Up From The Underground Shorts Block
Life After Manson
2014/ USA/ 25 Min/ Documentary
Directed by Olivia Klaus
Life After Manson is an intimate portrait of one of the world's most infamous crimes and notorious killers. An exclusive interview with Manson Family member Patricia Krenwinkel reveals an unlikely relationship with charismatic Charles Manson that led her to cross every line of moral consciousness, culminating in the brutal murders she committed to win approval of the man she loved. Life After Manson offers a provocative character study that exposes a broken woman struggling with her past, her arduous effort to evaluate the cost of her choices, and the possibility of self-forgiveness. Can society offer her the same, and even identify with a woman who took life only to lose her own in a desperate effort to find love?
Lily and Lucille's Hip Creature
2013/ USA/ 17 Min/ Narrative
Directed by Louis Doerge
Starring: Dora Madison Burge, Thomas Alan Taylor, Stephanie Hunt, Theresa Janelle, Laila Sadat-sharifi & Rebekah Brandes
Lily and Lucille's Hip Creature centers around a young woman named Emily Caruso (Dora Madison Burge) who is desperate to experience something supernatural in her life. While in the midst of interviewing for the hipster version of a new "ghost hunting" show, she spots her doppelganger. Pursuing her impossible double through the streets of Austin, Emily will soon learn whether or not the supernatural really does exist.
The Birthday Party (for Me)
2014/ USA/ 8 Min/ Drama/ Experimental
Directed by Yuval Shapira
Towards a 'surprise' party he organizes for himself, the birthday boy is meticulously guiding his new friends an Iranian and an Israeli women on how to perfectly surprise him, and therefore ask them for the impossible. This is a very subjective short pseudo-documentary journey through expectations and their symbiosis with disappointments; This being presented through the one who desires exactly what he isn't able to accept. By crushing the boundaries of language and space a chance would rise for our birthday boy, to escape the self ruse he gave himself as a birthday gift.
Best Worst Man
2014/ USA/ 2 Min/ Comedy/ Drama
Directed by Kenny Colt
Starring: Cody Loepke, Peter Lane, Jason Halverson
Kevin is about to get married in a few hours but instead of worrying about the wedding he is worried about his best man Mickey's latest mistake. After a late night Mickey has lost the wedding rings just hours before the wedding. Will they be able to get the rings back on time?
There is No God and We All Die Alone
2013/ USA/ 20 Min/ Drama/ Comedy
Directed by Harrison Givens
Starring: Jordan Bellow, Matt Bokuniewicz, Austin Borgstedte
After the death of his father, Henry Fleetwood embarks on a whimsical journey to find the meaning of life and death.
2013/ USA/ 13 Min/ Experimental
Directed by Kevin Tobin
A not-so-narrative stream of consciousness through filmmaking and the career game.
2014/ USA/ 8 Min/ Horror
Directed by Jerry Pyle
Starring: James Babson, Rylie Martinez, Denna Thomsen
Lucy and her daughter get trapped in a closet by a home invader in a house she was hired to clean.
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