RiverRun showcases Greensboro 48HFP shorts
The RiverRun International Film Festival and the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) have reunited to bring “The Best of the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project” to Marketplace Cinemas in Winston-Salem on Thursday, Sept. 12.
This year’s Greensboro 48HFP, which took place June 23-25, saw a total of 34 teams participating. Each filmmaking team had to conceive, shoot, edit, and submit their short film within the 48-hour time-frame, and each film had to include a specific character (a writer named Nathan or Nancy Thomas), a specific prop (a wallet), and a specific line of dialogue (“Aren’t you precious?”).
The first-place winner, Constant Companion (produced by Bottom Shelf Films), and the second-place winner, Dark Corners of Your Mind (produced by Outcast Films), are among the 14 films selected for this presentation, which will be preceded by an introduction from Iris Carter, producer of the Greensboro 48HFP.
“I am always amazed at the quality of these short films produced in such a brief time span, and we are delighted to share some of the best films with our Winston-Salem audiences for the third consecutive year,” said Rob Davis, RiverRun executive director. “We take great pride at RiverRun in supporting and showcasing our local filmmakers both during our annual festival and year-round through programs like the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project.”
“The Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project has been going strong for 16 years, and in the 10 years I’ve been city producer, I have never been disappointed with the enthusiasm and creativity of the filmmakers that participate,” Carter said. “It’s fun to see teams come back every year and watch them grow in their filmmaking skills. Our audience has watched several families grow in number and kids literally grow up on screen over the years. Other people have met, formed teams, and then divided to create new teams while still remaining supportive of each other.”
This marks the third year that RiverRun has been a local sponsor of the Greensboro 48HFP, offering 2020 festival fee waivers and an official RiverRun “swag” bag to the first- and second-place winners.
“I am thrilled with how RiverRun supports the Greensboro 48HFP,” Carter said. “To have such a close relationship with the staff and have an international event give an opportunity for local filmmakers to be part of their programming is an invaluable gift.
“Our film community is a true community made up of professionals, amateurs, seasoned participants, new faces, students, and retirees. In the same way, the line-up of films in the ‘Best of’ program seems to reflect the same diversity. Film is about storytelling. Teams have come up with fantastic stories that caught the judges’ eyes and told these stories in true cinematic fashion. They are funny, silly, moving, and philosophical.”
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“The Best of the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project” will be screened 7 pm Sept. 12 at Marketplace Cinemas, 2095 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem. Tickets are $3. For more information, call Marketplace Cinemas (336) 725-4646 or the RiverRun International Film Festival (336) 724-1502. The official RiverRun website is www.riverrunfilm.com/, and the official Greensboro 48HFP website is www.48hourfilm.com/en/greensboro-nc.