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Film Festival News

Saturday, 16 August, 2014 9:16 PM

2014 Trinity International Film Festival announces award-winning presentations

Photo by Glenn Kujansuu

Emcee Marshalle Montgomery (left) announce the top honors from the 2014 Trinity International Film Festival. Top laurels went to Raymond Rolak with "Get A Job," Serena Dykman with "The Doorman" and Walter V. Marshall with "A Love That Hurts." Co-director of the T.I.F.F., Greg Taylor, watches from the right.

 

 

by Jacek Adamski
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

 

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DETROIT -- "Get a Job" the comedy made in Hawaii and directed by Detroit native son Brian Kohne took top honors for a full feature film, while "The Doorman" filmed in New York by director Serena Dykman took top accolades for a short. This was at the eighth annual Trinity International Film Festival held at the Carr Art Center. Full attendance watched on two screens as 44 films from 14 countries were being showcased. Director Walter V. Marshall of Southfield, Michigan got the other top award as Best New Artist for the full feature, "A Love That Hurts."

Raymond Rolak, another native Detroiter and one of the producers from "Get a Job" was on hand to receive their award and said, “The people of Hawaii were the real stars of the film. Also, Brian Kohne weaved the musical talents of Willie K and Eric Gilliom along with the other world class island entertainers masterfully. The film and music video were giant grand slam homeruns. The jokes, pratfalls and island humor in the screenplay are all added value to leaving viewers thoroughly entertained.”

Belgium born Serena Dykman said at the afterglow, “I am totally thrilled for my cast and crew. This award really validates all the hard work that went into the project. Manhattan was the star of our project. As a writer I see so many more stories coming from New York City. This award documents a team effort.”

Winners of this year’s best feature and short film categories received a professional prize pack from Sony that included more than $3,500 worth of Sony Vegas editing software and sound effects.

Marshalle Montgomery, festival co-director said, “We tried to expose a wide variety of feature and short films for people to enjoy, everything from action, drama, animation and comedy — we definitely have movies that captured attention.”

The mission statement of the film festival, now in its eighth year, is “to provide a multicultural festival experience.” Festival co-director Gregory Taylor added, “With the showing of all these culturally diverse independent films, I know we hit the mark. If people are entertained we did our job.”

Nate Hapke, now of Los Angeles and recently graduated from Syracuse University got the special Emerging Talent Award for the short "Alvie." The Festival Choice Award went to Carlonese Powell of Detroit for the 15 minute short, Trapped, The Ultimate Sacrifice"

A unique offering of youth oriented shorts was screened on Saturday. Overall, the $10 admission ticket allowed for two days of all-access viewing. The festival also had a category to showcase the work of local filmmakers. Detroit filmmakers with presentations included directors, Ashley Kay Evans, Mida Chu, Anthony Green, Darren Brown, Walter V. Marshall, Carlonese Powell, Gregory Dockery and producer, Raymond Rolak.

For more information about the Trinity International Film Festival, visit, http://trinityinternationalfilmfest.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_4.html

Related Stories: Wayne State University to Showcase Films as Moving-Media and DWIFF to Kick Off at DIA; “Get A Job” the Movie from Hawaii Impresses with Laughs and Soundtrack

 

 

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Trinity International Film Festival poster

 

 

 

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