown right upside down! (Dir. by Jackie Hutchinson, 2013, USA, 4 mins.)

#POSTMODEM
Two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity. (Dir. by Lucas Leyva and Jillian Mayer, 2013, USA, 12 mins.)

MONOMYTH
Winona, a young woman struggling to become a fantasy novelist, creates a heroic, sword-wielding character named Oraflex to distract her from her unbearably mundane reality. (Dir. by Sam Cooke, 2013, USA, 21 mins.)