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National Film Challenge Winner "Cataplexy" screens at festivals nationwide

 "Cataplexy" actor David Tenenbaum and producer Neil Evans at the Aspen ShortsFest. "Cataplexy" actor David Tenenbaum and producer Neil Evans at the Aspen ShortsFest. Photo courtesy Scott Appel.
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National Film Challenge Best Film winner "Cataplexy" is leaving quite an impression in the minds of film festival attendees around the country by showing them the end result of spending just one weekend making a film.

To date, "Cataplexy" has screened at the Aspen ShortsFest (receiving an audience recognition award), the L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival, the Festivus Film Festival and the 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza at the Miami International Film Festival. In addition, Cataplexy was selected as Best Short at the Omaha Film Festival, which included competition from the Oscar-winning short "God of Love." The film has also been accepted into the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Director John Salcido was excited to be a part of the National Film Challenge where the short turn around from brain to screen allowed him to learn "the value of keeping things simple." The entire shoot was kept to one location with two characters. Salcido says this allowed him to "focus on character and performance" which truly shows throughout the film.

Producer Neil Evans compares the National Film Challenge's limitations to the Dogme 95 movement in that it frees the filmmakers by giving them "access to [a] more spontaneous and raw filmmaking process without the tyranny of expectations." The thrill of making a film in such a short time and the energy it carries with it translates into a fresh, fun short film.

Congratulations to the filmmakers for their success! Check out the "Cataplexy" Facebook page to stay updated on future screenings.

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