But the judges gave their top award to a film made in Chicago through De Paul University's Project Bluelight, named "Speed Dating." Director Meghann Artes said it was inspired by how she tried to find a mate via speed dating before she married her husband. Right, the movie's sweet but plain heroine ends up confronting a hilariously undesirable cavalcade of "loser" men, ranging from one who looks like an insane serial killer to guys who obviously care only about sports or booze.
She finally meets a man with a beard — a very unusual beard.
Hoping to drum up business for their nightclub and score a few fine ladies for themselves in the process, Too Cool and his buddies Dog and Beaver decide to host a speed-dating event at the club.
But things go way off track when the guys encounter a jealous ex-girlfriend, a roadblock with the liquor commission and more.
When the film festival committee decided last year to invite animated entries, only one animated film was received.
But this year, Co-Chair Joe Vassallo said, seven animated films were entered, along with about 23 live-action ones.
The point of the night, after all, is to meet people and make art. After a bit of embarrassed laughter, the mood lightens up.
The plan was to have the guests sit at a long table and draw one another’s portraits. All the men, the women joke, are across the street at Rock & Brews.
Hogan, now sure that no surprise attendees are in store, finally breaks the ice by gathering the women together and stating the obvious.“I’m sorry.
I’d be really disappointed if I were you,” she says, adding that it would be great if everyone wanted to continue anyway.
“I’m trying to get the stories that aren’t told and the feelings that aren’t exposed. ” The “I” is Steven Loring, a 40-something-year-old fledgling filmmaker who is making his first full-length documentary film.
The “You” is a succession of seniors in the Rochester area whom Loring is contacting in the hope they will become subjects in his film.
Older singles also discover that the dating landscape is vastly different from that of their youth. The movie, Machado said, shows that physical attraction, while still important, is not the end-all be-all of the past.