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October 27 , 2006



Dusk Films trilogy making impact


"Loaded," an experimental short film written and produced by Grand Rapids-based filmmaker Aaron B. Smith and directed by LA-based Rik Swartzwelder ("The Least of These"), was recently honored with a Reel Spirituality/Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) Film Award during the annual Reel Spirituality conference in Los Angeles, California.
On October 21, 2006, Smith and Swartzwelder's film was featured during a special day-long series of workshops, “Reel Spirituality 101: Unpacking Movies and their Meaning,” which were held at Pepperdine University in Malibu.  Barry Taylor, film composer and adjunct professor of popular culture and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, led a discussion on the importance of music and sound design in cinema, using the award-winning "Loaded" as an example of excellence in those aspects of filmmaking craft.
This year’s edition of Reel Spirituality 101 explored the basics of film—Image, Word, and Music—and how these elements work together to create theological meaning in the cinema. Leading filmmakers and theologians were featured and attendees were exposed to a variety of presentations, panels, and Q & A’s.
"Loaded" was produced by Smith’s Dusk Films as part of a trilogy of HD shorts, including "Michigan Sky" (winner, audience award at the Waterfront Film Festival) and "Art Appreciation."  All three films were shot in Grand Rapids, Michigan—in about one day each—and were directed by Swartzwelder. Douglas S. Nagel, also of Grand Rapids, edited, sound designed, and co-composed original music for the production.
More info/links:
Event Details: http://www.pepperdine.edu/pr/releases/2006/october/ffschedule.htm

Press Release: http://graphic.pepperdine.edu/news/2006/2006-10-26-mediastudies.htm

Reel Spirituality: www.brehmcenter.org