You’ll need some determination if you want to see all the entries at this year’s 48 Hour Film Project Screenings. Organizers had to add a fifth night in order to accommodate the almost nine hours of cinematic creations expected to be turned in by the participating Houston teams.
The international project challenges filmmakers in some 125 cities around the world to create a seven-minute film, from start to finish, in just 48 hours. The teams gathered on a recent Friday night to pick genres. That’s when they were given the three elements required to appear in each film – a character, a prop and a line of dialogue. From there, they raced off to write, rehearse, shoot, and edit for a frantic two days.
More than 70 completed films were dropped off here in Houston. During this week’s screenings, judges will determine three winners that will go on to compete in Filmpalooza, the project’s annual festival. In case you’re thinking the films might be of questionable quality since they were put together in such a short time, highlights from last year’s project, including one from Houston, were recently screened at Cannes.
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7 and 9:30 p.m. June 18, 19, 20, 21 and 25. Studio Movie Grill CityCentre, 805 Town and Country Boulevard. For information, visit www.48hourfilm.com.
June 18-21, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Mon., June 25, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2012