PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Despite a technical glitch that forced the cancellation of Something Like Summer‘s August 13 screening, the film still earned First Prize in the competition for the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Alternative Spirit Award.

“We feel awful so many people had come to see the movie and went home disappointed,” producer Carlos Pedraza said. He planned to contact the festival staff to see what might be done. The festival concluded on August 13.

Jurors in the festival’s competition, however, had already seen the film and voted to grant it First Place in the award category honoring LGBTQ feature films. Summer tied for First Place with High Low Forty, directed by Paddy Quinn. Prom King, 2010, directed by Christopher Schaap, won the Grand Prize.

“It’s odd to win an award at a film festival at which we never technically screened, but we’re grateful.”

Carlos Pedraza, Writer & Producer
Something New Ben Baur’s short film also takes first place.

BEN BAUR WINS Taking First Place in the Alternative Spirit Award for short films was Summer co-star Ben Baur, with his film, Something New. The short just recently started playing festivals, including Outfest in Los Angeles. Ben wrote and stars in the film, directed by T.J. Marchbank.

Blue Seraph Production’s first feature, Judas Kiss, also won First Place in the Alternative Spirit competition at the Rhode Island festival in 2011.

MORE AWARDS This latest award adds to Summer‘s earlier festival wins for Best First Feature (director David Berry, at Philadelphia and San Diego), Best Supporting Actor (Ben Baur at San Diego and Oklahoma) and Best Soundtrack (Cian McCarthy at San Diego).

“This mainstream festival, one of the top 10 in the country, has established itself as a real supporter of LGBT filmmakers,” Pedraza said, “and we’re thrilled to have another of our movies honored by them.”

RIIFF WAS to have been Summer‘s New England premiere, with attendees from throughout Southern New England, including Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Produced by the 35-year-old Rhode Island arts organization Flickers, the festival, in its 21st year, “celebrates the independent filmmaking spirit,” providing a showcase for 200 international features, documentaries, and shorts.

Something Like Summer was selected from among 6,000 film submissions.

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