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2005 Elise P. Gordillo
HOUR FILM PROJECT
Interactive Panel Participants
Left to right:
Greg Michael - writer (BABY GENIUSES), second-unit
HELSING, THE SCORPION KING, THE MUMMY)
Ralph Winter - producer (FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN,
Hudson Hickman - senior vice president, MGM Worldwide
Rik Swartzwelder - writer-director-producer (THE
LEAST OF THESE)
Luke Schelhaas - writer-producer (SMALLVILLE, TOUCHED
BY AN ANGEL)
Billy Zabka - writer-producer (Oscar-nominated
MOST), actor (THE KARATE
KID, BACK TO SCHOOL, JUST ONE OF THE GUYS)
Swartzwelder was recently invited to participate in an interactive
panel discussion for the 168 Hour Film Project in Los Angeles, California.
On Saturday, April 9, Swartzwelder and the other select panelists
fielded wide-ranging audience questions on the topics of cinema
and faith and how the two can intersect successfully. Joining him
on the stage were Ralph Winter, producer (Fantastic Four, X-MEN,
X2); Hudson Hickman, senior vice president, MGM Worldwide Television
Group; Luke Schelhaas, writer-producer (Smallville, Touched by an
Angel); Billy Zabka, writer-producer of the Oscar-nominated short
Most and actor (The Karate Kid, Back to School, Just One of the
Guys); and Greg Michael, second-unit director (Van Helsing, The
Scorpion King, The Mummy).
enthusiasm in that room was palpable,” Swartzwelder said.
“I was honored to be a part of it and, of course, a little
in awe of the folks I was sitting on that panel with. What really
impressed me, though, was the level of commitment and tenacity I
witnessed in the audience: there is a growing colony of filmmakers
that simply will not settle for cinematic mediocrity and is unafraid
to do the hard work of making the spiritual authentic on the screen.”
is best known for writing, directing, and producing the 35mm short
The Least of These. That beautiful and haunting slice-of-life film
became a runaway hit on the festival circuit, winning 27 awards
and garnering over 60 “official selection” screenings
internationally before launching into worldwide retail distribution
in the fall of 2004. He also served as first assistant director
on Florida-based filmmaker Joe O’Brien’s Blackwater
Elegy, which also met with extraordinary festival acclaim. Prior
to his work on those films, Swartzwelder won the “Student
Emmy” for his graduate thesis film, Paul McCall, which he
produced at The Florida State University; and, he established the
central Florida comedy troupe Studio 13, while a student at Lake-Sumter
Community College in Leesburg, Florida.
Swartzwelder just completed work on a screenplay for LA-based director
Harold Cronk. Adapted from a short story by Mark Twain, the film
is scheduled to go into production this May in western Michigan.
Another script, a short and controversial parody piece, will be
lensed under the helm of LA-based director Benjamin Hershleder in
Los Angeles this May and June. In addition, Swartzwelder continues
to develop his pet project, Old Fashioned, a romantic comedy he’s
diligently working toward being his first produced feature. For
more information on Swartzwelder or if you’d like to purchase
a DVD of The Least of These, please visit www.oldfashionedpictures.com.
168 Hour Film Project was created to give filmmakers of faith the
opportunity to network with industry insiders and to collaborate,
over the course of just one week, on films exploring spiritual themes.
Since its inception in 2003, over 750 filmmakers have participated
in creating provocative new works in only 168 hours. For more information,
please visit www.168project.com.