About 72

72 What? The 72 Film Fest is an annual time based film competition where teams have 72 hours to make a movie.

Based in Frederick, MD, 72 Film Fest inspires and challenges filmmakers from the Mid-Atlantic region.  2014 Marks the NINTH year.  2014 will be spread over 2 nights.

72 Fest was founded with the introduction of the 72 Film Fest in 2006 by Jason Streff, Clark “Shorty” Kline, and Salyer McLaughlin.

Our Mission: To provide an outlet for the creative community by hosting challenges in the fields of filmmaking, stage, writing, and other arts.

History: Over 270 movies have been made in our first eight years, and 72 Film Fest has shined a spotlight on the local talent behind those movies.  We screen every entry, from first time directors on up to seasoned pros.  Judged by Industry Professionals and Professors, 72 Film Fest awards entries that excel in Acting, Writing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound etc and has also given out over $15,000 of dollars in cash and prizes like: a weekend rental of Red EPIC Camera Package, an iPad2, a Full Adobe Editing Suite (sponsored by Mac Business Solutions), gift certificates to local restaurants like Volt and Cacique, equipment by local Parlights, headshots, free location rental by Frederick Arts Council, AFI memberships, cameras, audio equipment, gear, software and much more.

Highlights: For 2009, we partnered with National Endowment for the Arts and the Big Reads Program to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th anniversary. For 2010, we partnered with Frederick Reads program to celebrate “Fairy Tales”. Best Selling novelist Alice Hoffman came to the city to speak, and Guest Judge.  Eduardo Sanchez (Director of Blair Witch Project and upcoming Possession) picked the Avant Garde entry. In 2012 72 Script Fest was introduced and for the first time Finalist Screenplays were given out to filmmakers to adapt into films. Screenwriters from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean participated including entrants from US, Canada, Great Britain and France.

While many of the arts are supported in the area, and have stages or galleries, filmmakers do not have a centralized place to show their work.  72 Film Fest brings attention to that local talent.


72 Film Fest 2014 Producers:

Board: Clark “Shorty” Kline, Mike Yamrus, Tim Defoggi, Nichole Vande Vere.

Clark “Shorty” Kline is half of Fool Martyr Productions. In recent years, he has worked as writer/director/editor on various independent feature films, commercials and theatrical trailers.  Kline’s second novel “Numb” will be published in late 2014.

Erik Secula: Erik Secula along with his faithful dog, Jimmy, form the fiercest crimefighting team in the city of Frederick.  When they are on the prowl, thugs and criminals quake in their boots.  Disclaimer:  Crimefighting does not take place after the hour of seven pm.  Or on weekends.  Boot quaking is not guaranteed.  Erik’s dog Jimmy and any actual crimefighting may or may not be fictional. (Previously Director on team “Airrick Glasses Productions”.) 

Tim DeFoggi: Director of Information Technology for Sycamore.US a KEYW Company.  Tim has been a supporter of the 72 Film Fest since its creation back in 2006.  He can be seen every year at the Launch Party registering the teams.  In the past he has collaborated with Jason Streff and Pigeonhole Pictures.

Mike Yamrus: Award winning Director, Editor and Videographer.  Most recent documentary film “A Message From the Tree” won a Telly Award in the Historical category.  Mike works on commercials and many various side projects for a living under the company name Big Wave Media. Previous 72 Film Fest Winner (now retired) – Ready to pump some creative energy into this year’s 72 Film Fest!

Nichole Vande Vere 

Past Years Credits:

Producers: Clark “Shorty” Kline, Erik Secula, Tim Defoggi, Mike Yamrus, Nichole Vande Vere

Host: Mikael Johnson, Larry Fellows and Pete Bergen

“Opening” Directed by Mike Yamrus

“Interstitials” Directed by Joey McAdams

“Science!” Directed by Clark Kline starring Mikael Johnson, Evan Owens and Samuel Tressler.

Awards designed by Roland Metal Art

Supported by Flying Dog Brewery, Mac Business Solutions, Frederick Community College Big Picture Media, Area 31, Wonder Book and Frederick Film Fest.

72 Film Fest Judge Chair: Kelly Trigger

Judges: Eric Reickel, Rhett Murphy, Evan Guilfoyle, Matt Edens, Rona Mensah, Tim Martin, Richard Jefferies

Producers: Clark Kline, Erik Secula, Tim Defoggi, Mike Yamrus, Nichole Vande Vere Host: Doug Powell, Mikael Johnson and Rona Mensah “The Writer” Opening Directed by Joey McAdams Team Bumps and Awards Directed by Mike Yamrus “The Horror” Directed by Clark Kline starring Mikael Johnson and Doug Powell with special appearance by Jeff Keilholtz.  CoStarring Pete Bergen and Amber Powell.  camera: Mike Yamrus, Clark Kline

“Vote for the Host” by Mikael Johnson and Doug Powell. “Begin” Promos directed by Mike Yamrus Awards designed Roland Metal Art Sponsored by Final Draft, Flying Dog Brewery, and KeyW 72 Film Fest Judge Chair: Kelly Trigger Judges: Jack Gerbes, Eric Reickel, Nichole Dowlearn, Rhett Murphy, Evan Guilfoyle, Matt Edens, Rona Mensah, Tim Martin 72 Script Fest Judges: Matt Edens, Rhett Murphy, Alan Kreizenbeck, Erik Hadden, Eric Reickel, Walter Chalkley, Michael Nazelrod, Shuan Butcher, Celeste Schaefer Snyder. Poster Design by Thomas Newman

“Typewriter”, “Launch Party”, and Festival Photos by 1513foto

Producers: Clark Kline, Erik Secula, Tim Defoggi, Mike Yamrus Host: Doug Powell (with Erik Secula) Switchboard Opening Directed by Joey McAdams Team Bumps and Awards Directed by Mike Yamrus “The End” Directed by Mikael Johnson/Clark Kline starring Mikael Johnson and Doug Powell with special appearance by Jeff Keilholtz.  camera: Mike Yamrus, Zack Cutler, Clark Kline “They Meet Again”, “Reach”, “Revelation”, “Sore, “Bitter”,  “The Thievings” Improvised by Mikael Johnson, Doug Powell and Amber Powell. Shot by Mike Yamrus and Clark Kline “The 3 Clues” Promos directed by Mike Yamrus “Bereavement” and “Donkey” promos directed by Erik Secula Awards and Artomatic Room Design by Rebeccah Leister Sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery Mac Business Solutions and KeyW Judge Chair: Kelly Trigger Judges: Jack Gerbes, Matt Edens, Rona Mensah, Joey McAdams, Shuan Butcher, Lisa Duva Poster Design by Thomas Newman “Phone” and “Launch Party” Photos by 1513foto
Produced by: Clark Kline Hosts: Doug Powell, Mikael Johnson “Red Riding Hood” Opening/Bumps Directed by Joey McAdams “Clash of the Hosts” Directed by Clark Kline/Mikael Johnson Starring Mikael Johnson and Doug Powell Awards Designed by Rebeccah Leister Advisory Board: Erik Secula, Rebeccah Leister, Joey McAdams Guest Judges: Eduardo Sanchez, Alice Hoffman. Judge Chair: Kelly Trigger. Judges: Shuan Butcher, Matt Edens, Rona Mensah, Adam Lubkin, Caryn Clippert, Lee Gardner. Poster Design by Thomas Newman
Produced by: Clark Kline  Jason Streff Host: Mikael Johnson “Edgar Allan Poe” Opening and Bumps Directed by Joey McAdams “The Giving” Directed by Clark Kline, Mikael Johnson  Starring Mikael Johnson and Michelle Murad Awards designed by Rebeccah Leister Guest Judge: David Kipen Judge Chair: Kelly Trigger. Judges: Shuan Butcher, Matt Edens, Rona Mensah, Diane Sibbison Poster Design by Lauren Morrison
Produced by: Clark Kline  Jason Streff  Salyer McLaughlin Host: Mikael Johnson “Candle” Opening and Bumps by Joey McAdams 72 Film Fest and You!” and “GTA:Frederick” by Mikael Johnson Clark Kline and Joey McAdams Awards designed by Rebeccah Leister Judge Chair: Kelly Trigger. Judges: John Healey, Rona Mensah, Kevin Logghe, Amy Riley, Adam Lubkin, Matt Edens Poster Design by Jason Streff
Produced by: Clark Kline Jason Streff Salyer McLaughlin Host: Rona Mensah “Welcome to the Ring” Opening by Salyer McLaughlin “Lance and Javier” Directed by Joey McAdams/Clark Kline Starring Caroline Berno & Jason Streff Awards designed by Rebeccah Leister Judge Chair: Kelly Trigger. Judges: Shuan Butcher, Kevin Logghe, Matt Edens, David Koontz, Amy Riley, DC Cathro
Produced by: Clark Kline Jason Streff  Salyer McLaughlin Walter Chalkley Host: Mikael Johnson “Mr 72″ Directed by Joey McAdams Starring Mikael Johnson Opening Music by Shane Gamble Awards designed by Rebeccah Leister

THE 72 FILM FEST FOUNDERS:

Clark Kline is half of Fool Martyr Productions. In recent years, he has worked as writer/director/editor on various feature films, commercials and theatrical trailers.  Kline’s first novel “Anti-Depressant” was published April 2011.

Jason Streff, at a quarter of a century old, is the youngest of the founders. He became interested in film and filmmaking during high school, and has remained so ever since. Jason has directed and produced a number of short films. He is currently most interested in photography, research writing, and quasi-documentary/non-fiction filmmaking. Although he passes the day as a software engineer and student, he remains active in the independent film scene. He is the founder of Pigeonhole Pictures, and some of his works can be found at that website or his personal site.

Salyer McLaughlin has been creating, writing, directing, producing, filming and editing award-winning video and film for more than 20 years in Los Angeles and Frederick/DC Metro Area. From the production of TV commercials to television Talk Shows, from the theatrical release of his PSA’s to web integrated video, he has been a Pioneer. Salyer has also been responsible for launching high profile media campaigns to promote numerous environmental and social causes. The results of these efforts have not only changed the course of U.S. politics, but their imagination and inspiration have garnered Salyer world-wide press including two appearances on ABC World News with Peter Jennings, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CNN Crossfire, as well as feature articles in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter and Ad Week to name a few. And is one of the Festival’s three founders.