An advertising hot shot (Levenix Riddle) enrolls in animation studies at Columbia College and falls under the spell of a crusty professor (the excellent Phillip Edward Van Lear) who gives him a magical wood carving of an African griot. Armed with this prize, the student can dictate the future by mapping it out in animation storyboards, and he puts his new power to use in courting a vivacious young art photographer (McKenzie Chinn). The supernatural premise dates back at least as far as W.W. Jacobs’s 1902 horror story “The Monkey’s Paw,” but screenwriter Roberta Jones wisely pushes her narrative past the confines of genre and into more complicated emotional territory. Logan Hall directed.