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‘five beans’ wins big in Reno

Courtesy photoEric Matlock and Rudy Calizo pose with their trophy.

Local filmmakers Rudy Calizo and Eric Matlock were happy just to have their film “five beans in a cup” accepted into the Reno Film Festival. So they were thrilled when their film was awarded Best Nevada Film at the festival’s GAMMA IndieFest competition.

“five beans in a cup” competed against a number of other top quality independent films, all of which were judged by a panel of industry professionals including Oscar-winning producer/director John Daly of “Terminator,” “Platoon,” and “The Last Emperor” fame.

As a winner of the GAMMA IndieFest, Calizo and Matlock’s film enjoyed an encore screening on Sunday at the Reno Film Festival, and many of the celebrity guests at the festival were able to attend and give the aspiring filmmakers their opinions on what they did right and wrong in the film.

“It was just a great experience. There was a lot of hard work prior to (the festival) and it actually paid off,” Calizo said. “We’re probably going to put it (“five beans in a cup”) in a couple more festivals, but for the most part this is just a stepping stone for us … we plan to write other movies and shoot them later on.”

Calizo also said that the pair have plans for another screening of the movie for local audiences sometime in the spring.

According to Matlock, “It was a really nice ceremony and I think all the filmmakers were really supportive of each other. Everybody had a chance to shine.”

“The win gave us a little bit of perspective on some on the approaches we should take for future festivals, and it also gave us a lot of perspective on the project itself and how we can work on it and other future projects as well,” Matlock said.

With all of the industry veterans and hopefuls in attendance, Matlock enjoyed the recognition that came with winning the Best Nevada Film award. “I was pretty excited to get to go up there and make a speech. It was a nice moment to get a little recognition.”

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