This past weekend's edition of FilmSlam, Enzian's monthly showcase for local filmmakers competing for an automatic bye into December's Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase, got a nice boost from an article in Saturday's Orlando Sentinel. Movie Critic Roger Moore wrote favorably about the program's second year in residence at Enzian after getting its start at the now-defunct Downtown Media Arts Center (DMAC), and FilmSlam founder John Theisen was able to make some valid points about its virtues and place in our community. The man even got an accompanying color mug shot--nice job, John!
All this attention translated into a very nice crowd of more than 115 filmmakers, friends, family, cinema lovers, and the merely curious on a hot and steamy July afternoon in sunny Orlando. The big winner for lucky FilmSlam # 7 was Kevin Provost's OVIEDO CHICKENS, an amusing doc short about the large population of free roaming chickens that have managed to become part of the fabric of downtown Oviedo life. 2nd place went to THE MONSTER UNDER MY BED, Todd Thompson's comic thriller follow-up to last year's MR. BUBBS--poor little Samantha...And finally, 3rd place went to Sean Heyboer's FEBRUARY STARS, in which a young deaf man must deal with the impending death of his grandmother. Congratulations to all the winners and filmmakers who participated, and we'll see you at Slam # 8 on August 10 for a whole new batch of short films from Central Floridians.