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
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.
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.
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.
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.