the entire month of July, indie-filmmaker Rik Swartzwelder’s
35mm short, The Least of These, is screening in-flight
on Frontier Airlines as part of its Cloud 9 Short Film Festival.
Competing against four other short films, Swartzwelder’s beautiful
and haunting slice of life is in the running for the festival’s
top honor—but it’s all up to the passengers and online
to their screenings in the friendly skies, The Least of These
and the other shorts are available for free viewing online at www.gowildblueyonder.com.
There, viewers can vote for their favorite. At the end of the month,
the film with the most votes will move on to the finals and a shot
is capping off a remarkable festival run with his moody and modestly-budgeted
film about an isolated diner owner, his late-night regulars, and
a stranger who shakes them out of their dull routine. With over
65 “official selections” and 31 awards to its credit,
The Least of These became a surprise juggernaut on the
film festival circuit.
on a true story by sociologist and educator Dr. Anthony Campolo,
Swartzwelder’s film is now available on DVD as well, with
nearly 90 minutes of total content including an interview with Campolo
himself detailing the real-life events that inspired The Least
is a writer-director-producer whose films have screened at over
120 film festivals and garnered over 40 major awards, including
a Crystal Heart for his 35mm short, The Least of These,
and the Student Emmy for his graduate thesis film, Paul McCall.
He earned his M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from The Florida
State University and is currently in Los Angeles developing several
more information on Rik Swartzwelder, The Least of These,
or Old Fashioned Pictures, please visit www.oldfashionedpictures.com.
For more information on the Cloud 9 Short Film Festival or to watch
and vote, please visit www.gowildblueyonder.com.