June 4, 2002

Chrysler-sponsored film festival now on www.chrysler.com

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Five finalists in the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival are now showing their five-minute short films online at www.chrysler.com. Also on the site are the short films of the five semi-finalists who created extreme films in Cannes.

Emerging filmmakers were required to cast, shoot, and edit a Chrysler-branded short film featuring either the Chrysler PT Cruiser or Chrysler Crossfire. The films were premiered at an invitation-only event and a blue ribbon panel of VIPs, celebrities and industry professionals selected the finalists.

Also premiering on the Chrysler website will be eight (8) 30-second shorts created specifically for the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival by Doug Liman, director of “Go!”, “Swingers” and the upcoming Universal Pictures’ release “The Bourne Identity” starring Matt Damon. These comedic promotional pieces capture the nuances of independent filmmaking and were created as wraparounds for the Extreme Filmmaking Premiere in Cannes.

“The extreme filmmakers created some outstanding content for the Chrysler brand to utilize in a number of promotional platforms,” said Jeff Bell, Vice President of Communications, DaimlerChrysler. “As we move further along in the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival competition, the Chrysler brand is proud to continue its support of emerging artists,” he added.

The top five filmmakers chosen in Cannes now advance to the next phase of the year-long competition, the Feature Film Packaging phase, taking place this summer in Los Angeles. While living at the Chrysler Summer House, each finalist will develop a million dollar film production project in collaboration with an industry mentor. The filmmakers’ production packages will include a trailer for their proposed feature film, as well as a working script, storyboards, budget, proposed casting, shooting schedule, poster art and promotional vehicle. Working from offices on the Universal Studios lot, the filmmakers will have access to Universal props, property, sets, costumes, soundstages, and other production resources as they compete for a one million dollar feature film development deal courtesy of the Chrysler brand, Hypnotic and Universal Pictures.

The 10 filmmakers and their Extreme Films premiering online are (finalists indicated below):

  • Will Canon, Arlington, Texas – “Air Jesus”

  • Patrick Daughters, New York, NY – “The Young American” (Finalist)
  • Richard Dougherty, Los Angeles – “My Perfect Woman”
  • Maurice A. Dwyer, New York, NY – “Cop Block”
  • Matthew Ehlers, Rochester, NY – “Cannes Man” (Finalist)
  • Geoffrey Haley, North Hollywood, Calif. – “Fracture” (Finalist)
  • Catherine Tingey, New York, NY – “Tunnel of Love”
  • Jeff Wadlow, Los Angeles, Calif. – “Manual Labor” (Finalist)
  • Seth Wiley, Los Angeles, Calif. – “Blue” (Finalist)
  • Ivan Zivkovic, Los Angeles, Calif. – “Je T’ Aime”

The Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival’s final destination, Toronto, Canada, is where the five finalists will present their feature film pitch as well as their film’s promotional poster and trailer. Ultimately, one filmmaker will be selected as the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival winner and be given approval to begin production on their feature film idea.<

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