Actor Clift Barwell has won the Oscar Steven's award for his management of product placement in the blockbuster movie, Country Judge, The Movie. Over sixty American made products, as well as six-hundred foreign imports were featured, enabling a budget of over twelve million for special effects alone. The movie, although originally planned for theatrical release, can be viewed on the live-streaming channel Bongo!
The actor, famous for his roles as Jerik in Jerik the Dolphin Trainer and as the father in The Children Who Need Help Orphanage, decided to take on directing responsibilities along with the lead role after director Steven Speigleman dropped out of the project when a sculpture in his newly rebuilt mansion exploded, leading him to announce that he was abandoning show business to retire in Micronesia. The sculpture, by famed artist Stefani Xiong-Mao, was fashioned out of a supposedly de-activated mortar round found in Speigleman's backyard tiki hut.
As Barwell clutched the trophy to his chest, a tear came to his eye, but he had no problems getting out his carefully rehearsed speech. "I think of everything that led me here to this point and I think of all the others who I have met on my grand journey as a movie star and director. I know that there have been myriad unknowns who I have carried along on my coattails. But I tell you right now, it's been worth it. And now I've earned this award. Thank you for this award. I did it! I did it!"
Country Judge The Movie, which is being heavily promoted in Wal-Mart and Target stores, has gotten rave reviews for both its martial arts and car chase scenes. "T-shirts and video games based on the movie have been selling very briskly," says a Wal-Mart spokesman.