On the contrary, this past month’s installment of our local filmmakers’ showcase continued the recent trend that FilmSlam rocks and is here to stay. Over 150 people attended the event (not bad for 1 PM on a Sunday afternoon!) and got to see another diverse group of shorts vying for that coveted spot in the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase in December. Once it’s in Brouhaha of course, all of Film Slam’s 1st Place Audience Award Winners from January – November, 2007, will be in contention for a slot in the 2008 Florida Film Festival.
So with only one more month to go, the pressure is on. And the winner of the 1st Place Award for October’s FilmSlam was…Ali Imran Zaidi’s UNTITLED PROJECT. The film is described by the filmmaker in the following blurb: “IN A LAND beset by confusion, IN A TIME just like the present, ONE MAN is presented with life, the universe and everything. And does nothing.” Sounds cosmic–congratulations Ali (now maybe you can come up with a title). Kudos also to 2nd Place finisher Justin de Leon for his film about homelessness, JUST A LITTLE STOP, and 3rd Place finisher Banks Helfrich for THE FLOSSING, in which a couple discuss getting remarried while taking care of their teeth.
If October was any indication, November’s FilmSlam should be a doozy, and event director John Theisen has his work cut out for him to keep the program under 80 quality minutes. So mark your calendars now and come be a part of the final FilmSlam of the year on Sunday, November 11.