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Mini-Film Festival #3: DarkCon 2014

My DarkCon set in 2014 was a lot of fun to put together because it wasn't straight science fiction. DarkCon has a little more edge, so I programmed from a variety of punked genres: cyberpunk, steampunk, dieselpunk, stitchpunk etc.

Also, after predominantly American sets at my first two events, this one was truly international in its scope, with films from seven countries including a couple of unusual sources in Turkey and the Netherlands. This was an odd set in that all but one short ran under ten minutes and as short as two, meaning that there were a lot of films shown in a standard slot.

Only two films were local but I was honoured to have representatives from both attend to do a Q&A, which I remember ran long because there were so many good questions and answers. Ryan Johnston, the director of Helsing brought Desiree Srinivas, Sage Greenawalt and Mark Greenawalt. Ben Juhl, the director of The Wishing Skull brought the Moschcau brothers, Jared and Justin.

To tie in to DarkCon's special guest, Adrian Paul, I obtained permission to screen one of his sci-fi features, Eyeborgs. A good crowd stayed after the short set to watch it on the Friday night, but when Paul came in to introduce the film for its Saturday repeat screening, I had an audience of one!

Short Film Set

# Title Year Length Director Company Country Review IMDb Online?
1 Exoids 2012 5m Aristomenis Tsirbas Gnomon School of Visual Effects USA IMDb Vimeo
2 Perspective 2011 8m Mehmet Can Kocak MCK Film Turkey IMDb Vimeo
3 Consurgo 2009 4m Tom Hankins
René Hoekstra
Gijs van Kooten
Colorbleed Studios Netherlands Vimeo
4 Old Jazz 2012 5m Elena Albán Lombao Pep Jové Company Spain Vimeo
5 Sebastian's Voodoo 2008 4m Joaquín Baldwin Pixel Nitrate USA IMDb YouTube
6 High TNT 2013 5m Kevin McGuiness Kevin McGuiness Canada IMDb
7 Retina 2003 2m Violet Suk
Martin Koch
Suk & Koch Media Inc USA Vimeo
8 Reign of Death 2009 6m Matthew Savage Ganymede Productions
It's My Shout
UK IMDb YouTube
9 ROSA 2011 8m Jesús Orellana Orellana Films Spain IMDb Vimeo
10 The Wishing Skull 2013 9m Ben Juhl Dirt Capsule Films USA AL IMDb YouTube
11 Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Investigator 2010 8m Andrew W Jones Never Knows Best USA AL IMDb
12 The Maker 2011 6m Christopher Kezelos Zealous Creative Australia IMDb YouTube
13 Helsing 2013 21m Ryan Johnston Art of War Pictures USA AL IMDb

Feature

# Title Year Length Director Company Country Review IMDb Online?
1 Eyeborgs 2009 102m Richard Clabaugh Crimson Wolf Productions USA AL IMDb


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