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Beau Miller, a lifelong Hudson resident and 2004 graduate of Hudson High School, and his film team recently won the "Local Heroes" competition at the 38th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival for "The Sax Man" - a feature length documentary film on which he served as executive producer.
The film, about Cleveland's iconic street musician of more than two decades, also was named runner up for the coveted Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film.
"For our team to win the Local Heroes competition and then to be runner up for the audience choice award was a thrilling and humbling experience," Miller said. "We competed with nearly 200 films from 68 countries. Our goal was to portray the sax man's story and the city of Cleveland in a beautiful way, and I believe we did it." Miller worked on the film for three years with close friends - director Joe Siebert, producer Todd Bemak and cinematographer John Pope.
After a world premiere at the Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square on March 22 and seven more sold-out screenings in Cleveland, the filmmakers are hitting the road, touring other top festivals from Palm Beach and Arizona, to Memphis, Chicago and Beverly Hills.
"The journey is far from over and we hope to make our family, friends and the northeast Ohio community proud," he said.
The film was made possible through a crowd funding campaign in 2012 and support from community members, businesses and notable philanthropists who saw the vision and donated generously to bring it to life, according to Miller.
"The Sax Man's real name is Maurice Reedus Jr. He's made people smile on the streets for more than 20 years. He is our friend and we were so blessed to share his moving story," Miller said.
For more information on the film and upcoming festivals, visit the film's website - www.saxmanmovie.com.