Rhodes Student Receives Acting Award


Publication Date: 10/14/2008

Rhodes sophomore Ed Porter and his co-star Jake Casey each received a Special Jury Prize for Acting at the Indie Memphis Film Festival last weekend. The awards were for their role in “omgHaHaHa,” directed by Morgan Jon Fox, which swept the awards.  The title in text messaging jargon means, “Oh, my God” plus a roar of laughter.

Set in midtown Memphis, the film is structured as a series of video logs (vlogs) that deal with relationships—and lack of them—among the locals. Other awards presented to the film at Ground Zero Blues Club, co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, were Best Feature in the “Hometowner” category, Special Jury Prize for Directing and Special Achievement in Editing by a Memphis Film Maker.

Among  the 13 national film professionals who served as jurors was Elvis Mitchell who hosts “Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence” on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Mitchell, former film critic of the New York Times told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that the film “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.”