The Contest is a short film that was written, directed, produced and scored by Dr. Malcolm W. Rector. A romantic comedy, it is based upon a feature-length script of the same title that reached the finals in
The film revolves around a college student/composer, Michael, who is chosen as a finalist in an international composition competition. When Michael arrives at the competition, he falls in love with Beverly, one of the pianists who will be performing his two-piano pieces. Unfortunately her jealous ex-boyfriend is the other and could very well sabotage Michael’s chances of winning the contest if he pursues Beverly.
The Contest was chosen for one of only sixteen coveted slots for screening at
Dr. Rector’s short film The Stairwell was also shown and won the Final Draft Screenwriter's Award for best short script.
The Contest boasts a wide array of talented actors and presents the classical music realm in a comedic way not previously seen in films.
Maestro Christian Weil, played by Carl Masterson.
Dr. Rector was uniquely qualified to write and direct this film as well as the feature-length version that is currently in pre-production. An award-winning screenwriter, he also possesses a doctoral degree in music composition earned from Rice University and is a classical and jazz pianist. In addition to being honored for his classical compositions, Dr. Rector won the 2001 film scoring competition at the Acapulco Black Film Festival.
The Flossers, played by Whitney Irvine, Melissa Garrett and Lindsey Morris.
Dr. Rector composed all of the modern classical pieces performed in The Contest. He also composed and arranged the pop and R&B songs. Rather than the angst and misery-driven protagonists often found in films representing the classical music industry, this film depicts budding classical composition students similar to those which might be found on any college campus as well as the mischief and hijinx they become embroiled in as they await the competition’s final judgment.
Robert J. Randall, played by Paul D. Loclear, takes an enthusiastic bow.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Rector, his production company, M. J. Solomon Productions and past and pending projects, please follow the links provided.
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