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March 2, 2005

LEWISBURG, PA — "Neck Deep," Todd G. Bieber's and Juliana Brafa's new five-minute short film, won the Viewers Voice Award at Cinequest Film Festival this week.

Cinequest, which takes place in San Jose, California, is listed along with Sundance and Cannes as one of the "Top Ten Film Festivals in the World" according to Chris Gore, author of numerous books on the film industry and film festival circuit.

"It was such an honor just to be selected into Cinequest in the first place," said Brafa, producer of `Neck Deep,' "but to win and to receive such an overwhelmingly positive response from the viewers has been amazing."

The film competed with a select group of other top-ranked films from around the world which were accepted from the nearly 1800 films submitted to the festival this year.

The Viewers Voice Award is granted by the votes by the public via the Internet. During the course of the competition, "Neck Deep" received over 250 five-star reviews from people around the world, which was over 70 more five-star reviews than the next closest ranked film.

"Neck Deep," which will play at the special Viewers Voice Award screening March 6 in San Jose, Calif., is the humorous story about class warfare taking its battle to the fishing hole, where two anglers cross paths at a trout stream only big enough for one man.

Bieber and Brafa teamed with acclaimed actor and Bucknell professor Gary Grant (who plays both main characters) for the five-minute movie, which also features original music by Grammy Award-winning percussionist Steve Mitchell and flutist Flora Eyster.

"One Number 2," Bieber and Brafa's short film about the strange adventures of a pencil, was awarded First Place in the Kodak Film sponsored Marco Island Film Festival competition in November 2003. The film went on to win top awards at three other national film festivals.

Bieber is a 2003 graduate of Bloomsburg University, with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in film. Brafa is a senior at Bucknell University, with a double major in theatre and English/creative writing, and dual minors in film studies and women's studies.

"I'm just so happy that people really like the movie," said Bieber, writer and director of the film. "Now I hope being recognized at such a prestigious festival opens up some opportunities for our future projects."

Bieber and Brafa are in production for their first full-length movie, a psychological thriller titled "All is Normal." For more information on their movies, visit


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