Monday, October 13, 2008

OMG! Morgan Jon Fox’s Indie Memphis ‘Titanic’ Scoops Up Awards

OMG/HaHaHa wins 6 awards at Indie Memphis film festival, and Sawed-Off's Brett Hanover, and Kentucker Audley also took best of awards in their respective categories of Hometowner Documentary and Hometowner short films.  

From John Beifuss' article on the awards ceremony:

"The movie’s title is odd, but its content resonated with jurors: “omg/HaHaHa,” the fourth fea
ture from Memphis director Morgan Jon Fox, was the big winner Sunday night at the 11th annual Indie Memphis Film FestivalThe festival, which began Friday, Oct. 11, continues through Thursday, Oct. 16. at Malco’s Studio on the Square. Awards were presented during a ceremony and party at downtown’s Ground Zero Blues Club.

Jokingly dubbed “the ‘Titanic’ of Indie Memphis” because of its awards haul, “omg/HaHaHa” 
–created with assistant director John Tom Roemer, who now lives in New York — screens ag
ain at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A tender and impressionistic film structured as a series of video blog entries and stream-of-
consciousness vignettes about families, friends, lovers and loners in Midtown Memp
his, the essentially no-budget but beautifully photographed “omg/HaHaHa“ was named best feature in the festival’s “Hometowner” category, devoted to films produced by residents of Memphis and Shelby County.  

The festival jury also decided to award a “Special Jury Prize for Directing” to Fox, and a “Special Jury Prize for Acting” to two of the film’s young stars, Jake Casey and Ed Porter. The jury also gave “omg/HaHaHa” a “Special Recognition” award in the Narrative Feature category (in which it competed with fims produced outside of Memphis).

“omg/HaHaHa” also won the new “Special Achievement in Editing by a Memphis Filmmaker” award, sponsored by the technology company, Avid. The sweet prize for that victory: Avid Media Composer software, worth about $2,500.
Juror Elvis Mitchell, former film critic for The New York Times and host of the “Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence” program on the Turner Classic Mo
vies channel, said “omg/HaHaHa” — the title is Internet slang for “oh my god,” followed by laughter — is “both playful and innovative.”

Said Mitchell: “It feels like something that really is the next step – a film that could play just as well on a laptop or a cell phone as in a theater. Moviemakers have been reaching to capture that for several years now, and this achieves that feeling...”

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