‘Sunny Side Up’ named Best Film at Statesboro Film Festival

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A film about a man whose life is marred by memories of past tragedies was named Best Film Friday night at the 2015 Statesboro Film Festival, held at the Emma Kelly Theater in downtown Statesboro. “Sunny Side Up,” by Joe Guglielmetti and Yashar Alamdari, follows an older man whose clarity is obviously muddied as he lets mail build up in his mailbox, forgets he is cooking breakfast and is more worried about the day’s date than his safety as he is being robbed at gunpoint. The film drops hints that his wife had recently died and that he had a daughter who spent time in a hospital when she was young, and the man is often confused by the muddled memories. In one flashback, he makes his daughter smile as he rearranges her hospital breakfast to make a smiley face out of bacon and eggs. The memory causes him to change his daily routine café order of scrambled eggs and pancakes to bacon and eggs “sunny side up.” This film also won the Viewer’s Choice category, receiving the most online votes from people who chose it as their favorite out of the films submitted. Statesboro Herald operations manager and editor Jim Healy opened the annual event, hosted by the Herald and sponsored by several local businesses. “We appreciate the filmmakers who took the time to do this and for putting yourselves out there,” he said when welcoming guests and filmmakers. There were 11 films entered for competition, with one shown that was ineligible for awards due to exceeding length limitations. That film, “Bridges in Beaugarde,” by Robinson Vil, was shown anyway at the filmmaker’s request. In it, a biracial girl comes under attack by several juvenile children, when one of the boys is accidentally killed by another with a stone. The film that won Best Cinematography was “He Who Laughs,” a short story about a young student who works as costume designer for a play. She is followed home by a creepy clown, and the end of the film takes an odd twist as other strange clowns are found at her apartment. The film was by Richard Patrick, Madison Reynolds, Tahir Daudier and Brandon Warnock. The film “Find Me,” by Beeka Regassa, won the category of Best Director. In it, a flirty young lady catches a ride with a strange man, hinting at making the ride “worth his while,” and after flashbacks that gives viewers the idea he is a rapist who preys upon runaways and vulnerable young women, she shoots him. Other films nominated for Best Director were “He Who Laughs,” “Sunny Side Up” and “Intimate Encounters,” a film about a girl who gets paid for cuddling but is almost raped by a client who thinks she is a prostitute. The film was by Michael Houston and James Harper. “Find Me” also won the Best Editing category. Also nominated for Best Editing were “He Who Laughs,” “The Job,” “Sunny Side Up” and “Partners,” a film by Jake McCallum about a tragic end to the first drug bust attempt by two rookie cops. Other films nominated for Best Film were “He Who Laughs,” “Find Me” and “The Job,” a film by Todd Helms about two men who go for a job interview that ends in an odd twist. Other films nominated for Best Cinematography were “The Job,” “Sunny Side Up” and “Find Me.” Also entered in the film festival were “The Heist,” a film by Nick Propps about kids stealing a van and breaking into a bank, only to be caught by a deputy; “Someone I Used to Know,” by Jayden Moss, a film about a high school couple who breaks up after graduation; “A Walk Through Sunken Dreams,” by Evan Amaral, about a struggling filmmaker seeking inspiration; and “Meeting Ends,” a film by Kaye Montgomery about a young lady who is tricked into prostitution as a way to help pay her family’s overdue bills. The event was sponsored by the Averitt Center for the Arts, Millhouse Steakhouse, Gailey Trophy and others.

Stacy George

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