2014-08-15 / Editorial/Opinion

Wave Film Critic Wins First Place

The Wave’s film critic Robert M. Snyder and his brother, Philip Snyder, won First Prize for their short, “A Farewell to Arm,” at the 20th Annual Brainwash Drive-in Movie Festival in Oakland, California. Snyder writes the newspaper’s Moviescope column.

This is the second grand prize for the Snyders and “A Farewell to Arm.” The film was also honored as First Prize Winner last year at the Yellow Ape Film Festival in the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, Long island. The film stars Robert M. Snyder Jr. of Woodside, Queens.

“A Farewell to Arm” is a coming of age fable about a Hemingway-esque arm-wrestling challenge between a father and son. Screenwriter Robert Snyder co-directed and co-produced the film with his brother, Philip, who shot and edited. The roles of father and son were played by Robert Sr. and Robert, Jr.

The film’s screening at the Oakland festival took place on July 18, with the awards ceremony on July 26, outside the Nimby Art Museum. The screening area outside the museum is set up like an outdoor drive-in movie. Viewers can arrive by car, by bike or bring a chair and walk in.

A panel of judges determined the award recipients. Philip Snyder was able to fly to Oakland to receive the award on behalf of this brother and himself.

Growing up in Lawrence, Long Island, the Snyder brothers began making films as teenagers.

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