Last weekend may have been a Chamber of Commerce kind of weekend in Central Florida with bright sunshine and warmer temperatures getting into the 70s for what felt like the first time in weeks (of course now we’re right back in the frosty 40s), but it didn’t prevent nearly 100 die-hard indie film fans from attending the monthly FilmSlam. This month’s eclectic lineup of 8 Florida films from Orlando, Boynton Beach, and Celebration proved to be a strong one, with a lot of familiar names from our local filmmaking community represented including Elizabeth Anne, Craig Richards, Banks Helfrich, and Todd Thompson. And it was Thompson’s latest work, CROOKED, that anchored the set and ended up winning 1st Place in the Audience Award ballots and guaranteeing itself a spot in December’s Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase ((schedule permitting since it’s over 10 minutes in length). Todd’s entertaining and educational comedy concerns itself with good dental hygiene, as a little girl aims for the perfect smile to win the heart of a new boy at her school.
Congratulations also to Eric Thompson for taking 2nd Place with his VISITING OUR NEIGHBORS, a doc short about an international team of volunteers and doctors travelling to Peru to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries on those who could never afford it, and to Banks Helfrich, who got the 3rd Place honors for PROLOGUE–THE AH OF LIFE, in which a man discovers a perspective of time in which his entire life is lived within the same moment.
Remember to mark your calendars for Sunday, March 14, and move your clocks up an hour, since the next FilmSlam takes place at 1:00 PM on the day that Daylight Savings Time begins. We’ll see you there!