Rice film wins MaineFocus awards

Apr 05, 2014
Daniel Rice appears in many of his brother David Rice’s short films, including this winter’s “Someone Who Cares.”

Bangor — Filmmaking brothers David and Daniel Rice of Winterport brought home a couple of awards from the inaugural MaineFocus Film Festival, hosted by the MaineFocus Drug Abuse team and Project AWARE and sponsored by Bangor Daily News.

The festival’s final screenings were held Feb. 22 in conjunction with the annual high school basketball tournament at the Cross Insurance Center. The call had been for short films that address drug abuse throughout the state.

The Rice Bros. Film “Someone Who Cares” was one of eight finalists. Written and directed by David, a senior at Hampden Academy, it featured Quinton Donahue, Jonathan Rice and Daniel, who also contributed the soundtrack and served as assistant director. The short film focuses on prescription painkiller abuse and the importance of talking about one’s problems with other people in order to get help.

David Rice was the 2013 Grand Prize winner of the Maine Student Film and Video Festival, as well as winner of the 36th annual competition’s Senior Division. “Someone Who Cares” was a hit with MaineFocus viewers as well as the judges, winning the People’s Choice award and coming in second overall. It may be seen, along with more than two dozen films, on the brothers’ GroovyMoviePro YouTube channel.

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