Magazine article Screen International

Jameson First Shot Shorts Released

Magazine article Screen International

Jameson First Shot Shorts Released

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The three winning films from the 2013 Jameson First Shot competition, each starring Willem Dafoe, have been released on Jameson's YouTube channel.

The shorts see two-time Oscar nominee Dafoe take on three very different roles - a hypochondriac ex-ping pong player, a nerve-damaged car accident victim and an android with a heart - in the films written and directed by talented up-and-coming filmmakers.

The three winning short films; Saving Norman from South Africa, The Smile Man from Russia and Love's Routine from the US are available to view now at YouTube.com/JamesonWhiskey.

Dafoe said of the competition: "I didn't know who the winners were going to be so it was a risk, but it was gamble I enjoyed. My main focus on set was to support each of the director's in the best way that I could so that they could realise their film and take advantage of this unique opportunity."

Kevin Spacey, creative director of the competition and star of last year's winning films, said: "We have given another three people the opportunity of a lifetime and produced another three incredible films. …

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