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