Comcast Film Series (Press Release)


Detroit, MI - Six semi-finalist film shorts were selected last week for the 2006 Independent Film Competition sponsored by IFC and Comcast. The semi-finalists were selected by a panel of judges including representatives from Comcast, Detroit's “Movie Show Plus” host Greg Russell and other local celebrity judges. The finalists are: Melissa Bush (Grand Rapids), Gary Bosek (Shelby Township), Charles Dewandeler (Clinton Township), Natasha Beste (Oxford), Keith Jeffries (Ann Arbor) and Jason Fishell (Stanton).

The six short films selected will be shown to the public each week, at the Comcast Film Series starting Saturday, July 22 and continuing through August 26, at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit.

Now through August 26, Independent Film Channel (IFC) viewers across the nation will be able to log on to Media Lab/Detroit ( and vote for their favorite short film finalist from the 2006 Independent Film Competition, presented by Comcast.

The top filmmaker as selected nationally by IFC viewers will receive a Digital Camera and have their film featured on The Independent Film Channel.  The second-place entry (runner-up) will receive a one year movie pass to Phoenix Theaters in Detroit or Farmington Hills. The winning filmmaker will be announced in early September at a red-carpet event hosted at one of the Phoenix Theatres.

The six semi-finalists' films are available on Comcast ON DEMAND throughout the month of August. Watch the Comcast Detroit Film Series Finalists on Comcast ON DEMAND or online at

For complete entry information and contest rules visit