Synopsis: A team of genius-but-broke grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free-will itself.
Director(s): Khalil Sullins
Production: Young Medium
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


Tell me, why are you here?

I'm here to become a student.

I need to learn how to meditate,

how to control my thoughts,

and where they happen.

Why do you need to learn this?

I've done something.

Something very bad.

And I need to set it right.

Let me take care

of dinner tonight.

I've got an extra sausage.

How could I turn down

charm like that?

I'm serious.

I'm tired.

Yeah, but tonight, I mean.

I'll be more tired after work.

Let's go out, then.

You work too much.

We could ask your mom

to take care of Lana.

We could go to that Thai place

that you really like.


Won't the paper burn

when it explodes?

It's not that kind of explosion.

We're going to make

a chemical reaction.

What's a chemical reaction?

It's kind of like magic.

- Cool.

- Yeah.

There you go, Grams.

Let's roll, gangsta.

What, what!

- Seriously?

- Shut up.

Such a dork.

For example,

the subject is asked

to think about Marilyn Monroe.

My study suggests

not only conscious control

in the hippocampus

and parahippocampal cortex...

Hey, did you hear about

the new bioengineering transfer?

My friend's in her class.

He says on a scale

of one to ten,

she's a lemniscate.

But also...

Mr. Thorogood,

perhaps you could

enlighten us all

with Ryan's gossip

or tell us what else

we can conclude

with this study?

We can conclude that

all neurosurgeons

are in love with Marilyn Monroe.

A single neuron

has not only the ability

to carry complex code

and abstract form

but is also able to override

sensory input

through cognitive effort.

It suggests thought

is a stronger reality

than the world around us.


I think you're both correct.

Dude, that's bullcrap.

I'm telling you, man,

brains out-duels brawn

every time.

It's not just brawn.

He's the most powerful character

in any universe.

He's unbeatable.

Except for kryptonite.


He could only win

if he fought dirty.

If Supes took a sucker punch,

it'd be over just as easy.

Say, no warning,

they're both just teleported

into a cage match.

It doesn't matter.

Batman keeps kryptonite

in his utility belt.

Man, oh, man,

give me some gloves.

Those Bunsen burners

are too hot to handle.

Dude, did you just see that?

See what?

She totally just checked me out.

I'm gonna go talk to her.

Not now. I'm...

Hey. I'm Ryan.

I know.

We have chemistry together.

Slow down.

- David Thorogood?

- Yeah?

You missed your rent payments

for November and January.

I'm here to collect.

No, I-I talked to Stan.

He's... he's our landlord,

and he...

He handed the situation

over to us.

No, he said...

You owe 5,690.

Late fees included.


Is that a new computer, David?

Ah, damn it.

David, I'd like you

to meet Jordan.


Dave's my best friend,

business partner,

and the second smartest person

I know after yours truly.

- Nice to meet you.

- Dude, what are you doing?

Just wait a minute.

I know what you're going to say.

I-I'm sorry. We have to talk

for just a minute.

- Do you mind waiting outside?

- Sorry, babe, one sec.

You told her about our research.

Well, yeah,

'cause she's assigned...

You just met this girl.

If it gets out that...

- I know...

- You're the one that said

it has to stay secret

to remain valuable.

It's fine. I understand I said...

If the school finds out...

if they even suspect,

I cannot afford to lose

my financial aid.

- You said...

- I know what I said.

My own wife doesn't even

know what we're doing.

No... no girls, man.

That was your rule.

All she's gotta do is make one

phone call to administration...

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