The Boy with the Sombrero
Written and directed by Constantien Konstin
While walking with his mother (Dawn Briceño), a young boy (Cristiano Briceño) sees the titular character (Broadie Briceño) nearby, but his mother does not. After returning home and spending time with his father (David Briceño), the boy learns that he wasn’t merely seeing things. This slow burner pays off nicely with a sudden shocking climax. Kudos to Alicia Barry for her impressive makeup and special effects work.
Hell Hath No Furie
Written, directed, and animated by Kitty Faingold
This fun, wicked short boasts a unique style of hand-drawn animation heavy on red and black. Its tale of three furies hanging out and getting on each other’s nerves is both comical and violent. The music and sound design by Max Mannone round out Faingold’s short well. You can watch Hell Hath No Furie now at https://vimeo.com/372211393.
This short from Large Ark Films shows how three friends learn the hard way that you shouldn’t drink, smoke pot, and urinate on trees in the woods if you know what is good for you. The Wendigo mask design is simple but impressive, and cowriters/codirectors Denton & Palomar serve up some creepy atmosphere. Peter Lightning’s synthesizer score helps add eerieness to the proceedings.
Writer/director Harry Valentine has crafted a chilling short about two grieving parents (Briza Covarrubias as Vivian and Gary M. Soldati as James) who go to terrifying lengths to revive their dead son (Sam Gasch as James Jr.) in Dr. Lopez’s (Sheila Guerrero-Edmiston) morgue, as a confused detective (Cecilia Bryant) tries in vain to maintain order. Unsettling from beginning to end, this short is terrific as a stand-alone tale but has the potential to be fleshed out into a creepy feature.
An absolutely stunning animated work from writer/director Carlos Baena, an award-winning animator who has worked on such features as Finding Dory, Wall-E, and Toy Story 3. Every CG frame is gorgeous, and the short has a darkly beautiful mise-en-scène to match its bittersweet story. A young, grieving boy who attempts to build a toy roller coaster finds himself pursued by loathsome monsters. It’s a truly captivating piece that you can watch for yourself now.
These short films screened at Another Hole in the Head Film Fest, which ran December 1st –15th at New People Cinema in San Francisco.