Feb. 3, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — "Neck Deep," the new short film from independent filmmakers Todd G. Bieber and Juliana Brafa, has been selected as part of Cinequest Film Festival's online competition.

Cinequest, which takes place in San Jose, Calif., is listed along with Sundance and Cannes as one of the Top Ten Film Festivals in the World, according to Chris Gore, author of numerous books on the film industry and film festival circuit.

"Neck Deep" was chosen to appear with a select group of other top-ranked short films. Only five percent of 1,777 films submitted to the festival this year were chosen to participate. "Neck Deep" is eligible to win the Viewer's Voice Award, granted by votes from the public via the Internet.

"Neck Deep" is the humorous story about class warfare taking its battle to the fishing hole, where two anglers cross paths at a trout stream only big enough for one man.

"The bulk of the movie was shot over the course of one day in and around Penns Creek," said Brafa, the film's producer. "I'm sure it was quite a sight to see our film crew in the middle of the creek with cameras, cables and microphones dangling above the rushing water. It was hard work but a great day."

Bieber and Brafa teamed with acclaimed actor and Bucknell professor Gary Grant (who plays both main characters) for the five-minute movie, which also features original music by Grammy Award-winning percussionist Steve Mitchell and flutist Flora Eyster.

Bieber also is the instructor for the Bucknell Craft Center's movie workshops; Eyster also is caretaker of the Bucknell greenhouse. Bucknell students Chris Moreau, Shannon Emigh, Mike Mellas, and Cari Haimes served as the production crew for the movie.

"One Number 2," Bieber and Brafa's film about the strange adventures of a pencil, was awarded First Place in the Kodak Film-sponsored Marco Island Film Festival competition in November 2003. "One Number 2" went on to win top awards at three other national film festivals.

Bieber is a 2003 graduate of Bloomsburg University, with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in film. Brafa is a senior at Bucknell, double majoring in theatre and English/creative writing, and dual minoring in film studies and women's studies.

"This is a huge honor for us as filmmakers," said Bieber, writer and director of the film. "Cinequest is a highly respected competition, and we are excited at the thought of being mentioned along with these other films. It's also great to be able to showcase some of our local natural scenery to the rest of the world."

Bieber and Brafa are currently in production for their first full-length movie, a psychological thriller titled "All is Normal." Visit http://www.FlexibleFrame.com/ for more information on their movies; click on Neck Deep for a 30-second preview online.

Visit http://www.cinequestonline.org/ between Feb. 16 and 22 to watch the movie and vote.

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