Tuesday, May 06, 2008

48 Hour Film Project DC airs this week at AFI Silver; many films viewable online

This week, the 48 Hour Film Festival Project will have showings at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD.

With this project, teams are given 48 hours to make films in various genres.

The basic link is this.

For the Washington DC area the link is this.

Their blog is this.

The AFI Silver Theater link (with schedules and links to buy tickets) for the event is here.

There is a convenient website from which to view many 48-Hour films from many cities.

Here is a sampling of a few of the many films (most of them around 7 minutes) out there. Most of these films appear to be from Baltimore.

Sophie, in black and white, dir. Angie Ennis. An African American man looks for a missing sister in a park and encounters an apparently retarded man, and then finds his writings about a portal to another universe.

Three Point Turn, dir. Dave Flanagan, from “One Frame Closer,” 7 min., has a couple driving on a city street, a bit carelessly, maybe with booze, and recalling past losses (a cat, for example). Only after a wreck does the woman find out about her third passenger.

Turf War (2005), dir. B.J. Ruddell, 7 min., starts with a shakedown and interrogation of a woman, who winds up running through Baltimore Ravens stadium.

Hatuchama (2007), dir. Matt McNeil, 7 min., is in two “chapters” and shows an average Joe becoming a “superman,” leading to some end-of-film fireworks. “With great power comes great responsibility.”

The Tipparinos (3 min) is a little short from Minneapolis in which an artist makes an animated gangster cartoon, based on Samuel Adams lager. “I can’t feel my legs.”

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