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48 Hour Film Project’s best to screen Friday

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by Mark Burger

The Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project will host its screening of award-winning short films Friday at the Carolina Theatre in Greenboro, followed by the official presentation of awards to the filmmakers.

As the event’s name indicates, participants must conceive, produce, edit and submit a completed short film in 48 hours’ time. Each film, regardless of genre, must include a specific character (in this case, Lyle or Leslie Sherman, an interpreter), a specific prop (in this case, a dog toy), and a specific line of dialogue (in this case, “Mom hates her”). The winner of the Best Film award will represent Greensboro at Filmapalooza and vie for Best 48HFP Film of 2016.

According to Iris Carter, city producer for the Greensboro 48HFP, some 34 teams registered for the competition. “One group did not submit a film, saying they just couldn’t pull it together,” she relates. “However, they said they still had a great time.”

Another team missed the submission deadline. “They had the film rendering on a laptop and arrived 30 minutes early for the drop-off,” Carter says. “Just before it finished rendering, the program crashed. I felt so bad for them.”

That still left 32 films for the judges to deliberate over. “When I met with the judges last week, they commented on how interesting it has been to be judging a few years in a row, and they have seen returning team leaders improve each year. Overall, I found the films this year to be creative, innovative, and entertaining.

“Another thing I noticed this year is how smooth things seem to have gone,” Carter continues. “Many teams finished early, (and) everyone I have spoken with has talked about the good time they had. Seeing the camaraderie among the teams, and seeing the support they offer each other demonstrates how strong our film community is.”

Friday’s “Best Of” screening will include the following films, in alphabetical order: Blood Relations (Blue Bear Productions), Downward Dog (Layla Films), FOUND (General Pictures), Isaac Heath and the Time Tool (Saturn Studios), Last Call (Nuclear Syrup), Libris Mortis (5 Million Galaxies), Life’s Lesson (Unstoppable Failure), She loves me (Rescued Castaway Productions), The Golden Man-Child (Tzatlee Tosh), There Goes Eric (Entercainment Productions), and Whiskey Sour (Q.L.A.B. Creative). !

WANNA go?

The Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project will screen the best of its 2016 entries 7 pm Friday at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., followed by the awards ceremony. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, call 336.333.2605 or visit the official Carolina Theatre website: https:// carolinatheatre.com/. For more information about the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project, you can visit the official website: http://www.48hourfilm.com/ greensboro-nc.

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