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July 28, 2003



Swartzwelder’s beautiful and haunting 35mm short
continues to draw crowds and controversy


Real to Reel Film & Video Festival: www.ccartscouncil.org/realtoreel/
Ragamuffin Film Festival: www.ragamuffinfilm.org
Filmmaker Contact: Rik Swartzwelder/863-602-5796, www.oldfashionedpictures.com
Press Photos for Download: www.oldfashionedpictures.com/the_least_of_these.html


The Least of These, Rik Swartzwelder’s multiple award-winning short film, recently added to its remarkable string of festival victories by winning “Best of Fest” at the Real to Reel Film & Video Festival in Kings Mountain, North Carolina—beating out a field of other shorts, and feature films, from around the world. Actor Will Woodrow (Keith Lewis) was on hand to receive the honor. Meanwhile, in Austin, Texas, Swartzwelder was in attendance at the Ragamuffin Film Festival, where The Least of These was following up its win at Filmstock in England with another “Audience Choice” award.


Based on a true story by internationally known speaker and sociologist Tony Campolo, The Least of These has already garnered 23 awards and nearly 50 “official selection” screenings during its twelve 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 40 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.