One of the biggest events of the year in Paonia happened over the weekend — the third annual Paonia Film Festival. Selected films were screened Friday and Saturday with the Red Carpet Gala and Awards Ceremony Saturday night at the Paradise Theatre.
Peggy Soup and Frederick Zimmer were the hosts for the evening and provided a lot of laughs. Overall the entire night was fun to watch — from the filmmakers arriving in limos to the audience providing a drum roll by stomping their feet right before the winner was announced. Eric Tantori, who had nothing to do with the films, provided lots of laughs when he was called up on stage to accept awards for absent filmmakers. By his third trip to the stage he was thanking his parents.
Most of the films were created in the North Fork Valley, but the documentary "Flume Fever" won three awards and was made by Mara Ferris of Grand Junction. She went home after winning forBest Documentary. She later won Best Cinematography and Best Overall Film.
Todd Sheets of Hutman Media created the "Ahh Moment" by bringing his dog dressed for the occasion on stage. The prolific Sheets won for "Galaxy Bike Episodes," "The Dreaded Red Line" and "Stand Up."
"You need to know that all the judges are from elsewhere," said announcer Frederick Zimmer to applause. "Not our Elsewhere," he clarified as some were thinking of Paonia's own Elsewhere Studios.
"It is an extra point of recognition to have people from outside our very small and tight community being the ones who give a final hurrah," Peggy Soup added.
The judges included Davis Coombe, who is a producer, director, cinematographer and editor. Recent works include the Academy Award-winning documentary "Saving Face" and the acclaimed "Chasing Ice." Ed Hoch is a professor at Arapahoe Community College. He's been the creative director for the Crested Butte Reel Fest. Lucy Lerner has been on staff for the Telluride Film Festival and Telluride Mountain Film. Mark Oppenheimer, a Santa Monica resident, has been a first assistant director for over 30 years on motion pictures, music videos and TV commercials. Matt Perez-Mora also resides in California and is a producer at HitFix.com. He has worked on various short narrative films, documentaries and music videos.
The winners of the Paonia Film Festival Awards were:
Best Documentary — Mara Ferris for "Flume Fever"
Best Film Featuring Kids — Merrily Talbott for "Rocky Raccoon"
Best Music Video — Helen Highwater and David Jacobson for "Sleeping in the Midday Sun"
Best Promotional — Hutman Media for "Galaxy Bike Episodes"
Best Drama — Wing It Productions for "Left"
Best Environmental and Art — Hutman Media for "The Dreaded Red Line"
Best Comedy — Colin MacGregor for "Billy Thorough: Life On An Orchard"
Best Score — Russ Chapman for "Rocky Raccoon"
Best Cinematography — Mara Ferris for "Flume Fever"
Best Child Actor — Leo Chapman for "Rocky Raccoon"
Best Actress — Elizabeth Woods-Darby for "Left"
Best Actor — Colin MacGregor for "Billy Thorough: Life On An Orchard"
Best Overall Film — "Flume Fever" by Mara Ferris.
Heart and Soul's "What Matters The Most" Award — "Stand Up" by Hutman Media
Best Up and Coming Filmmaker — JEANKAM Films for "Sci Fi Pie"
Best Come Back Award — Eden Clearwater for "The Tree"
Audience Choice Award — Annette Pretorius for "Sanni"
Visionary Award — Delta County Film Collective for starting the Paonia Film Festival.
Amy DeLuca was directing her first Paonia Film Festival.
The audience gave Regna Jones heartfelt applause for all that she has done to keep the Paradise Theatre a vibrant part of the community. She is leaving at the end of May.blog comments powered by Disqus