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Vote for the 10th Film to Screen at IndieWorks Best of Fest (Year 4)!

March 7th concluded our monthly screenings for the 4th year of IndieWorks; and now our Best of Fest is just around the corner on April 18th! The event will feature the 9 Silver Whiskers Award Winners of the year, plus a 10th Audience Chosen film.

Before each Best of Fest, we select three films to compete for the last spot at the screening and encourage the audience to choose the winning film. This allows the community to participate in our selection process and the public to see a few of the best of the total 47 films screened this year, building up to our celebratory finale! 

All three of these selected films did exceptionally well in the Audience Choice voting and were high contenders for the Silver Whiskers at their respective screenings. We also feel that they reflect the diverse & innovative approach to visual storytelling that we aim to support and showcase at IndieWorks.

Please watch all three films and VOTE BELOW for the ONE you'd like to see screen with the Silver Whiskers Award winners of the year at Best of Fest.


The winning film announced HERE. Feel free to watch the trailers for the selected films below. See you at Best of Fest!

IndieWorks: June Screening (Year 4 Kick Off) Recap

Last Tuesday was the June edition of IndieWorks, and our first of Year 4! We screened 5 films and had over 50 people in house. Our first two films were dramatic pieces that similarly explored relationships, but in different ways. They were beautiful, heartbreaking and thought provoking. The second set of films were more light-hearted and also relationship relevant, but more offbeat and sometimes wonderfully weird. Overall, the night was a success!

We'd just like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We do hope you enjoyed all the films and the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts, and we hope some connections were made! AND we hope you'll join us again on July 12th. 

See photos from the evening (by Grayson Davis):

The Films of the night:

Muscle (Directed by Heidi Marshall)
A woman must make the agonizing decision to live for her terminally ill husband or live for herself.

The Cat's Cradle (Directed by David Spaltro/Written by Tawny Sorensen)
Jim and Amy are a young couple attempting to conceive. As these attempts become all-consuming in their lives, stress and tension build between them. A romantic evening turns into a night of confessions and betrayal that will forever change their relationship

Happenstance (Directed by Jeanette Sears)
After a terrible date set up from her roommate, June is focused on enjoying her commutes around the city and beating the NYC summer heat. Although she's determined, one day June finds herself needing a helping hand from a familiar face in a city of millions.

Clippings (Directed by Jessica Kingdon)
A young woman and her dog receive an unexpected guest — a stranger with a familiar face.

Blank My Life (Created by Alex Spieth)
Susan feels existentially attacked by the kid she baby-sits.

Watch our Q&A Recap (shot & edited by Kimberly Drew Whiten). *Please know there are some film spoilers - feel free to look for an opportunity to catch the films at a festival or computer screen near you & then come back to watch!

The awards go to...

At the end of the evening, we announced our winning filmmakers for both Audience Choice Award & Silver Whiskers Award. The Audience Choice Award is voted upon by all those in attendance, and the Silver Whiskers Award is judged by the CongestedCat Team based on a system rating 8 categories of Story, Dialogue/Writing, Direction, Acting, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, and Production Value. The Silver Whiskers winner goes on to screen again at our end of year Best of Fest screening next April. 

The Silver Whiskers winner also receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on should they use the platform and a free Social Media audit ($200 value) from 4MileCircus. And both winners received a free 2016 subscription to Bright Ideas Magazine.

For the June 2016 lineup, our winning films were:
    Audience Choice Award:  "Happenstance"
    Silver Whiskers Award:  "The Cat's Cradle"

Watch the Trailer for The Cat's Cradle: