LA Short Film Festival Saturday July 25 2009

I have covered many short film festivals, from CineVegas to Sundance, and I must say that it was a true pleasure to attend last night’s offering from the LA Short Film Festival!  Held this year at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters in Hollywood, I found the setting to be much more intimate in contrast to past events held at bigger venues.

This year’s mini-masterpieces consisted of a wide variety of themes, from a “jilted lover’s extreme revenge”, to a “geek’s transformational wristwatch.”

Here is a list of last night’s shorts in no particular order:

 Triumph at the LA Short Film Festival (Saturday July 25, 7:45 Showing) Has-Been: The Ballad of Benjamin BeaneComedy / USA / 20 min.

When his former co-star, a puppet, is kidnapped a has-been TV star embarks on a rescue mission to save his only friend in the world.

Director: Christopher Mello
Producer: Neeki Moatazedi
Writer: Christopher Mello

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1916 MultipleChoice fixed Triumph at the LA Short Film Festival (Saturday July 25, 7:45 Showing) Multiple ChoiceComedy / Australia / 5 min.

A desperate lie spirals out of control for three hapless students as they try to outwit their lecturer.

Director: Michael Goode
Producer: Karen Watson
Writer: Ian Thomson

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1993 Committed fixed Triumph at the LA Short Film Festival (Saturday July 25, 7:45 Showing) CommittedDrama / USA / 10 min.

Newlyweds display their different levels of commitment in their fiery marriage.

Director: Daniel M. Kalai
Producer: Daniel M. Kalai
Writer: Daniel M. Kalai

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1680 13 EmiliaEckle fixed Triumph at the LA Short Film Festival (Saturday July 25, 7:45 Showing) Emilia EckleComedy / USA / 7 min.

Emilia Eckle and Tom’s first date is beyond their wildest dreams. Destiny shines favorably on these two nerds in love. Or does it?

Director: Alyssa McClelland
Producer: Kate Hickey
Writer: Alyssa McClelland

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2682 EMERY NEW fixed Triumph at the LA Short Film Festival (Saturday July 25, 7:45 Showing) An Evening with Emery LongComedy / USA / 13 min.

Emery Long has planned the perfect evening for his first date with the office hottie but soon realizes things might not turn out as he imagined.

Director: Brad DeMarea
Producer: Laura Szymber
Writer: Brad DeMarea

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2777 13cowboydreams fixed Triumph at the LA Short Film Festival (Saturday July 25, 7:45 Showing) Cowboy DreamsComedy / USA / 7 min.

A retired gunfighter is plagued by a recurring nightmare of his formerly violent life. Starring comedian Bill Engvall.

Director: Paul DeNigris
Producer: Steve Briscoe, Laura DeNigris
Writer: Steve Briscoe

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2767 13thewatch fixed Triumph at the LA Short Film Festival (Saturday July 25, 7:45 Showing) The WatchDrama / United States / 21 min.

An unappreciated and disliked TV station worker has a reversal of fortune with the impulsive purchase a mystical watch.

Director: Mu Sun
Producer: Mu Sun, Richard Khouri
Writer: Mu Sun

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2972 13actionherosguide fixed Triumph at the LA Short Film Festival (Saturday July 25, 7:45 Showing) The Action Hero’s Guide To Saving LivesAction/Adventure / USA / 15 min.

When lives are on the line, when there’s danger at every turn, when clichés run amuck, the best thing to do is call action hero Ace Mulligan!

Director: Justin Lutsky
Producer: Justin Lutsky, Clint Carmichael, Keegan Wilcox
Writer: Brett Simmons, Opie Cooper

Stay tuned to ThecounT.com for more coverage of the LA Short Fest, including interviews with the stars of “Committed” and “The Watch” and a special “surprise encounter” with cult filmmaker/ actor Tommy Wiseau and his co-star Greg Sestero from “The Room.”