FilmSlam, our monthly shorts showcase for local filmmakers that feeds into December’s Brouhaha and the following Spring’s Florida Film Festival, took place this past weekend, a week later than usual. Blame it on equal parts Festival fatigue and the fact that Easter Sunday probably wouldn’t have been the best day for the event. Keep in mind that May also has a holiday on the second Sunday of the month (Mother’s Day), so once again the Slam will be one week later (on the 17th) than its traditional spot.
Still, it didn’t seem to hurt attendance any, with a decent crowd of about 70 filmmakers, indie film lovers, and friends and family coming out for the 7-film program. As always, the audience voted for their favorites, with the winner earning themselves an automatic spot in Brouhaha. First place went to Stanley Pomianowski’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS, a film about what modern day Christmas would be like if Jesus was present. Second place went to Nicholas Escander’s I HATE HIP HOP, a new age comedy for those both in and out of the know. And third place went to Catherine Smith’s FIRST TIME, a film about a woman searching for love and fulfillment.
Congratulations to all the filmmakers who participated. Be sure to come out and show your support next month for a whole new batch of titles curated by FilmSlam programmer and host, John Theisen.