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Finding Inspiration at Florida Movie Competition 2014


Not all the things at a film pageant has to be darkish and edgy, although that’s usually the scenario. Among the the 20 clean new movies in the American Unbiased Opposition at the 2014 Florida Movie Competition held throughout Central Florida just about every April, two choices are especially inspiring. A lot more than with most films, looking at these onscreen struggles could stimulate viewers to link with their inner spirit and deliver out the greatest model of themselves.


The film SlingShot (in its Florida premiere) propels itself ahead as the mightiest of ten films competing in the documentary options category – at the very least in conditions of inspiration.

Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter, is the topic of this intriguing film directed by Paul Lazarus. Not only does the motion picture profile the private tale of this fantastic inventor and what motivates him, but it portrays the environment-large difficulty of contaminated water in easy-to-have an understanding of language and photographs. The solution, nonetheless, is not quite as straightforward.

Kamen’s most recent invention, SlingShot, is intended to kill water-borne pathogens through the use of purification methods he hopes to provide all-around the environment to the most impoverished locations. Lazarus weaves together Kamen’s past and present in purchase to exhibit the sacrifices and rewards of remaining a modern day-working day David battling an massive Goliath (polluted water, lack of schooling, lack of distribution channels, and high-priced equipment).

Florida Movie Competition Programming Director, Matthew Curtis, describes SlingShot as the most inspiring film this year from any competing or non-competing category. “Dean Kamen is a humanitarian who would like to conserve mankind. You can not get any extra inspiring than that. SlingShot, and other films these as In advance of You Know It and The Front Man, open up the window to new tips.”

Certainly, looking at SlingShot could create tremendous thoughts of admiration for Kamen and get audience users thinking how they can equally make a difference to other individuals.

Supplemental Competing Documentary Characteristics

Other full-size documentary options competing at the 2014 Florida Movie Competition: American Jesus (Aram Garriga, director) In advance of You Know It (PJ Raval, director) The Front Man (Paul Devlin, director) The Eliminate Crew (Dan Krauss, director) Levitated Mass (Doug Pray, director) Appreciate Me (Jonathon Narducci, director) Mission Congo (Matthew Vandyke, director) No No: A Dockumentary (Jeffrey Radice, director) and Powerless (Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, directors).

Finding Neighbors

Of the ten films competing in the narrative options category, Finding Neighbors (in its Southeast Premiere) examines how “an impressed act” can reignite have faith in, friendship, really like, and enthusiasm in a floundering relationship and bolster self-esteem in men and women who have harmful patterns that maintain them caught in a perpetually unsatisfied state.

Directed by Ron Judkins and starring Michael O’Keefe as Sam Tucker, the film focuses on a center-aged graphic novelist enduring a mid-daily life crisis that influences his function and relationship. Well-known, well-liked, and wealthy in his early vocation, Sam has difficulty changing to his current problem of around irrelevance and remains caught in a bored listlessness that keeps him from progressing individually and skillfully.

In an not likely pairing, Jeff (Blake Bashoff), a younger neighbor with complications of his very own, will help Sam find the inspiration he demands to wake up from his lethargic state. By vicariously celebrating Sam’s renewed spirit, audience users could find their very own inspiration.

The film’s director describes it this way: “I assume in interactions we get into patterns, and we have a tendency to repeat the patterns around and around. But every at the time in a even though we have the inspiration to step outside the house our normal pattern and do something that can abruptly transform all the things,” Judkins says. “[In the film], Jeff thinks that there is ‘definite progress’ on the path of really like, development when anyone techniques outside the house their normal realm of behavior and working experience to dedicate ‘an impressed act.’ It can be something as straightforward as selecting up the phone to get in touch with anyone, returning a smile or a glance across the home, or as substantial as proposing relationship.”

Supplemental Competing Narrative Characteristics

Other full-size narrative options competing at the 2014 Florida Movie Competition: Copenhagen (Mark Raso, director) Crimes Towards Humanity (Jerzy Rose, director) Doomsdays (Eddie Mullins, director) Druid Peak (Marni Zelnick, director) Forev (Molly Environmentally friendly and James Leffler, directors) I Believe that in Unicorns (Leah Meyerhoff, director) Past I Read (David Rodriguez, director) Medeas (Andrea Pallaoro, director) Winter season in the Blood (Alex Smith and Andrew Smith, directors).

Now in its 23rd year, Florida Movie Competition, manufactured by Enzian Theater in Maitland, Florida, also contains a documentary shorts levels of competition, narrative shorts levels of competition, animated shorts levels of competition, spotlight films, midnight films, particular screenings, and global showcase.

By Leslie Halpern