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Comfort Food at the Slam

Comfort Food at the Slam

Between the torrential downpours, the tornados (!), the holiday weekend and all the other general craziness that’s been on our plate, apparently I never got around to giving a shout-out to the May winners for our monthly FilmSlam. This month’s edition of our local short film showcase had a smaller crowd than usual, but it did hit a week later than normal due to Mother’s Day and competition for the general public’s time and entertainment dollar has been fierce. Regardless, less of an audience was in no way a reflection of the quality and diversity of the eight films represented in last Sunday afternoon’s Slam.

Congratulations to Catherine Smith’s COFFEE & PIE for taking 1st Place honors and winning that automatic bye into December’s 18th annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase. Written and produced by Andrew Stoneham, the 1950s-set film uses a couple breaking up in a diner as its jump-off point. Kudos also to veteran Orlando filmmaker and UCF film professor Bob Jones for taking 2nd Place with DELLA, a portrait of a 90-year-old woman recounting her days of growing up around Nashville; and Banks Helfrich, who earned a 3rd Place nod for his adaptation of Betty Comora’s MIXED BLESSINGS? – A FAIRY TALE, in which a school Principal comes up with a unique plan for creating fond memories.

FilmSlam gets back on its regular schedule on June 14, so it’ll once again occur on the second Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM. Come celebrate Flag Day and support your local indie filmmakers. Remember–admission is only $5.

–Matthew

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