2015 MiMFF

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Rockford Filmmaker Wins at Made in Michigan Film Festival

The animated short film called The Train Job was screened on Friday, October 16 at the Bronner Center for Performing Arts in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It was directed by independent animator, and Rockford resident, Paul Pate. The film was awarded “Best Animated Film”. The Train Job is a 20 minute wild west adventure about a train leaving Dodge City in 1894. The main character Cookie Wilson was voiced by Pate’s stepson, and East Rockford Middle School student, Ryan Gleason.

This was the 7th year for the film festival, which featured over 50 films that were made in Michigan. The Train Job has also been selected to screen at The East Lansing Film Festival on Friday, November 5 at Wells Hall on the MSU campus. MSU is where Pate attended college and met the film’s co-writer, Alfred Laurence. Laurence also directed the music and voiced the film’s villain. Other contributors to the film included Kaya Rogue and Deacon Burns of the hip-hop group from Cleveland, Ohio called Kounterclockwise. Jim Lujan from West Covina, California contributed music to the film, which had an all original score.

Paul Pate created the film on his Apple computer in his basement studio he calls “the Podcave”. He does his artwork in the mornings before he goes to his day job. You can find out more by visiting his website http://www.paulpate.com or checking out the Paul Pate Animation channel on YouTube.