As the heat index in Central Florida climbs over the century mark and the supermarket parking lot blacktop actually feels impressionable to the step, local film lovers once again flocked to the AC-cooled environs of the monthly FilmSlam at Enzian. This past Sunday's slightly shorter (but no less dynamic) line-up of local efforts drew a nice crowd of nearly 80 on the final day of what was to many a holiday weekend. Perhaps a few even stayed for the mid-afternoon matinee of LA VIE EN ROSE that packed the house (and the courtyard).
This month's audience winner was Fred Zara's CONFESSIONS OF AN ITALIAN AMERICAN, a 16 minute short doc about the filmmaker's father, Joe--the son of an Italian railroad worker who came to the U.S. during the immigration boom of the early 20th century. Honorable mentions went to Brett Ryan Bonowicz' BASEBALL AND GLORY, a drama about a baseball player questioning life after he loses a loved one in a sudden accident, and Jon Jones' THE SAND MAGICIAN, in which a man conjures up some salty stew in the likeness of a sea goddess. Kudos to Jon for the novelty of presenting his film with a live score, and congratulations to all of the filmmakers who participated.
Four more months of FilmSlams and Audience Award winners and we'll have ourselves a nice start to December's FFF 2008-qualifying Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase. Keep up the good work Co-Producers and Co-Hosts Brian Feldman and John Thiesen, Florida filmmakers, and our loyal FilmSlam attendees!