Belmont native Matt Enos will rub shoulders with well-known Hollywood denizens John Turturro, Kathrine Narducci, Daniel Minahan, The Rauch Brothers and more during the Dusty Film & Animation Festival Awards Ceremony Wednesday, May 9 at the School of Visual Arts, 333 West 23rd St.

The evening ceremony caps the 23rd annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival and will be emceed by five-time Billboard Award winner and celebrity interviewer Valerie Smaldone. Prominent industry personalities will present the awards.

The festival, which will begin Sunday, May 6, will showcase more than 100 films and animations from students graduating this spring. Enos graduated from Belfast Area High School in 2008 and began attending the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan that fall. He is graduating this year with an BFA in Film and will be screening his thesis film.

Enos describes his film, “Last Days in Waldo County,” as a narrative/pseudo-documentary about the addictions, mental illnesses and excess of the lower class in Midcoast Maine.

“The film combines a scripted narrative structure with a good amount of authentic and disturbing home video footage captured between the years 2009 and 2011, originally as part of an unfinished documentary,” he said.

Enos’ short was shot in HD DSLR and the picture was heavily edited/aged.

“I added a good amount of grain and noise to give it a gritty look that one would get from, say, viewing an old VHS tape. The film is very raw and gritty and I wanted the look to reflect that,” Enos said.

In addition to the imagery, the film’s soundtrack features exclusively Maine music, including heavy metal band Ruin from Portland and Belfast rock band Silence. Enos’ thesis advisor is Frumkes, a screenwriter and producer.

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