MSUM’s Steven Molony of “Pinching Penny” wins Indie Fest

Steven Molony, of Clever Lever Pictures has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Indie Fest. The award was given for Molony’s exciting performance as the lead role of Alex in Dan Glaser’s feature film “Pinching Penny” which is the story of a British hypochondriac who turns to crime after becoming addicted to consumerism. As his obsession worsens, his life falls quickly into the absurd and he continues to spend himself deeper and deeper into depravity. “Pinching Penny” was shot independently on a shoestring budget of $4,000 and features exceptional promise from Glaser as a director and from Molony as a rising actor.

“‘Pinching Penny’ is as refreshingly entertaining and funny as it is insightful.” – Jennifer Conley of Movie Pie.

“Steven Molony is great in the lead role of Alex … One good role, and he could prove to be something of a breakout star in the future.” – Josh Lyons of The Couch Potato Club.

Molony comments, “I’m thrilled to receive this award. To have my name listed among so many talented artists who have received an Indie before me is truly an honor. I’m very grateful to all those who made this possible, and especially to Dan Glaser for casting me in this project three years back.”

Glaser writes of working with Molony, “To have worked so closely with as fine an actor as Steven Molony on our debut film was not only an enthralling experience, but also an immense honor. He approaches his craft with such deft dedication and respect, that I have nothing but the utmost faith in his ability to bring extra life to every role. I’d trust him completely to tackle any film head-on… and bring with that attack an intensity that’s really something to behold.”

The Indie Fest recognizes film professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film industry. Information about the Indie Fest and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an Indie, Steven Molony joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph. D., Who chairs the Indie Fest, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Indie is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Indie helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Indie is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

For more information call Candice Han at 310-435-0930 or visit Steven Molony’s website at

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