1st Annual Springfield Little Film Festival Highlights Award-Winning Scripts

Yes, I still owe so many posts to this blog but… see that Twitter update from 28 days ago? It’s still my life for at least another week or so. In the meantime…

On Tuesday, June 17th at 7:30pm, and in cooperation with the Springfield Little Theatre, filmmakers from Missouri State University will showcase four short films at the Landers Theatre including “…Or Not To Be,” “Nothing Rhymes with Orange,” “The Death of Alfred Bailey,” and “Apollo.” The filmmakers’ proceeds from the festival will benefit the Missouri State University’s Digital Film Production Scholarship Fund.

From outright comedy to drama to science fiction, each short highlights the multi-faceted cast & crew talents of the region. Three of the productions are based off award-winning scripts. “The Death of Alfred Bailey” placed in the Broadcast Educators Association (BEA) Media Arts Festival in Las Vegas earlier this year. “Nothing Rhymes with Orange” won for best screenplay at the Missouri Broadcast Educator’s annual competition. The science fiction drama “Apollo,” shot in part at the Landers Theatre, received honorable mention. All four productions were the result of student screenwriting and production work in the Media, Journalism and Film department at Missouri State University.

The Springfield Little Film Festival will also include a short video from The Moxie, Springfield’s downtown cinema devoted to independent and international films. The video highlights The Moxie’s September move to expanded surroundings at the Wilhoit Plaza on Jefferson and Pershing.

Tickets will be $8, General Admission. A moderated Q&A with the filmmakers follows the 2 hour screening. Tickets can be purchased at the Springfield Little Theatre Box Office, online at springfieldlittletheatre.org, or by calling (417) 869-1334.

The films are as follows (in order of screening).

The Death of Alfred Bailey (32 minutes): Comedy.
From the Award winning script by Haile E. Dunstan comes the ironic story of Alfred Bailey, who rethinks is ideas about life, (and death) after a chance meeting with the free spirited Nina.

Starring: Amy Miyamoto, Jake Magnuson, Jerry-Mac Johnston, Allen Marsh, Mason Magruder, Gwynne McCauley
Writer: Haeli Elizabeth Dunstan; Director: Arica Westadt; Producers: Christine Schwader, and Jonathan Stratman; Director of Photography: Marita Tyler; Production Design: Luke Richard and Katie Sale; Sound Design: Isaac Crawford.


Drama. Follow an old, orange couch into the homes of three very different women who face problems that free furniture just can’t solve.

Starring: Amy Miyamoto, Rachel Scott, Jonna Volz-Howes
Writer/Director: Rachel Skidmore; Producer: Ashli Hilton; Executive Producers: Mark Biggs, Vonda Yarberry; Director of Photography: Brant Malan; Sound Design: Dalton Jones, Jim Rea;
Original Music: Dave Williams; Production Designer: Jessica Brothers; Editors: Ashli Hilton, Rachel Skidmore.


…Or Not To Be (10 Minutes): Comedy.

A student sets out to create the best movie ever…to the chagrin of her crew.
Starring: Sarah Marples, Marita Tyler, Tony Carlin, Thomas Stubbs, Theresa Friedrick, Samantha Chitwood, Phillip Hartley, Christopher Marples
Writer/Director: Sarah Marples; Director of Photography: Marita Tyler; Costume and Make-Up: Theresa Friedrick; Sound Design: Thomas Stubbs and Samantha Chitwood; Editors: Marita Tyler, Drew Ertle, Samantha Chitwood, Sarah Marples


APOLLO (40 minutes): Science Fiction.
In a forgotten city where pollution clouds out the sky, Apollo Sylvan’s dreams haunt his search for sunrise in an abandon theater while his wife, Diana, trades herself for a chance to escape.

Starring: Kenny Kalinowski, Jonna Volz-Howes, Nathan Shelton.
Writer/Director: Bryan Manning; Producer: Caleb Copeland; Executive Producers: Diana Dru Botsford, Mark Biggs; Director of Photography: Clayton Fenwick Mason; Digital Effects: Blaine Morehead; Sound Design/Original Music: Jeffrey Brown; Production Designer: Jessica Brothers; Editors: Caleb Copeland, Bryan Manning.