SOURCE: Sneaky Snake Films

May 13, 2008 10:00 ET

Award-Winning Short Film to Be Screened at Toronto's ReelHeART International Film Festival, June 16-21, 2008

A Rabbi, a Catholic Priest, and a Muslim Cleric Walk Into a... Sock Puppet???

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - One wouldn't expect a harmless sock-puppet snake to challenge the stormy topic of circumcision in the world's holiest city, Jerusalem. But that's just what happens in the hilarious short film, "Sneaky Snake: Lost In The Holy Land."

In this six-minute short, a sock-puppet named Sneaky Snake searches for a bacon-cheeseburger in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Along the way, he meets a Rabbi, a Catholic Priest, and a Mullah, each determined to remove a particular small piece from his anatomy. In a visionary tour-de-force of thespianism, Sneaky plays all the roles. The film's concept began in a cab ride after filmmakers George Sanders and Shawn Curran toured Jerusalem. "We'd never been to Israel, and Jerusalem was mind-blowing," says Sanders. "We noticed such a diversity of culture, language, costume, music and religion -- all co-existing side-by-side," says Sanders. "We asked our cab driver how this was possible." The driver replied, "We get along fine for the most part. After all, we're all praying to the same God!" Then he added, "But those people in India, praying to a cow? That's just meshuga!" And that's when the duo brainstormed and shot the film the next day.

Despite its controversial subject, the film has received three awards at festival appearances. The "Audience Choice Award" for "Best Of The Fest" at The Vine Shorts Fest in Santa Monica, The "People's Choice Award" for "Best Short Film" at The End Of The Pier International Film Festival in Bognor Regis, England, and "The Award of Excellence in Film" from the worldwide Accolade Competition. The team has also won first place in the Intel-sponsored Mobiflicks Division of Christopher Coppola's 2005 Duke City Shootout Film Festival in Albuquerque, NM, for their short film, "Sneaky In A Bottle," in which Sneaky plays a genie.

Sanders and Curran began shooting Sneaky Snake films after the puppet became popular in their live music and comedy act, which appears weekly at Don't Tell Mama, New York's premier piano bar.

Join Sanders and Curran for the ReelHeART screening of "Sneaky Snake: Lost In The Holy Land," Friday, June 20, 2008, 7:15PM, Innis Town Hall, Innis College, 2 Sussex Street, Toronto.

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