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Review: The Film Slam (Dec 2014)

The Film Slam kicks off its 10th year with 8 new shorts. As alway host Tim Anderson selected an interesting collection of shorts from a masked killer, 2 music videos, 2 Documentaries and a mockumentary to an experimental and drama film. Let’s begin..

Thoughts From The Popcorn Gallery:

The 1st film “Sonadora” Directed by Lauren Kesler

A documentary about a young woman Andrea Haro from rural Pintag, Ecuador, who dreams to better herself, learn English, and graduate from the University. Almost completely in Spanish with subtitles I found myself a little lost at the message the documentary was trying to convey. My Spanish is pretty good, but I have a feeling it was the way the filmmaker approached the doc by introducing the person in charge of the Manna Project International and their goals about education in the region of Ecuador. We are then introduced to Andrea and her family and by the end of the 6 plus mins doc we are left with the hope that Andrea will achieve her dream. (Not a bad doc, short and sweet, albeit a little confusing at first)

The 2nd Film “Medium Justice” Directed by Reggie Peters & Masood Ahmed

A film about a masked killer seeking out justice. At first glance this film has some good cinematography and good performance, however that doesn’t make it a good film. What hurts this film is the story or the lack there of, it doesn’t really know what it wants to be, it seems like 2 films in one. First it looks like a Punisher style film. Then suddenly it’s a Halloween rip off with the Mr Sandman playing as the soundtrack, which totally shut me off. I wanted to like it and parts of it I did; the filming, acting and cinematography. However, the filmmakers need to decide whether they want this to be a horror film or a Punisher comic book type film.  Oh, and the title “Medium Justice” has to go. Also I can tell by the visual style of the film the filmmakers like John Carpenter 80’s style filmmaking so they got to be careful here because there is a fine line between paying homage and coping.

The 3rd Film “Lesson Learned” Directed by Charles Frisby

Lesson Learned is a music video which is actually a lot of fun as it is set in the late 80’s about a guy who got dumped. The music from artist Louie St. Claire is actually pretty catchy and his personality comes across the screen, as you can see he had a lot of fun doing this video. Charles added some cheesy yet fun looking CG with some great edits to complete this video. Fun Fact: Charles Frisby’s film “Broken Triangle” aired on ICS season 3 Ep 3.

The 4th Film “SP#13” Directed by Carl Knickerbocker

Carl Knickerbocker films are alway experimental, strange and short. Not much else to say.

The 5th Film “Life Between Us” Directed by Jones Levenon

The film is about an elderly woman who confronts a young intruder, whom then, in turn, helps her answer some of life’s greatest questions. This film was shot really well with only some minor flaws, but the story was the real issue and it could have been edited down a little shorter. The young man is not really likable in the film because the story sets him up as some sort of a stalker/bad boyfriend. The filmmaker tries within the story to make him charming by having him appear nude at the elderly woman’s house for a cheap laugh. She then calmly asks him to leave, but honestly the real reaction would have been screams and police sirens. The actress playing the elderly women does a good job, but there are parts that she does come across as dry. The movie tries to make itself as a thinking film, but in the end it left me not really caring about the characters even at the final frame. There are some really neat ideas in the film (Life & Death, What is the meaning of life & What happens at the end) but the script really needed a few more re-writes and tweaks to have made it what it really wanted to be.

The 6th Film “The Ring” Directed by Christopher Gotera

A Documentary about a young boxer who is on the rise. However after we learn he had a major injury, the documentary ends without us really seeing or hearing about his victories or defeats. The doc is well done with the footage they had, but unless we will see a part 2 we will never really learn anything more about this young boxer.

The 7th Film “Words” Directed by Dale Metz

Dale started his career as a photographer and he is slowly becoming one hell of a DP. This music video is another great example of his visual work. The song is okay, not as catchy as the first music video in this review but thats besides the point. There are a few little flaws such as with the editing, for example when the singer began to sing, it took a few seconds to really figure out who were the actors and who was the singer. The editing of the story here is a little hit and miss, but the visuals and Dale’s eye really take center stage. Fun Fact: Dales Metz first film “See” was shown on ICS season 3 Ep 1.

The 8th and Final Film “Dirty Justice” Directed be TL Westgate

What  can we say about TL Westgate… He loves the 48 hour film challenge, and his films never fail to impress. His strong suit is comedy and he has another winner on his hands with this film. This mockumentary is a look at a new fake film called Dirty Justice, as told through the eyes of a fake TV news outlet “Excess Hollywood”. What ensues is a belly full of laughs as TL pokes fun at every stereotype in Hollywood, from a fake British actor to a coked out Latin drug dealer who manages to play the same roles over and over. There is nothing negative to say about this short, except to say: TL it’s time for you to take that comedic mind and do a feature. The ICS team helped out in the production and in acting so I am a little biased about this film.

Over all great job to all the filmmakers and a great kick off to the Film Slams 10th year….


Enzian FilmSlam Results: October 2013

www.enzian.org/film/filmslam/

Audience Vote Results for October (last Slam of) 2013:

    1) TechSquad (2013) 
    Director & Producer: TL Westgate; Writer TL Westgate, Michelle Bretana
    Running Time 8:46   Website: http://www.cretiveinletfilms.com/
    Synopsis: When the Department of Homeland Security needed a new task force to fight modern day crimes, they teamed up one hero cop with one tech savvy cop to form TechSquad.

    2) In Vain (2013)
    Director & Writer: Charles Frisby; Producer Kristin Frisby
    Running Time: 15:45  Website; http://www.GrungeProductions.com/
    Synopsis: Popular internet blogger Alexis suffers from a mental breakdown as mysterious visions in her mirrors haunt her every waking moment. 

    3) Earn (2013)
    Director: Kevin Shah; Producer Ylian Alfaro Snyder; Writer Kevin Shah, Paul Decker
    Running Time: 10:53  Websitewww.facebook.com/kevinShahfilm
    Synopsis: After his death, a father sends his son on a scavenger hunt. In a surprising twist, the past unravels, allowing him to find himself again.

    See you at the 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase on November 23 & 24th!


Enzian FilmSlam this Sunday, October 13

Enzian FilmSlam. It’s FREE to submit. Tickets are only $5. You get to check out your work on the big screen in front of an audience of people who aren’t (necessarily) your friends. There’s a Director Q&A after the screening, plenty of networking time afterward at Eden Bar… what filmmaker WOULDN’T take advantage of this?!

Never fear! Enzian’s annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase is right around the corner! Next month to be exact. Click this link to find out more information.

To round out the last FilmSlam of 2013: 

In Vain (2013)
Director & Writer: Charles Frisby; Producer Kristin Frisby
Running Time: 15:45  Website; http://www.GrungeProductions.com/
Synopsis: Popular internet blogger Alexis suffers from a mental breakdown as mysterious visions in her mirrors haunt her every waking moment. 

Amazing Grace (2013)
Director: Todd Thompson; Producer & Writer Tony Sterling
Running Time; 9:23  Website; http://www.starsnorth.com/
Synopsis: Older man wants to marry younger woman but he has to overcome jealousy of the way she looks, acts and dresses around other men. A surprise awaits him.

TechSquad (2013) 
Director & Producer: TL Westgate; Writer TL Westgate, Michelle Bretana
Running Time 8:46   Website: http://www.cretiveinletfilms.com/
Synopsis: When the Department of Homeland Security needed a new task force to fight modern day crimes, they teamed up one hero cop with one tech savvy cop to form TechSquad.

Earn (2013)
Director: Kevin Shah; Producer Ylian Alfaro Snyder; Writer Kevin Shah, Paul Decker
Running Time: 10:53  Websitewww.facebook.com/kevinShahfilm
Synopsis: After his death, a father sends his son on a scavenger hunt. In a surprising twist, the past unravels, allowing him to find himself again.

Speculum (2013)
Director/Producer/Writer: Kris A. Truini
Running Time: 3:51
Synopsis: Darkness can poison our souls and stain our heart with hopelessness and depression. A man can have every excuse to end his life but never a reason. Minds are fragile and the lack of hope and happiness can kill us so easily.

SP #7 (2013)
Director/Producer/Writer: Carl Knickerbocker
Running Time: 2:30   Website: http://www.carlknickerbocker.com/
Synopsis: Religion, social structures and mortality, cuddled in eerie and dunked in darkness. Perhaps an unsettling dream? Part of a series of philosophical driven shorts. In the Suburban Primitive style.

Sleepy Fun Time (2013)
Director & Writer: Carson Griffin; Producer Carson Griffin & Teri Harrison
Running Time 6:27  Website: http://www.facebook.com/sleepyfuntime
Synopsis: When Danielle decides to have a slumber party, her and her friends soon discover an unexpected, unexplained, and unusual guest has arrived. Thus making it a night that will scar them with a powerhouse of blood, laughs, and pies.

The Bloody Jug Band – Roadkill Boys (2013)
Director: Steven Shea; Producer: T.W. Anderson, Steven Shea, John Theisen
Running Time: 4:10  Websitewww.abyssmal.comwww.bloodyjugband.com
Synopsis: A happy couple goes camping in the woods, but little did they know they would run into the Roadkill Boys and their lives would change forever…

FilmSlam 2014 dates: COMING SOON!


Enzian FilmSlam Results: September 2013

Enzian FIlmSlam Indie Cinema Showcase #filmslam

Audience Vote Results: 

  1. Kids (2013)
    Director/Writer: Sean Osorio, Producer: Germaine Rigg
    Running Time: 4:54   Website: https://www.facebook.com/Riverbearfilms?fref=ts
    Synopsis: During their lunch break,  three young adults attempt to escape from their mundane lives by recapturing their once lost childhood.
  2. Happy Memories (2013) 
    Director/Producer/Writer: Jack Fields
    Running Time: 5:53   Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/doctorbeaumonte
    Synopsis: A cupcake is born from a monster. It is exploited and tortured by a series of terrifying beings. It is torn from the prenatal pastry world, experimented on by 12-dimensional Mathuloxes, and transformed into a new being, perpetuating the cycle of pain and wonder.
  3. Girls Night Out (2013) 
    Director/Producer: Dale Frohman; Writer: Carl Truesdell & Dale Frohman
    Running Time: 10:30   Website: http://spiderflix.net/our-films/girls-night-out
    Synopsis: Empowered by overcoming a would-be mugger, two girls set out on a Robin Hood style adventure.

Last FilmSlam of the 2013 – October 13 at 1pm. [Same Bat time, same Bat channel!]

  • FilmSlam 2014 begins in December 2013…

Please note: The 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase is scheduled for November 23 & 24th, which alongside the Florida Film Festival, preempts FilmSlam. Filmmakers, cast, crew and schools from all over the state will be showing at Brouhaha – including 2013 FilmSlam winners! Please support your peers and attend!


Enzian FilmSlam this Sunday, September 15

HAPPY 100th post everyone!! 

 

Enzian FilmSlam. It’s FREE to submit. Tickets are only $5. You get to check out your work on the big screen in front of an audience of people who aren’t (necessarily) your special lady/man friend. There’s aDirector Q&A after the screening, plenty of networking time afterward at Eden Bar… what filmmaker WOULDN’T take advantage of this?!

Filmmakers representing in September’s Slam:

Half A Heart (2013) 
Director/Producer: John Welch and Lukas Dong,  Writer: John Welch, Lukas Dong,  Dennis Kim 
Running Time: 8:09 
Synopsis: Seymour struggles to create a special antidote before it’s too late. But when his condition begins to worsen determination and will are the only things that can save him and the people he loves.

Happy Memories (2013) 
Director/Producer/Writer: Jack Fields 
Running Time: 5:53   Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/doctorbeaumonte 
Synopsis: A cupcake is born from a monster. It is exploited and tortured by a series of terrifying beings. It is torn from the prenatal pastry world, experimented on by 12-dimensional Mathuloxes, and transformed into a new being, perpetuating the cycle of pain and wonder.

Kids (2013)
Director/Writer: Sean Osorio, Producer: Germaine Rigg 
Running Time: 4:54   Website: https://www.facebook.com/Riverbearfilms?fref=ts 
Synopsis: During their lunch break,  three young adults attempt to escape from their mundane lives by recapturing their once lost childhood.

The Leaves That Lay Beneath (2013)
Director/Producer/Writer: W.D. Conine 
Running Time: 9:58   Website: http://www.MagnaParvus.com 
Synopsis: A young woman confronts her apathy after witnessing an abusive couple in public.

Man on the Hill (2013) 
Director/Writer: Gabe Russo, Producer: Whitney Hill 
Running Time: 17:00 
Synopsis: An ethereal, Gothic love story follows a young dead man and a young living woman into the “Dance of Death” for a single, important night.

Girls Night Out (2013) 
Director/Producer: Dale Frohman; Writer: Carl Truesdell & Dale Frohman 
Running Time: 10:30   Website: http://spiderflix.net/our-films/girls-night-out 
Synopsis: Empowered by overcoming a would-be mugger, two girls set out on a Robin Hood style adventure.

Fear Love, Not the Reaper (2013) 
Director: Michael Liesch; Producer: Michael Liesch, Christopher Piner; Writer: Jacob Henry,  Michael Liesch, Christopher Piner, Adam Seebach 
Running Time: 5:05   Website: https://www.facebook.com/FearLoveNotTheReaper 
Synopsis: Nearing the jolliest time of year, a man is gunned down in the comfort of his own home during a breaking and entering.

Last FilmSlam of the year? October 13, 2013. Same Bat time, same Bat channel!

  • October 13, 2013
  • (FilmSlam 2014 begins in December 2013…)

Also notable, the 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase on November 23 & 24th (which, alongside the Florida Film Festival, preempts FilmSlam). Click this link to find out more information.


Enzian FilmSlam Results: August 2013

www.enzian.org/film/filmslam/

Audience Vote Results for August 2013:

Today’s FilmSlam was a monumental one. History making, even! We’ll let the Slam Programmer, Tim, tell you. (From Facebook);

www.enzian.org/film/filmslam

After an INCREDIBLE turnout – Over 200 tickets sold – for the August Slam, we are thrilled to announce the Top 3 films. The winner (#1) will move on to the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase in November. Congrats to our filmmakers for such a strong showing this month:

#1 – Validation Theory
#2 – Our Town
#3 – The Door

All the best to everyone that came out to support our local film community.

 

Remaining FilmSlam 2013 dates:

  • September 15, 2013
  • October 13, 2013
  • (FilmSlam 2014 begins in December 2013)

Also notable, the 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase on November 23 & 24th (which, alongside the Florida Film Festival, preempts FilmSlam). Click this link to find out more information.


Enzian FilmSlam this Sunday, August 11

Enzian FilmSlam. It’s FREE to submit. Tickets are only $5. You get to check out your work on the big screen in front of an audience of people who aren’t (necessarily) your kin. There’s a Director Q&A after the screening, plenty of networking time afterward at Eden Bar… what filmmaker WOULDN’T take advantage of this?!

On the roster this month:

Crust (2012)
Writer Perry Wilson
Director Perry Wilson
Producer Tim Ritter
Website http://315films.com/
Running Time 1 minute
Another dreary morning means another typical meal for a bored husband. This may be the breakfast that brings some change, though — he’s prepared to make sure of it.

Our Town (2013)
Writer Michelle Brown
Director Kathleen Bossart
Producer Michelle Brown
Website https://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Town/350186691738257
Running Time 14:36
Synopsis: Our Town is based in 1957. It is about a group of kids that witness a murder in a small town. The story follows them as they try to stop the person that committed this crime.

Vann – Pilot (2013)
Writer Rich Belsan
Director Rich Belsan
Producer Rich Belsan
Website http://www.facebook.com/VannWebSeries
Running Time 5:00
Synopsis: In this pilot for the upcoming web series, two roommates, Vann and Laura, debate whether a single flaw with Laura’s latest date is enough to dump an otherwise great guy.

Haunted Hijinks (2013)
Writer Nicholas Slade
Director Nicholas Slade
Producer Nicholas Slade and Jacob Henry
Running Time 7 Minutes
Synopsis: Haunted Hijinks follows the antics of Chuck and Herb after they take a job to hunt down a ghost in this black and white silent comedy.

Validation Theory (2013)
Writer Ermir Bakraci
Director Ermir Bakraci
Producer Jared Ross King
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ValidationTheory
Running Time 6:54
Synopsis: A couple’s relationship begins to quickly unravel when the discovery of a nursing home brochure causes their hidden intentions and subdued sentiments come to light.

The Door (2013)
Writer Randy Larioz
Director Randy Larioz
Producer Randy Larioz
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheDoorMoviePage
Running Time 15:31
Synopsis: A psychological thriller about a man walking down a long, silent country road unaware of how, or why he is there. Soon a mysterious door appears out of nowhere, unlocking his recent past and ultimately sealing his fate.

Waiting (2012)
Writer Chris Beemer
Director Chris Beemer
Producer Chris Beemer
Running Time 6:57
Synopsis: A man gets a phone call late at night from his wife requesting a small favor… To go into the attic. He knows something waits for him in the darkness.

Only TWO more Slams left in 2013:

  • September 15, 2013
  • October 13, 2013
  • (FilmSlam 2014 begins in December 2013…)

Also notable, the 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase on November 23 & 24th (which, alongside the Florida Film Festival, preempts FilmSlam). Click this link to find out more information.

 

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Enzian FilmSlam Results: July 2013

www.enzian.org/film/filmslam/

Audience Vote Results for July 2013:

  1. Bittersweet (2013)
  2. Director: Grant Martin (http://www.facebook.com/themoviebittersweet)

  3. Gifts (2013)
    Director/Writer: Forrest Hughes (http://www.gifts-movie.com)
  4. Lend A Hand (2013)
    Director/Producer/Writer: Tyler Falbo (https://vimeo.com/tylerfalbo)

 

Remaining FilmSlam 2013 dates:

  • August 11, 2013
  • September 15, 2013
  • October 13, 2013
  • (FilmSlam 2014 begins in December 2013…)

Also notable, the 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase on November 23 & 24th (which, alongside the Florida Film Festival, preempts FilmSlam). Click this link to find out more information.


Enzian FilmSlam this Sunday, July 14

Enzian FilmSlam. It’s FREE to submit. Tickets are only $5. You get to check out your work on the big screen in front of an audience of people who aren’t (necessarily) your parents. There’s a Director Q&A after the screening, plenty of networking time afterward at Eden Bar… what filmmaker WOULDN’T take advantage of this?!

This month’s program includes many of the usual suspects, some returning familiar faces and a couple of new ones:

July 2013, 1pm

**denotes past Indie Cinema Showcase featured filmmaker

Remaining FilmSlam 2013 dates:

  • August 11, 2013
  • September 15, 2013
  • October 13, 2013
  • (FilmSlam 2014 begins in December 2013…)

Also notable, the 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase on November 23 & 24th (which, alongside the Florida Film Festival, preempts FilmSlam). Click this link to find out more information.


Orlando’s Abyssmal Entertainment Unleashes Fiend Fatale

ICS past guest, Steven Shea (Abyssmal Entertainment), just released his latest short film called “Fiend Fatale,” a proof of concept brand conceived here in Central Florida. FIEND FATALE is a horror-adventure film, about five sisters, a vampire, zombie, werewolf, demon and mermaid, cloned from the DNA of extinct monsters, thrust into the modern world and facing off against the government, terrorists and themselves. You may notice some familiar faces in this piece including local actress and presenter, Tracy Wiu, actor and past Popcorn Gallery panelist, Chris Greene and even a small cameo by our former host and current Enzian FilmSlam programmer and host, Tim Anderson! (If you look real close, you’ll notice Cronin… as in Terry Cronin from Students of the Unusual and our MegaCon special!)

Their Vimeo page states, “This project is currently seeking financing, and being shopped around to different studios, executives and financiers. We have created a brand that contains a Proof-Of-Concept Short Film, Comic Book, Video Game App, as well as possibilities for a Television Series and Sequel potentials.” Perhaps Orlando, nay the world, will be seeing a lot more of these ladies in the near future…

If you’re an Android user, check out the app! It’s called “Fiend Fatale: Stairwell to Heaven.”

Now available for download in the Google Play Store!

Now available for download in the Google Play Store!

 

Related: 

Troma Entertainment, Inc. releases Florida lensed Doomsday County

Fiend Fatale on Facebook


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