2023 Festival

Reality Benders Shorts


Lansing Public Media Center / 2500 S Washington Ave, Lansing MI 48910 /    Alcohol offered

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Narrative Short, Short Film, Thriller

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A child is being tormented by a voracious well demanding food from him. But as he proves unable to satisfy its hunger, he drags himself to find another way of feeding it.

Carlos Meléndez / 2021 / 15 minutes / Spanish / Mexico

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Left Behind

A priest tries one last time to convert his brother, to save him from his dying farm.

Montepulciano Callen / 2021 / 5 minutes / English / Australia

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I'm At Home

The host of a children’s television show aimed for creativity starts experiencing burnout after needing to force that creativity every day.

Philip Thompson / 2021 / 13 minutes / English / United States

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Of Dionysus

Of Dionysus is about the experience of creating new life. The experimental drama film is arranged by intercutting four vignettes: Abraham returns to a familiar place to face his former employer, Michael; Mariella and Emily meet after a college class to hang out; Maria and Joseph have a big decision to make only weeks before their wedding; and a mysterious god-figure creates all life on earth.
“Scott Giameo’s Ambitious and Powerful Debut Film” Of Dionysus began principal photography in 2016, filming in Madison, Passaic & Roselle Park, NJ. Edited over and over again over the last 5 years.
All original music by Kevin McDaniel & Dan O’Hara

Scott Giameo / 2021 / 20 minutes / English / United States

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My Soul To Take

After a year filled with hopelessness, low self-esteem and loneliness, Quinn retires for the night in her downtown high-rise. A software update on her phone appears and is accepted without hesitation. An update, which summons her into a dream world of antiquities and powerlessness.

Laura Vandervoort / 2022 / 14 minutes / English / Canada

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Big Touch

An Afro-Surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation.

Christopher Tenzis / 2021 / 3 minutes / No Dialogue / United States

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The Call of Water

Flung into the astral-plane, Nadia must face ancient forces in order to realize her responsibility to her homeland.

Kaya Tone / 2021 / 19 minutes / English / United States

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Dead House '98

The year is 1998. A young data analyst spends his time working for hours on end. Suddenly, in the dead of night strange signals emerge from his television and the real survival horror begins

Sergio Emilio Torres, Andrew Louis Reynoso / 2021 / 5 minutes / English / United States

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Deficit Anima

Grace, discovering what her husband is hiding, is taken in a terrible vortex.

Jake Meniani / 2021 / 11 minutes / English / France

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When you find yourself alone, in a place you’ve never been, you become an outsider. When everyone you meet is a stranger, your reputation doesn’t matter. In a time like this, you are given a choice: rely on the instincts that define your past, or transform yourself to change your future.

William r Corbett / 2022 / 19 minutes / English / United States