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.