The Shortcut

Synopsis: High school senior Derek was adjusting to life in a new town when he discovered an overgrown path leading into the woods. According to his classmates, the local kids used to use it as a shortcut before a malevolent farmer began chasing them away with a shovel. Eventually, a few of the local kids went missing under mysterious circumstances. Rumor has it that the old man got them. Now years have passed, and no one dares go near the path. The townspeople have simply accepted the fact that it's off limits. But Derek suspects that the old man is hiding something, and he's determined to find out what it is. Once he uncovers the sinister secret that lies just beyond the trees, however, he may not live to reveal the awful truth.
Director(s): Nicholaus Goossen
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
100 min

- Sign here.

Man on P.A.:

Attention, students.

There will be a mandatory fire safety

meeting this afternoon in the auditorium.

So soccer.

Soccer's going well?

Yeah. We're doing better.

We have a big game on Tuesday.

I'm sure you guys

are gonna be fine.

- Girl:
Hope so. Plan on it.

- That's good.

Any thoughts about school yet?

I'm thinking about Columbia.

I really want to be in a big city.

Columbia's great,

- but it's also ivy league.

- I know.

Why? You think

I can't get in?

No. No.

I just, uh-- I want you

to pick a few safety schools,

you know, as insurance.

It's just not an easy one

to get into.

So we'll just keep

thinking about that.

- We still have some time.

- Okay.

- All right.

- Thank you, Mr. Armstrong.

No problem, Christy.

Make it a great day.

- I always do.

- Good.

- Hi.

- Hello.

Mr. Lucas, you can come in now.

So how are you?

Pretty good.

I was talking to your mother today.

She said she's still worried

about your transition.

- I'm fine.

- You sure?

I heard the crew team

didn't go very well.

According to Coach Klein,

you told him that crew

was "stupid, boring

and meant for kids

that suck at any other sport."

Does that sound about right?

Yeah, that actually

sounds about right.

Well, you're entitled

to your own opinion,

but quitters are usually frowned

upon by colleges, Derek.

Even Columbia?

Even Columbia.

(school bell rings)

I had the sickest

triple-kill last night--

took out 3 noobs

with a Spartan Laser.

Man, I'm so bored of Halo.

I like the new Metal Gear Solid.

The graphics look so real.

Hey, Tobey,

do you have a 360?

Yeah, but I can't play it.


- That sucks.

- Hey, are you guys in Scouts?

- You signed up for that?

- So lame.

Shut up.

My mom's making me.

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Dan Hannon

Dan Hannon is a producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and musician. He co-produced the album Cope, released April 1, 2014, with artist Manchester Orchestra. He produced the Simple Math LP, which was released May 10, 2011, for Manchester Orchestra. In 2008, he was enlisted to co-produce their second release, Mean Everything To Nothing, with eight-time Grammy Award Winner Joe Chiccarelli, resulting in the Top 10 rock hit "I've Got Friends".Hannon produced, recorded, mixed, and co-wrote "Anything Worth Saying" by Aaron Shust, which became the number one Christian record of the year in 2006 and was nominated for six Dove Awards, winning three. The song "My Savior, My God" is Billboard's No. 2 Christian/Gospel Song of the Decade of the 2000s. Hannon was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop Contemporary Album of the year in 2007 for Aaron's second release, Whispered and Shouted. more…

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