Dunbar wins Best Local Film at Colony Short Film Festival

Photo by Drew Tanner Aaron Dunbar of Lowell, Ohio, left, holds the Brian Meade Award for Best Local Film at the Colony Short Film Festival in Marietta. With him is Michael Molinaro of Vienna, who designed and created the trophy.

MARIETTA — About 20 films and numerous filmmakers participated in the 12th annual Colony Short Film Festival March 1-3 at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta.

The following awards were given out: Brian Meade Award for Best Local Film, “The Train” by Aaron Dunbar of Lowell, Ohio; Best of Festival, “Imaginary Friends” by Jason C. Brown, Natalie Lynch and Tara Jayn of Los Angeles; Best Director Ben Williams of New York City for “Musicians and Magicians”; Best Student Film “Yuna’s Lunch” by Myeong Jin Park of New York Film Academy; Best Cinematography “Yuna’s Lunch” ; Best Screenplay “Four-Ninety” by Scott A. Magie of Holt, Mich.; Best Actress Kate Easton for “Musicians and Magicians” of New York City; Best Actor Jarrad Biron Green of New York City for “Yuna’s Lunch”; Best Documentary “Mickey’s Pets” by Ashley S. Brandon of Northwestern University; Best Animation “The Train” by Aaron Dunbar, Lowell, Ohio.

Jason Brown of “Imaginary Friends” is originally from Cincinnati, while Ben Williams of “Musicians and Magicians” is from Columbus.

The Best Local Film is named for Brian Meade of Parkersburg, who passed away on April 4, 2014.

“Brian helped with the film festival and was a good artist,” said Michael Molinaro of Vienna, one of the founders of the festival and now a festival board member. Molinaro creates an award or “trophy” for the best local film in Meade’s name.

Molinaro said this year’s trophy, which he designed and created, is made with a solid wood base painted with black lacquer. Underneath the wood base is suede felt. The part of the trophy that gives its “majestic weight” is the two-inch solid piece of aluminum made in the shape of a film reel, said Molinaro. Within the center of the film reel lies the pinnacle piece of the trophy, Molinaro said, a highly polished piece of granite with the Colony “C” carved through it.

“I came up with the exaggerated Curly C design when I was designing wine labels for previous year festivals,” Molinaro said. “Just seemed to be fitting to keep the same design for The Brian Meade Award.”

Molinaro noted that Mountaineer Water Jet cut out the aluminum base and granite for the trophy, which is a precise procedure, he said.

This year’s short film festival included 20 films from 13 states, including Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Maryland, as well as an international submission from Brazil. The films represented a variety of genres, from documentaries to fictional pieces.

On March 1 a screening of the film “Loving Vincent” was held with about 350 people in attendance.

Filmmakers participated in panel discussions on Friday and Saturday during the film festival.