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OMG/HaHaHa opens Friday at Studio on the Square

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A tender and impressionistic film structured as a series of video blog entries and stream-of-consciousness vignettes about families, friends, lovers and loners in Midtown Memphis, the essentially no-budget but beautifully photographed OMG/HaHaHa was named best feature in the festival’s "Hometowner" category, devoted to films produced by residents of Memphis and Shelby County.

The festival jury also decided to award a "Special Jury Prize for Directing" to Fox, and a "Special Jury Prize for Acting" to two of the film's young stars, Jake Casey and Ed Porter. The jury also gave OMG/HaHaHa a "Special Recognition" award in the Narrative Feature category (in which it competed with fims produced outside of Memphis).

OMG/HaHaHa also won the new "Special Achievement in Editing by a Memphis Filmmaker" award, sponsored by the technology company, Avid. The sweet prize for that victory: Avid Media Composer software, worth about $2,500.

Juror Elvis Mitchell, former film critic for The New York Times and host of the "Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence" program on the Turner Classic Movies channel, said OMG/HaHaHa ... is "both playful and innovative."

Said Mitchell: "It feels like something that really is the next step - a film that could play just as well on a laptop or a cell phone as in a theater. Moviemakers have been reaching to capture that for several years now, and this achieves that feeling."