MN's Best Shorts BLOCK 1

Rated NR 87 minutes

A LETTER HOME - An isolated man maintains hope in a hopeless situation.

CLUTCH - Tommy has been made an offer he literally cannot refuse. "One ball, one strike and I'll let you live."

DEAD OF WINTER - Running low on supplies needed for her survival, Bethany Stevens is forced to venture out into an inhospitable world full of frozen zombies, bitter cold and loneliness. Her search for food takes her far away from the safety of her shelter, to a house where she comes face to face with an unfrozen member of the living dead. She is rewarded for her efforts with cupboards full of food. With new hope and bags full of supplies she returns home and is faced with her greatest challenge of all, her isolation and the loss of her family.

DULUTH IS HORRIBLE - A series of vignettes chronicling a few lonely people in Duluth, MN searching for a connection in a bleak winter.

THE FIRST DATE - How far will fate go? Jack and Rachel are about to find out. Destined to be soul mates, these two are embarking on a lifelong love. There's only one problem - they have to get past their first date. The night always ending in a heated argument, these two return to their beds only to relive the same date time and time again. But when Rachel doesn't show as planned, Jack is forced to take matters into his own hands. Can he find her, win her love, and fix the timeline? Or is it too late and are Jack, Rachel, and the rest of the world doomed?

THE GOLD SPARROW - Set in a crumbling black-and-white futuristic metropolis, void of creativity and color, the city is traversed by The Gold Sparrow and her nefarious side kick, The Ring Leader. Together they scour the gray-scale streets, stealing the color from anyone daring enough to bring art back into their bleak world. Our heroes, The Strongman, The Fool, and The Monk, perform in the streets as they are hunted. The two sides clash through intense chase scenes and battles for the souls of our artists. Two- dimensional animation rotoscoped over live action creates a living graphic novel, a breathtaking, unique, and action-packed award winning short film.

THE TALE OF CUTHBERT - Cuthbert is a Zombie who just doesn't fit in with the other zombies. His brother is the leader and tries to teach Cuthbert the techniques to being a better zombie. But can Cuthbert change who he is? Or will he be banished?

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