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1: The Axeman of Storyville – Heath Lowrance: Retired Marshal Gideon Miles runs a nightclub in 1921 New Orleans. He gets drawn into the hunt for an ax murderer.
2: Crumble – Victor Penro: Kent Robbs lives in his own dark, sad world, and he isn’t sure what it would take to turn him into someone who could fit with the rest of society. An amazing guitarist, he’s nevertheless cursed with stage fright that keeps him from truly using his gift. After a run of bad luck that is literally fiery, someone finally lends him a hand.
3: A Man From Rio – Shayne Youngblood: Rio de Janeiro – a quintessential tropical paradise riddled with drug gangs and violence. In a world where the narco racket is a legitimate business, the competition has a tendency to disappear so thoroughly that nobody remembers they’d ever existed. When a small operator and retired conman falls for a skinny, fragile girl who’s “not even his type,” he puts himself on a collision course with destiny. His time is running out in a city where a witness has a shorter lifespan than a monarch butterfly, and to find the truth, he has to unearth secrets buried so deep in the web of conspiracy and corruption that the revelation might wipe away the whole city and its powers. When walking away is not an option, in order to stay alive and find the truth, he must face the questions: What is worth living for? And what is worth dying for? And answers take him to the point of no-return, where all choices are long gone, and he finds himself walking alone down the only path left, a one-way road – the road of revenge.
4: Rerun – Chris Manteria: Do you truly believe that you control your fate, that you can be whoever you want to be, that anyone can be the President? “Apply yourself and you can do whatever you like.” That’s a bunch of half assed horseshit, and I am living proof. Because of that I drink. Some would call me a drunk. I have to ask, if you were forced to see the future and knew there was nothing you could do to change it, wouldn’t you drink, too? I prefer Guinness. It goes down smooth and takes the edge off. It dulls my senses while eliminating the visions. Most of all it makes me forget. Forget what, you ask? It makes me forget the terrible things I’ve seen, that fate makes me its bitch, over and over again, that I am powerless against tide of time and the universe. Most of all it makes me forget the pain. That is until I saw her.
5: The Blade – sholes & Moore: While investigating the theft of a 4000-year-old biblical artifact, a federal agent finds herself confronted with an international fugitive who threatens to destroy Las Vegas with a nuclear device if a multi-million-dollar ransom from the casinos is not paid.
6: How White People Die – Ernie Lindsey: According to small town Detective Billy Showalter, the death of a local resident, Ellen Hardy, is obviously a homicide. From the noose, to the way her wrists are tightly bound, to the voodoo doll hanging in a nearby tree, all signs point to a dreadful murder. But Del Prince, his longtime partner and family friend of forty years, has a different idea.
When Billy wakes up in the hospital, confused and alive, what follows is his most confounding investigation to date. It’s a case full of lies, corruption, and family secrets that have been buried for decades. Just what does any of this have to do with events from twenty-five years ago, and why didn’t Del shoot to kill?