‘The Last Resort’ Wins Big at Idyllwild
Pine Hills resident Terry Ross took top honors at the sixth-annual Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema in January when she was named Best Director in the short film category for her film “The Last Resort.” It also won the Mary Austin Award for Best Screenplay — Short.
In addition, the film enjoyed the honor of nomination in the festival’s Best Screenplay — Short category; the Marshall Hawkins Award for Best Original Score — Short Film; and in the category of Best Actor — Short, for Jake Worseldon’s performance in the satirical comedy.
“The Last Resort” was created as part of the 48 Hour Film Project in San Diego, where it won the Spirit Award for teamwork and creativity and went on to be included in the 2014 San Diego Film Festival as one of the Best of 48 Hour Films.
Celebrating the spirit of independent filmmaking, The Hollywood Reporter has named the IIFC one of the “new indie mavericks.” Award-winning screenwriter, producer and director Stephen Savage founded the festival in 2009.
In just six years, Savage has been able to create a festival with impressive credentials.
Judging the films is a panel of jurors that includes writers, actors, directors, filmmakers and producers from such notable productions as “Breaking Bad,” “Longmire” and “A Few Good Men,” to name a few. This, in turn, attracts top-notch competition in every category of film-making, with more than 170 entries from around the world.
The importance of participation in film festivals cannot be overestimated, especially for independent filmmakers, who have the opportunity to meet other artists and share stories of struggles and successes, and to view their films in state-of-the-art theaters in the company of very strong competition.
“As a filmmaker, I felt very welcomed, with an artist’s liaison meeting members of our production team — Lisa Bruhn, co-producer and writer; Janna Reznik, editor; and myself,” said Ross.
Steve Savage also greeted the team from “The Last Resort” at one of the screenings and was very complimentary of the film when he was surprised to learn that a woman director was behind its success.
“As a woman filmmaker, it is particularly heartening to have women recognized in the industry via the Mary Austin Awards, as women are underrepresented in this business,” said Ross.
The award was named in honor of writer and musician Mary Austin, who was an active member of the Idyllwild arts community, where she co-wrote and provided music for plays at the Idyllwild Rustic Theater until her death in 2009, the same year that the IIFC was born.
After Idyllwild, the next stop for “The Last Resort” is a screening at the first California Women’s Film Festival in North Hollywood, which showcases women filmmakers, artists and writers.
By Ann Reilly Cole – Julian Journal • Thu, Jan 29, 2015