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August 20, 2003


Swartzwelder’s beautiful and haunting 35mm short
continues to win praise


Atlantic City Film Festival: www.atlanticcityfilmfestival.com
Dead Center Film Festival: www.deadcenterfilm.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, was recently honored with its 25th award. This time, the award was for “Best Screenplay/Short Film” from the Atlantic City Film Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Just prior to that, it was announced that The Least of These had been named “Best Narrative Short” at the DeadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The constant and increasing momentum of this unique short film has resulted in invitations to three upcoming festivals in Southern California, all being held this September – the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (both of which are Oscar-qualifying festivals), and the San Diego Film Festival. More details on these screenings will be announced soon.


Based on a true story by internationally known speaker and sociologist Tony Campolo, The Least of These has already garnered 25 awards and over 50 “official selection” screenings during its run 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.