Shorts

Wendy (14:53)

Director: Michael Oshins

Synopsis: It’s Halloween and Wendy doesn’t have anything to wear. She must rely on her own ingenuity and help from her imaginary friends to make a costume and join the other kids for

Trick-or-Treating.

Death of the Midnight Voyage (6:17) 

Director: Travis Boone

Synopsis: A son and a daughter are on the run from an abusive film crew, and it’s not the first time.

The King of Oakes and Commerce (7:47) 

Director: Jackson Ezinga

Synopsis: A night in the life of a pinball wizard.

MICHIGAN PRODUCTION

WINNER: ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

Padlock Men (16:25) 

Director: Lewis T. Powell

Synopsis: 86 year-old Walter "Posey" Fodrell shares one of his youthful memoirs of the historically secret band of vigilante civil rights soldiers known as the Padlock Men: Blood for Blood Knuckles Dirty. The Civil Rights movement will never be viewed the same.

WINNER: ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Bath Bomb (2:40) 

Director: Matt McWilliams

One Shot (11:00) 

Director: Joseph Victor, Ryan Steel
Synopsis: Jack has a chance encounter at the grocery store with Amanda, his Tinder match from the night before.

MICHIGAN PRODUCTION

Where the Jungle Ends (5:33)

Director: Joe Stucky

Synopsis: Haunted by a past of abandonment as a missionary child in the Philippines, Charles is facing the wolf again. This time he sees him clearly. Wolf versus the man, who will win?

Young Blood (14:04) 

Director: Richie Starzec

Synopsis: When Jay botches his first job for a group of small time thieves, things go south faster than anyone could have expected.

The Replacement (15:00) 

Director: Sean Miller

Synopsis: On election night, a janitor feels cheated out of a life he might have lived when his own clone becomes the President. He goes on a bender to seek justice, encountering new forms of prejudice, dismissal, and classism. In a society where the morality around cloning is dividing the masses, physically looking like the newly elected President has its own dangers…

WINNER: ACHIEVEMENT IN SPECIAL EFFECTS

Pretorius (6:30)

Director: Bret Miller

Synopsis: A macabre story about a man and his love; a decomposing body in a red dress. But the more time he spends with her, the more control she gains.

MICHIGAN PRODUCTION

WINNER: BEST MICHIGAN-MADE SHORT

Hair Trigger (8:15)

Director: Taylor Schafer

Synopsis: School shooting survivor Sadie, her mother Terry, and Sadie's best friend Elyse struggle to reconcile the night before the rest of Sadie's classmates return to school without her.

Rag Dolls (4:12)

Director: Justin and Kristin Schaack

Synopsis: Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a child discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. Her imagination runs wild, but for the dolls' real-life doppelgängers, self-control is out of their hands.

Little Darling (13:38) 

Director: Michael Oshins

Synopsis: A courtroom artist is tasked with sketching a difficult music copyright case when he begins to suffer strange flashbacks. Unsure of what's triggering the reactions, he finds himself recreating his memories through his sketches- bringing back to life a forgotten past trauma. 

WINNER: BEST SHORT DIRECTOR (Michael Oshins)

WINNER: BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Marcus (9:59) 

Director: J. R. Poli

Synopsis: After spending the last decade in turmoil, Marcus resorts to one last option in attempt to end his disarray. He sits inside his car across the street from a bank, hesitating. One by one his colleagues enter, some trying to change his mind others aiming to persuade him to go through with it. Which side will Marcus choose, and will he finally succeed or fail once more?

WINNER: BEST PERF. IN A SHORT (Owen Miller)

Songbird (17:00) 

Director: Helen Baldwin

Synopsis: A troubled street musician finds a magic camera that ends his loneliness while opening a door to his darker side.

Triggered (5:57) 

Director: Keith Mullin

Synopsis: A man, haunted by violence, struggles to find a feeling of security in a seemingly cold and hostile world.

Gnome Away From Home (9:39) 

Director: Logan Regnier

Synopsis: A man leaves home to pursue his interest in gnomes.

Euthanasia Pines (3:54) 

Director: Tara Gordon

Bang Bang (0:60)

Director: Desmond Confoy

Ars Moriendi (0:60)

Director: Desmond Confoy

The Invisible (17:45) 

Director: Aisha Farooqi

MICHIGAN PRODUCTION

“A Tragedy” A Comedy (0:60)

Director: Desmond Confoy

Features

Future (1:25) 

Director(s): Robert Cousineau, Chris Rosik

Synopsis: A drunken, train­-wreck time traveler offers a suicidally depressed barista a do­-over with his life—there’s just one catch.
MICHIGAN PRODUCTION

WINNER: BEST PERF. IN A FEATURE (Phreddy Wischusen)

Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary (1:15) 

Director(s): John Campopiano, Justin White

Synopsis: This riveting documentary follows the entire inception of PET SEMATARY, revealing Stephen King's inspiration to write the book, the struggle to get the film made and the unlikely success of a low budget film from Paramount Pictures during the WGA strike.

Melody on Earth (1:25) 

Director: Joshua Courtade

Synopsis: Upon returning to earth, a withdrawn woman named Melody hires an oddball private eye to track down the man who helped her escape from an alien zoo on Neptune. Or

maybe it was Pluto.

MICHIGAN PRODUCTION

WINNER: ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING

WINNER: BEST MICHIGAN-MADE FEATURE

Karen Doesn’t Dream (1:44) 

Director: Zach Huckaby

Synopsis: A young woman becomes addicted to 'sleep tapes', bizarre VHS recordings of people sleeping. As she delves deeper into her new dependency, her life unravels in dark and unexpected ways.

WINNER: BEST FEATURE DIRECTOR (Zack Huckaby)

WINNER: BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

The Joe (1:12)

Director: Evan L. Neel

Synopsis: Although construction began without a budget, architectural plans, or a tenant - Joe Louis Arena became the destination for hockey royalty and the home to champions. “The Joe” chronicles four decades of unforgettable moments in Red Wings history retold by the players, coaches and managers that lived them.

WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Online Student Showcase

More Time (5:32)

Director: Laura Nicely

  

The Meteor (8:08)

Director: Charlie Losiewicz

Grab Him by the – (7:53)

Director: Lane McKenna

 

Stuart Sleuth (7:00)

Director: Edward Loupe

 

Ready to Fight (1:22)

Director: Natasha Canepa

Magic Play (3:26)

Director: Natasha  Canepa

Detroit Street Care (4:37) 

Director: Rachel Goodman

MICHIGAN PRODUCTION

 

After Ashes (15:00)

Director: Jesse McAnally

MICHIGAN PRODUCTION

Under the Surface (5:07)

Director: Avery Watson

 

The Black Button (10:57)

Director: Jefferey Hamlin

 

Below a Dark Wood (13:09)

Director: Bill Slovick

  

The Man Who Loved Flowers (5:12)

Director: Darcy Love

 

The Black Basilisk (9:59)

Director: Edward Loupe

Nail Polish and Pills (15:26)

Director: Rachel Debolski

The Graveyard Shift (16:36)

Director: Michael Price

*This film will not be featured in the online showcase at the request of the filmmaker. The Southeast Michigan Film Festival continues to recognize it as an Official Selection.

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