The first film to come out of Santa Monica College's new film-production program, "Solidarity," written and directed by Dustin Brown and co-starring Mantas Valantiejus (both SMC students), won Best Dramatic Short at the San Diego Film Festival, held October 2-6.
Prof. Salvador Carrasco is the head of SMC film production and instructor of the Film 33 class that produces these original short films, while Drew Davis is the production coordinator. "Solidarity" received partial support from the SMC Foundation.
2013 was the biggest year so far for the San Diego Film Festival. It had a complete sellout for Opening Night and its Filmmaker Tribute; more screenings at more locations, and more attendees from all over the globe!
Aside from SMC's "Solidarity," other award recipients were "12 Years a Slave" (Audience Choice Award), Mariel Hemingway (Humanitarian Award), and Judd Apatow (Visionary Filmmaker).