On April 24, 2016, the closing ceremony was held for the Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival (FMBFF). One of its entrants, “The Hanging Millstone,” won Best Local Film Award. Immediately following the ceremony, the film’s writer, director and producer Curtis Collins, was interviewed by Fish-Tale Marina. The event was held at the marina on Ft. Myers Beach in SW Florida.
This was the tenth anniversary for FMBFF. The categories represented were local, student, feature, documentary, and short films. In addition to film screenings, the festival included an opening ceremony, workshops, a boat cruise aboard the Estero Bay Express, a sunset film shown on the beach at the Outrigger Beach Resort, fun and educational activities, plus, of course, a closing awards ceremony!
In attendance at the awards ceremony were many talented actors, producers, photographers, media, guests, family members, FMBFF crew, and more. A few of the stars in front of and behind the scenes were Judy Copeland of “The Bright Side,” and “Happy Family,” Peter Pardini of “Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago,” and from “The Hanging Millstone” (and other film projects) were Prana Songbird, Becky Brown and Erik Krefeld.
Also on board representing Three C’s Productions’ “The Hanging Millstone,” both at the ceremony and/or in attendance at film screenings, were Mike Sealie, Heather Steht and family, Olivia Collins, Kelley Causey Collins and family, the film’s executive producer Bliss Trunfio, Kristin Mercedes Bence, Dr. Joe Reyes and family, Robert Rayhart, Keith Gahagan, Jewlissa Gonzalez, and many others.
Accepting the award for Best Local Film from FMBFF for “The Hanging Millstone,” was the film’s cinematographer Erik Krefeld. He shared with byteclay.com about working on both film projects.
“Working with this amazing cast has been, and is, an incredible journey. We are still filming the full feature and are hoping to bring awareness to missing children. Curtis Collins, the film’s director, was on hand for a podcast with Fish-Tale Marina to talk about the community events they are creating to help raise awareness while continuing to film “Hanging Millstone.”
The festival’s sponsors for the week were Ft. Myers Beach Theater, the beaches of Ft. Myers-Sanibel, Ft. Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, and The Town of Ft. Myers Beach. Their silver screen sponsor is TPI Hospitality. The locations used are Lovers Key Resort, The Dolphin Inn Resort, Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites, and Sea Gypsy Inn Resort. Fish-Tale Marina was the location for the screening party and closing ceremony.
Concerning “Hanging Millstone,” some readers have asked what the difference is between the two names of the film(s). Each film can be viewed at IMDb, and their goal, bringing awareness to missing children, is identical. To help clarify even more, the films’ rep explained:
“The name ‘Hanging Millstone’ has sometimes been used to represent both film versions, the short and the feature (latter being currently shot). However, ‘Hanging Millstone’ (2016) is the name of the upcoming feature. ‘The Hanging Millstone’ (2015) is the name of the original short and current two time award-winner, as it also won the People’s Choice Award from the 2015 International Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival!”
Readers can learn more about the festival, films, and talent involved at their specific links. Also enjoy more about them at two videos and in slideshow. Visit “The Hanging Millstone” trailer.