Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NH-made THE POND achieves finalist status in USA Film Festival Competition

[From Dan Hannon:]

Award-winning short film THE POND officially added another accolade to its repertoire today. Writer and director Dan Hannon proudly accepted a certificate from the USA Film Festival recognizing the film's achievement as a Finalist in the prestigious 33rd Annual National Short Film & Video Competition.

The competition is part of the Dallas-based, Academy-qualified festival, which this year celebrated its 41st Anniversary and is dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of excellence in the film and video arts. Through a year-round calendar of programs and events honoring master artists, mid-career filmmakers and emerging talents, the USA Film Festival provides an opportunity to discover new films and sheds new light on familiar films by facilitating discussion with filmmakers.

"To be recognized like this from one of the oldest short film competitions in the country is incredible. It's something that all of us who worked on this film will share," said Hannon. "My congratulations go out to the winning film and to the festival for continuing this annual tradition!"

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, who sets about scattering his ashes in a place they had both loved and in doing so makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared. The richly cinematic film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents Hannon's directorial debut.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS), David Morse (THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE, PROOF OF LIFE) and Todd Rotondi (HOWL). The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

THE POND world-premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has since won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, recognizing outstanding achievement in a directorial debut, and the 2010 Best Dramatic Short Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival.

To learn more about the USA Film Festival and the National Short Film & Video Competition, visit www.usafilmfestival.com.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.