Four short films by a Lewis Center businessman are finalists in the Indie Shorts Viewer's Choice contest on Time Warner Cable.

Four short films by a Lewis Center businessman are finalists in the Indie Shorts Viewer's Choice contest on Time Warner Cable.

The films by Peter John Ross of Production Partners Media, in Lewis Center, are among 15 films selected for the contest. The film that is the most-watched at the end of the contest is the winner and receives the $500 prize, said Judy Barbao, spokesperson for Time Warner.

The four films can be viewed on Time Warner Cable Local On Demand Channel 411.

Ross -- whose company's services include video and commercial production and duplicating DVDs and CDs -- said he enjoys making films and exercising artistic control.

His films in the competition are:

"Always Late" was filmed in Talita's restaurant on High Street. It is an altered-reality film about a couple in a restaurant arguing about the boyfriend always being late. The restaurant turns into a courtroom with a judge and jury that render a verdict.

"Asphyxiated Heart" is a love story filmed at the Columbus airport.

"Refractory" is a story about a teenage girl in a mental institution who has a battle with her psychiatrist. It is filmed in a local office building.

"Relationship Card" looks at a married couple with a kitchen counter credit card machine that monitors the giving and taking of their relationship. It was filmed in Pickerington at Ross' parents' house.

"I'm grateful to Time Warner for offering to do this," Ross said. "I have an easier time getting my short films seen outside Ohio than in Columbus, because there are not that many opportunities for someone making movies to be taken seriously. It's validating for the artists here to be taken seriously."

For more information on Ross's films and company, visit www.sonnyboo.com and www.productionpartnersmedia.com.

The Local On Demand Channel 411 is available at no extra cost to all of Time Warner's digital cable customers, said Barbao.

It features local programs, some produced by Time Warner Cable and others submitted by programming partners like the Mid-Ohio Filmmakers Association, which chose the 15 finalists for the contest.

This is the first year the company has held the Indie Shorts Viewer's Choice contest.

To vote for a favorite film, tune to digital channel 411 and select the Viewers Choice category, then the Indie Shorts tab. Each time a film is viewed, it counts as a vote. The contest runs through Nov. 30. For more information on Time Warner Cable, visit www.timewarnercable.com/midohio.