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48 Hour Film awards

The 48 Film Project awards came to Greensboro last week.

The 48 Hour Film project is a timed film competition in which filmmakers have 48 hours to produce a seven-minute film in their city. Last month the production teams in Greensboro were each given randomly selected genres, and all of the films were asked to include a required set of components.

Every film had to include a character named either Paul or Paula Percival, a retired athlete, a hairbrush prop, and a line of dialogue stating, “I’m not into that kinda thing.” The event kicked off June 20 at 7pm and completed projects were due by 7:30 pm that Sunday.

The filmmakers gathered at Carolina Theatre for a public marathon viewing of all the films during the week of June 24. On Friday, July 18, the “best-of screening” and awards ceremony was held at the Carolina Theatre, followed by the official Greensboro 48HFP wrap party.

A panel of judged awarded the title of “Best Film” to Raleigh-based Bottom Shelf Films for their short film “Clocking Out,” described by Bottom Shelf Films as “a dark comedy about hating your job.”

The film depicts recently deceased people in an office waiting room as they wait their turn to meet with a consultant about their “permanent retirement” options, and no one leaves feeling happy.

High Point Candidates File for November Election

The field is set for High Point City Council elections in November. Friday was the deadline for candidate filings.

In the mayoral race, Guilford County Commissioner and former councilman Bill Bencini faces off against State Representative Marcus Brandon and Jimmy Scott. Current Mayor Bernita Sims has chosen not to seek reelection. Sims’s term was marred by a host of financial scandals, resulting in an indictment from the Guilford County Grand Jury in November. She was asked to resign by the city council but refused.

There are eight candidates running for two atlarge council positions. Among the candidates are incumbent Britt Moore and David Rosen—one of the leaders of the grassroots advocacy group “We Heart High Point.” Councilwoman Becky Smothers is not seeking reelection.

In Ward 1, Jeff Golden is being challenged by Jo Williams and Willie Davis. In Ward 2, Jerry Mingo faces off against Chris Williams while Foster Douglas will not seek reelection. In Ward 3, incumbent Judy Mendenhall will be challenged by Alyce Hill. In Ward 4, incumbent Jay Wagner is being challenged by Jim Bronnert. In Ward 5 Roger Sims is challenging incumbent Jim Davis. In Ward 6, Jim Corey is challenging incumbent Jason Ewing.

Arrest record restored to online database

The arrest record involving a city council member’s spouse was missing from a publicly searchable Greensboro Police Department database for more than four months.

Police arrested Isa Abuzuaiter Feb. 17 in the early morning hours for possession of concealed weapons. A police officer stopped him for speeding in the 1600 block of New Garden Road and Abuzuaiter informed the officer of the presence of the weapons.

The press reported the story on Feb. 27. Police spokesperson Susan Danielsen said that at that time she noticed the incident report showed Abuzuaiter’s date of birth and that she asked the city’s IT staff to pull it. This erased both the officer’s police report and the record of Abuzuaiter’s arrest from the database, known as P2C. Danielsen said a member of the public notified the city this week that the record was missing. The incident report from the officer was reestablished online Wednesday. However, Abuzuaiter’s record of being arrested did not show up on the P2C site in a list of arrests for the date in question, Feb. 17, when a search was performed this week. The record was restored sometime on Saturday.

Danielsen said that the department had to request a special software patch to redact dates of birth from the searchable database.