Space Coast Filmmaker Wins Award at USA Fest
(released 5/4/2005)

Patrick Algermissen's short motion picture, "Dudley and the Toy Keeper's Chest," was given "The Family Award" at the USA Film Festival's 27th Annual National Short Film & Video Competition in Dallas, TX. According the festival's website,, the Family Award is given to "at least one work from all entries that best represents a standard of excellence for audiences of all ages." Algermissen's film was selected for this honor by the competition’s national jury on April 23, 2005. The movie screened, along with the winners in other categories, at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas on April 24, 2005 in a sold out theatre.

This 14-minute storybook fantasy tells the tale of Dudley the lamb, the only toy ever created by the world's finest toy mender. Dudley's nemesis, the evil wooden wolf Silas, has been terrorizing the store where they live. When Silas turns his menacing teeth toward Dudley's creator, the little lamb must defend his home.

Algermissen's first award for his cinematic talents came in 1996, when he won the Grand Prize in Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair Challenge, a national challenge hosted by world renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Since that time, Patrick has directed 22 shorts ("Dudley" being the most recent), earned a computer science degree from the University of Central Florida, and currently works as a programmer at Kennedy Space Center.

The film was produced by Orion Martindale. Patrick and Orion first met in 2002, when the duo were founding members of the Orlando chapter of Group 101. During their year in Group 101, Patrick and Orion collaborated on almost every film. Once their tenure in Group 101 was over, the team decided they wanted to see what they could do together if they spent their time on one film. Ten months after they chose "Dudley" as their project, a private screening of the final film was shown to cast and crew at the Loew's Universal Cineplex at Universal Studios.

Other crew members include: Director of Photography: Emmy winner Thomas Mumme; Art Director: Ryan C. Wolfgang; Original Score: Philip Yon; Sound Design: David Wallace; Puppets made by: John Corbitt & Jamie Donmoyer from Winter Park’s Pinocchio's Marionette Theatre.

The film's interiors were shot over the course of five nights at The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, in Cocoa, FL ( The exterior of the toy store was filmed at Annie's Toy Chest in Cocoa Village.

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