About This Shorts Program
This program ranges from delightfully creepy to major weirdness to horrifying. Stay until the end if you dare!
The Unconventional Gourmet
Director: Wendy Keeling
Narrative Short, United States, 2016, 12 mins, English
A dark comedy about a woman stuck in the ’50s searching for the perfect ingredients in an unusual family recipe. The film tells an age-old tale with an added modern twist. (From the filmmaker: “I am from Illinois originally and lived in Chicago right on the lake for some time if that qualifies as a connection to the Great Lakes.”)
Director: SangJin Ko
Narrative Short, United States, 2015, 1 min
A gangster betrays his boss for money and enjoys the moment in their hideout but someone watches him.
Director: Areum Han
Narrative Short, India, 2014, 5 mins, Student Project (Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata, India)
Areum comes across a door in the forest, which leads to the dark side within herself. Always curious about the darkness of human nature, she walks deeper and deeper into the shadowy world.
Director: Becky Revesz
Narrative Short, United States, 2013, 9 mins, English, Student Project (Delta College, University Center, Michigan)
A woman finds a handbag...and trouble. (The film was made in Saginaw.)
Directors: Justen Lambert, Matthew Simonis
Narrative Short, United States, 2016, 18 mins
Ellis, a lone survivor in a post apocalyptic landscape struggles with loneliness, survival, and his desire for human connection. (The film was shot in Milwaukee, WI, near the shore of Lake Michigan.)
Director: Daniel Ira Couchie
Narrative Short, Canada, 2016, 6 mins, English, Student Project (Canadore College, North Bay, Ontario)
Norman is a young man teetering on the edge of insanity. Will he accept help and put this dark chapter of his life behind him or embrace the blossoming madness inside? (From the filmmaker: “The producer / writer / Director / editor grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior. The musician also grew up there.”)
Director: Peter Engelmann
Narrative Short, Hungary, 2015, 21 mins, Hungarian, Student Project (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
Virág, a young student, has lots of friends and suitors on the internet, but one night she gets into trouble and needs help in real life. But the most important question is: Have you recorded it?
Director: Vis Vitalis
Narrative Short, Russian Federation, 2016, 5 mins, Russian
On the roadside of a country road: a parked jeep with a broken balloon. A lonely man unsuccessfully tries to change a flat tire, refusing the help of passing drivers. Who is that man? And what does he want? But don’t worry: he’ll deal with it….
Director: Kyle Martellacci
Narrative Short, Canada, 2016, 18 mins, English
In a sudden moment, David is left alone in the world. Everyone but him has disappeared. As he searches for answers, he faces terrifying surprises and a malevolent force that hunts him until the horrifying truth is revealed.