Mindscape

Synopsis: An angry employee does what we only dream of doing at our day jobs. Holding in much of his frustration, an office worker barely can hide the mental stress from his boss' sadistic demands. His boss finally yells him over the deep end, and the young man explodes pushing both himself and the boss to deep rage. The musical onslaught of Mindscape by Age of Aggression accompanies his mania as he runs from his monstrous superior through the gritty streets of downtown San Francisco. . . Now, take that, flip it, and watch it backwards! Avant-garde writer/director Ezra J. Stanley and cinematographer Alejandro Wilkins, design an unforgettable cinematic music video!
Genre: Short
Director(s): Ezra Stanley
 
IMDB:
8.1
Year:
2006
4 min
216 Views


1

You got 20 minutes.

To get inside my mind

Is this what you wanted

Get me all turned around

Tell me baby

Hello?

No! No!

What's going on in there?

John own memories are intruding.

He's having a seizure.

Marjorie! Get in there! Now!

Senator Rockford has been

identified as the target...

of an FBI investigation, involving

embezzlement and accusations of blackmail.

Senator!

I whole heartedly and emphatically deny any

and all allegations leveled against me.

His attorney has secured the

services of Mindscape...

the world's top memory

detective agency...

to gather information about his past and

help the FBI with the investigation.

Memory detectives, as

they're commonly known...

have experienced a resurgence

in recent years...

thanks to the growing number of cases

solved using the remote viewing technique.

In the early 70 s, the

Defense Intelligence Agency

began conducting top secret experiments

with people with psychic abilities

to help gather intelligence

for modern warfare.

They came across a

group of ESP's...

that had the ability to

access people's memories

and observe them as they were experienced

in the past by the subjects.

The findings of memory detectives do

not yet carry the same weight...

as DNA evidence in court...

but currently prove more

reliable than polygraph tests.

They say, remote viewing is nothing

more than an elaborate scam...

but the reality is, remote viewers

have been solving cases...

that have been cold for years.

Most recently, the murder of

child actress Kate Henderson...

was solved by memory

detective John Washington.

Sh*t.

Hello?

- Ah, hello!

- Good Morning!

I'm calling about

the house for sale.

No... no... we're not selling

the house anymore, I'm sorry.

Well... the agency listing says

it's still active.

Yeah, I know it's still listed at the

agency, but we're not selling it, okay?

Mr. Washington's own

traumatic memories...

were blending in with

his clients memories...

which impaired his ability

to focus during sessions.

And thank you.

Now it seems, Senator Rockford is betting

his political career on Mindscape...

the prime memory detective

agency in the world.

The rumors that the Mindscape program

is dangerous, are unfounded.

John is here.

John... how are you?

I'm great.

You're still taking the medication?

No, I'm done with all that.

Well, you're lucky

the stroke was mild.

You could be relearning

your abc's right now.

That's true.

Yes?

Uh... I'm good.

Nice.

You met anybody recently?

You know, John, maybe it's time

to get back in the running.

I'm not there yet.

It's been two years.

You should move on from

what happened to your wife.

And you know it wasn't your fault.

Yeah, well...

Oh, sh*t! Sh*t! Sorry.

Ah, don't worry about it.

Don't worry!

I'm so sorry.

Don't worry about it.

I'm sorry.

Here... sit down!

Sorry.

I heard Senator Rockford on... TV...

talking about the possibility

of hiring a memory detective.

Oh, yeah, yeah. Peter Lundgren

is already working on the case.

Rockford hired him.

Lundgren?

C'mon! I was better than him

on my worst day!

Yeah, but gifts like

yours need to be used.

You've been out of

the game for months.

And Lundgrens' success nowadays

is close to 100 percent.

What's the matter?

To be honest, I'm

running out of money.

You still have the beach house?

Yeah.

Go ahead. Sell it.

I'm not ready to sell it yet.

What I was wondering was whether I

could do something for Mindscape.

As it happens, I, uh...

I might have something you're

right for, perfect actually.

Her name is Anna.

Oh, you're kidding.

Forget about the name, right?

She used to be my patient

when she was little.

Very special girl...

she's a teenager now, but I don't

think a... a doctor can help.

Maybe a viewer can.

Well, what's her problem?

She's on a hunger strike.

All you have to do is get her to eat.

Just tell the parents to

hide the fashion magazines.

John...

You know, it could be a quick one for you,

if you didn't wanna sell the beach house.

Hi John, I'm so happy

you're back in the saddle.

Anna's still refusing to eat,

trying to pressure them...

into letting her out of the house.

She's very fragile,

so tread carefully.

Try to find a trauma for her

therapist to work on... bye.

Thank you so much for

working on Anna's case.

I'm Michelle.

John.

And this is Anna's

stepfather, Robert.

Sebastian speaks

very highly of you.

Even as a baby, Anna was unusual.

She didn't smile when you smiled at

her, but she didn't cry much, either.

I would say she was unusually

focused for a child, always calm.

She looked at things as if she

already knew what they were.

Later, of course, we took her to a specialist,

and her IQ score came back off the charts.

When was the last time she ate?

She stopped eating one week ago.

She's taking vitamins and

drinking water, but nothing else.

In my opinion, she should be... in a

place that can provide the proper care.

I'm sure Anna can get better here.

Mr. Washington, ah... as I'm

sure you can appreciate...

this is a matter that

requires great discretion.

I will need you to sign a

non-disclosure contract...

that anything revealed in Anna's memories can't

be disseminated beyond Michelle and myself.

Of course.

Anna is so special, she's

so many talents, she's...

Gifted.

Yes, gifted.

I think there are

better words for it.

Such as?

I would say haunted.

What happened to

Anna's real father?

He died... when I was pregnant.

Oh, I'm sorry.

Does Anna get along with Robert?

Not well, lately... but he's

tried to do his best for her.

I see.

This way.

Is there any specific reason

why Anna is refusing to eat?

She wants to go back to school,

but that's impossible.

I'm sure Sebastian told you

about her cutting herself.

We've had to remove all sharp

objects from her room.

We need to protect her.

From what?

To protect her, from herself.

Sweetie. This is John...

the gentleman I told you

was coming to visit.

Aren't you late for

your AA meeting, Mom?

Can I have a seat?

Can I have a seat?

Do you mind?

Do you mind?

We won't guess the next one for sure,

so go ahead, make yourself comfortable.

That's quite the party

trick you have there.

What's the metronome for?

I like the rhythm when I draw.

It's soothing.

Better?

Much.

Anna, you know what catabolysis is?

If you don't eat, your

organs are gonna fail.

John, do you know what "prana" is?

It's sanskrit, it means vital life.

There are Yogis in

India who rarely eat.

They get all their energy or

"prana" from the air and the sun.

Is that what you're doing?

Are you a doctor?

No, but I do have to ask

you some questions.

I would like you to tell me

what expression you see.

What am I getting in exchange for

making you earn some of Robert's money?

Well, you might get to

know yourself better.

What do you see?

Malice.

I'm kidding.

He's expressing happiness,

maybe even affection.

What about this guy?

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