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July 11, 2005




Sleeper hit of film fest circuit now screening
in-flight on Frontier Airlines


For 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 viewers.

Simultaneous 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 at $5,000.

Swartzwelder 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.

Based 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 of These.

Swartzwelder 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 projects.

For 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.