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Monday, 12 March, 2012 10:42 AM

Michael McCallum honored as Michigan Independent Filmmaker of the Year at 3rd Annual MI Film Awards

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Michael McCallum accepted the Michigan Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award for his film, Slow Burn.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Michael McCallum was named the Michigan Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award for his film, Slow Burn. "Movies are really important to me, they are like family," he said. "Thanks to the cast and crew on all the projects. We love Michigan and we are not going anywhere whether the incentives stay or go." The third annual Michigan Film Awards ceremony took place during the 2012 Uptown Film Festival on Saturday evening.

Peter Nelson accepted the Michigan Filmmaker of the Year award for the films Hostel 3, Sparkle and Swat Firefight. Nelson is the Senior Vice President of Production for Stage 6 Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. He has been working for Sony since 1999. He has supervised production of more than 90 motion pictures during his 13-year career.

Nelson was an actor for a number of years, then went into producing. He said he is fortunate to come to Michigan and meet a lot of talented people. "Michigan is a great place to shoot and will continue to be a great place to shoot," he said.

Sasha Reuther won the Best Documentary-Feature award for her film, Brothers On The Line. "This award goes to all the workers of the Michigan union," Reuther said.

The award for Best Feature-Domestic or International went to Blood on Canvas produced by Wendy Campbell and directed by Gerard Pizarro.

Director Olivier Morel accepted the Best Documentary-Domestic or International award for On the Bridge. "This award goes to the Iraq and Afghan veterans," Morel said. "I want to thank the courage of one family who talked about the challenge and trauma of war."

Director Kristen Miller accepted the Best Michigan Animated Film Award for her movie, Heart Shaped Man.

Randy Richardville won the Film Advocacy Award. "We are excited about the jobs in our state, the carpenters, make up artists and restaurants," he said. "Let's celebrate the industry. My job has been about relationships. Thank you very much."

The award for Best Editing-Feature went to Nick Ferguson and Bryan D. Hopkins for Dirty Energy. Hopkins said he went to California with $200 in his pocket and a bag of groceries. "It was an amazing journey."

Director Sophia Kruz accepted the Best Michigan Editing-Short Award for her film, Time Dances On. She says the movie features her mom and dad.

The award for Best Michigan Original Score-Feature went to John R. Graham for Alleged. Fred Foote accepted this award on his behalf.

Jasmine Rivera accepted the Best Director-Short award for her film, Nain Rouge. Rivera said she filmed in New York and Los Angeles, but Michigan has soul.

Rico Bruce Wade accepted the Best Michigan Actor-Short award for the film American Terrorist. "Thanks to the writers for giving me a script that scared the hell out of me," Wade said.

The award for Best Michigan Supporting Actor-Short went to Robert Wisdom for Bright. In addition, the award for Best Michigan Cinematography-Short went to Armando Bellesteros for Bright. Wisdom and Bellesteros couldn't make it because they were in Los Angeles at the time of the ceremony.

Additional award winners include:

  • Andrew Bowler won the Best Domestic-Short award for his film, Time Freak
  • The award for Best Director-Feature went to Todd Hines for Alleged
  • Nathan West won the Best Actor-Feature award for his role in Alleged
  • The award for Best Michigan Experimental Film went to Patient Spider, directed by Peter Sparling
  • Nia Long won the Best Actress-Feature award for her role in Mooz-lum
  • The Best Michigan Student Film went to American Terrorist, directed by MSU's Ben Sherman
  • Roger Guenveur Smith won the Best Supporting Actor-Feature award for his role in Mooz-lum
  • The award for Best Michigan Short Film went to Nain Rouge directed by James J. Yi
  • Lauren Mae Schafer won the Best Michigan Supporting Actress-Short award for her role in Lifeless
  • The award for Best Cinematography-Feature went to Somewhere West, directed by Adam Benn
  • Charly Bivona won the Best Michigan Actress-Short award for her role in Down to Sleep
  • The award for Best Screenplay-Feature went to Jasmine Rivera for Nain Rouge
  • Ashley Johnson won the Best Supporting Actress-Feature award for Alleged. She also starred in The Help
  • The award for Best Michigan Documentary went to New York Accent directed by Caleb Slain
  • Fred Foote won the Best Michigan Feature Film award for Alleged, which was filmed at Crossroads Village
  • The award for Best Experimental-Domestic or International went to Mirages directed by Lara Celenza

Jeff Spilman, Co-Executive Director on the Film Festival Board, announced the two charities. "We are partnered with Gleaners Food Bank and Defeat the Label, an organization on bullying." The film Bully will be out on March 30.

Lee Thomas of WJBK-TV Fox 2 News hosted the award ceremony. Movies must have been filmed in or around our borders of Michigan. There were 120 films submitted this year. These submissions were narrowed down to the best 60 shorts and full-length films.

Related Story: Amy S. Weber named Michigan Independent Filmmaker of the Year at 2nd Annual MI Film Awards

 

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Lee Thomas of WJBK-TV Fox 2 News hosted the Award Ceremony. He read the rules of the filmmakers. Movies must have been filmed in or around our borders of Michigan. There were 120 films submitted this year. These submissions were narrowed down to the best 60 shorts and full-length films.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Jeff Spilman, Co-Executive Director on the Film Festival Board, announced the two charities. "We are partnered with Gleaners Food Bank and Defeat the Label, an organization on bullying." The film Bully will be out on March 30.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The award for Best Michigan Experimental Film went to Patient Spider, directed by Peter Sparling. She accepted the award on his behalf.

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Director Kristen Miller accepted the Best Michigan Animated Film Award for her movie, Heart Shaped Man.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Best Michigan Student Film went to American Terrorist, directed by MSU's Ben Sherman. Curtis accepted his award.

 

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