‘God and Vodka’ wins two awards at film festival


A drama that was mostly filmed in Brunswick, Md., was among the winners in the first Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown, which extended over four days and attracted about 1,000 moviegoers, according to organizers of the festival.

The film that included Brunswick footage — “God and Vodka” — is about a relationship between two people that started in childhood.

The man in the relationship dies in his early 20s and the woman tries to finish the story about the two as she gets older. The 28-minute film won the best short film category and the audience choice award, which was based on votes from people watching movies at the festival.

Helen and Michael Stine, who were co-producers of “God and Vodka,” were the only producers present during the festival’s awards ceremony, which was held Sunday at the Leitersburg Cinemas.

The Stines walked up on stage to receive a trophy from Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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