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Press Release: The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump wins Best "Short Narrative" Film Award

Oct 11, 2012


First-time local filmmaker wins Best “Short Narrative” Film Award
at 2012 Portland Maine Film Festival, for
“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”

PORTLAND, Maine (October 10, 2012) - “The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump” won for best “Short Narrative” film, on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the closing ceremonies of the 3rd Annual Portland Maine Film Festival. The film was written, directed and edited by Peter Falkenberg Brown, a Portland native. The short was Brown’s first film and his directorial and acting debut, starring as Zebediah Clump. Brown was presented with a whimsical “Golden Starfish Award.”

The ceremony was held at 7pm, in Osher Hall at the Maine College of Art in Portland, and was presided over by the festival’s Founder and Executive Director, Tyler Johnston, and John Cahall, the Co-Director of Programing & Operations. The festival’s website is at

The film was screened on Friday, October 5th, at the Talbot Lecture Hall on the Portland Campus of the University of Southern Maine. “USM Day at the Portland Maine Film Festival” was sponsored by Dean Lynn Kuzma and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the Department of Communication and Media Studies; and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The film is also available online, on YouTube.

“I enjoyed the film very much, and found myself cheering on Z as he experienced his epiphany!” said Dr. Maureen Ebben, Lecturer in Communication in the Communication and Media Studies Department at the University of Southern Maine. “It is an artfully crafted, charming and inspiring gem.”

The nine minute short film is a comedy/drama about the Venus Transit on June 5, 2012, and the supposed End of the World. It is based on an original short story of the same name, by Brown.

The film’s intro, listed at [], states, “Zebediah Clump was doomed... In the darkened mind of Z. Clump, the tiny and seemingly insignificant movement of the planet Venus across the face of the sun was an event that reduced his body to a quivering jelly of unkempt terror. He spent the night of June 5th, 2012 curled on his bed in the fetal position, whimpering; waiting for the morning, and death, and the final depletion of his half empty glass...”

Brown, and his wife, Kimmy Sophia, are writers, and the Co-Publishers of “The Significato Journal”, a local online magazine with the tag line, “nectar for the soul”, at He and his wife homeschooled their four children, and included a self-directed, all-day class each week, called “Friday Film Day.” Two of their sons, Tadin and Ranin, participated with their fellow actors and crew in receiving nine awards and five nominations at the 2012 “48-Hour Film Festival” in Portland, for Tadin’s short musical, “Shaggy and Lola”. Their eldest son, Tymon, is a Junior at the Film Conservatory at Purchase College, State University of New York. Their daughter, Grace, is considering a career in art, herbology and organic farming.

“After watching our four children make films for almost ten years, I decided that it was time I made one myself,” said Brown. “Tadin and Ranin, and their friend, Caleb Austin, did the camera work, and I had a blast. I am astonished and pleased beyond measure that the Portland Maine Film Festival has honored my small film.”

Contact: Peter Falkenberg Brown

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Photo by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Left to Right: Tyler Johnston, Peter Falkenberg Brown, John Cahall
[The film page on this website is HERE.]
You can view the film below.

Peter Falkenberg Brown is passionate about writing, publishing, public speaking and film. He hopes that someday he can live up to one of his favorite mottos: “Expressing God’s kind and compassionate love in all directions, every second of every day, creates an infinitely expanding sphere of heart.”

~ Deus est auctor amoris et decoris. ~

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