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“Fortunate Son” Wins $ 10,000 Grand Prize In First Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival

Kutztown, Pa. (PRWEB) January 20, 2006

“Fortunate Son,” a touching short film about a Vietnam War veteran directed by Quinn Saunders and starring Joe Spano, won the $ 10,000 grand prize in the First Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival.

The award was presented January 12, 2006 at a special ceremony at the legendary Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Theater in New York City.

Competing against the winner were “I Killed Zoe Day,” written and directed by Powell Weaver; “Life or Breath,” written and directed by Steve Desmond; and “SmartCard,” directed by James Oxford. The runners-up received prize packages from the festival’s sponsors, WriteBrothers, gettyimages® and Akimbo. Other sponsors of the festival and the awards ceremony included Withoutabox, Zyr, Sposto Interactive, CMP Books, Station Avenue Productions and Chanterelle’s Catering.

A native of Mt. Holly, N.J., Saunders graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University and was accepted into the University of Southern California’s Film Production Program in the spring of 2000. He was awarded an MFA in August 2003 and later worked with leading director Robert Zemeckis. “Fortunate Son” is a result of that mentoring.

“‘Fortunate Son’ is an incredibly moving film and we are honored to have drawn that caliber of production to our first festival. The same is true for the three other finalists for our grand prize, as well as all of the films that we received. Haydenfilms is looking forward to Season Two of our festival that will begin on August 30, 2006,” said Hayden Craddolph, president and founder of Haydenfilms.

The Haydenfilms Online Film Festival is among the first fully online festivals and began in October 2004 as a way for independent filmmakers to showcase their works on the Internet. Thirty-six films were selected as finalists in Season One of the festival that ran from August 30 to October 30, 2005. The top four films are being shown on http://www.haydenfilms.com through the end of August, 2006.

Finalists for Season One of the Haydenfilms Online Film Festival submitted short films of 35 minutes or less that were reviewed by a unique, professional judging panel of eight national media professors and film industry experts. Each judge viewed and voted on the films and the top 36 were made available for online member voting. Entries included student submissions, animated works and documentaries. The Haydenfilms Online Film Festival was the first to accept all short films regardless of genre and the first to offer a $ 10,000 grand prize.

Haydenfilms LLC, founded in 2001, is an independent film production and distribution company based in Kutztown, Pa. Its mission is to create and foster an online network of independent and student film producers and to provide the support and resources necessary for filmmakers to succeed. The Haydenfilms website provides industry news, job and resume posting, message boards and shopping for filmmaking software and equipment.

For more details on the Second Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival, as well as other Haydenfilms programs and events, visit http://www.haydenfilms.com.

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David Gonzales

(Vocus) June 10, 2008

Short films about a woman who makes art out of bugs, a look at surfing on the Snake River, and profiles of ski makers and kite enthusiasts secured first prize for David Gonzales of Jackson as winner of the first Wyoming Short Film Contest. Gonzales accepted the honor in a ceremony last night at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. “I was surprised and honored to receive this recognition. It’s exciting to find out my work seems to be heading down the right path,” Gonzales said. He will be awarded $ 25,000 from the Wyoming Film Office.

“We started this contest to help promote filming in Wyoming. One of the requirements was that the storyline had to be about Wyoming somehow and David’s work was judged by a panel of Wyoming people with a wide variety of production experience,” noted Michell Howard, film office manager. Gonzales’ features were premiered in Jackson yesterday. The prize money will go toward production of his next film which will be shot in the state. Howard says the state film office received more submissions than anticipated. “We were pleased with the response and the quality of the films,” she added.

Gonzales studied screen writing in college and began his working life as a writer for the Dallas Morning News. He spent many years writing travel articles and as a still photographer. “If the way that we’re transmitting all our information these days in online then it seems like you should be trying to use the full extent of the computer’s and the Internet’s capability to communicate your message – and that’s really video,” he said. Gonzales believes he could make a full-length feature film using the prize money from the state. “I didn’t realize what the film office was doing to boost our work. It is greatly appreciated.”

Howard said the Jackson Hole Film Institute worked in partnership with her office to host classes for grip and electrical workers during the event this past week. “We have to build more of a crew base – an infrastructure. If Wyoming is going to get more film projects local resources are essential,” she said.

The main attraction for filmmakers is Wyoming’s recently instituted film incentive program which offers up to a fifteen percent rebate on production dollars spent in the state if a minimum of $ 500,000 is budgeted for a project. “The legislature believed in what we wanted to do. We were losing a lot of production to other states and countries, like Canada, and if Wyoming was going to gain back lost ground we had to level the playing field,” Howard asserted.

The short film winners are going to be available for pubic viewing on the state tourism website – www.wyomingtourism.org later this week.


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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 24, 2006

Most design teams only dream about the recognition and confirmation of their creativity and talent being seen by others. Wander Graphics’ and Wander Films’ creative team of Joshua Clark and Aaron Weber can watch their award-winning film along with hundreds of thousands of viewers at 10:45 pm EST, Sunday, September 24, 2006 on the IFC, Independent Film Channel, when their short, Wander, airs to a national audience.

No stranger to awards, Wander, the short, winner of the Ivy Film Festival for best experiential short film, tells the story of a young boy as he navigates the hard and dangerous streets of the inner city. On his journey he discovers a glass jar with a magic light that leads him into a better world, where anger is transformed into love. Directed by Joshua Clark and produced by Aaron Weber, both graduates of the School of Visual Arts bring these creative skills to their work in Wander Graphics, www.wandergraphics.com

The firm works in graphics, film and music to tell the client’s story in a unique and engaging way. From websites, special effects and directive photography, Clark and Weber share a passion evident in their portfolio.

“Often the world thinks of design as separate piece or a product, like a website. For us design is the integral whole of our client’s message, which emerges not just as the end product but an experience of color, movement and experience,” states Weber, “We listen for the outcome and deliver the highest quality product that is an expression of the business.”

For a short film, Wander, has garnered a lot of attention and has been selected for numerous national and international film festivals including, Chicago, Rhode Island, Atlanta, and most recently, the Australian Film Festival. The film is also available for viewing at Wander Films, www.wanderfilms.com and on the Media Lab website at www.ifc.com/medialab The firm transfers the director’s eye and producer’s vision to all facets of their work, especially photography:

“As filmmakers we approach photography from a uniquely different viewpoint. Step into our world and we will handle the creative and production aspects of a shoot with the same precision and results we have utilized in our award winning filmmaking,” states Director Joshua Clark.

For more information on Wander Film and Graphics suite of products and services, please visit www.wanderfilms.com or call 323-230-7361. For interviews, please contact their Los Angeles based representative, Maureen O’Crean at 310-379-9620 or email through her website at www.maureenocrean.com


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