Orlando Philharmonic’s Rockwell Reflections is focus of award-winning film

Posted on: February 27, 2009

Rockwell, a short documentary film by Lisa Mills, a professor of film at the University of Central Florida, has won in the Outstanding Cultural Achievement category at the first-ever MOFILM mobile short film festival. The festival, which took place earlier this February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, was hosted by actor/director Kevin Spacey. Rockwell focuses on composer Stella Sung’s composition Rockwell Reflections, which received its world premiere by the Orlando Philharmonic, with live projections of five Norman Rockwell paintings over the orchestra.  Each of the five movements of Sung’s work reflects a painting by Norman Rockwell; the film focuses on only one movement, The Peace Corps, featuring a painting portraying President John F. Kennedy with young volunteers. The festival awarded submissions from amateur and professional film-makers for movies no longer than five minutes in length. Winner of the festival’s grand prize was English as a Second Language, produced by Frank Chnindamo and directed by Jocelyn Stemat; other winners were in the categories of animation, drama, documentary, and science fiction.