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May 6, 2003


Audiences applaud melancholy mix of
strong coffee, greasy spoons, and America’s leftovers


Date: 6 May 2003
Filmmaker Contact: Rik Swartzwelder/301-452-3213, www.oldfashionedpictures.com
Press Photos for Download: www.oldfashionedpictures.com/the_least_of_these.html


Rik Swartzwelder’s beautiful and haunting 35mm short film, The Least of These, has racked up four more awards along with ten more “official selection” screenings in the last few weeks alone. Swartzwelder’s sleeper hit won Best Narrative Short/Drama at the Bare Bones Independent Film Festival, a Rochester Trophy at the Rochester International Film Festival, a Bronze Award/Dramatic Adaptation at the 37th Worldfest-Houston International Independent Film Festival, and an Honorable Mention/Short Film at the Tambay Film & Video Festival.

Other recent “official selections” include the Maryland Film Festival, International Family Film Festival, Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Back East Picture Show, Phoenix Film Festival, and Palm Beach International Film Festival.


Based on a true story by internationally known speaker and sociologist Tony Campolo, The Least of These has already garnered 17 awards and nearly 40 “official selection” screenings during its ten months on the film festival circuit. Filmed at the historic Tastee Diner near Baltimore, Maryland, the atmospheric, character-driven film tells the story of how the fading, isolated life of a diner owner and the dull routine of his late night crowd are forever changed by the unusual proposition of a stranger.


A graduate of The Florida State University’s Graduate Motion Picture Conservatory, Rik Swartzwelder is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at over 100 film festivals, internationally, and garnered over 30 major awards—including the “Student Emmy” for his highly acclaimed master’s thesis film, Paul McCall, and the Crystal Heart Award from the prestigious Heartland Film Festival for his multiple award-winning 35mm short, The Least of These. Rik has also sold two feature scripts, one treatment, and is currently prepping to direct his first feature.