For the first time the 2015 season of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival has partnered with NASA to offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery, both photos and archive film/video through what is called "CineSapce", a new short film competition for the HCAF. (under 15-mins). Films, using real NASA footage from over 50 years of history were judged on their creativity, innovations and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of spaceflight.
16 finalists (official selections) were chosen through a "selection committee" and according to the one of the board members of the HCAF, the 16 selected movies were given to Houstonian (and NOW living and working in Austin) Honorary HCAF Honorary Board member, Richard Linklater, to pick out the 3rd 2nd and 1st place winners. The HCAF was honored to choose Mary Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand's short movie "Higher Ground" as the 1st place winners and Best of the HCAF, 2015.
Ms. Mary Magsamen is the current Curator at the Aurora Picture Show, a media arts center, (if you recall, the former Aurora Picture Show's Executive Director Delicia Harvey is currently on the board of the HCAF, as well as the Houston Film Commissions Executive Director Rick Ferguson who is an Advisory Board member with the Aurora Picture Show and Board member at the HCAF, among others.
C47Houston was not participating with this years Houston Cinema Arts Festival, we are not on the board, and was invited to the screening of Director Wayne Slaten's short movie "Red Pearl". This was all part of the HCAF's collaboration with NASA under a short competition called CineSpace.
The team for Moonlike Filmwerks, Mr. Slaten's Production company were there in support. The team won a jury award, The Best short Film Depicting the Spirit of Future Exploration in Space Award. Directed by Wayne Slaten, Starring Uju Edoziem, Jordyn Lorenz, Troy Parker and Nia Johnson. Cinematography by Larry Mckee, wardrobe by Liz Tee. Produced by Molly Vernon, Martin Delon, Julie Oliver-Touchstone and Mr. Slaten Music by Jeff Walton Edited by Richard Whitlow, makeup by Marissa Viso and Angela Mendoza
Congratulations to the team!!! If you get a chance to see this movie, it was pretty amazing.
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