Friday, June 23, 2006

"Bags" Wins!!!

The following is written in the form of a press release for my colleagues in the media. I have invited them to visit this blog for more information on my friend Tim Snider's outstanding achievement in film making. So, for the rest of you who visit here regularly, don't be alarmed by the formal nature of the following-

When Bags Attack-a film directed by Tim Snider, has been chosen Best Film in this year's St. Louis competition in the 48-Hour Film Project. The announcement was made at the Tivoli theater Thursday night after the screening of St. Louis's sixteen top films in the competition. 48 St. Louis-area teams entered films into the competition.

Snider, who lives in Ballwin, is originally from East Carondelet, and is Creative Director of Big World Media Group ( in Columbia. Big World, with offices and creative suites at The Falls Reception Center, produces television and radio commercials, and print ads for clients in the metro area. Snider, who also won the award for Best Director, enlisted the services of several personal and professional friends as writers, cast and crew for the film.

The 48-Hour Film Project is a national competition in which local filmmakers from across the country are challenged to write, shoot, and edit a five-to-eight minute film in the space of two days. At an initial meeting, directors are given a prop, a line of dialogue, and a character, that must appear in each film. They are also given a genre for the film in a random drawing. When Bags Attack was produced in the science-fiction genre. The best films from the various city competitions are then screened and judged at the national finals which should happen in early 2007 at an, as yet, unannounced location. More information on the competition can be found at

The Bags plot is a science-fiction spoof revolving around the main character, a bank manager played by Millstadt resident Tom Calhoun, who tells the story of aliens that are taking the form of plastic shopping bags in their effort to take over planet Earth. Many of the film's lines and visual effects evoked roars of laughter at the local screenings. Calhoun, known for his work as public address announcer for the St. Louis Blues and Gateway Grizzlies, made his film acting debut in the project. Calhoun owns and operates Calhoun Advertising (, a metro-east based advertising agency.

Plans are in the works for a local screening of When Bags Attack.

For more information contact:
Tim Snider (314)-324-5127
Tom Calhoun (888)-585-6510

Way to go Timmy!! I'm proud of you. Thanks for the invitation to be your "Linda Garren"-bank manager.


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