Los Angeles International
Short Film Festival: www.lashortsfest.com
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films: www.psfilmfest.org
San Diego Film Festival: www.sdff.org
Filmmaker Contact: Rik Swartzwelder/863-602-5796, www.oldfashionedpictures.com
Press Photos for Download: www.oldfashionedpictures.com/the_least_of_these.html
Winner of 25 film festival awards.
Over 50 “official selections.” Rik Swartzwelder’s
beautiful and haunting 35mm short, The Least of These, is topping
off its incredible year-long festival run with screenings at three
of the most prestigious film festivals in Southern California—all
in the same week! Between September 16-22, 2003, The Least of These
will screen a total of four times alongside some of the best short
films from around the world. Writer-Director Swartzwelder will be
in attendance at all of these upcoming screenings of The Least of
These at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, and the San
Diego Film Festival. Both the L.A. and Palm Springs fests are Oscar-qualifying
for winning films.
Thursday, September 18, 2003. 10:00
p.m. The Least of These will screen along with other selected shorts
at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (Program #31,
Variety Pack #2). Screening location is the Arclight Cinemas, 6360
Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood (between Cahuenga & Vine St.).
Friday, September 19, 2003. 2:00 p.m. The Least of These will screen
in the “Got Drama?” program at the San Diego Film Festival.
Screening location is the Aubergine, 500 Fourth Avenue, San Diego.
Saturday, September 20, 2003. 11:30 a.m. The Least of These will
screen as part of the “United We Stand” program at the
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. All of the films
in this unique, provoking selection—including works from Iran,
Venezuela, Canada, and the U.S.—focus specifically on community
and the importance of human connection and interaction. Screening
location is the Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs.
Sunday, September 21, 2003. 2:00 p.m. The Least of These will have
a repeat performance along with the rest of the “Got Drama?”
program at the San Diego Film Festival. Screening location will
again be the Aubergine, 500 Fourth Avenue, San Diego.
Based on a true story by internationally
known speaker and sociologist Tony Campolo, The Least of These was
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
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 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.