2013-08-09 / Community

Wave Critic Wins First Prize at Film Fest

The Wave’s very own film critic and author of MovieScope, Robert M. Snyder and his brother, Philip Snyder, won First Prize for their short, “A Farewell to Arm,” in the Yellow Ape Film Festival at the Cinema Arts Centre.

“A Farewell to Arm” is a coming of age fable about Hemingwayesque arm-wrestling challenge between a father and son. Screenwriter Robert co-directed with brother Philip and co-starred with his son, Robert M. Snyder, Jr.

The festival took place on July 31st at 7 p.m., yet was a showcase for “Movies for the Midnight Hour,” in the words of Yellow Ape Productions founder Jim Haggerty. These are films, like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show or “Scanners,” that feature shock, horror and dark humor. Among the films (in competition and out of competition) were live performances of dance, music and comedy.

Playing before a packed and paying audience, the films were assessed by a panel of judges. As Grand Prize winner, “A Farewell to Arm,” will be included on “Vaulted: Films from the Yellow Ape Vaults,” an anthology DVD, reminiscent of creature-feature TV shows. As was the festival, it is introduced by vampirish hostess, Lady MacDeath (Josephine Iannece).

This was the first annual Yellow Ape Film Festival. With its success, it won’t be the last.

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