Sunday, November 7, 2010
2010 DOWNBEACH FILM FESTIVAL ATLANTIC CITY CINEFEST - FESTIVAL WRAP UP
Several films at the 2010 Atlantic City Cinefest held at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, NJ won five awards each including A Fight for Survival, which stars Keith Collins, Theresa Galeani, and Nicholas Boise, who wrote and directed the film. Other five time award winners: the California marijuana dispensary spoof, Green; and the powerful short drama, Rainbow Rabbit Reliant, produced and starring Stephanie and Josh Casaubon.
The coming of age comedy, Taking a Shot at Love, written and directed by Jeanne Taylor Shapiro. No Footing, Stained and Murphy Goes....Babysitting each won four trophies. No Footing was the feature film from Rowan University film school alumnus, Michael Licisyn, who won the award for Best Local South Jersey feature. Stained is the uplifting drama about a Christmas miracle, starring former Chameleon winner, Louis Mandylor, who took home an award for best actor in a dramatic short. Erik Argenti and Jolie Kelvin won awards as producers. Murphy Goes....Babysitting - the first of the Murphy Goes series - got recognized as the best ensemble for a short, and best director for a comedic short, Ola Alabi, among other recognitions.
"It honestly meant a lot to have the film receive as much praise as it did, It's been an uplifting experience," Licisyn said.
Chris Mulkey was named this year's Chameleon Award winner. Catch Mulkey as Jersey City mayor, Frank Hague, in Boardwalk Empire. Mulkey hung out at dusk in Caesars Friday night of the festival, and spent a lot of time at Bally’s Wild Wild West next door.
Marc Clebanoff and Frank Krueger oversaw a panel on new media content. They screened Darkness Descending and No Clean Break, both episodic web series.
"It really was a great time at the film festival," Collins said. "I already have it marked down for next year."
Produced by Downbeach Film Festival, the 2011 Atlantic City Cinefest will be held October 14 to 16.
For more details, visit www.downbeachfilmfestival.org