FilmSlam is hot! Held the second Sunday of every month at 1:00 PM since the beginning of the year, this program not only will provide the upcoming 16th annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase with eleven first place audience award winners, but it’s also been a consistent draw–and the media is taking notice! In Friday’s Calendar section, it got mentioned in Orlando Sentinel columnist Liz Langley’s latest article, where she lists “her Top 5’s.” FilmSlam was listed as one of the Top 5 coolest deals in town ( http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/orl-langley2407aug24,0,1064835.column). With 90 audience members attending a couple of weeks ago, the Slam actually has outgrown it’s previous home, the tragically defunct Downtown Media Arts Center (DMAC). And with Enzian and Co-Producers John Thiesen and Brian Feldman at the helm, the future of FilmSlam looks bright indeed.
In fact, if an Andy Warhol Foundation Grant just happens to come through, there’s a lot of exciting plans ahead for this program–how does cash prizes, podcasts of the post-screening Q & A’s , and online posting of the winning films sound? Stay tuned…
In the meantime, let’s give our congratulations to August’s big winners. First place went to Trey Chace’s WONDERFUL,WONDERFUL, a film from Winter Park about anorexia. Second place was awarded to Nadia Sarmova’s O-NE-‘RIK, a film from Belleair that explores discrimination and the extraordinary ability of children to persevere. And third place went to Elizabeth Anne of Orlando and her music video for PROPERTY AND MALT LIQUOR from The Sol*illaquists of Sound, previously a Special Jury Award winner at the 2007 Florida Music Festival Indie Film Jam.
Don’t forget to circle your calendar for September 9–only three more winners until Brouhaha!