We thank everyone who braved the pouring rain on Sunday to visit us at 3rdSpace and check out Pizza Parlay’s creative proposals. Especially URBANIST’s own Nate and Kristi, who got SOAKED bringing in the delicious Blind Lady pizza.

The grant submissions consisted of a diverse number of inspired, strong projects. There were nine proposals in all, and the top four were neck and neck there was a period in the tally when each ballot was either breaking a tie or making one, so we had as much fun counting (and recounting, and recounting) the votes post-Parlay as we did at the event!

The winner is a short film by Elias Sidney Blood/MilkFarm Pictures. This 15-minute, dramatic short adapts the real-life journey of a father and daughter as they share an intensely transformative, two-hour car ride to bring the body of their wife/mother to the nearest hospital after she loses her battle with cancer. The film won a Pizza Parlay grant of $460 (generated from the event’s cover charge), which will be used to create the film and potentially source future grants. Once completed, the director plans to submit the film to major festivals, such as Cannes.

Pizza Parlay #1 grant winner Elias Sidney Blood, with a blurry Marissa Violet Parsons

The very close runner up was Terri Beth Mitchell‘s Pink Slimosaur, a 5-foot tall resin sculpture of a dinosaur that appears to be made of the mechanically separated and processed meat known as “pink slime.” This sculptural take on the recent meme will be displayed at the American Dream House show on April 20th at 3rdSpace.

Pink Slimosour, from Terri Beth Mitchell’s proposal

Jessica Hilt’s The Writers’ Lab came in third, receiving a free, one-month membership to 3rdSpace. Rather than a setting to workshop already written work, The Writers’ Lab is a support group forcing participants to just sit down and write, blocking off time, enabling creativity and inspiring accountability.

URBANIST and 3rdSpace thank So Say We All for co-presenting this event (bar proceeds went to support their work), Blind Lady Ale House for their pizza donation, and ShutterBooth San Diego for donating their photo booth and their time  check out the ShutterBooth photos!

We’re also excited to announce that URBN Coal Fired Pizza/Bar will be hosting and donating pizza for April’s Pizza Parlay! Join us for our next Pizza Parlay at URBN in North Park on Sunday, April 29th, when we’ll all get together to vote on a new round of projects over pizza. Tickets can and should be purchased in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.

We’re so thankful for URBN and H2 PR‘s support for our next Parlay. Like Blind Lady Ale House (and ShutterBooth!), they approached us before we got to approach them. So, in case you were wondering if our local businesses care about the arts and their community, there’s your answer!

Creators, please begin submitting your project to Pizza Parlay #2! The deadline is Monday, April 23rd. Check out how to submit, with rules, guidelines and FAQs.

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Helena, recounting.

Dane Cardiel of Manor House Quarterly, one of the submissions.

Nate’s striped sweater may look dry, but he winced when I gave him a pat on the back.

Kristi with DEV as MJ. Devra Gregory proposed her theatrical show WoMan In The Mirror, A Dancer’s Journey, which will show at the 10th Avenue Theatre in May.

Terri Beth Mitchell 

Christian Flores-Carignan (left) with Thanasi Glavas (right), whose proposal for PUSH, a business district arts block party, was in the very close race between the top four.

Peter McConnell (aka Petey) and Michelle Bassler

Kristi and Dayna
Manor House Quarterly.  The proposal was for a mixed media exhibition to celebrate the release of the spring issue.

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