Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 31, 2016 – Mark Marlar and Joey Vokac, the video team at Client Focused Media and The Buzz Media Group, took home honors at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Their film, a documentary titled “Mo’Freaka,” won the Best First Person Film Award.
“It was such a great experience to have our film screened at the festival and we are excited to have walked away with this award,” said Marlar. “We got a great reaction from the crowd and spoke with a lot of people who gave us some insight on the next steps for Mo’Freaka. We would like to extend a special thank you to Todd Roobin and Susan Simms, who really made the trip for us.”
Roobin, manager of the Jacksonville Office of Film and Television, took notice of the film and put Marlar and Vokac in contact with Susan Simms, the Los Angeles liaison for the Florida Office of Film and Entertainment.
“Susan connected us with some big names in the industry and gave us some great insight into future opportunities for Mo’Freaka,” said Vokac. “The whole thing was such a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to seeing where this will take us.”
The story of “Mo’Freaka” follows the struggles of an up and coming musician. It shows how he deals with rejection from family, friends and society as he works through the daily grind of trying to make it as a hip-hop artist. Marlar, who is the video director at CFM, served as the producer and sound production manager. Vokac, a videographer with CFM, was the director. Derek Fleming was the writer and editor and Kyle Vaughn was the camera operator.
“Mo’Freaka” is in at least three more festivals through April and the team is considering turning the concept into a series. Marlar and Vokac are also working on a few more projects and are looking to produce a Cinematic music video in the upcoming months.
The Slamdance Film Festival is focused on fostering the development of unique and innovative filmmakers. It was created in 1995 by filmmakers for filmmakers and takes place the same weekend as the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Up-and-coming writers, directors and producers have a chance to showcase their work alongside seasoned veterans of the industry.