OIF RUSH Challenge - 2020


Best Hair/Makeup – Resilient – Parker King

Best Production Design – Resilient – Lexa Davis/ Matthew L. Burgess

Best Original Music – Emotional Pianist  – Rosemari Boiani Azevedo

Best Supporting ActorLEGACY – Jarron Webster

Best Supporting ActressResilient – Danielle J. Bowman

Best SoundA Reckoning – Dale Metz/Lexa Davis

Best Cinematography – Resilient  – Jeptha Valcich

Best Editing Break Time – Gregory Mohn

Best Lead Actor – Heart vs. Brain – Andrew Contreras

Best Lead ActressLyber Ride – Tiffany Anthony

Best Original StoryBreak Time – Gregory Mohn

Best DirectingEmotional Pianist – Henrique Franhani

Best in Genre (Certificate Awards)

  • Best in Drama – Emotional PianistHenrique Franhani
  • Best in Action – Break TimeGregory Mohn
  • Best in Adventure – A Reckoning – Dale Metz

Honorable Mention:

  • Orion – The Hunter – Tatum Matthews
  • LEGACY – Jarron Webster JR

Best Picture Nominees:

  • LEGACY – Brooks Leibee
  • Emotional Pianist – Henrique Franhani
  • Break Time – Gregory Mohn
  • A Reckoning – Dale Metz
  • Resilient – Matthew Burgess

Best Picture Winner: Emotional Pianist

RUSH Challenge Nominees:

Best Makeup
Orion – The Hunter – Virginia Alejandra Lopez
Break Time – Belinda Rolen
Like a Lady – Marina McSeaton
Resilient – Parker King
Amira Retribution – Megan Charles
Breathe – Stacy O’Connor

Best Production Design
The Huntress – Michael Speigner
Like a Lady – Paisley Greer
Break Time – Gregory Mohn
Orion – The Hunter – Phillip Mullen
Resilient – Lexa Davis/ Matthew L. Burgess

Best Original Music
Lyber Ride – 40 Don-P
Emotional Pianist – Rosemari Boiani Azevedo
Resilient – The Bethany Brandt Band
LEGACY – Dallas Crane
Breathe – Joseph O’Connor/Daniel Perretti/Ron Potter
My Everyday Life – Nazsir Givens

Best Sound
A Reckoning – Dale Metz/Lexa Davis
TORN – Paul Usungu
The Huntress – Michael Helms
LEGACY – Ben Shepler & Emily Annibale
Break Time – Charles Beck

Supporting Actor
Heart vs. Brain – Anthony Sava
The Odds – Tim Allen
The Monmouth Defector – Rex Seaton
A Reckoning – Jackson Tessmer
My Everyday Life – J.None
LEGACY – Jarron Webster
Lyber Ride – Rob Ciccone
Orion – The Hunter – Don Larson
Break Time – James Adams
Surviving Reality – Austin Lampe
TORN – Michael Santi

Supporting Actress
Resilient – Danielle J. Bowman
Forever in my heart – Brenda Ingraham
The Hero We Get – Cirene Araque
¿A quién quiero mentirle? – Alexandra Balda
The Monmouth Defector – Jessica Brandt
The Odds – Sarah Yarborough
LEGACY – Veronica Tinsley
The Huntress – Janice Fisher
Amira Retribution – Raven Wynn
Lyber Ride – Chantel Tavares
Orion – The Hunter – Righley Englehardt
A Reckoning – Ashlyn Jade Lopez

Best Cinematography
Just My Luck – Felix Reyes/Chris Adams
Breathe – Ron Bourdeau
Orion – The Hunter – David Kashner
Surviving Reality – Trent Duncan
Lyber Ride – Rob Chiola
TORN – Paul Usungu
Like a Lady – Brian Mills
A Reckoning – Dale Metz
Break Time – Gregory Mohn
LEGACY – Michael Hanks
Emotional Pianist – David Chenoweth
Resilient – Jeptha Valcich
The Huntress – Austin Burke

Best Editing
Emotional Pianist – Henrique Franhani
Amira Retribution – Ron Bourdeau
The Huntress – Michael Speigner
My Everyday Life – Nazsir Givens
Lyber Ride – Swann Christopher
Surviving Reality – Felix Reyes
TORN – Paul Usungu
A Reckoning – Dale Metz
LEGACY – Megan Marie Connolly
Break Time – Gregory Mohn
Resilient – Jeptha Valcich

Lead Actor
Break Time – Chuck Fusca
Emotional Pianist – Buzz Van Dyke
Orion – The Hunter – Robert Smith
TORN – Samson Georges
A Reckoning – Don Larson
Breathe – Kid Kyle
My Everyday Life – Cameron McNamara
Heart vs. Brain – Andrew Contreras
The Tale of two Famous Actors – Teo Ciltia
Surviving Reality – Jonathan Ochoa
Lyber Ride – Sha-Ron Dean

Lead Actress
Fate Knocking – Jacoline Frank
Amira Retribution – Jana Henry
Forever in my heart – Laura Stetman
TORN – Pavie Vega
A Reckoning – Sophie Gonzalez
The Odds – Sarah Malfara
The Monmouth Defector – Stephanie Kirves
Just My Luck – Danielle J. Bowman
My Everyday Life – Jaiden Harvey
Surviving Reality – Briegette Bullock
The Huntress – Summer Bauerle
Emotional Pianist – Jann Van Dyke
Orion – The Hunter – Tatum Matthews
Resilient – Madison M. Bowman
Lyber Ride – Tiffany Anthony

Best Original Story
The Tale of two Famous Actors – Petra Tressler
Heart vs. Brain – Carson Klubnik
Surviving Reality – Madison M. Bowman
Lyber Ride – Bryan Johnson and Swann Christopher
Orion – The Hunter – David Kashner
Emotional Pianist – Henrique Franhani
Break Time – Gregory Mohn

Best Directing
LEGACY – Brooks Leibee
Emotional Pianist – Henrique Franhani
Break Time – Gregory Mohn
A Reckoning – Dale Metz
Resilient – Lexa Davis
Surviving Reality – Madison M. Bowman
Breathe – Joseph OConnor
TORN – Eddie J. Wilson
Heart vs. Brain – Carson Klubnik
Lyber Ride – Swann Christopher
My Everyday Life – Nazsir Givens

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Made it! :


The Huntress [Action/PG-13] – By Michael Speigner

Break Time [Action/PG-13]  – By Gregory Mohn

The Hero We Get  [Action-Comedy/PG-13] – By Gage Lynn

The Syndicate: Reignite [Action/PG-13]  – By Kelly Weaver

The Monmouth Defector [Action/PG] – By Wes Imlay

The Visionary [Action/PG-13] – By Brandon Rivers

LEGACY [Action/PG-13] – By Brooks Leibee

Resilient [Action/PG] – By Matthew Burgess

Black Diamond and Ivory Fist: The Ho Ho Ho Holiday Funk [Action/PG-13] – By Zachary Tuttle

Surviving Reality [Adventure-Comedy/PG-13] – By Madison Bowman

Amira 2: Retribution [Action/PG] – By Samantha Burton & Shiminga Forney

code: MAGENTA [Adventure-Comedy/PG] – By Alaina Jaye Antrim

A Reckoning [Adventure/PG] – By Dale Metz

The Tale of two Famous Actors [Adventure-Comedy/PG] – By Petra Tressler

Lucas – [Adventure/PG] – By Paul Usungu

Orion – The Hunter [Adventure/PG] – By Mary Ann Sawyer

Breathe [Adventure/PG] – By Joseph O’Connor

Lyber Ride [Adventure/PG] – By Swann Christopher


Fate Knocking [Romance/PG] – By Arlene Lagos

Escape [Romance/PG] – By Robert Laur

Table Talk [Romance/G] – By Violetta Anna Licari

A Love Game [Romance/PG] – By Lexa Davis

Just My Luck [Romance/PG] – By Righley Engelhardt

Justice [Romance/PG-13] – By Jill Mington

Like a Lady [Romance/PG] – By Zainab Raza

Emotional Pianist [Romance/PG] – By Henrique Franhani

 Forever in my heart [Romance/PG-13] – By Florentina Kleiner

¿A quién quiero mentirle? [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Ibis Enid Rodriguez

TORN [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Eddie Wilson and Honesty Bodiford.

Heart vs. Brain [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Eli Bulger

My Everyday Life [Action-Comedy/PG-13] – By Nazsir Givens

The Odds [Action-Comedy/PG-13] – By Sarah Vaughn & Emerson Perry

The A Game [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Cleo Fox & Ebony Allison

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    • 13 Crystal Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Music, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Original Story, Best Sound, Best Set Design, Best Hair/MUA.
    • Certificate Awards: Audience Awards, Honorable Mentions.
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    • Script Submission deadline December 8th
    • Complete film must be submitted by March 8, 2019
    • Must be one of the following genre: Action/Adventure or Romance
    • Make it watchable by a family, PG-13, limit F words to 2-3, NO nudity, gore and blood are okay, make a use of profanity in good taste.
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    The Huntress [Action/PG-13] – By Michael Speigner

    Special Agent Mallen, a Playboy, reluctantly accepts an assignment to escort a teenage girl to a safe house, only to find the mission to be more challenging than he thought when he’s forced to deal with an angry teenager and a determined assassin.

    Amira 2: Retribution [Action/PG] – By Samantha Burton & Shiminga Forney

    Two former assassins are forced to cooperate with an FBI agent to catch a multifaceted violent criminal that they’ve done several assassinations for. But things quickly heat up when he realizes one of them is too close to home.

    Break Time [Action/PG-13]  – By Gregory Mohn

    A man on the verge of a scientific breakthrough gets a mysterious visitor who tries to stop him.

    The Hero We Get  [Action-Comedy/PG-13] – By Gage Lynn

    A retired special operative finds himself forced back into action and, suddenly, in the fight of his life.

    Temper Peter [Action/PG-13] – By Will Umotong

    “After witnessing the death of his little brother, a guy fights to get revenge against a mob boss while keeping his temperature above 99 or he dies”.

    The Bag [Action/PG-13]  – By David Williams

    No one knows what’s in it, but everybody wants it, and they do WHATEVER they can…to get it.

    RUSH: How It Started [Action-Comedy/PG-13] – By Rex McSeaton

    The son of a formerly idolized champion of an underground fighting ring, decides to bring his father’s legacy make to make a little extra money to help him and his pregnant girlfriend when he is met with an impossible choice. 

    The Syndicate: Reignite [Action/PG-13]  – By Kelly Weaver

    In the world of assassins sometimes love is a battlefield. 

    Resilient [Action/PG] – By Matthew Burgess

    A teen seeks redemption following a car accident, that claimed the life of her older sister.

    The Odds [Action-Comedy/PG-13] – By Sarah Vaughn & Emerson Perry

    A group of robbers find themselves in an interesting situation when they end up robbing the same location. 

    My Everyday Life [Action-Comedy/PG-13] – By Nazsir Givens

    A teenage boy who strives to be perfect, embarks on a journey with his 2 friends.

    The Monmouth Defector [Action/PG] – By Wes Imlay

    A man finds himself kidnapped by an intelligence agent from a Caribbean nation who wishes to defect to the United States.

    LEGACY [Action/PG-13] – By Brooks Leibee

    widower, on the run with this eight year old son, narrowly escapes local law enforcement with their lives, an age old secret, and a ruthless pursuer on their trail.

    The Visionary [Action/PG-13] – By Brandon Rivers

    James Spencer, a famous detective known for his special ability is presented with his biggest case yet to save the mayor’s from 3 of the cities biggest terrorist. He realizes time is not on his side to find the mayor’s where about. Him and his partner David Beucannon will be pushed farther than they ever imagine.

    Mary, Bloody, Mary [Action/PG-13] – By Syd Latimore

    After years of being incognito, a certified human weapon returns to her hometown to retrieve the ashes of her dead mother but, discovers her time away didn’t save her from past enemies.

    Nerfed [Action/PG-13] – By Adam Ray

    We find out what happens when adult friends refuse to grow up and other just don’t understand.

    Black Diamond and Ivory Fist: The Ho Ho Ho Holiday Funk [Action/PG-13] – By Zachary Tuttle

    The Evil Krampus and his Mistress of Evil Jackie Frost has kidnapped Santa so, it’s up to Black Diamond and Ivory Fist to save Santa using the power of Funk Fu.


    The Jacket [Adventure/PG-13] – By Damien Shane

    After purchasing and wearing an old jacket from Goodwill, a young man encounters some intense flashbacks that lead him to an unsolved murder. Now, he, his girlfriend, and best friend are on the hunt for answers.

    code: MAGENTA [Adventure-Comedy/PG] – By Alaina Jaye Antrim

    Originating with the trials of one woman centuries ago, a group of kids are left clues to a mystery bigger than any of them ever expected.

    A Reckoning [Adventure/PG] – By Dale Metz

    A group of teenagers befriend a homeless man and discover magic that goes beyond friendship.

    Surviving Reality [Adventure-Comedy/PG-13] – By Madison Bowman

    When four teens wake up in an unknown land with no recollection of how they got there, they realize that their fate lies in their ability to survive reality. 

    Breathe [Adventure/PG] – By Joseph O’Connor

    A young boy takes an adventure that no one should ever have to take.

    My Movie [Adventure-Comedy/PG-13] – By Brian Furber

    An adventurous short film about how a man who lost everything was still able to find his true self.

    The Tale of two Famous Actors [Adventure-Comedy/PG] – By Petra Tressler

    Two so called famous actors who compete against each other, receive a lesson in the afterlife

    Lyber Ride [Adventure/PG] – By Swann Christopher

    An uber uptight businessman who is forced to get a lift from a rideshare service ends up getting more than he bargained for.

    Lucas – [Adventure/PG] – By Paul Usungu

    A Friendship story between Jody and her fish pet Lucas

    The Hunter [Adventure/PG] – By Mary Ann Sawyer

    Little girl chose a Dare while playing Truth or Dare and what she finds out leads her to  become a hunter.

    Paranormal Warp Zone [Adventure-Comedy/PG-13] – By J.P Smith

    3 filmmaking buddies rush into capturing their idol on film for a 24HR film challenge and end up having an experience of a lifetime.



    Fate Knocking [Romance/PG] – By Arlene Lagos

    When opportunity knocks,  will Betty be ready to open the door to her fate?

    TORN [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Eddie Wilson and Honesty Bodiford.

    When love’s GPS sets your destination to a beautiful blissful marriage. Suddenly, makes a left turn and detours you to a dead end. What do you do? Turn around and remain lost or create your own lane.

    Room Service [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Sheree Shearey

    An up-and-coming and quirky actress, has a one-on-one love scene rehearsal with her famous co-star, where she crosses the line and jeopardizes her career.

    Escape [Romance/PG] – By Robert Laur

    Can a couple’s boredom survive temptation?

    Table Talk [Romance/G] – By Violetta Anna Licari

    When three senior ladies, and three senior men, make up their minds to fix what they think needs fixing, a series of coincidences follow around every corner

    A Love Game [Romance/PG] – By Lexa Davis

    Two enthusiastic anchors give live commentary on a series of simultaneous dates. In this game of love, only one couple will victoriously leave happily together.

    The Past & The Present [Romance/G] – By Akirra Quinn

    The year of 1970, a massive riot happened outside of Yani’s Nightclub. Will this night turn into something good, or something bad?

    Just My Luck [Romance/PG] – By Righley Engelhardt

    Justice [Romance/PG-13] – By Jill Mington

    After her sister nearly dies as the result of a toxic relationship, a young girl seeks justice that spirals out of control.

    Like a Lady [Romance/PG] – By Zainab Raza

    A young trans woman endures judgement and reduction of validity against her identity as she attempts for new found love.  

    Emotional Pianist [Romance/PG] – By Henrique Franhani

    A teen expresses her emotions through music and gets to find true love because of that.

     Forever in my heart [Romance/PG-13] – By Florentina Kleiner

    When two people in love find themselves broken. 


    A woman receives unexpected gifts after her pet passes away.

    Heart vs. Brain [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Eli Bulger

    A girl is conflicted by her rational and emotional thoughts while she is on the first date with her crush

    ¿A quién quiero mentirle? [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Ibis Enid Rodriguez

    Eva and Miguel had a relationship that lasted 10 years which ended in disappointment and they meet after 3 years with moments full of emotions and comedy.

    The Accent [Romance-Comedy/PG-13] – By Cleo Fox & Ebony Allison

    Studious guy seeks love but can never make a love connection, takes a bet from his best pal to try a new approach.