"TOMORROW BY MIDNIGHT"
NAMED BEST PICTURE AT 2002 RHODE ISLANDS HORROR
FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
draws record crowds to historic Rhode
(PROVIDENCE, RI) October 31, 2002 Rhode
Island's International Horror Film Festival
wrapped its 2002 three day genre film festival on Sunday,
October 27, 2002 with an awards ceremony and exotic
Halloween Fashion show to benefit the Women's Coalition
Against Domestic Violence at the historic Columbus Theatre
in Providence. The festival's director Shawn Drywa in
announcing this year's winners, honored independent
filmmakers from around the globe who had submitted to
the festival and whom worked in the genre. Winners received
a gold witch on a broom mounted on a pumpkin sprouting
from a solid marble base.
TOMORROW BY MIDNIGHT was the big winner taking
home Best Picture for director Rolfe Kanefsky. The film
made its East Coast debut with the director present
for audience Q&A. The Fests Best Short award
was a tie between TIMMY'S WISH by Patrick
Cannon and Tyler Polhemus's thriller, OFF.
"We are very pleased to
see the growth and audience appreciation of this event,"
said Drywa. "Our opening night with a restored
print of F.W. Murnau's NOSFERTATU was an overwhelming
success. Seeing a jewel box like the Columbus filled
for a silent film with live accompaniment was like stepping
back in time.
The Columbus was opened in 1926 as a vaudeville and
movie palace, originally seating 1492 patrons. The theatre
is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary year.
The event was sponsored by Brooks Pharmacy, Coca Cola,
WJAR-TV (NBC) 10, Newport Storm, FNX Radio, Miko Exoticwear,
The Phoenix, ProductionHUB, Rule Broadcasting, the Goethe
Institute, Mirage Design, Cassertas Pizza, Ben
& Jerry's, Balloony Tunes, Red Bull and Johansons
The RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
is an annual genre film festival honoring independent
filmmakers from around the globe. Festival Director
and founder, Shawn Drywa, began the horror festival
in 2000 to provide an outlet for the independent filmmakers
specializing in the genre of horror, thriller and science
fiction films. The festival is a sidebar of the RHODE
ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL which takes place