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The Shifty Planet of Dr. Strange Wins Award in the Accolade Film Competition


[March 18, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA]  A Chiaro Scuro Films production.  Produced by Robert Waters, Julie Hook, and Ross Louis Klein.  Adapted for the screen, directed, and edited by Ross Louis Klein.  Based on the short story by Samantha Vail.  Cinematography by Benjamin Goodman.  Starring Michael Hitchcock, David Ryan Kopcych.

Ross Louis Klein has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition, an international film competition in La Jolla, CA. The award was given for the short film, The Shifty Planet of Dr. Strange, a dark comedy about the life of conspiracy theorist Edward Kelly.  The film follows Edward on the eve of his plan to release top secret government documents to the press, when he is convinced by his only friend to go out on the town. What ensues is both hilarious and tragic, and results in Edward becoming an ironic cult icon for the ages.

“We could not have won this award without the hard work of the cast and crew, and all of the generous donations made through our Kickstarter campaign.  We are so grateful to have been supported by so many wonderful people throughout the process of making this film,” said director Ross Louis Klein.

The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about The Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an Accolade, Ross Louis Klein joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who chairs The Accolade, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

The Shifty Planet of Dr. Strange began as a short story by Samantha Vail, a good friend of director Ross Louis Klein at Emerson College.  Ross decided to adapt it into a film for his thesis project at Emerson, and began preproduction on the film in January 2011. The film was shot for $3,500 during March and April of 2011, had a cast and crew of more than forty people, and shot at over a dozen locations, including a police station, hospital and library in Boston and New York.  It was recently announced that the film has been chosen as an Official Selection for the upcoming 2012 Bare Bones International Film Festival, as well as the upcoming 2012 Myrtle Beach International Film Festival.

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