The Listening Dead

Synopsis: Up on a bare moonlit hilltop, Nigel, a fiery yet elegant composer seeks redemption in the intangible notes, immersed in his music. Inevitably, before such an enchanting mistress, his loving seamstress wife Karen is nothing but a distraction, and after one rejection too many, Karen hurt and blinded with jealousy, will inadvertently tie her husband with a fiendish black spell. Now, if she can't have him, no one will. But the restless and everlasting spectres of the departed are always close, listening.
Genre: Horror, Short
Director(s): Phil Mucci
  8 wins.
14 min

- Let's talk about 1971.

- Okej.


US Embassy in Rome, Italy.

Would you describe Sara Baldino

as the love of your life?

I don't know.

Yes or no, please.


And yet you choose to discontinue

the relationship and be transferred here.

She was an Italian citizen.

It was against regulations. So...


You could left agencys

people have you know.

They told me that if I left,

they would have to fire Phil, too.

- That will be Philip Kovacs.

- Yeah.

Please describe the nature of your

relationships with him.

Well, he's been my supervising officer

for about 20 years, and...

He is my friend.

Did you ever regret your decision.


And have you had

any unreported contact since then?


Thanks, Jim. We're done.


In 1952 a secret organisation.

Known as The Black Chamber.

Was reborn by executive order

As the National Security Agency

It was tasked with codemaking, codebreaking

and collecting foreign communications intelligence.

5 years later, the first man-Made

satellite was launched into orbit.

More than 3,000 satellites

are now in operation...

Carrying our phone calls,

e - Mails and broadcasts.

Listening to this massive flow

of information..

Is a multi-Billion dollar

surveillance network..

Built by the NSA

And codenamed Echelon.

Every hour, unmanned computers...

Scan through millions

of intercepted calls...

Inside words largest listning station.

Only when Echelon recognises

a Significant word

Or a known voice,Does it

notify its human operators.

The men and women of Menwith Hill

Are highly specialized


Mathematicians and

computer scientists.

They are required to violate

the privacy of foreign citizens.

Cover your tracks

and make new ones...

While being allowed

very little privacy of their own.

Underpaid and

burdened with secrets...

They live their lives

according to a complex hierarchy.

Of codewords, paygrades

and colour-Coded badges.

By contrast, employees of the private

contractor corporations...

That provide the hardware

for Echelon...

Are allowed inside secure

facilities after abnormal scrutiny...

To promote new technology.

Wendell Cranshaw Technologies.

Why was he not given proper training?

He was...

Standrd employer pakage.

We'll issue him with a blue badge.


Is there a problem, Mr Wagley?

No problem at all, Mr Lehmann.

We're all very excited

about your product.

It's just that we're a little touchy

about our colour-Codes.

Jim and I have 15 years

to get to blue,alright.

Shall we go meet the boy?

So... will I see you later?


I'll be ready in a minute, sir.

Our friends seem to be concerned..

About your attitude towards security.

That's not a problem, sir,

Once they see the product.

Well, the product is useless

unless kept secret.

Should the sale not go

through,the board and I...

Would have to hold you responsible

For the RD expenditures.

That's about,400 million dollars.

Perhaps you're not...

familiar with my salary.

Shall we go?


So,You boys and girls are spies.

Well, I've got a surprise for you.

Miss, Would you please step up here and

Give Nicholas your

home phone number.

That's him,That's Pepper.

I can hear my dog barking.

Thank you, Miss.

Well, that's it, guys!

That's all it is!

Tumbleweed lets you listen into

Any room where there's a telephone.

Even if the receiver's

on the hook...

And without you having to go into that

room and tamper with telephone beforhand.

- What about cell-Phones?

- Cells?

They're easy!

They're little walking bugs,

even when they're turned off.

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