Friday, January 13, 2017

Client Focused Media Video Team Named as Finalists in the Slamdance Film Competition

Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 – Client Focused Media and Buzz Media are proud to announce Mark Marlar and Joey Vokac have been picked as finalists for the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Marlar and Vokac make up the video team at the two entities and worked independently with two other filmmakers on a short film, which they submitted to the competition. Their film, a documentary titled “Mo’Freaka,” was picked for the finals and the team will be headed to Utah in January for the festival.

Marlar, who is the video director at CFM, served as the producer and sound production manager for the project. Vokac, a videographer with CFM, was the director. Derek Fleming was the writer and editor and Kyle Vaughn was the camera operator. The team had just five days to put together the film, which is a self-titled mockumentary featuring an aspiring hip-hop artist from Jacksonville.

“Working on a five-day schedule forces you to be extremely creative and realistic,” said Marlar. “As a team, we really had to dial down the pre-production process to have enough time to shoot and edit the film. Above all, it can get very frustrating working on such a tight schedule, so constant communication as a team was key.”

The story of “Mo’Freaka” follows the struggles of an up and coming musician. It shows how he deals with rejection from family, friends and society as he works through the daily grind of trying to make it as a hip-hop artist. The film was chosen out of a group of thousands and will show with about 100 others at the film festival, which takes place simultaneous to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

“Being a finalist in a national competition really gave us the confidence we needed to move forward as filmmakers,” said Vokac. “Having credible sources judge your work can be tough, but now we know that we have what it takes to compete with a higher level of filmmakers.”

The Slamdance Film Festival will be held January 20-26, 2017 in Park City, Utah. The festival was created in 1995 by filmmakers for filmmakers. The organization is focused on fostering the development of unique and innovative filmmakers. Up-and-coming writers, directors and producers will be showcasing their work alongside seasoned veterans of the industry.

About Client Focused Media

Client Focused Media was founded in 2002 and is a leading integrated marketing firm in Northeast Florida. The company provides strategic planning, marketing, creative, advertising, media buying, branding, crisis management services, and media, community, and public relations to a variety of clients. BUZZ Media is a division of CFM. BUZZ Magazine is distributed monthly to more than 900 locations in Northeast Florida. For more information, visit

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