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48-Hour film project announces winners; rent due in Winston-Salem

by Mark Burger

48-Hour film project announces winners; rent due in Winston-SalemThere was a packed house at theCarousel Luxury Cinemas last week,as the Best of the Greensboro 48HFPscreened last week, celebrating the effortsof the independent filmmakers whoparticipated in the 48-Hour Film Project,an annual event that includes dozens ofcities throughout the world.It was, in the words of Greensboroproducer Suzan Magee, “quite amomentous night.”After the screenings, there were awards subsequentlypresented to the winning teams of filmmakers, many of whomwere on hand to savor their work and the work of their fellowmoviemakers. This year’s winners:• Best Use of Character (tie): “l’apartment 406” (Two Rats Production) and “little Bastard” (megaslade Films)• Best Use of Prop: “The czech Is In the mail” (GreenPax).• Best Use of Line of Dialogue: “Good mourning Grace” (Take the Horse Production)• Best Emerging Artist (a Judges’ special award): “Isolation” (Hell of a Hat Films)• Best Costumes: “l’apartment 406” (Two Rats Production)• Best Cinematography: “l’apartment 406” (Two Rats Production)• Best Special Effects: “Payment” (10lb Hammer)• Best Sound Design: “Payment” (10lb Hammer)• Best Musical Score: l’apartment 406 (Two Rats Production)• Best Editing: “love Is Dead”(monkeywhale Productions)• Best Acting (tie): “Dance Again”(General Pictures) and “love is Dead”(monkeywhale Productions)• Best Writing: “l’apartment 406”(Two Rats Production)• Best Directing: “Payment” (10lbHammer) … and congrats to IkeQuigley• Runner-Up for Best Film:“Payment” (10lb Hammer)• Best Film: “l’apartment 406” (Two Rats Production)• Audience Award winner (Group A): “love is Dead”(monkeywhale Production).• Audience Award winner (Group B): “Payment” (10lb Hammer)• Audience Award winner (Group C): “l’apartment 406” (Two Rats Production)Of the 39 teams that competed, 35 qualifiedfor the competition and 14 were screened atthe awards ceremony. There was, however, anaccidental omission of one film in the judging— for which Greensboro producer SuzanMagee apologized and took full responsibility.And, of course, there were the usual grumblingsfrom some of the filmmakers about how thisyear’s event went. (Having covered the festivalextensively and participated as a judge two yearsin a row, this is hardly an uncommon occurrence,but it is nice to note that there don’t seem to beany longstanding grudges held.)This year’s judges included Joe Scott, LauraBoyes and YES! Weekly’s Glen Baity, all ofwhom were in attendance, as was RebeccaClark, the Piedmont Triad film commissioner.According to Magee, this will be her last yearas a city producer. Having done it three years ina row, “it is time to pass the torch,” she wrote inan e-mail. Nevertheless, she remains a ferventsupporter — having been on filmmaking teamsherself before becoming a city producer. “Thefilmmakers made a solid showing,” she wrote.And that’s a wrap for the sixth Greensboro 48-Hour Film Project. For more information, see theofficial website: www.48hourfilm.com/The ACT Summer program’s production of thePulitzer Prize and Tony-award winning musicalsmash Rent will open Friday at the Arts CouncilTheatre (610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem).’A Broadway sensation from the word “go,”Jonathan Larson’s ensemble musical is looselybased on Puccini’s classic opera La Boheme, asit follows a group of seven friends eking out anexistence on the fringes of the New York artisticscene — dealing with poverty, AIDS, ambition,affairs of the heart and other complications thatmight tear other people apart, but which bondsthem together even more strongly.This is the “school edition” of Rent; in adaptingthe work for younger audiences, some of themore profane passages and one song (“Contact”)have been removed from the show, in the interestof making it more accessible and palatable formany schools. These changes were made withthe approval of Larson’s estate. Nevertheless, theproduction does still deal with some of the matureissues at hand (sexuality, drug use, etc.).The original Broadway production, whichranks as the eighth longest-running musical in thehistory of the Great White Way, ran more thantwo years. In 2005, Chris Columbus directed thefilm version of Rent.The ACT students have been working forthe better part of the month under the guidanceof director Gesh Metz, musical director JudyRansom and Cheri VanLoon, who lent herexpertise as a special coordinator of the show’schoreography.Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday,2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. For tickets ormore information, call 336.748.0857, ext. 201.To comment on this story, e-mail MarkBurger at marksburger@yahoo.com.

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