Nick Rua is a winner of the 2011 HCC-Ybor Festival of the Moving Image Florida Filmmakers Contest for his entry The Artists Passion. He won a $100 cash prize as a Merit Winner in the category Florida Student Filmmaker: Florida Student filmmakers: Atlantic & Pacific Productions Award.
The Atlantic & Pacific Production awards were presented by Charles Lyman, President, Atlantic & Pacific Productions, Tampa, and Professor Emeritus of Film and Electronic Media, University of South Florida.
About The Artist
Nick Rua has been writing, directing, and shooting short films since he was 12 years old. In 2009 he attended the Sunscreen Film summer workshop, where he co-directed and starred in The Perfect Guy. Since then, he has worked on 15 film projects, including a 30-minute sitcom pilot, two nationally recognized Publish Service Announcements, commercials, a documentary, and five films shown at festivals last year.
He was nominated for Best Actor for his work in Accounting for Loss, which won Best Film and Audience Choice at the 2011 Tampa 48 Hour Film Project.
Nick is a tenth grader in Land O Lakes, Florida, and plans to direct a feature film within the next two years. You can find Nick at his Tampa Film Network page, TampaFilmNetwork.ning.com/profile/NickRua.
The Artists' Passion
After spending weeks shut in his studio painting, Danny (Mike Davies) finally agrees to sketch his college girlfriend, Brooke (Harmani Owens). However, as she poses, his questions turn into an interrogation, and a secret is pulled from her that fuels his thoughts of murder, suicide, or both.
Anger, jealousy, and isolation push Danny to a climactic resolution in this 10 minute short film by 16-year-old Nick Rua.