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Best Movie Shot on Location Miami 2008 - Pencil Fighting: The Life and Times of Team Balderdash

What do a professor, a surgeon, an apocalypse, and Hollywood have in common? Not much. Oh, except for the fact that united, as one inpenetrable force, they made up Team Balderdash, the greatest (and most supercoolest) group of middle school pencil fighters, like, ever.

Pencil Fighting: The Life and Times of Team Balderdash is a clever mockumentary about four pencil-pounding pals, Jackson (nicknamed The Professor), Phillip (The Surgeon), Cornelius (Apocalypse), and Maxwell (Hollywood), who fall apart when Maxwell becomes "tainted by the one thing that'll blind a man enough to do the stupidest of things: love." Yup, puppy love. And in order to preserve the circle-yes-or-no-if-you-like-me prepubescent brand of feelings exchanged between himself and a young lady named Marilyn, Maxwell duels a Husky pencil with his standard No. 2 and loses with a single lick. The rest of the tale unfolds 15 years down the road, when the surviving members of Team Balderdash reunite for one last shot at glory.

Although bigger-budget films have dazzled audiences with glitzy images of South Beach, Pencil Fighting stays true to its 305 roots, shooting, for the most part, in a Miami Lakes playground, a warehouse near Tamiami Airport, and at the filmmakers' Coconut Grove digs, Gold Dickenson Productions. Winner of Best Short Film at both the Orlando Film Festival and the Miami Underground Film Festival, it's showing for free on MySpaceTV at vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=21666289.

But be warned: Drinking milk while viewing may result in it flying out your nose.

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Jessica Aguiar
Jessica Aguiar

Congratulations to the Balderdash team and everyone who was part of the Film production.I am the mother of Jonathan Aguiar who was part of the Pencil fighting film production and I enjoyed every minute of the filming at Miami Lakes playground.My son loves to act and he is very happy about this award.Thank you to the Production for giving Jonathan the oportunity to be part of it.Sicerely,Jessica Aguiar

Cristy
Cristy

Gold D Rules!!! Congrats!! Keep up the good work. You have pure talent... ;)

Xavier
Xavier

one word: GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle
Michelle

To say I am surprised by yet another recognition of your talent would simply be a lie. The world is just beginning to experience the talent that I saw in you the moment we met. You know I wish you only the best and know that your Oscar moment is only a matter of time!

Nathaniel Armstrong (young Max
Nathaniel Armstrong (young Max

Fro - It was the best working with you - hope to do it again - and when I make it BIG in Hollywood I hope you will also be there!!!!

Mousse
Mousse

congrats my friend fro, i'm so proud of you. this is such an original piece. well written, good talent direction, art direction, editing... music is very clever.

this is just the beginning. hollywood awaits you.how about a canine part for me on your next one?mousse

naj poj
naj poj

I love the classy director that is Fro. But ehhh...it could be better. lol JK!! LOVE FRO....LOVE GOLD D.....LOVE THE ARTICLE! great job you guys. Keep it classy.

The Tunes and Tones
The Tunes and Tones

We got to see it twice. And both experiences were equally beautiful. We didn�t have a clue that the film was going to win so many awards as it did. The best part was sitting on the couch with two film directors exposing the reel before it was released. When we heard our tracks playing in the film, it was amazing, something we truly enjoyed throughout the course of us being a band. The second time we seen the film was at Churchill�s Pub in Miami. On May 15th, 2008 - Functional Interiors throws an explosion of Miami talent, from artist to comedians - the pub never looked more choice. In a full house we played live - only to see Pencil Fighting: The Life and Times of Team Balderdash being viewed in the center of the room. Everyone loved it. I don�t think I have ever seen any movie play in the show area of Churchill�s, only this one. It felt like we were in a theatre. The night ended very sweet. We thank you Fro and Andy.The Tunes and Tones

prisy
prisy

lol really funny. love it.

Eileen
Eileen

You Guys are SUPER! Local Talent ROCKS! FELICIDADES !! WELL DESERVED!!!

Mich
Mich

funniest short film i have ever seen! xoxo

Chuck B.
Chuck B.

Classy work guys. Love the article! Keep rocking the 305!

jlo
jlo

Gold-D, you guys are on fire! Congrats. on the success of Pencil Fighting. It's one hellova way to rep. the 3-0-5. Keep fighting the good fight and we'll see you at the top. xox, The Spannk Crew

Jenny
Jenny

Every time these classy guys put their imaginations to work they create magical films. Team Balderdash took us MIA'ers back to our pre-husky days and made us all laugh. I can't wait to be entertained again from their many upcoming hits. Thanks for being Gold!

Bob
Bob

Better jump on the Fro train now folks, it's pulling out of the station and going express!!

Seriously, we can expect lots of great things from Fro and Gold Dickenson - watch 'em!

kelly ann
kelly ann

Cool deal...!!!!!! you guys rock

mom
mom

You are the son that every mom would be proud of, you work so hard that why you are: (A SUCCESS) Love Mom

MZ
MZ

GOLD DICKENSON is en FUEGO!! LOVE the film. LOVE the work. LOVE GOLD DICKENSON PRODUCTIONS. When's the next movie??? and When can we get T-shirts???

Nikki B
Nikki B

Gold Dickenson Productions makes the classiest films!!!Thanks for showing the world that TRUE talent comes from South Florida ;)WE NEED MORE!!!!! stay classy... but then again, of course you will.

Sandra
Sandra

Fro excellent film.....You make us proud..........I am delighted and honored to be educated and exposed by you to such talent and also to your industry.............please keep me in your followings...............regards

Debbie
Debbie

Amazing people making amazing films! Noah the Super Jew can't wait for the next rockin' production!

Gina
Gina

My Brother-in-law is JESUS????? SWEET! Congrats!Your Favorite Sister - Gina

Veronica Alsina
Veronica Alsina

Team Balderdash does rock! I love everything about this movie. Congrats to all involved, especially Fro, Ethan & Ricky Bigai. May you win many more awards and continue to make great movies!

Kar
Kar

hey! fro is wayyy better than that bear guy!! team balderdash is awesome, and fro is like jesus. so, combined, they make the best movie ever!!!

Todd
Todd

Everything Fro does is pure Gold... Dickenson...

this movie was definitely the best... if you havent seen it yet... you're missing out.

The only thing better than Fro.. is the guy in the dancing bear costume... whoever that is.. he is truly the best.

Kathy
Kathy

Team Balderdash rocks!!!! I love it.

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