TVG Network and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have announced the winners for the first TVG/TOC Short Film Contest, in which amateur filmmakers producing short films about Thoroughbred horseracing competed for $20,000 in cash prizes and an internship at TVG.
Taking home the first prize of $10,000 in cash and an opportunity to intern at TVG's television studio in Los Angeles for three months were Lyman Creason and Rob Curtin for their short film submission, "The Barbers of the 'Ville." The film explores the theme that "the heart and soul of American Thoroughbred racing is the two dollar bettor and the blue collar owner," through the story of the Durbin brothers, Jerry and Jim. The brothers come from a "long line of hair cutters," with a family history of love for and involvement with racehorses.
Jerry works a full time job as a barber, while Jim cuts hair part time and trains their small stable of horses. Supported by a dedicated, hard-working staff, they have managed to make Durbin Stables a self-supporting venture. In addition to presenting a heart-warming story, the film segues artistically between the two worlds of the blue-collar worker and small horse owner/trainer.
The second, third and fourth prizewinners, who will receive cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively, were Brandon Alcott for "A Day at the Races" (Second Prize), Dylan Porter for "Marged's Dancer" (Third Prize) and Justin Frimmer for "No Insurance" (Fourth Prize).