Speakeasy Shorts 2014

Stories: Friday, November 14, 7:30pm
Films: Saturday, November 22, 7:30pm and 9:30pm
U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center’s Burke Theater
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

SpeakeasyShorts is a new type of film competition—a collaboration between filmmakers and storytellers. Ten filmmaking teams have only 5 days to write, shoot, edit-and screen a film based on stories from ten local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams know anything about the stories before they are presented.

On November 14, filmmaking teams will discover which story they have been paired with — and have five days to create a short film (less than 8 minutes) based on a true tale. The films premiere November 22 — the audience votes for their favorites — and one team walks away with a $1,000 cash prize!

This Year’s Storytellers:


Game Night

Based on a true story by Mikael Johnson

Team: Tragedy Plus Time

A game of Washingtoniana may decide the the future career path of a young professional.

Grand Prize Winner

A True Friend

Based on a true story by Brooke Lancaster

Team: Poets Eating Lions in the Stone Den

The value of a close friendship is questioned when a shocking secret is revealed.

The Amazing Birth

Based on a true story by Jenny Splitter

Team: DC Dogs

A pregnant woman takes an unusual journey in hopes of having the perfect birth experience.

Plus One

Based on a true story by Joseph Price

Team TPN

Trapped with a strange couple at a wedding reception, a new couple get a lesson on life, love, and marriage.

Stuck in Neutral

Based on a true story by Carrie Scheuttpelz

Team: Crowded Elevator Productions

The good deeds by a group of ghosts goes unrecognized.

Late Night

Based on a true story by Kylie Jia

Team: Cats Around Town

The subtleties of language is lost during a bizarre late night TV broadcast.


Based on a true story by Kevin Boggs

Team: Skyrocket Productions

A timid waiter asserts himself through a heated interaction with a difficult patron.

Awkward Allusion

Based on a true story by Jonica Tramposh

Team: Future Generation Productions

After the studio has closed, a personal trainer confronts an unannounced client.

24 Hour Rule

Based on a true story by Meg Massey

Team: Pirate Bears

Roommates are never easy.

The Will

Based on a true story by John Tong

Team: DC Comedy Writers

After a “beautiful funeral,” a family learns of their unique inheritances.



Based on the true story “Community Theater” by Ian McRory

Film created by Scenic Roots
Alfred Schoeninger, Director

Iain’s recent attempt at finding a girlfriend matched him with Sleeping Beauty, Play-by-Play, Sloppy Spaghetti — and one who is perfect in her silence. 2nd Runner Up


Based on the true story “Vigilante” by Alexandra Petri

Film created by Bog Honkin’ DC Dogs;
The Big Honkin’, Director

Watching too many TV crime shows often leads to Repeat Offenders.


Based on the true story “Desk Nazi” by Joseph Price

Film created by Yellow Bow Tie Productions
Joel David Santner, Director

Some people take their desk job a little too seriously.


Based on the true story “A Humor-Less Tale” by Ellen Rolfes

Film created by Key In Films
Kian McKeller, Director

An ice cream-loving girl discovers the true novelty of fighting city hall.


Based on the true story “The Big Break” by Amy Couchoud

Film created by EPK Digital;
Tony Marquez, Director

Auditioning for her big break, an actress is cast into the role of a lifetime.


Based on the true story “Going Down” by Kevin Phillips

Film created by Skyrocket Productions
Anthony Greene, Director

In an effort to save his relationship, a young man and his buddy learn that great sex is aural, nor oral. 1st Runner Up


Based on the true story “WWCD” by Amy Saidman

Film created by Tragedy Plus Time
Rob Raffety, Director

The anitdote to a soul-sucking job can be found outside your cubicle window. Grand Prize Winner


Based on the true story “Suck It, Pokemon” by James Calabrese

Film created by Heisenberg
Jose Carceres, Director

In an attempt to shoot a film about Pokemon vs. Star Wars, a team chronicles what happens when everything goes wrong.


Man of Letters

Based on a true story by Adam Ruben

Film created by Big Honkin’ Films
Austin Bragg, Director

When a man who loves words decides to venture into the world of competitive Scrabble, his
good nature quickly turns flagitious, iniquitous, maleficent, repugnant.

Grand Prize Winner

Rockin’ Robin Revelations

Based on a true story by Jessica Solomon

Film created by DC Dogs
Jonathan Zuck, Director

A young woman discovers a family secret that may impact more than her responsibility to share toys.

The Backseat Driver

Based on a true story by Elissa Laura Gross

Film created by Tragedy Plus Time
Rob Rafferty, Director

In order to prove to her father that she should be allowed to drive the family car, a newly-licensed teen is tested by a peculiar backseat driver.


The Donor

Based on a true story by Chris Love

Film created by Meridian Hill Pictures
Lance Kramer & Scott Lunt, Directors

When a gay man is asked by a lesbian couple to help them create a family, his experiences with a local sperm donor bank becomes an daunting task.



Based on a true story by Mike Kane

Film created by Yellow Bow Tie Productions
Joel David Santner, Director

A father and son bond over their desire to run a successful garage sale — not over the dining table they just sold.

Rotten Eggs

Based on a true story by Vijai Nathan

Film created by Citra Productions
Jason Baustin, Director

Pulled in many directions, a 30-something woman contemplates whether her quest for a soulmate will instead bring her a primate.

The Interview

Based on a true story by Stephanie Garibaldi

Film created by Nine Hour Films
Mary Ratliff, Director

Looking to create a new career, a woman tests her ability to stretch the truth by applying for a job well beyond her qualifications.

Oh, Granny

Based on a true story by Suzi Whaples

Film created by Amagi Productions
Erin Wildermuth, Director

It is said that fashion is cyclical and everything comes back again. However, when renamed for a new generation, the confusion often creates unintended hilarity.

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DC Shorts