Seventy-Nine Cents the big winner at Nevada County TV’s Foothill Films 2015 |

Seventy-Nine Cents the big winner at Nevada County TV’s Foothill Films 2015

The cast and crew of Seventy-Nine Cents celebrated big at Foothill Films’ gala. Screenwriter and Director Bruce Lazarus is front left with his certificate. Elliott Childs is on the right (wearing hat) with his Best Lead Male Actor certificate. A second showing of the films is planned.
Submitted photo/Ed Hensley |

A short story about a homeless couple with a morally uplifting ending swept the judging categories at Foothill Films 2015 red carpet gala at Nevada Theatre.

“Seventy-Nine Cents,” written and directed by Bruce Lazarus, won Best Film, Screenplay, Director, Lead Female and Male Actors, and Best Music.

Films is a screenwriting-to-filmmaking benefit for Nevada County Television (NCTV). Seventy-Nine Cents was one of eight locally made, 10-minute films vying for top honors. In addition to Lazarus’ win for screenplay, director, music and film, his granddaughter, Falyn Lazarus, won Leading Female Actor. Elliott Childs received Leading Male Actor.

“This was an awesome opportunity to experience the essence of making a movie, and I want to thank NCTV for this incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Lazarus said during the after party and awards ceremony.

Brendan Brooks’ “Today,” a movie about a young, aspiring singer at a crossroads between love and career, took home the coveted Audience Favorite award.

Other films that made their debut were: Abigail by Mitch Faatz, The Curse of Gam Saan by Gary Logan and Julie des Tombe, The Innocent by Matt Powers, 98.7% by Camille Beatrice Cadeaux Collings and Ezra Abernathy, Family Ties by Patricia Beckman, and The Girl in the Photograph by Donna Cobb.

The judges were Carolyne Hatfield McCoy (Moss), director of last year’s winning film “GUILTY;” Jesse Locks, director, Nevada City Film Festival; Hollie Grimaldi-Flores, business development manager, The Union newspaper; Bruce Bradley, author, screenwriter, Foothill Films 2014 Winning Selection for two scripts; and Dave Brown, general manager, KNCO.

From script to silver screen, Foothill Films celebrates the art of filmmaking in Nevada County, starting with a screenplay contest in January to encourage local writers to submit a 10-page script on any topic. NCTV offers screenwriting classes during the call for entries. The short stories are judged, and the top 10 winning screenwriters go on to a cast and crew call. Filming is done during the summer, and are due in mid-September. Everyone on the production team is a volunteer.

Last year, Foothill Films 2014 received the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

With the success of the premiere, a second showing of the films will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, at the Foothills Event Center. Tickets will be $10.

NCTV is a nonprofit, noncommercial television station located at 134 E. Main St. in downtown Grass Valley.

For ticket information on the second showing of Foothill Films, call 272-8862 or visit

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