REEL Film Fest (dare we say it?) REEL fun!
This weekend the Rossland Mountain Film Festival (RMFF) saw a highly successful staging of its Reel Youth component. Five films by local teen filmmakers were screened with Liam Barnes and Justin Zimmer’s Surge Freerun: Year One taking both the judge’s prize and the audience choice award. In addition, local filmmaker Andre Nutini jumped in at the last moment to give an inspiring talk to the youth in attendence wherein he noted that, just a couple of years ago, he was in the same position as the new crop of aspiring filmmakers.
Other local films included two by young filmmaker-to-watch James Klemmensen (his More Than Just The Music was an entertaining and ambitious documentary about the Kaslo Jazz Festival), Mackenzie Flood’s The Bush Hobo, which had the audience in stitches, and the dynamic and eye-popping Zombie Apocalypse by Jordan Strobel.
Congratulations to organizers Rachael Roussin and Erin Handy as well as MC Alex Reid and all the other judges and volunteers. The event was massively entertaining and massively fun. All involved now look forward to the U-19 festival in April of 2012, to be held at the Royal Theatre in Trail.
The accompanying video by David Hartman features an interview with both Nutini and Barnes.