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12/7/10

Best of the Mitten Movie Project - Main Art Royal Oak - TONIGHT 12/7

 
 
THE 12/7 BEST OF THE MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT: 
A NIGHT TO HONOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS AND ARTISTS

 
It's the best of the best at the 12/7 Mitten Movie Project! 
 
The December MMP pits the Audience Choice Award winners from the past year against
each other for the coveted 2010 Short of the Year Award.  Out of 177 shorts and
trailers screened this past year, the field has narrowed to 14 shorts for this
special night.  And as a special thank you to the filmmakers, Curator Connie
Mangilin has asked local independent artists to create custom-made Audience
Choice Award certificates in their own style of art. 

 
Local artists have all graciously donated their time (and talent) to create
these awards -- pieces of art that the filmmakers will be able to take home with
them at the end of the night (and hopefully cherish the rest of their filmmaking
careers).  Bringing together independent filmmakers and artists, the 12/7 Best
of the Mitten Movie Project is a convergence and celebration of independent art,
and a fine example of the depth of talent in this area. 

 
The Best of the Mitten Movie Project takes place on Tuesday, December 7th at
7:30 p.m. at the Main Art Theatre (118 N. Main Street, Royal Oak 48067)
Tickets at the door are $10 
For more information and a full program description, go to
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121707104527056
 
A 13-person jury will vote for "Short of the Year" from the shorts below.  This
jury will be comprised of seven independent filmmakers and six random laypeople
from the audience (people who do not work in film or in the entertainment
industry -- the true moviegoing audience).

 
IN SCREENING ORDER
 
PART I: 1 HOUR, 18 MINUTES
 
"Avabot" (Jan MMP) * MARK SENGBUSCH (artist)
"Giggin'" (Oct MMP) * CHAZZ MILLER (artist)
"Bare Witness" (Sept MMP – 3 way tie) * PHILLIP MASON (artist)
"The Happy Ending" (Sept MMP – 3 way tie) * ANGELICA BUSQUE (artist)
"Coyote" (April MMP) * CHRISTIAN BARR (artist)
"Purple Heart's Final Beat" (May MMP) * JERRY SHIRTS (artist)
"Return of the Skin Eaters" (Nov MMP) * STEPHANIE SWEET (artist)
 
AWARDS PRESENTATION
15-MINUTE INTERMISSION
 
PART II: 1 HOUR, 32 MINUTES
 
"Doctor Reddy" (Feb MMP) * EVANS TASIOPOULOS (artist)
"A Council of War" (July MMP - tie) * JORDAN BRUN (artist)
"It's Your Life" (June MMP) * RON ZAKRIN (artist)
"The Window" (March MMP) * ELECTRIC OTTO (artist)
"May-December Winds" (Aug MMP) * SARAH LAPINSKI (artist)
"R.E.M." (Sept MMP – 3 way tie) * CHRIS TURNER (artist)
 "Still Me" (July MMP - tie) * JOEY MERCHANT (artist)
 
2010 Short of the Year Award * BILLY WEST (artist)
2010 Best of the Mitten Movie Project Awards * MATT FEAZELL (artist)
 
The 12/7 Best of the Mitten Movie Project screening pairs independent artists
with independent filmmakers with the theme being the very shorts the filmmakers
created.  Each artist was given their choice on which short they wanted to
adapt, then given a copy of the DVD (or sent an online link), and lastly chose a
medium to use (canvas, gessoboard, a film reel canister or any medium they
prefer to work with).  The artists were told they could do whatever they wanted
with the piece (100% creative freedom) -- so long as it was in their own style
of art and four phrases were on the piece: the name of the short, Mitten Movie
Project, Audience Choice Award, and the month that the short won.  Filmmakers
(with the exception of the Short of the Year Award) will be able to take their
award certificate/artwork home that night. 

 
HOMORABLE MENTION
(these shorts will not be screened on 12/7, in alphabetical order):
 
ALL SALES FINAL (Dir. Michael Pfaendtner), AUCTION SALE (Dir. Michael
Pfaendtner), BIRTHDAY (Dir. Jerry White, Jr.), BOY SCOUT (Dir. Adam Angler),
CITY KIDS (Dir. Joseph C. Krause), CLASSICALLY TRAINED (Dir. P. S. Dean), THE
COMMANDANT  (Dir. Stephen Pell), DEATH IN CHARGE (Dir. Devi Snively), THE FARMER
AND THE PHILOSOPHER (Detroit Lives!), THE FOREST ARMS HANGING GARDENS (Single
Barrel Detroit), THE MESSAGE (Dir. Mike Zawacki), MOTHER FUNKER'S FRIED CHICKEN
(Dir. Electric Otto), PAINT A BURNT HOUSE (Dir. Stephen McGhee), PIGMENT (Dir.
Kyle Dufendach), ROBO ROBB & MOONCHILD: INTRO (Dir. Electric Otto), ROCK THE
PAPER WITH SCISSORS (Dir. Tanya Brown), ILENT FILM STAR VS THE UNDEAD (Dir.
Michael Benni Pierce), SNIPPY PSA (Dirs. Tom Gurisko & John Mollon), THE
STRIPPERS GUIDE TO FIGHTING TERRORISM (Dir. Ken Kuykendall), SUMMER SPEED (Dir.
Adam Leideker), THIEF, INTERRUPTED (Dir. Daniel Conway), TURBO (Dir. Jarrett Lee
Conaway), THE ZOMBIE PARADOX (Dir. Bradley Jones), ZOMBIES & CIGARETTES (Dir.
Rafael Martinez)
 
The Mitten Movie Project would like to thank Robert del Valle for helping secure
artists for the award certificate art pieces, Mike Dereniewski of TQR&R
Productions for his DVD authoring services, Ruth Flynn of Connective Casting and
Jeff Stetson for their donations, and the many local businesses that donated
swag for the gift bags.  Businesses like the Ann Arbor Area Film Office, Bureau
of Urban Living, Burton Theatre, Chazzano's Coffee, Community Media Network,
Crain's Detroit, Detroit Independent Film Festival, Detroit Lives!, Detroit
Windsor International Film Festival, Handmade Detroit, Hour Detroit, Macomb
County Film Office, Michigan Movie Magazine, Michigan VUE, Oakland County Film
Office, Oakland University Student Video Production, Queen of Cups Catering &
Craft Service, Recyclean, Specs Howard, Warm Earth Studios, Wayne County Film
Initiative, WDET, and Yelp! all donated items for the gift bags that will be
given to the honored filmmakers, artists, award jury, Mitten Movie Show crew,
and Mitten Movie Project assistants. 

 
The Mitten Movie Project is a monthly film festival dedicated to screening
independent films the first Tuesday of every month at the Main Art Theatre in
Royal Oak.  Presale tickets are available for $8 by e-mailing
mangilc@yahoo.com.  Tickets at the door are $10 (cash only).  A pre-screening
reception starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Art lobby where moviegoers can mingle
with the directors, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts.  After the
screening, a Q&A session will be conducted with the filmmakers in the theatre. 
An afterglow party will be held at Mr. B's (215 S. Main Street) – walking
distance from the Main Art Theatre -- to end the night's activities.  To submit
a film for consideration in the festival, visit facebook.com/mittenmovieproject
for submission and technical guidelines.  Submission is free.  Screeners may be
sent by DVD or online link.  The Main Art Theatre is located at 118 N. Main
Street, Royal Oak, MI.