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The Disconnect” and “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot" Dominate Fourth annual renton FilmFrenzy Awards

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FilmFrenzy2011With Curvee Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Screenwriter, “The Disconnect” won top honors at the fourth annual Renton FilmFrenzy Curvee Awards Gala on Tuesday, October 25, while “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” won the popular vote during the Renton FilmFrenzy Screening on Monday, October 24.

This year’s competition featured seven student crews and ten Open Division filmmaking teams. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, October 7, filmmakers had 50 hours to complete their film, with the movie completely shot in Renton. The filmmakers also had to incorporate three CurveBall challenges into their work: a line of dialogue about aerospace in Renton, a scene filmed at the Renton Harvest Festival or Chamber Business Expo, and a piece of public art in Renton.

The four-minute masterpieces were on display during Monday’s Renton FilmFrenzy Screening at the Renton Civic Theatre, Tuesday night at the Curvee Awards Gala at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, and at three downtown Renton locations during the Downtown Renton FilmTalk on Wednesday night.

Over 150 fans of film enjoyed the First Annual Renton FilmFrenzy Screening at the Renton Civic Theatre. Everyone in attendance received a ballot and had the opportunity to vote for their favorite film. The producers of the most popular film, “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot,” received a Curvee Award at the Gala on Tuesday night.

During the Gala, winning filmmakers received a Curvee Award and $1,700 in cash was awarded to the top films. More than 200 people attended the Gala, which was hosted by KING 5 Television’s Jim Dever.

This year’s Curvee Award Winners were:

Best Picture and $500: “The Disconnect”

Open Division Award Winners
First Prize and $250: “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot”

Second Prize and $250: “First Day of My Life”

Third Prize and $250: “Framed In Time”

Student Division Award Winners

First Prize and $250: “The Bathroom Effect”

Second Prize and $250: “H.D.F.D.”

Third Prize and $250: “Raymond’s Film”

Best Actor: John Wu, “The Disconnect”

TheFilmSchool Best Screenwriter: “The Disconnect”

Renton FilmFrenzy Screening Award: “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot”

Reel Grrls Outstanding Woman Producer: Queenelle Gazmen, “H.D.F.D.”

Best Use of Renton: “Armed Comrodery”

Special Judges Award:

Ray Austill
Jake Gabrielson
Cooper Hanisco
Aiko Luckasavage

This year’s judges included Dustin Kaspar, Seattle International Film Festival; Dan Molvar, MagicHour Films; Jim Dever, KING 5 TV; Bill Huls, Renton Civic Theatre and Renton Municipal Arts Commission; and Teresa Mozur, Reel Grrls Advisory Board.

The showcase activities concluded with the Downtown Renton FilmTalk on Wednesday.
During the FilmTalk, Frenzy filmmakers were on hand to discuss their work and their filmmaking process. This year’s locations included the Renton History Museum, The Berliner Pub and Whistle Stop Ale House.

FilmFrenzy fun continues now with voting for the Renton Reporter People’s Choice Award. Visit the Renton Reporter's website to view all of the movies and vote by November 9. The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced in the Friday, November 11, edition of the Renton Reporter. The winner will be honored at the beginning of the Renton City Council meeting on November 14.

The Renton FilmFrenzy is sponsored by the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, which includes the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton School District, Valley Medical Center, Renton Technical College, Renton Visitors Connection and the City of Renton. The Frenzy is presented in cooperation with the Renton Municipal Arts Commission. Special thanks to the Seattle International Film Festival for their support of the Renton FilmFrenzy, which is a sponsor of the SIFF FutureWave program for young filmmakers.

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