Hosts Jay Stern and Victor Varnado's guest judge for the evening was filmmaker and video artist Joan Grossman.
|Victor and Jay greet the Iron Mule audience.|
Then it was time for the films. Our first movie of the evening did have a slow build-up, but concluded with a series of jokes, each one building on the last. Shot in a creepy CSI style, Jean-Pierre Michael's Impact, our entry from France, was a classy way to begin the evening. It was followed by a West Coast film, Damien Patrick's Directors on Directing, in which, through a series of profound interviews, three movie directors reveal what they have discovered to be the real power of filmmaking.
Our second block of films began with Sam Frazier, Jr.'s documentary, The Ghost Pepper Eating Contest of Jefferson County. We've shown a few films by Sam before, and this one was just as good as the others, documenting a competition in which people perform the stupid act of seeing how many ghost peppers they can eat before their body shuts down.
Next was a film by another returning filmmaker: Perry Strong was back with his movie The Stick, a slickly-shot film about a very poorly executed caper. Perry was there to talk about his film afterwards, and we discussed his choice to shoot this very funny movie like a thriller.
|Actor/writer/director Perry Strong talks to an adoring audience.|
|"Down in Flames" team from left to right: Richie Magic, Sarah Blaze, R. J. Lewis|
|Victor and Jay with Hannah Stone and Trilby Schreiber|
|Joan Grossman announces the winners.|
|R. J. Lewis starts a trick with filmmaker Pamela Wess...|
|…and he picks her card!|