SHORTS BLOCK 11: Perception
27 min -- “One Armed Man” by Tim Guinee: CW Rowe owns the cotton gin, making him the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, and his ascendancy has solidified an unshakable belief in the system that enriched him. Few things ever interrupt the purity of his vision, with the exception of the weekly visit of a young man, Ned, who lost an arm in the gin's machinery. Ned is a little touched and believes CW can give him his arm back. On a normal day, he goes away when CW offers him five dollars. But today is anything but a normal day.
15 min -- “Gage” by Keith Wilhelm Kopp: Set in Vermont, the true story of Gage is seen through the eyes of his physician. Life is interrupted the day Gage is injured in an explosion that plunges a rod weighing 13 pounds through his skull. Dr. Harlow saves his life, but brain damage leaves Gage’s world skewed. Harlow attempts to restore Gage’s’ life, while struggling to explain the drastic personality shift to a town of people who, in 1848, do not understand the consequences of brain injury.
11 min -- “Whisker” by Steve Saussey: A homeless, hungry drifter and his dog discover judging night at a local beard-growing contest. Desperate for the colossal meat-pack prize, but with no beard to speak of, he enters the competition and takes the stage.
12 min -- “Oh Sheila” by Jeffrey Sundin: Where have all the disco cowboys gone?
12 min -- "Alis Volat Propriis" by Christopher Alley: A struggling writer, a mysterious apparition... is she his muse, or perhaps something else?
15 min -- “Subsurface Flow” by Carl Bird McLaqughlin: Wounded by their childhoods, young lovers travel to the desert in search of a holy ground, where the pains of their pasts can be washed away.
10 min -- “Yeti Assassin” by Austin Baker: All Yeti wants to do is fit in. However, he is too big! Cars, chairs, doorways -- nothing is designed to accommodate his size. Even his dreams of becoming an Ultimate Fighter are dashed, as he greatly exceeds the maximum weight allowed in the sport. His last hope is to find his niche as a master assassin, because surely a gigantic yeti can be an effective, state licensed murderer.
6 min -- “Unwelcome Guests” by Martin Vavra: A couple stumbles into an akward situation when they enter a vaction home to find unwelcome guests.
“Top Three Winners of 2014 Portland 48 Hour Film Festival”
9 min -- “Tanked Up” by Michael Parisien and Casey Whisler.
7 min -- “Haunt” by Michael Entler and Kara Sowles.
6 min -- “Bounder” by Kyle Stebbins.