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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Film/Music Swap is based around a simple idea. Area filmmakers submit a movie with no music and composers submit music with no movie, and then each entrant is given back someone else's work to "complete." This is the third year that filmmaker Michelle Hampton has headed the event.

"One thing that surprises me every year is that the pieces I like the least or seem the hardest to work with come out the best," Hampton says. "It [forces] people to be more creative." She says the finished product can have a much different mood than the music-less film or film-less music originally entered. One of her favorite exchanges involved a soundtrack including a whispery piano rendition of Cher's "Believe."

"[The filmmakers] made it into a comedy about a guy who was heartbroken about his breakup with a girlfriend and finds love with a homeless guy," Hampton says. "And that just goes to show you: Art really is subjective!" The finished products will be unveiled today at 7 p.m.
Wed., July 26, 7 p.m.

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