Award-winning short film to screen at Maumee Indoor TheaterWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Local filmmaker Steven Boatman’s award-winning short film, “Mowing Through Misery,” will be screened prior to feature films at the Maumee Indoor Theater starting Sept. 14.
The five-minute dark comedy about the frustrations of a man trying to mow his lawn will be shown for a week and possibly longer, said Maumee Indoor Theater executive director Ty Szumigala.
“I want to let our customers see what an award-winning movie short looks like from a local film producer, writer, editor and director,” Szumigala said.
The film earned third place in the drama category for microfilms at the International Indie Gathering Film Festival in Hudson, Ohio, in August. It was also part of OneCloudFest, the first film festival held via Facebook.
Boatman — who lost his hearing when he was 1 and hears with a cochlear implant — writes, directs, films, edits and acts in his films. He built most of his own equipment, including a dolly platform with metal pipe tracks, an 8-foot aluminum crane and a computer for video-editing.
The film was also screened at the Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival in Lima in July, where it caught the attention of Los Angeles-based actor/writer/director Russ Russo. Russo asked Boatman to be director of photography for his upcoming independent feature-length film “Heat Wave,” which will start filming in January.
An interview with Boatman by Kristina Michelle, host of The Reel Show on the Reel TV Network, will air online at www.ReelTVNetwork.com at 4 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 10 p.m. through Sept. 17.