Bluegrass Independent Film Festival

‘Sixes’ earns audience pick;
Oldham native earns award

Staff Report

Tamara Fulkerson and Soozie Eastman

Photo provided

Bluegrass Independent
Film Festival director
Tamara Fulkerson poses
with Oldham County
native Soozie Eastman,
who won the
"Best Regional" award
for her film, "By the Wayside." The film is
about the Wayside
Mission that helps
homeless people in
Louisville, Ky.

LA GRANGE, Ky. (October 2006) – “Sixes and the One-eyed King,” a film directed by Ray Nomoto Robison, was the audience’s choice for best film at the second annual Bluegrass Independent Film Festival held Sept. 8-10 in La Grange. The event was organized by the Oldham County Arts Association and held at the Great Escape Oldham 8 Theatres, with help from many local sponsors.
According to Tamara Lee Fulkerson, BIFF director, 217 films from all across the United States and from at least 10 foreign countries were received. Of those, 74 were selected for screening, representing 47-plus hours of viewing. More than 2,000 people participated in some aspect of the event.

The winners by category:
• Best Comedy: “The Man Who Couldn’t Dance”
directed by Barry Prescott
• Best Animation: “The Bushman of Bunyip Billabong”
directed by Cameron Edser & Michael Richards
• Best Documentary: “It’s Happiness – A Polka Documentary”
directed by Craig DiBiase
• Best Feature: “The Trouble with Dee Dee,”
directed by Michael Meiners
• Best Foreign: “Geoffrey Bagel,” directed by Jared Houseman
• Best Regional: “By the Wayside,” directed by Soozie Eastman
• Best Student: “Theodore,” directed by Jorge Moran
• Best Short: “Rosa,” directed by William Ollsen
• Best Originality: “Rigoletto in the Bluegrass,”
directed by Rob Swales
• Best Feature Writing: “Firefly,” directed by Pete Marcy

Audience Appreciation Award - “Sixes and the One-eyed King,” directed by Ray Nomoto Robison.
“They Are Still There,” winner of the Director’s Choice for Best Regional Film, is scheduled for broadcast on a number of public, educational, and governmental access channels across the country. Dewayne Rudd, a local Louisville resident and director of the film, said, “The festival provided the credibility and publicity this documentary needed to reach a national audience.” 
A full listing of results is available on the festival’s Internet website at: www.bluegrassfilmfest.com.
“We all are very pleased at the response from everyone – from the filmmakers who attended the Festival to our audience,” Fulkerson said. “Without the support of our sponsors in the business community, Great Escape Oldham 8 Theatres and volunteers, the festival would not be possible. We’re already looking forward to the third annual festival in 2007 and have begun the planning process.”
The 2006 festival was dedicated by Fulkerson to Bart Frederick, a victim of the Aug. 27 Comair 5191 disaster in Lexington, Ky., and his family – wife Kyra and children Edie, Victora and Seth, including the rest if the victims and their families. At the awards ceremony on Sept. 10, a moment of silence was observed in commemoration of the 9/11 tragedy.

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