Team Leader: Dan Tharp
Odds: 5 to 1 (sleeper pick)
Peek Productions blew onto the STIFF scene last year with their short film Soup (actually, it would almost be a misstatement to call Soup a short film since it clocked in at around 40 minutes). When people find out that Soup was essentially a movie about a cook’s rise to prominence in the culinary arts by peeing in the soup, they sometimes roll their eyes and automatically discount it. But the truth of the matter is that Dan Tharp and Damon Morris actually did an incredible job mixing some real depth of character and a strong story into that off-beat humor. They told me about some current documentary projects that sound interesting and more importantly are probably helping them grow as filmmakers in a variety of ways. This is their first year taking part in the WFC, so on paper Peek isn’t the strongest team. I think it would be a real mistake to count them out though. But, they might just prove to have the right mix of quality and funny to bring home the glass STIFFY. They are my sleeper pick for this year.
Coming up… Handicapping the Weekend Film Challenge – Bloodstone