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FUEL TV Names "Harvey Spannos" the Best Film of "THE FUEL TV EXPERIMENT"Action sports network FUEL TV to grant filmmaker Corey Adams a production budget up to $1 million dollars for his next film
FUEL TV, the first and only television network of its kind dedicated to surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, BMX, motocross and wakeboarding, is proud to announce that "Harvey Spannos" is the top film selection in The FUEL TV Experiment. Filmmaker Corey Adams will be granted a production budget up to $1 million; it was recently announced by CJ Olivares, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager, FUEL TV. Ceremonies were held during the 2006 Boost Mobile X-Dance Film Festival presented by Scion at Harry O's in Park City.
"This was an amazingly difficult decision. Each of the films in The FUEL TV Experiment expressed a unique perspective and showcased the incredible talents of a whole new breed of filmmakers. Corey's film 'Harvey Spannos' exemplified everything we hoped for in this project," said Olivares in making the announcement.
"Harvey Spannos" is a surreal comedy about a young boy uncovering the mystery of his father's death and the search for his own identity. Through his journey, Harvey daydreams of being a pro skateboarder as he idolizes the enormously popular and successful champion, Blair Stanley, played by professional skater Rick McCrank.
"Everyone in the film put blood, sweat and tears into it. I was shell-shocked to hear my name and the film's name called from the stage. The film is really dedicated to my nana who passed away just two weeks after we started production. She was so happy when she learned I was going to have the financing to make my film. She really pushed me to be who I am today and we really made it for her," said Adams during the awards ceremony closing party.
Corey Adams is a director and cinematographer. Since 1998, Adams has directed a number shorts through friendlyfire productions and in 2002 he began shooting music videos. Last year, he directed a 24 episode short entitled "Swampdonkey" for the Internet.
Each film was judged against six criteria including originality, overall entertainment value, story/narrative, production inclusive of cinematography and direction, post-production inclusive of editing and sound, and music/soundtrack. Submissions were judged by a panel of FUEL TV production and programming executives.
Over the last year, nine finalists named during 2005 X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival ceremonies, produced skateboarding or surfing films ranging from scripted comedy to documentaries. The nine finalists included Jon Humphries, Susanne Tabata, Tomas Crowder, Wes Brown and T.J. Barrack, Steve Olpin, Jeff Roe, Michael Leon and Tatiana Bliss, Corey Adams, Dave Derewlany and Adam Brodie, and Jeff Burkett and James Reitano.
About The FUEL TV Experiment
The FUEL TV Experiment, launched in May 2004 as a two-year program, supported up to 10 aspiring action sports filmmakers with a production budget up to $100,000 dollars each. The first years' resulting works were screened to the public during the 2006 Boost Mobile X-Dance Film Festival presented by Scion where the films and their directors' next film ideas vied for the final opportunity to be granted a production budget up to $1 million.
For more information on FUEL TV or to learn how to get FUEL TV, visit www.fuel.tv or call 1 877 4FUELTV.
About FUEL TV
In a word, FUEL TV is action sports television. Ok that was three words, but you get the point. It's your connection to what's happening in skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, freestyle motocross and wakeboarding. FUEL TV brings you the exclusive stories, unique personalities and the epic moments of action sports. You'll hear new music, get inside riders' heads, catch breaking news first, watch people fall down, get back up and do it all again. Maybe you live it. Maybe you don't. What is the world is coming to? Tune in and see. Launched on July 1, 2003, FUEL TV is seen in nearly 15 million U.S. homes. FUEL TV programming has global appeal and reach into the UK via FX UK; Latin America, including Brazil, via FX Latin America and Fox Sports Latin America; and Australia via FUEL TV Aus.
To see if you get FUEL TV or for dates and showtimes, visit www.fuel.tv.
Gregg Schwenk is a writer, educator, and entrepreneur. He reports on a number of various subjects including: film, art, technology and politics. Mr. Schwenk is an adjunct professor at CSUF's Center for Entertainment and Tourism located in Orange County, California. He is also a consultant and advisor to several entertainment and technology firms. In 2005, Mr. Schwenk was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce, to the District Export Council. He has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and completed the Advanced Management Program at USC.
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