The 2013 Mitten Movie Project Audience Choice Award winners go head to head for the coveted Short of the Year Award!
BEST OF THE MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT – PROGRAM NOTES
Tuesday, December 3rd
Main Art Theatre • Royal Oak, Michigan
Screening Time - 7:30 pm • Pre-screening Reception - 6:30 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets $8 by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org • Tickets at door $10
The Mitten Movie Project is a monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent short films the first Tuesday of every month at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak. Presale tickets are available for $8 by e-mailing email@example.com. Tickets at the door are $10 (cash only). There will be a special ticket discount for charity: bring gloves/mittens ($5 off) or bring 5 cans ($5 off). 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. An awards ceremony will be held during intermission. There will be no formal Q&A at the 12/3 Best of the MMP. 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. The Short of Year Award will be announced at the afterparty. To submit a film for consideration in the festival, visit facebook.com/
IN SCREENING ORDER
PART I: 1 hour, 32 minutes
3 THE HARD WAY [narrative] – TAGSTONE Media (07:49) (Michigan) (2012) Three screw-up cops at the bottom of the barrel get their hands on a case straight from the top. They set off on a chase in search of drugs, a dealer, and their elusive respect. Starring Paris Jones, Charlie Newhart, and Franco Pulice. Directed by Andre J. Ray. www.tagstonemedia.com JANUARY 2013 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER.
SOMETIMES IN DETROIT [documentary] - GSG Films (10:17) (Michigan) (2011) A gregarious Detroit club owner who played a part in the city's storied past becomes hopeful for its unwritten future after he discovers a musician living nearby and a new young crowd frequenting his bar. The film’s ensemble cast and dedicated crew all hail from Detroit. Starring Larry Mongo, Jeremy Freer & Kaylan Mitchell (The Juliets), Ian Link, Tiffany Gazic, Detroit Party Marching Band, and many more familiar faces. Directed by Geoff George. www.gsgfilms.com MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT – DETROIT NIGHT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER.
STATIC [narrative] – Whatantics Entertainment (23:30) (Michigan) (2013) A couple’s perfect world is compromised by the arrival of a stranger in this post-apocalyptic tale. This ode to independent film stars Bryant T. Stemen, Kate Sharp, and Jason Kupser. Written and produced by Jeff Turner. Directed by Denn Pietro. www.whatantics.com JUNE 2013 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER.
H00KED [documentary] – First to Last Productions (10:01) (Michigan) (2012) In the style of the popular television show “Intervention,” a documentary crew follows Tim, a young man with a strange addiction. Starring Billy Hinbern. Cinematography by Charles W. Brandt. Written by Gavin Bates. Directed by Jeremy Olstyn. www.jeremyolstyn.com MARCH 2013 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER.
LIFELESS [narrative] – The CineMa Co. and AxeFin Productions (18:46) (Michigan) (2011) When Devin (Axel Harney) receives a painful letter, it throws his life in crisis. He becomes a creature of the night seeking life’s addictions, until he meets Sheryl (Lauren Mae Schafer) who puts his painful journey into question. This dark provocative film explores loss and how it affects those around us. Written and directed by A.S. Ghosh. Cinematography by Douglas Akers. MAY 2013 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER.
VALHALLA BLUES [narrative] – Visionhook Productions (22:50) (Michigan) (2013) Ed and James are two venturesome youths with questionable intentions. Driven by their highly developed sense of honor, they recruit their best friend with the promise to fulfill his carefully devised plan in a blaze of friendship and glory. Starring Mike Flavin and Ted Neda. Directed by Peter Skorupskas. www.facebook.com/pages/
PART II: 1 hour, 23 minutes
THE FLASH – SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING [fan video] - Planetarium Pictures (13:04) (Michigan) (2013) Heartbroken, Barry Allen closes himself off from the rest of the world and perfects a chemical compound that could change medicine as we know it. Unbeknownst to him, he creates something that defies the laws of physics . . . and it changes his life forever. Starring Jordan Webb. Directed by Shawn Shaman. www.planetariumpictures.co
OPEN CITY [narrative] – Burned Bridge Filmworks (13:06) (Michigan) (2012) Summertime in Detroit. The last days before school begins once more. As Derrick, Tariq and Deshawn wander through the strange, desolate landscape of their hometown, they can talk of nothing but Shauna, the prettiest girl in school, and later make a grisly discovery that may shatter them forever. “Open City” captures youth in its rarest moments -- the time in a child’s life when there’s a shift, when innocence is lost and everything changes. Directed by Tracey D. Sims. www.facebook.com/
THE BELEFAIRE HOUSE [narrative] - Directed by Steve Killius (23:56) (Michigan) (2012) A colorblind maid who desires only love and freedom takes drastic measures to escape her wretched employer and the darkness of the Belefaire house. OCTOBER 2013 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER.
TRAIL [trailer short] - Trail Productions, Inc. (14:29) (Michigan) (in production) Mike and his newfound friend, Ryan, venture off on a weekend trip to northern Michigan. At first the trip starts off with ease, but once time sets in, the trails of their lives catch up with them. Starring Matthew Turner Shelton and Andy Rathburg. Written and directed by Phillip Lupo, Jr. www.facebook.com/
DAYPLANNER OF THE DEAD [narrative] – Grindley Studios (17:48) (Michigan) (2013) A hilarious new Zom-Com from Grindley Studios featuring appearances by horror legends Kyra Schon, Gary Streiner and Tom Sullivan. Directed by John J. Wisniewski. NOV 2013 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT – ZOMBIE NIGHT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER.
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Each production receives two comp tickets to the screening and a VIP bag stocked with lots of filmmaking goodies, swag, and gift certificates. An awards presentation will take place at the intermission where the filmmakers will receive custom one-of-a-kind audience choice award art pieces/awards.
In past years, a combined score from 13 randomly selected audience members and a 13 person hand-picked independent filmmaker jury determined the MMP Short of the Year. Due to some odd voting patterns between the three voting blocks (audience, indie filmmakers, press), the 2013 Short of the Year Award will now be determined by a cumulative score from all three voting panels. There will not be a MMP Press Award this year.
The indie filmmakers, the audience, and movie/entertainment press all feed off each other. Filmmakers must hone their craft, but they need an audience to watch their films. Press can make audiences aware of films by their coverage and can influence moviegoers (and sometimes filmmakers). Filmmakers have a love/hate relationship with the press. This symbiotic relationship between all three voting blocks is why all three will now be used to determine the Short of the Year.