2011 Online New England Film Festival
Three estranged siblings reunite in their ancestral home in Maine to attend to the unpleasant business of their mother’s passing. As they confront each other about their past, the future of their family hangs in the balance.
Bighorn is a 15-minute, supernatural historical fantasy based on a true fact: General Custer’s bandmaster, Felix Vinatieri — an Italian immigrant and the great-great-grandfather of New England Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning kicker Adam Vinatieri — was ordered to stay behind at the 7th Cavalry’s Powder River camp and missed the Battle of the Little Bighorn where Custer and his entire regiment were annihilated. The Twilight Zone-ish tale takes place in 2002 — when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl on Adam Vinatieri’s last-second, 48-yard kick — and in 1876. Nathaniel Philbrick, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of the New York Times Bestseller The Last Stand, applauded Bighorn on his blog, calling it “an ingenious and demented intermingling of the Battle of the Little Bighorn with the New England Patriots” and telling his readers “you’ve got to see this film!”
Alex Cormack presents the Christmas tale of Kris Kringle’s brother Kyle, who hates the holiday after one year misunderstanding his present, an art set, as his parents giving him coal. Now many later he decides to put an end to the festivities once and for all.
He hires PR Penguin to start a smear campaign through the 24-hour news media to ruin his brother Santa. Kris Kringle, up in the North Pole, begins to feel the results, as his sponsors begin to pull the plug on their contracts. Even after friends such as the Easter Bunny come by to help cheer him up it looks like Christmas will actually be canceled.
Now that the smear campaign is in full swing Kyle decides to begin phase two of his dastardly plan! Will Kyle succeed? Will Christmas be canceled?
Philip drives for the financially strapped cab company, Bumble Bee Cabs, which is owned by his mom. His wily ‘girlfriend,’ Allison, runs a marketing company and wants to help. Mom is against Allison’s costly promotional scheme, but Philip thinks his girlfriend is super pretty, so he goes along with her ill-conceived plan like a sheep to the slaughter.
Hidden deep in the wilderness of Maine, former MIT professor and scientist Jean Cartier works to cure the loss of his coma-ridden wife. Eight years after her accident, Jean makes a decision from which there is no turning back. Enlisting the help of a former student, Jean is given the opportunity to live the life he’d always dreamed of.
Dark Scribbles is the story of Angela Roberts, a talented psychic whose recent visions may have greater meaning then what they initially appeared to have. It seems that her psychic abilities and her professional and personal relationships are becoming intertwined. With the help of her husband and friends she soon realizes that sometimes nothing is exactly what it’s supposed to be.
The Stone Rules was shot to capture the First Annual J.C. Stone Sculpture Symposium featuring Maine artist Don Meserve.
The film highlights the artists as they explain their creative process and the relationship of “the ideas they bring to the stone, and what the stone suggests.” The artists venture further into a discussion of the creative process, transcending into a philosophical approach to the dual relationship of artist and medium.
Narrated by Don Meserve, this film is tribute not only to artists, but to Don who passed away last year after a long struggle with Lung Cancer. His personality, knowledge, lively wit, and creativity left its mark on all who he encountered, especially those in the craft.
Alex gets ready for Halloween by dressing up as iconic characters and imagining that he actually becomes them. With the big night fast approaching, he must convince his older brother to take him trick-or-treating so the two of them can sneak tons of candy past their health-nut mom.
Mild-mannered Ned Swanburg’s evening is ruined when he accidentally runs over his time-traveling future self while driving home from the corner gas station. Aided by Verne, his ne’er-do-well roommate, Ned takes the atomic-powered Time Suit from the body of his future incarnation and attempts to rewrite history. Will he succeed in his desperate mission to save his own future, or will he ruin the timeline forever, breaking the laws of physics and hurling himself headfirst into a never-ending paradox of madness?