THREE-FIFTY Screens in Santa Barbara

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here’s our formal press release — watch for the informal notes on later posts, today. 😉 Melinda

Los Angeles, CA—January 11, 2008  – The Santa Barbara Film Festival has named Maurice Chauvet’s award- winning short comedy film THREE-FIFTY as one of its official selections for 2008.  THREE-FIFTY screens on Friday, Janaury 25 at 9:30 pm and Thursday January 31 at 12:30pm.  The Santa Barbara Film Festival runs January 24 through February 3, 2008.  Full screening schedules will be posted at shortly. THREE-FIFTY has won a total of three awards on the 2007 film festival circuit — two audience awards and one “Best Picture” award for an entire festival (chosen over all short and feature films).

’s hilarious tale of late fees, privacy rights and just how much information is available at the touch of a button is charming film festival audiences around the world.  From its world-premiere in Aspen to Nashville, Milwaukee, Palm Springs, and many more, THREE-FIFTY has played 14 festivals in the US and Europe.  THREE-FIFTY’s world premiere was at Aspen ShortsFest 2007, and European premiere was at CineGlobe2007 in Geneva Switzerland.   THREE-FIFTY was written and directed by Maurice Chauvet (Owning Mahowny, Sony Classics 2003–Canada’s Genie Award nomination).  Other production credits include:  Jesse Rivard, Producer; Melinda Augustina, Producer & Executive Producer; Barry Norwood, Cinematographer; Eric Grush, Editor; and John Abella, Original Music Composer. 
One of the unique features of THREE-FIFTY is that it was begun as a solar powered project.  Also unique is the origin of THREE-FIFTY.  Developed on stage at Chauvet’s theater company in Venice, CA, the film version of THREE-FIFTY stars the same actors who created the roles on stage:  Evan Grensted as the beleaguered video customer, Michael Angelo Stuno as the dutiful “clerk behind the counter” and Melinda Augustina as the worldly-wise video store manager. THREE-FIFTY’s blog, trailer, full cast and crew list and upcoming film festival schedule can be found online at and at  Blog can also be directly accessed at About Power Hungry Productions:  Power Hungry Productions is “The sustainable production initiative”SM.  THREE-FIFTY is their first short film and was produced partially with  solar power.  Power Hungry Prouctions was founded by Melinda Augustina in 2006 to produce
THREE-FIFTY and additional “stage to film” shorts and feature length films.
Contact:  Melinda Augustina
Phone:  310-228-8384