Film Festival Programming for Comicon 2015

 

Hosted by local show The Absolute Geek Podcast, this game show pairs contestants with knowledgeable panelists in order to defeat and conquer the genres and mediums of pop culture! Covering topics of comics, movies, television, and pop culture, it’s sure to be a fun time! (Will be recorded and released online following the convention.)

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  • Kellen McCall
  • Matt Alward
 

First twelve people in line get to participate, the rest can ask questions and will be the audience. Some basic improv/acting games and techniques.

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The film makers behind Aether, a steampunk fantasy motion picture about a group of outcasts banding together to defend their homeland from a power hungry political saboteur, outlander assassins, and a ruthless chancellor obsessed with keeping his floating kingdom sky born, will be having the world premiere of their concept short for their multi-million dollar film: Aether.  The credentials for the film makers on this independent film are the stuff of studios: The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Blade Runner, Demolition Man, even Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

Come and learn how to develop your own independent epic feature film!

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  • Drew Hall
  • Horst Sarubin
  • Kim Bailey
  • Scott Robinson
 

Hal C F Astell of Apocalypse Later has presented steampunk film festivals in Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego. Come on down to see an hour's worth of award-winning short steampunk films from around the world and here in Arizona.

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  • Hal C F Astell
 

Here comes a trivia contest for teams hosted by the FLIM SPRINGFIELD Team.  Contestants will be quizzed on the first 10 seasons of The Simpsons, with a variety of types of questions: From general knowledge about the show, fill in the quote, identify the character, and stuff only hardcore Simpsons nerds will know!  Prizes will be given away, but the real reward is WINNING!

More at FLIMSpringfield.wordpress.com

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  • Alex Cardwell
  • Diana Welsch
  • JRC
 

Nola Yergen is a costume designer and actor, known for Valiant (2014), Parallax (2012) and Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film (2012) not to mention that she has worked on Castle and is also a theatre professor and costume designer at Grand Canyon University.  She's also an avid Cosplayer.  Learn how to turn your passion into a career in film, television, or stage.

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  • Nola Yergen
 

Kevin R. Phipps is an assistant director and director, known for Grief (2015), Thicker Than Water (2014) and Friday the 13th Part 3: The Memoriam Documentary.  He is also an trained Meisner Acting Coach / Trainer.  Come and learn about directing from an actor's director and learn the differences between directing a narrative or a documentary.

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  • Kevin R. Phipps
 

Come and learn about shooting documentary video and photos in the Comicon environment and how to grow your skills to a professional level.  This was a very popular topic last year.

Greg Nosek has worked as a Freelance Documentary Videographer covering Broadcast Journalism, Rock & Roll, and the World of Corporate and Social Events for the last 30 years.

Jim Poulin has successfully nurtured a career spanning 35 years in the field of Editorial, Sports & Concert Photography. Jim Poulin is the Photo Editor for the Phoenix Business Journal is a proud graduate of Arizona State University.

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  • Greg Nosek
  • Jim Poulin
 

First time Phoenix Comicon attendee and want to know how to make the most of your experience? Or a seasoned veteran of Con and want to know what's new this year? Then join the PCC Street Team for a fun filled hour of fun, trivia, prizes and maybe even a sing-along or two! Get the inside track on not-to-be-missed events and maybe even some secrets. Fun for the whole family!

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

First time Phoenix Comicon attendee and want to know how to make the most of your experience? Or a seasoned veteran of Con and want to know what's new this year? Then join the PCC Street Team for a fun filled hour of fun, trivia, prizes and maybe even a sing-along or two! Get the inside track on not-to-be-missed events and maybe even some secrets. Fun for the whole family!

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Is a whole year just too long to wait for more Phoenix Comicon in your life? Well you don't have to wait that long! Come join us as we discuss some of the information and details about our Winter show held at University of Phoenix Stadium. 

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Hello to all of the Fans, Dorks, Geeks, and Nerds out there in Fanland, and welcome to the world of Fanboy Rant.  On this Podcast we strive to explore different forms of fandom,  Be it from cars to comics, books to Barbies, or Zebras to Zuul, we wanna talk about your fandom.  We wanna show that everyone has the right to let their nerd flag fly and show the love they have for the subjects they're passionate for! So I, your Fanboy (Josh) with my cohost Brian and a rotating cast of friends and special guests, will explore the world of Fanboys! So sit back, have a listen, have some fun, but in the end, "Don't forget to be a fan!"

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  • Brian Simonsen
  • Danielle Benjamin
  • Josh Benjamin
 

Before you shoot your movie, before you even start making costumes or sets, you need to develop your project.  Come and learn what it takes from two professionals that has gotten projects, both big and small, off the ground over the last 20 years.  Maybe even learn a little about current projects they have in development.

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  • Mark Newbauer
  • Ted Chalmers
 

Join us as we present this year's winners in the Film Festival and the Film Challenge...with special guest CHRIS GORE!!!

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

On this last night of the Phoenix Comicon film festival, everyone is a winner!  Come and mix and mingle with your favorite panel hosts;  Learn more about film making; and  Celebrate the film makers behind your favorite films that screened at the festival.  Have fun, make friends, and learn stuff at the Renaissance Hotel!  Don't forget cards so you can show everyone what you do.  Cash bar provided

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  • Phoenix Comicon Film Makers
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Some people are just there for the loot bags. But most of the people at a film festival are trying to market and sell an independent film. Don’t be just one of the horde.  Come and learn the tricks and skills necessary to navigate the Film Festival waters from the expert and author of Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 4th edition: The Essential Companion for Filmmakers and Festival-Goers (Chris Gore's Ultimate Flim Festival Survival Guide).

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For aspiring writers-turned-producers, explore the creative - and sometimes arduous - process of taking a story from script to screen, including location scouting, casting, and hiring crew. DaVaun Sanders, last year's Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Winner won a one-scene shoot donated by Valley director, Kevin R. Phipps, producer, Ruben Angelo, and a variety of skilled crew. Follow DaVaun's journey from creating dynamic characters in a futuristic world to watching the filmmaking process unfold over the course of several months. Plus: Learn ways to bootstrap your own short film production.

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  • Cassandra Nicholson
 

An audience participation filled discussion lead by teachers who love Harry Potter.  This panel is filled with all the wonders of the wizarding world, and will make you never want to stop believing.

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  • Amber Gould
  • Brandon Riddle
  • Catie Whitten
  • Shalane Harris
  • Stephen Dzienis
 

Novels and Screenplays are two completely different types of writing, but that doesn't mean you can't do both.

For over five years Eric worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a documentary film producer and editor, covering Mars Exploration. Getting an up close, behind-the-scenes look at planetary exploration gave him a great inspiration his screenplay that eventually became the novel and audiobook called The Scout.

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  • Eric Tozzi
 

You want to work in the entertainment business, but how do you pay the bills between film projects or while you are trying to get your project off the ground?  Learn what it takes to put your skills together and make it as a freelance videographer.  Sports, News, Commercials, Weddings?  They are all options.

Greg Nosek has worked as a Freelance Documentary Videographer covering Broadcast Journalism, Rock & Roll, and the World of Corporate and Social Events for the last 30 years.

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  • Greg Nosek
 

Join Jonathan Simon from Lighting Octopus for a discussion of Fun/Geeky/Family Friendly things to do in Arizona that families can do together in all year round.

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  • Jonathan Simon
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Join Jonathan Simon from Lighting Octopus for a discussion of Fun/Geeky/Family Friendly things to do in Arizona that families can do together in all year round.

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  • Jonathan Simon
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

This panel is all about fun and getting a chance to learn skills with getting comfortable with coming up with stuff on the spot and going with it.  In the panel, the panelists teach the audience the guidelines to various improv games and then have the audience join in on the fun.  This is a good time all ages and nerds of all forms.

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  • Angelo Talerico
  • Antoinette Martin-Hanson
  • Daniel Walling
  • Kristopher Milstead
  • Rochelle Jarvis
  • Shelbie Reames
 

This panel is all about fun and getting a chance to learn skills with getting comfortable with coming up with stuff on the spot and going with it.  In the panel, the panelists teach the audience the guidelines to various improv games and then have the audience join in on the fun.  This is a good time all ages and nerds of all forms.

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  • Angelo Talerico
  • Antoinette Martin-Hanson
  • Daniel Walling
  • Kristopher Milstead
  • Rochelle Jarvis
  • Shelbie Reames
 

This fan panel is a follow up to last year's hit panel, "Gone Too Soon".  But instead of discussing shows taht were cancelled too soon, this year this group of TV junkies will be talking about a selection of modern shows that went downhill fast and weren't cancelled soon enough!  We will discuss what ent wrong, if the show could have been saved, and what the future holds for these franchises.  Shows to be featured in this fan discussion include Heroes, Alias, The X-Files, and Lost, among others.

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  • Cody Hertig
  • Eric Downing
  • Hayley Tracy
 

In a race to your heart, which would win: the Tardis, the Impala, or John Watson and his cane?  Come to Last Fandom Standing to explore this deep question and many more, as panelits take turnsrepresenting nominated fandoms and engage in a point/counterpoint discussion.  Attendees will be able to suggest fandoms for debate, provide feedback and ideas, and audience interaction will determine the ultimate winner.  Join us at this totally-not-sarcastic-at-all panel and watch superfans rip fandoms, and each other, apart!

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  • Ben Mosey
  • Cody Hertig
  • Eric Downing
  • Hayley Tracy
 

A kickstarter launch party for Jump Ship Productions latest film, The Terminizer. Meet 426, "A Killer Robot Driving Instructor", and Blue Berry Crunch, a floating talking pie. Talk with the creators during the Q&A.

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  • Kelsey McLaughlin
  • Nate Hales
  • Sage Greenawalt
  • Van Weather
  • Yong Tak
 

A live podcast recording of the Educating Geeks podcast covering season 1 of Xena in celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary. Come discuss the show with us and help create drinking game rules.

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  • Alice Baker
  • Cassandra Nicholson
  • Krissy Lenz
  • Sara Santiago
 

When people see the iconic T-Visor helmet, thoughts of Star Wars bounty hunters spring to mind. However, would it surprise you to find out that these fearsome warriors also do charity work? Meet the Shonare Vhekadla Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs Costumers Club! Join us as they talk about how they create their armor and the look of the Mandalorian Mercenary as well as the work the do for the community and charity.

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"The Looking Planet" - During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression.

"Sumer" - All animal and plant species perished decades ago. All that remains is one small group of humans who attempt to resist the hostility and hardness of the external environment from SUMER, the last hive city in the world.

"Thundercluck: Chicken of Thor" - Half mortal. Half god. All natural chicken.

"Companion" - A stray puppy suddenly appears to brighten up a lonely boy's world. The two enjoy a long-lasting companionship as they grow together.

"Mr. McBob" - For years, school had been anything but exciting for 9 year old Pierre. It was always the same boring routine. Until one day, his fourth grade teacher took a break from the traditional schoolwork. Mr. McBob showed the class something different, something creative, something, “Outside the box,” which sparked Pierre’s interest and ultimately changed his life.

"Life Of Sarumomo" - A poor mother and her son live in a small house. After the mother dies of illness, the sad son meets a dear girl, but a war begins soon.

"Prey" - A small fish dreams of the beautiful world outside the fish tank. When she finally gets bigger and leaps out of the fish tank, the once beautiful world isn't what she expected.

"Think Ink" - An animated film about outcasts and acceptance, a la psychology inkblots.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"The Washing Machine" - Billy is a broke young man covered with debts and living in a shabby apartment. One day he discovers a magical washing machine in an old laundry room that is capable of generating money. This allows Billy to become rich and he buys all the things that he had always desired. This dream does not last for long though, and the machine stops making money pretty soon. He loses control and kicks the machine several times. At this point the Representative appears, a mysterious character that punishes Billy for his misbehavior: he is first frozen, and then he is sucked into the machine, where he is digested and turned into a cloud of smoke. As the Representative is leaving the room, he encounters a young woman similar to Billy, to whom he suggests to use the magical washing machine.

"Diwali Dream Garage" - With Austin’s life going nowhere and his pipe dream of becoming a legendary stuntman on hiatus for the last 27 years he confesses to his best friend Reggie that there is something about his past he can’t remember and has been haunting him recently. In a bizarre spiritual ceremony Reggie sends his mind back in time to the place in his past when he was a kid to discover what it is he has blocked out. It is during this mystifying voyage on the Holy Hindu night of Diwali that a young Austin finds himself in some hair-raising situations where he discovers the obstacles that keep him from unlocking the doors to his future. He soon realizes that in order for him to escape the chains of his past, he must reveal a buried secret that may risk him losing one of the most important things in his life.

"Cheese Dog: The Movie" - A disgruntled employee dreams big of success in this colorful and inspirational fast food fantasy.

"Super Hero Hotline" - A woman is strapped to a bomb with three minutes to live. In desperation she calls the Super Hero Hotline. Will her hero arrive in time? Or will the terrible customer service kill her first?

"Secret Santa 6: Santa Saves Christmas" - Santa's been traveling the world, dropping off all his gifts. But, not everyone wants others to have a Merry Christmas this year. Can Santa save Christmas...one last time?

"Frankenstein In Love" - Katie Shelley has a new boyfriend, Frank, and she can't wait for her parents, Otis and Mary, to meet him. But they''ll soon discover, Katie's new boyfriend is a real monster....

"Love Unmasked" - Burt and Angela Mars aka Captain Colossus and Lady Liberty are having marital problems and have sought out Dr. Feldman for help, but an old enemy, the dastardly, diabolical Dark Destroyer, has returned with an ingenious plan to tear our heroes even further apart. Can they work together to defeat him and will they be able to unmask their love once more?

"Supermodels With Tasers" - Kristy and Summer, two supermodels, go out to a local bar and discuss their lives. During their conversation, the models get hit on by a string of obnoxious men. Unfortunately for these men, they are rejected in a rather harsh manner.

"Flight Fright" - A nervous airline passenger starts to see strange things after taking nerve medicine.

"Diary Of A Mad Scientist's Assistant" - Shirley Graves, an up and coming mad scientist's assistant, is trying to find some work/life balance between her day job with a . . . pioneer of the extreme sciences and the dating scene. She signs up for a dating service catering to the extreme science community and, let's just say, arch-villains have original stories too, shall we?

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Deflated" - A quirky, character-driven comedy about a middle-aged mother’s well-intentioned but misguided journey through the inevitable messiness, sorrow, and joy of sex. Whether you are a teenager with a meddling mom, or a middle-aged married couple trying hard to stay in the game (pun intended), just remember to hold on tight – it’s gonna be a hell of a ride!

"Lapwing" - Superhero Lapwing must utilize his bird-like qualities in order to stop the evil DR. Curem from carrying out his dastardly plan to destroy the planet. But when he finds himself up a tree without a paddle Lapwing must also learn to accept help from the beautiful and aerially talented Mousegirl and discover that 99 times out of 10 it's better to be late, than sorry.

"Krabz" - Fake Grindhouse-style trailer: A small beach community is terrorized by mutant crustaceans.....KRABZ!

"Pride Otaku" - A look at a generation just growing up, and asking, “This is it?” A real-life Peter Pan takes us on a trek through the world of cosplay, and the stranger world of adulthood.

"Women & Anime: Beyond Portrayal" - Japanese animation, known as "anime," entered mainstream American media in the 1960s. Since then its popularity in the U.S. has spawned a growing fandom. Many female fans find inspiration and encouragement from anime characters that they don't find in American media. This documentary explores the similarities and differences between American and Japanese animation, with a focus on the positive and negative portrayals of women.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Breath Interrupted" - Through a young woman's struggle with a violent meth addiction comes the story of victory and triumph. Existing in a world of darkness and pain, Krysten Aldridge's life was suddenly interrupted catapulting her into a world of beauty and love. Breath Interrupted is a true story about hope and overcoming extreme odds to make a difference in the lives of others. Krysten moved from the path of drug addiction and bulimia moved into a purpose driven world as the co- founder of a nonprofit in Phoenix, Arizona serving over 15,000 homeless individuals.

"Queer Nation" - After being left home alone, three kids learn an unexpected lesson. Nothing is really ever as it seems...or is it?

"Lost Conquest" - Vikings! Their thirst for conquest was quenchless! Historians claim the Viking Age ended nearly a thousand years ago. But there remains one place on Earth where Vikings still rule: Minnesota! It began when Leif Ericson secretly invaded the state and claimed it for King Olaf of Norway. Today, it remains as one of the last outposts of that once-mighty empire.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story" - Bombastic, cranky, and irreverent, Jay Meisel operated a booth at New York's Empire State Flea Market for almost four decades. In his cramped and cluttered retail space, the comic book vendor decried a lack of taste and class in modern society, attributed his dwindling revenue to a rising "Latin" population, and berated his customers with a gruffness that belied his kind interior.

"The Match" - The Match follows two performers in a struggling independent wrestling promotion, the Prairie Wrestling Alliance. It explores the impact that their vocation has on their personal lives, and the psychology behind why audiences are drawn to this pseudo-blood sport.

"Drift - The Need For Speed" - Raul Paramo is a young man who's passion for fast cars and need for driving at high speeds, takes him to discover the world of drifting and overcome the dangers of this sport.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"The Sad Snowman" - A snowman sits on a mountain, watching skiers and snowboarders having fun. The snowman longs to be part of the action, but it seems hopeless. A passing snowboarder notices him and a simple act of kindness makes the impossible, possible.

"Helyn Springs" - After discovering that his grandpa is terminally ill, Mason sets out on a journey to a local spring rumored to have magical healing powers.

"This Was My Son" - The true story of the American Civil Rights icon, Mamie Till (mother of Emmett Till), and the tragedy that inspired her to spend her life battling social injustice and racial prejudice.

"Narcissist" - The story of a kind soul (Evan) who attracts a dark knight (Rob) into his life. It's almost as it's meant to be until Rob goes from a charming man to a manipulative individual who suddenly pulls the carpet out from under Evan, smashing his heart into a million pieces.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Every year, we get requests to replay some of this year's most popular entries and this year is no different. Please join us as we replay some of this year's best in our encore block! 

Films To Be Announced On The Day

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Halloween Night Terror" - It is Halloween night in the state of Russellville, a few miles from the notorious Haddonfield, and resident, Jack Dennant, wants nothing more than to forget all about the ghouls, ghosts & glowing pumpkins, that line his street outside. But after begrudging some visitors at this door, looking for treats, little does he realize, the festival of Samhain has one last deadly trick to play....

"Somebody To Love" - When Sebastian brings Cassandra home he thinks he has found perfection. The fact that she is dead is only the first sign that perfection is rarely, if ever, attained.

"Dirty Bill Of Health" - A stranger on a road trip stops in for a random medical checkup looking for everything but a clean bill of health.

"Best Day Ever" - A young woman experiences the worst day ever only to deal with a tragic life changing event. But with some careful planning, she might turn her tragedy into a blessing in disguise.

"Lucifer (The Beginning)" - A kind hearted nurse agrees to help a dying man with his simple final wish, finishing his journal entry.

"Watch Over Me: Director's Cut" - A father and daughter must learn to work together to survive the grueling elements while being hunted by ravenous zombies in a post-apocalyptic America.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Pale Blue Sky" - Harry Blackard is a lazy, grumpy, down on his luck, drunk photographer who, due to his unhappy demeanor lives in a haunted house. Whats even worse, his wife who has been dead for over four years is also haunting him. With each implication after another, the spirits that reside begin to annoy him rather than terrify him. In order to remedy the situation, he has his house exorcised, and cleansed. But each failure leads to certain terror. After each haunting leads to a darker, sinister reveal.

"The Case Of Evil" - When a down-on-his-luck blues musicians travels to the country to buy a guitar he suspects was stolen from him many years earlier, he finds that its hoodoo-practicing owner is reluctant to hand over the instrument, and she's got something more on her agenda than a simple sale.

"Sharkasaurus" - Tremors meets Jaws. A creationist vs Paleontologist vs Sharkasaurs. Faith, Facts and fins. An epic battle in the badlands of Drumhellor

"Hush" - A young woman baby sits a former professor's daughter. During the night she discovers a malevolent presence that has attached itself to the house.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Drop Dead Gory: A Horror Comedy" - Maggie is a borderline insane Hollywood makeup artist. At the beginning of the movie, she gets shot down by a big time director after insisting on using practical effects in his new horror project. After a painful breakup with her girlfriend, she obtains a magical makeup kit from a supernatural being that will allow her to transform people into whatever she designs. Werewolves, zombies, you name it. She seizes this chance to get some bloody revenge on the director and girlfriend who wronged her. Set in a modern day Los Angeles, Drop Dead Gory is a horror romp that mixes scares and laughs, paying homage to the likes of Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Stanley Kubrick, and others.

"Lapsus" - Terry is a psychologically disturbed predator whose sinister playground is a laundromat. Terry thinks he is the hero of a comic gangster that is reading: "Terry Laurence, Gentleman Gangster". That is when his memory playing tricks on him. Terry is a victim of an unknown phenomena that literature considers as a Lapsus memoriae or a slip of memory.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Soapocalypse" - A young woman completely hooked to a popular brand soap, Thunder Red, goes crazy after the soap is mysteriously recalled.

"It Thirsts For Blood" - In this campy horror short, three women encounter a vicious being while backpacking through the Southern Arizona Desert.

"Defense Mechanism" - What would you do if the one you love asks you to do the unthinkable...and you only have minutes to decide?

"El Muerto: A Day For The Dead" - Based on the graphic novel by Texas artist Javier Hernandez, "El Muerto" is the story of a young man brutally murdered by a trio of supernatural villains as a sacrifice to ancient Aztec gods for their own gain. But on the Day of the Dead, he returns to earth to exact revenge on the men who killed him and stole him away from his beloved girlfriend.

"The Zombie's Trip" - After a sudden turn of events, a Zombie is suddenly brought from the world of fiction into the world of reality.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Having A Shower" - Having a shower as an ordinary day

"Home" - A taciturn teenager wanders into a luxurious and quiet loft. Gradually, a strange uneasy feeling sets in the place...

"The Opening Of The Nut" - Mummy's boy Julio is far away from being a womanizer. To find out whether the wisdom of the ancient Chinese book of love 'The Opening of the Nut' to seduce every woman around works or not, Julio follows step by step all it advices. His next pray: The self-conscious Marcela.

"Dad In Mum" - The middle of the night. Moans are heard behind the parents' door. Two young sisters are asking questions...

"Mr. Dentonn" - On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.

"The Event" - Neil, in his mid-20s, awakens suddenly to a low, unearthly rumbling. As he goes about his morning routine, he begins to experience some bizarre and unnatural happenings that usher in both a cataclysmic end, and a brilliant new beginning.

"Yo Soy Pedro" - 1977 Mackenzie and Banks, two Americans cops encounter an alien that has just crash. The police take him for a film actor and decided to bring it back to Hollywood studios.

"Alekto" - Alektro is a science fiction short film which invokes questions about conspiracy theories and the entire evolution of Man. An earthling is kidnapped into space, discovering parallel dimensions that she could have never imagined.

"Artichokes Piranha From The Prehistoric Abyss" - The same day that Cror finds out how to control fire, strange creatures (artichokes piranha) begin to attack him mercilessly. Now Cror will have to act cunningly and fight for his life.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Honorio Two Minutes of Sun" - Honorio, an old man living in a big city has a mission: he wants to feel last time the sun. But this will not be easy. Pollution, building height and proximity between them, means that the sun does not reach the streets. It only gets the city for a few minutes a day, between two buildings. For more difficulty, that little light shines right in the middle of a crosswalk that is constantly transited by vehicles at full speed.

"Black Night" - Following a stupid challenge with his friends, Ethan a young high school student finds himself alone at night in one of the cemeteries in the city in search of a ancient grave by the light of his torch…

"The Amusing Life of Unknown Individuals" - The housekeeper finds that her new iron transmits the telephone conversations of strangers. Her fear turns into curiosity, and later wish to know further of the strangers’ life...

"Lovesick" - Tom is lying on the street having been hit by a car. "How did I get into this mess? It all started... the day I was born." As he lies there Tom sees his life-story told by metaphorical images as he searches for love and meaning.

"The World According To Michal" - The story of a young man named Michael who was born mute and partially deaf. His productive life developed with the loving support of his family and girlfriend. His creativity and spirituality is nurtured by his talent for making and painting religious icons. The depth of his family love is enhanced by creating an icon out of a tree planted by his grandfather. He experiences loneliness and isolation due to his handicap but reaches out to others with his art and love for nature. He becomes interested in bee keeping and works lovingly with his own hives. He may not be able to hear singing and music but his heart does sing with his love of life and his sensitivity for all that lives.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Chasing Ghosts (Naruto Cosplay Music Video)" - Original Song: The Eden Project - Chasing Ghosts

"HANGOVER Parody (Attack On Titan Cosplay)" - Original Song: Hangover - Psy and Snoop Dogg

"Ardoyne" - I want to reinvent how documentaries are watched!

"Delica-m: Pretty In The Dark" - This Delica-m music video is a loving tribute to a classic science fiction television show

"Dead Winter Sun" - The earth has had all it can stand and fire washes the entire globe only to start a new beginning of life and hope.

"Tears" - On the anniversary of the tragic death of his wife, a hollow man is haunted by past visions as he mourns his loss... but he is persuaded by her visiting spirit to move forward, to live the life he set out to live and to have comfort knowing that she will be waiting for him in the end.

"Cherie Cherie: Sweet N' Low" - In the spring of 2014, several local Phoenix bands, including Cherie Cherie, entered into Revolver Records to cut a song live in the middle of the store, to later be mixed and pressed on 7" vinyl. We made a music video of their results.

"Eskiz O" - "O" from Eskiz band's debut album 'Kimsenin Ruhu Duymaz'

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Fear" - A woman struggles with little things that build to mammoth proportions.

"M-Theory" - In the near future, two scientists use m-theory (the physics theory that unifies all current superstring theories) to create a scientific breakthrough. But their first test starts a catastrophic chain of events and only a lone messenger can help them avoid destroying the world.

"The Complex" - 2 friends move into an apartment complex in LA, both determined to start a new life. Unfortunately, a series of unusual events start to occur all around them. People start going missing. Doors start glowing. And why do so many of the tenants look exactly the same? Our two heroes are determined to both solve the mysteries of the Complex while trying to sort out their own individual crises.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

"Focus" - Through a series of unfortunate events, a young girl stumbles upon a camera lens that possesses a very mysterious power. Through this lens, the photographer is able to see into the past of its previous owners. A new acquaintance becomes an old friend in a friendship that spans two lifetimes.

"Transference" - In a town removed from modern society, a young boy is tasked with caring for his sister as his father's future is uncertain; however, the father's last words tell a cryptic tale of what the future may hold for his uniquely gifted children.

"Timeline Two" - A young girl finds out her watch can create time portals. Eventually she jeopardizes her own existence when she travels back to change her father's life.

"Dark Planet" - Two alien warriors embark on a mission to Earth to capture a human for analysis....except the planet has already experienced a zombie apocalypse.

"Time 2 Split" - A couple, a young child. Life is such that sometimes it is time to separate and live his life.

"Sum Of It's Parts" - Bertie Hartessan is a scientist examining an object of unknown origin. As his desire to understand the object becomes all consuming, viewers are taken on a journey into the unknown in this sci-fi short film written by fantasy author J.A. Giunta and director Johnny Skinner.

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"Mining Moon" - Agent Akowi goes deep undercover to expose renegade weapon sales from a remote lunar mining outpost. As she infiltrates a dangerous universe of deception and slavery, will her sympathies for the plight of the arms dealer's slaves compromise her mission?

"e-Social" - The story takes place in 2035. In this world, the e-A&Ω Corporation can create holograms that are identical to dead people based on their social networks. Anna recently lost her husband, so she decides to create his hologram.

"Walter Final Cut" - The sun rises over a post-apocalyptic world. Abby finds solace in the companionship of Walter, a gentle soul with infinite patience. What seems to be just another day of scavenging for supplies turns into a life threatening disaster. Walter must make a choice - whether to lose Abby forever or to be left behind.

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"Phoenix" - In the tradition of science fiction like “Fahrenheit 451″ or „Brave New World“, “Phoenix“ tells the story of a man coming to his senses after a young woman makes him realize the true nature of the world they are living in.

"Dangerous One" - The Dangerous One thought he could not be stopped because he's the Dangerous One. He's about to meet his match and save the girl.

"The Line" - A talk in the house of a man who behaves strictly.

"The Rat's Dilemma" - In the Holocaust, a gifted Jewish physicist named Rudolph is forced to build a teleporter for the Nazis. Rudolph keeps telling his Nazi supervisor Heinz that the machine doesn’t work yet, but Heinz suspects Rudolph is hiding something. As Heinz is determined to squeeze the truth out by any means necessary, Rudolph soon has to face the dilemma of his life.

"Fairy Knowledge" - After being rejected at a fairy-themed children's party, one girl bones up on her knowledge of fairies.

"Empty" - All children are now born without souls, and humanity can't survive.

"Going Home" - After the battle, Captain Parrish makes the ultimate sacrifice for his crew and his ship.

"Robots Among Us" - A group of friends are faced with a robot uprising, and decide to lockdown the house.

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"A Skeleton Named Oliver" - In a world with no color or life, a shy yet optimistic skeleton longs for something beautiful and alive. However, after the Land of the Living proves not to be the wonderland he had imagined, the skeleton named Oliver finds that beauty and life exist even amongst the dead.

"Special" - When their daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers, a mother and father desperately struggle against revealing an important family secret to investigators that could ultimately lead to her safe return.

"Steam Dream" - Documentary is peppered with whimsy on this Plague Doctor's journey through the aesthetic and people of Steampunk- the future re-imagined through the lens of the past.

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"El Mundo Futuro" - In the war of the worlds...the hero might not be who you think. I had a dream that the balance between life, death and the cosmos was in the balance of one man. Not your typical hero but a common man. Not a man you might chose to hold the torch for all humanity , but never the less .....the chosen man....

"Fred" - Fred is a psychological thriller that takes us into the mind of Emily, a seemingly normal young girl whose life is suddenly haunted by an old friend from her past. After being sent to her deranged uncles house, she prepares to battle with her frightening new reality. Determined to find answers about her uncertain past, she seeks guidance from some unexpected places.

"Periplanet" - A disillusioned man leaves his city life behind and takes a walking journey to the Arctic. After mankind collapses into Armageddon, he awakens from a frozen sleep, deep into the future to discover he’s sharing the world with the Earth’s new rulers — Giant Insects!

"Alone" - As part of the coalition's terraforming campaign, a pilot and co-pilot become stranded on a desolate moon en route to their destination planet. Each faces a different fate. Which fate is more unthinkable?

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"Ouroboros" - Quantum physicist Dr. Faye O'Neill creates an artificial wormhole and achieves a breakthrough in teleportation. But the wormhole brings an unexpected visitor - Faye's future self - with a warning that the teleportation device threatens the fabric of spacetime and the very existence of the universe.

"Batgirl Rises" - A young determined librarian desperately seeks the truth after her brothers disappearance with a mysterious woman.

"Grayson: Earth One (Episode 1.5)" - The re-imagined origin story of the hero known as Nightwing/ Richard Grayson. The series takes place in a new continuity on a new Earth separate from the DC Universe, freeing it from continuity restraints.

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"The Peripheral" - When a patient, Kenny, shows up at her home unexpectedly, Dr. Joanna Redding attempts to help him overcome his "irrational" phobia of the creatures that he sees in his peripheral vision. Dr. Redding uses Exposure Therapy, forcing Kenny to face his fear. Of course, the creatures that terrify Kenny are very real - and very deadly. It is a horrifying discovery that Dr. Redding uncovers all too late.

"Republic of Dreams" - Sophia Ravel wants to be something in life but is thwarted by her father and sister. Trying to overcome her self-doubts, an off-the wall New-Age therapist helps Sophia enter the puzzling world of her dreams. Here she is confronted with fearful challenges at the stake of losing everything.

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"Reality" - A young married couple whom distrust one other learn the eccentric reality of their relationship.

"A King's Betrayal" - The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata's perspective.

"Sticky Fingers" - A group of criminals of various skills come together, under aliases of Rolling Stones members, to pull off a heist of a mysterious item from a research lab for an equally mysterious individual. Things go wrong and alliances are tested.

"Breakfast With Clark" - Narrative Short

"The Remaindermen (teaser/trailer)" - A psychological thriller about two sisters, Stevie and Brett Bodine, looking to escape their past and the violence belying their seemingly quiet country life.

"The Appointment" - Paul, a seasoned hitman, receives an invitation to meet his boss in person, a very rare opportunity. His excitement is diminished when he meets Alex, an ambitious hitwoman, who has been called in for an appointment at the same time. Will there be a promotion, or a firing?

"Grape Soda" - A marriage, broken by death, is kept alive by the memories held through grape soda.

"H.M.S. Scarlett" - 'The Captain', a nameless drifter in his disheveled ship travels through space with no company to keep him sane other than the skull of his old friend Lt. James.

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"Prelude To Axanar" - Prelude to Axanar is an independent Star Trek project that tells the story of Captain Kirk's hero, Garth of Izar, during the war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. It is shot as a documentary and is the back story for the forthcoming feature "Axanar".

"Project Potemkin: Holding Pattern" - Till death do us part...Ensign T'Noshi awakens in a strange bed, in a strange house, on a strange, rainy world. Strangest of all is the man sleeping beside her. A man who claims to be her husband.

"Kirk v Picard" - An interesting day on the job for two movie-obsessed underhand men.

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"Hell Of A Deal" - When a business man comes up with an illegal scheme to make some easy money, he heads out into the desert to find the one person who can help him pull it off. But he might not like what he finds.

"Endure" - A short from Matt Poidevin

"Timespace" - Relationships, credibility, and life itself are all called into question following the invention of the time machine.

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"Peacekeepers" - What would you do if you were getting texts from God?

"The Ice Queen" - Priscilla is a Dallas native currently living in L.A., working towards an MFA in Film and TV Production at USC. She's a Writer, Producer, Director, Production Designer, and Fantasy Map Illustrator who enjoys shipping fictional characters, gluten-free cooking, and lavishing schnoogles on other people's dogs.

"The Gambit" - A group of disgruntled ex-cops take a sport arena and employees inside hostage as an elaborate plan to clear their names.

"Date The Dead" - Addy gets a phone call from a friend who dares him to visit a creepy website 'Date the Dead'.

"Lilac (Series Pilot - Getting The Point Across)" - What if Robin Hood was a homeless ten-year-old girl living in a modern city.

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Maisie and Daisy McCormack are two ordinary twelve-year-old girls trying to make sense of life in the 21st century. Oh, and they've just hijacked a movie.

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The film is produced according to the recollections of Fiodor Jevlasovskij (1546-1619) The memoirs created by Fiodor Jevlasovskij, the nobleman of the Great Duchy of Lithuania, in the end of the 16th c. the beginning of the 17th c., are considered the first autobiography written in GDL. It is a unique literature work, revealing the human’s relation with himself, the surrounding environment and the world. Fiodor Jevlasovski served to the noblemen of GDL, the Radziwi?? and Chodkiewicz family, worked in Vilnius manor of the kings, Sigismund II Augustus and Stephen Báthory, closely communicated with Mikolaj Krzystof Radziwill “Sierotka”.

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A group of college students researching the infamous killer Dorchester Stewart, aka Crinoline Head, return to the scene where horrific murders took place in 1996. Trying to complete a history assignment on local legends, the students were hoping to get answers but find something more terrifying. The sequel and prequel to the 1996 classic indie slasher starring Debbie Rochon and Jason Vail.

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A high school girl and her bullying peers are terrorized by an escaped psychotic killer who is more than meets the eye.

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Following a near-death experience in a car crash, a teenage girl is haunted by a ghostly figure she sees from the corner of her eye... something that followed her back from the other side of death.

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Denny Burke is finally about to graduate high school. Senior year has been one bad thing after another: a broken leg, a broken heart, and -- worst of all -- a broken home.

With four of his closest friends, Denny goes on one last rock-climbing trip to prove he's ready to start his adult life... On their trip the five teens receive a genetic boost beyond anything they'd ever imagined.

Denny's soon faced with the first big decision of his adult life: does he give up these powers and stay a normal teenager, or does he keep them...and graduate from the human race?

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When two girls purchase an old clock, strange things begin to happen. One of the girls begins to see things. Hear things. Believe things that aren't true. Dee, who is deaf, seems unaffected. Is it true what the shopkeeper said about the clock? Is it haunted? Possessed? As time ticks by, both girls spiral into darkness as the clock shows them its dark and twisted past through six tales of the supernatural.

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Arizona, 1895. Two imbeciles confidently decide to rob a mining town after hearing rumors that the town’s sheriff is a chicken. Unfortunately for them, the town’s sheriff is in fact an actual chicken, but also one of the toughest, most blood thirsty, ruthless killers in the west.

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Production Designers are the visual artists and storytellers, who, in consultation primarily with the director, create and develop the overall look, atmosphere and emotion that move the story in any film or television project.  Learn about and discuss production design with the person, Kim Bailey, behind the design work of Blade Runner, Mission To Mars and the upcoming movie, Aether.

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Every day, history is made- whether it's the Rum Rebellion on January 26th, the birth of Nandor Fodor on May 13th, or the death of J.R.R. Tolkien on September 2nd, history happens every day.  And every day, comedians are painstakingly combing the headlines for new joke fodder.  With "This Day in History," comedians are challenged to write entirely new material about the past events of the date of the performance and bring their totally fresh, unrehearsed ideas to the stage!

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AETHER: PROLOGUE (2015)

Considered a 2nd class citizen by the Skyborne, Wil Laran embarks on a journey to define his destiny or meet his demise in this steampunk inspired science fiction film.  This is a preview of the epic, Steampunk feature Aether.

CONVERGENCE (2015)

Detective Ben Walls finds himself in a modern day Dante world, passing back and forth between the present and the future. Surrounded by the residents seeking redemption, Ben is left with the task to find a way out.

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Michael MacLean has written five films for the legendary Roger Corman, including Sharktopus, and Piranhaconda, and is currently working with Lady Death creator Brian Pulido on a comic book project. An Arizona local, Mike was born, raised, and still works in Tempe.  If you want a few screenwriting tips or some behind the scenes Sharktopus gossip, now's your chance.

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Here's a career path that most photographers didn't know existed: Set Photographer.  Put your skills and your eye to good use capturing behind the scenes, production stills, and shots for use in marketing design.  There's a wealth to do and know.

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Cast and crew of the web series Space Rangers talk and field questions regarding the show.

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Check out the Top 10 Films from this year's challenge! Every film was made for Phoenix Comicon. Each team was given a piece of classical music and they were told to use obscure Star Wars merchandise as a prop.

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