Halloween Flick "Wendy" Wins Halloweenapalooza Film Festival "Best Short" Award
American Film Institute directing fellow Michael Oshins picks up top short film prize at Iowa's 9th annual Halloween-themed film festival
"Wendy" is an offbeat coming-of-age story set on the day of Halloween. The film runs just under 15 minutes, and craftily blends the genres of comedy, drama, and light horror. As Wendy sees an opportunity to be a normal trick-or-treating kid, she realizes she must first confront the obstacles holding her back.
Juliette Allison Bailey, who stars in the title role, has been nominated for Best Young Actor for her role as Wendy in the upcoming 10th World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington DC. Rounding out the cast are Alexis Simpson, Trenton Tabak, Kayla Yap, and Zach Rifkin. Zach appears in the new film "Beautiful Boy" with Steve Carell.
Other Credits for Wendy include: Michael Oshins (Director); Kevin Kevin (Writer); Ken Morris (Producer); Mark Rodrigo Jeevaratnam (Cinematographer);
About Michael Oshins
Michael Oshins directed two thesis films as a directing fellow at the AFI Conservatory. He is a SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory graduate with four-plus years of experience on professional and commercial productions. He has worked on dozens of short films, features, commercials and industrials. Some of his most known work is lead animator of The Lumineers' "Submarines"
Halloweenapalooza features entertainment through its annual film festival, including a ghost hunt, zombie walk, costume contest, magic, pumpkin carving, and more. Horror film celebrities attend as special guests of Halloweenapalooza. In addition to showings of film festival submissions, classic horror films are screened, plus a late night treat of audience participation favorite, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Located in Ottumwa, Iowa, the festival draws visitors from out of town, and offers locals the opportunity to spotlight their talents, arts, and businesses as vendors around the event.
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