"War Prayer," a short film inspired by a Mark Twain short
story, premiered at the Beverly Hills Film Festival in April 2006
and amazingly won a Best Director award for Harold Cronk
over directors of full-length feature films. Since then, this intense
and experimental film has quickly gone on to win multiple awards,
including Best of Show twice. The screenplay was adapted
by Old Fashioned Pictures' Rik Swartzwelder and is one of many projects
on which Cronk and Swartzwelder are currently collaborating.
Sky," the first film released in the trilogy of HD shorts directed
by Swartzwelder and produced by Aaron B. Smith of Dusk Films, premiered
before a packed house at the Waterfront Film Festival in June 2006.
The other two films in that trilogy, "Loaded" and "Art
Appreciation" will roll out to festivals later this year.
of the Cave," a feature-length family film shot in Ireland
during the summer of 2005, recently completed post-production and
should be announcing a release date soon. Swartzwelder served as
a script doctor on that project.
far in 2006, Swartzwelder has also taught his annual directing workshop
at Calvin College (he's been invited back again for 2007), continued
as film curator for Platform Arts/Florida, and had a hand in multiple
other narrative and documentary film projects and film festivals,
including a workshop on "shameless self-promotion without losing
your soul" at the Damah Film Festival in Culver City, California,
the past few months, however, Swartzwelder has placed the most serious
focus on the finishing touches to his romantic comedy screenplay
that is currently under option and that he is attached to direct
as his feature film directing debut. Additional information on that
project should be right around the corner...
graduate of The Florida State University’s Graduate Motion
Picture Conservatory, Rik Swartzwelder is an award-winning filmmaker
whose work has screened at over 135 film festivals, internationally,
and garnered over 45 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.”