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Five Time Champion immerses its viewer in a typical Texas town, home to a cast of characters that is anything but typical. While the main character, a young scientist named Julius, steadfastly researches the asexual reproduction of worms, his natural curiosity leads him to discover some inconvenient truths about those around him. He keeps a diligent eye, but unfortunately, all of his heartbreakingly acute observation seems to prove that no solution will restore the people he cares about to their appropriate roles.

For a boy who would like every equation to work out as neatly as his science experiments, these character complications are torturous, and Julius frantically sets himself to the task of righting everything. After a few misadventures, and digging deeper into the truth, Julius returns to his home town old enough to embrace the the bonds of family that extend beyond sex, beyond small failures, and even beyond betrayal, to hold us together in a world that threatens to fall apart.


Scene Stealers
New York Times


Berndt Mader is a director and writer living in Austin, Texas. He has written and directed films that have screened at festivals around the globe. His film A NEUTRAL DENSITY won Best Screenplay at the 2005 Cinematexas Film Festival, and was honored with a screening at the Director’s Guild of America Theater in Burbank. His most recent film, ROAD TO TLACOTEPEC, won the Audience Award at the 2008 Austin Film Festival. Mader holds an MFA degree in filmmaking from the University of Texas at Austin and is co-owner of the Austin-based production company The Bear Media. FIVE TIME CHAMPION is Mader’s first feature film to write and direct.


Ezra Venetos, the founder of Shark Films, grew up in New York City then earned a degree in Film production at Texas Christian University. Before starting his company in 2005, he has worked on over thirty feature films—his roles ranging from Production Assistant to Key Grip to Producer. He has produced “The Wake” (Best short film at the 2007 Chicago Horror Film Festival and an official selection at the Hollywood Film Festival), “Dan & a Van” (Cinequest Film Festival Premier, Silver Lei for Excellence in Filmmaking from the 2009 Honolulu Int’l Film Festival, and Best Short film at the Beverly Hills Film Festival). Shark Films was founded on a methodology of “innovative producing” and is interested in making films that exhibit a professional, theatrical quality within budget. Producing something great at a small expense requires a director with a clear vision and a great script.

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