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"The Rapture" Wins Two Awards

Hip-Hip-Hooray! We are celebrating after our dark comedy The Rapture was named a Top-10 film in Albuquerque’s highly competitive 48-Hour Film Project competition. Besides our nomination for Best Picture, our film won a technical award (Best Special Effects) and an artistic award (Best Actor for Mike Ostroski’s performance as Reverend Little).

 (Clockwise) "Best Actor" winner Mike Ostroski with screenwriter Robert Palmer, executive producer Rachel Hroncich and actor Summer Olsson at the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, NM. (July 2011)

(Clockwise) "Best Actor" winner Mike Ostroski with screenwriter Robert Palmer, executive producer Rachel Hroncich and actor Summer Olsson at the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, NM. (July 2011)

“These awards are special because they recognize some talented folks,” said director Scott Takeda. “The Best Special Effects is a huge nod to my filmmaking partner Brock Sherman and our stunt coordinator Amy Dalness who found creative ways to blend live-action stunts with green-screen animation.

 Actor Mike Ostroski responding to a special effect we created to make it look like actor Courtney Bell was being thrown back by a massive electrical shock in the dark comedy short "The Rapture." 

Actor Mike Ostroski responding to a special effect we created to make it look like actor Courtney Bell was being thrown back by a massive electrical shock in the dark comedy short "The Rapture." 

“And what can I say about Mike Ostroski except that the award is well deserved. He absolutely held the film together and was our lead in every sense of the word. He allowed me to tell the story of this dysfunctional congregation through his eyes.”

Kudos to executive producer Rachel Hroncich for gathering such an amazing crew. And a standing ovation to our talented cast.