– by Joseph Jammer Medina

El Rey Network’s “The People’s Network Showcase” returns with the “Animation Edition Vol. 2,” featuring 15 films released both on-air and digitally on El Rey Network’s YouTube page. The on-air special features 2 hours of 15 hand-picked short films and exclusive interviews with stand-out rising independent filmmakers from around the world. “The People’s Network Showcase: Animation Edition Vol. 2,” hosted by acclaimed animated film director Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life), will debut on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 8pm ET.

El Rey Network founder and maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez had a vision to create a place where all creators’ work could be seen and celebrated on broadcast television. The People’s Network Showcase is that place. Filmmakers can submit their films for consideration to El Rey Network’s “The People’s Network Showcase” HERE.

Films and filmmakers featured on Sunday, March 25 include:

Bats in the Belfry
Directed by João Alves
DeadEye Jack returns to the Spanish mission in the Old West to seize the contents he failed to rob the previous day. After the dust settles and he makes himself known, he realizes he’s interrupted the feeding of a pack of vampires that were disguised as monks.
Digital Premiere on March 23rd, 2018

The Hook
Directed by Aanal Kumar
A fish gets hooked by offers he finds on his way. Ironically, the fish is about to do the same to the next person. Here’s an amusing look at how marketing seeps into our everyday lives.
Digital Premiere on March 30th, 2018

Ray & Clovis: Reading is Magic
Directed by Evan Detwiler and Produced by David Andrade
When a trip to the library summons a giant monster, Ray and Clovis quickly realize that they need each other to defeat the beast. Will they get over their differences to team up against the monster?
Digital Premiere on April 6th 2018

Train Man
Directed by Alexandra Barsky
A social outcast makes a home for himself on a train car. He comes into contact with a number of other people, but is misunderstood by all. When someone finally reaches out to him, it may be too late.
Digital Premiere on April 13th 2018

My Last Halloween
Directed by Andrew Muto
A serial Halloween prankster gets a taste of his own medicine when he comes face to face with true evil.
Digital Premiere on April 20th 2018

The Wolf’s Heart
Directed by Jeff Lafferty
An elvish prince sneaks down a hallway but plans change when he disturbs an armed castle guard.
Digital Premiere on April 27th 2018

Hell’s Cantina
Directed by Roman Arriola and Alex Anaya
A demon bartender named Denny opens a small bar in hell after he misses out on investing in the “Heaven boom”. He befriends an escaped human named Bill who also doubles as Denny’s janitor. Denny and Bill go on hellish adventures as they run the self-proclaimed “best bar in hell.”
Digital Premiere on May 4th, 2018

Directed by Josh Stifter
The roles are reversed when humans become the Minnows to some demented monsters.
Digital Premiere on May 11th, 2018

Directed by Kevin McCurdy
A box-person that sees the world through hallucinations gets manipulated by an old acquaintance.
Digital Premiere on May 18th, 2018

Directed by Celestino Marina
A little boy innocently befriends what he doesn’t know is his birthday piñata.
Digital Premiere on May 25th, 2018

Iron Mask vs. Doctor Actom // Mastermind vs. Zarkon
Directed by Francesco Brunotti
Dive into two short films set in a universe created by a long-lost fictional publishing company—Atomic Rocket Comics. In the first film, Iron Mask (an intergalactic bounty hunter) fights Doctor Actom (his archenemy) in an intergalactic battle for the ages. In the second, Mastermind (the Earth’s Mightiest Defender) battles Zarkon (King of the Monsters from Hell) in a deadly face-off.
Digital Premiere on June 1st, 2018

Directed by Thomas Alan Sandage
A man finds a guitar amongst the graves at the cemetery. And when he begins to play, the entire night seems to respond. Soon, he finds himself surrounded by monstrous shapes… and they have instruments too!
Digital Premiere on June 8th, 2018

Little Red Riding Hood
Produced and Co-Directed by Lexie Trivundza
A visually striking twist to the fairytale we’ve all come to love.
Digital Premiere on June 15th, 2018

Directed by Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez (Director of the Book of Life, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and host of The People’s Network Showcase: Animation Edition Vol 1 and Vol 2) shares his last student film in the broadcast premiere of “Carmelo”. Join young Carmelo as he escapes his house to face a bull in an attempt to make his bullfighting father proud.
Digital Premiere on June 22nd, 2018

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SOURCE: El Rey Network

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.