The 48 Hour Film Project Takes Over The Long Center – Announces Top Films from 2012 Competition to Be Screened, Awarded Showcase of Emerging Austin Filmmakers and Some Zany Short Films
AUSTIN, Texas—The 48 Hour Film Project is set to screen and award the best films of its 2012 competition in Austin—as decided by a panel of judges and the audience itself. Today, organizers announce the Audience Award winners and the 11 films that will be screened on Monday, September 24 on the Long Center terrace—although they will not reveal the other 18 awards until that night for the categories. The event will be emceed by Paul Soileau (better known to many as Rebecca Havemeyer). The panel of judges is also being announced today.
Categories awarded on Monday for the 11 films screened will be Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Acting, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Use of Character, Best Use of Prop, Best Use of Line, Best Graphics, Best Special Effects, Best Musical Score, Best Choreography, Best Costumes, Best use of Genre, and Best Overall. Each of the 42 completed films were screened the week after the August 24-26 competition and the Audience Award Favorite winners for each night are:
• “Tent” by Studio 201 Productions, genre Detective/Cop
• “Extreme Anxiety Disorder” by Edwards Media, genre Mockumentary
• “Aiding Alana” by Shabango, genre Thriller/Suspense
Winning films to be screened (although they will not learn which award(s) they are receiving until that night) are:
• ‘Aiding Alana’ by Shabango, Thriller/Suspense
• ‘Dead Wait’ by Archimedes Media Lab, Dark Comedy
• ‘Don’t Look at Me’ by Out of State Bank, Buddy Film
• ‘Extreme Anxiety Disorder’ by Edwards Media, Mockumentary
• ‘Sick’ by 2 Tacos, Thriller/Suspense
• ‘Sick’ by Possumbox, Horror
• ‘Spam’ by Bad Joey Productions, Dark Comedy
• ‘Tent’ by Studio 201 Productions, Detective/Cop
• ‘The Vacation’ by Visual Alchemy, Vacation/Holiday
• ‘Venus Needs Men’ by Team Peckinpah, Sci-Fi
• ‘Withdrawn’ by Austiquerque- ABQ to Austin, Coming of Age
The films and prizes were selected by judges Christian Remde, Carlyn Hudson, Katy Daiger Dial, Maggie Lea, and Paul Soileau based on Artistic Merit, Technical Merit, and Adherence to the Assignment.
Event partner KLRU will screen their Music Video Montage –documenting the making of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project and Uchi gift cards will be given out for the best tweets sent during the competition using #48filmatx
On Friday August 24 at 7:30p, 41 teams of filmmakers from students to professionals tore through the streets, parks, alleys, homes, and business of Austin with a freshly provided genre, character, prop, line of dialogue, and 48 hours to write, cast, scout, shoot, edit, and submit their films before the strictly enforced deadline. The competition is a madcap mission-impossible as part of an international, 120+ city campaign.
Prizes awarded Monday include Composing Software – Garritan World Instruments Collection at $150 value from MakeMusic, Uchi Gift Cards, $550 in gear including a ELE-Flyweight DSLR camera rig from ikan, an ikan PS102 Engraved Production Slate and a Traveler Gear Backpack, Filmmaker level memberships by Austin Film Society, GoLocal Cards. Door prizes include 2 Lone Star Badges to the 2012 Austin Film Festival. The winner of the Best Overall award will then be in the running for top honors in Hollywood, CA at Filmapalooza 2013, the 48 Hour Film Project’s annual awards—before moving on to Festival de Cannes in May 2013. Best Film in Austin will also take home a Premium mediaArtist package from channelAustin, valued at almost $1,000 with a year of free training, access to channelAustin resources plus the ability to borrow equipment.
48 Hour Film Project Emcee & Judge: Paul Soileau
Paul Soileau is a performance artist best known for his alter egos CHRISTEENE (christeene.org) – A sexually infused sewer of live rap and vile shamelessness, and Rebecca Havemeyer (rebeccahavemeyer.com) – An ageless bastard heiress of the boozy bygone Hollywood years. He made his film debut working alongside George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Luis Guzman in the critically acclaimed film OUT OF SIGHT directed by Academy Award winning auteur, Steven Soderbergh, playing the role of the feisty prison whore, Lulu. He has starred in ‘FOURPLAY : SAN FRANSICO / TAMPA’, the second film project of Independent Spirit Award nominated director Kyle Henry, (receiving Best actor award- MiMi LGBT short film fest/ Barcelona) and most recently in ‘SLACKER 2011’ working alongside PJ Raval, whom he has a history of productive collaboration with, including the creation of ‘Three Dollar Cinema’ and the subversive CHRISTEENE video collection. The two recently participated in the CentralTrak Artist Residency Program at The University of Texas Dallas producing short provocative films based on the stories of the Old Testament.
Soileau’s next role will be in the upcoming feature ‘THE BOUNCEBACK’ directed by Bryan Poyser, to be released in 2012. Aside from performing, Paul is the creative force behind QUEERBOMB, a new and controversial LGBTQIA pride celebration in Austin, and was awarded Best Mover and Shaker and Best Drag Queen three years in a row by the Austin Chronicle. He is an active member of The Rude Mechanicals, (rudemechs.com) an Austin, Texas based non- profit theater ensemble having received over 170 local and national awards and nominations for their work. Paul currently resides in Austin, Texas.
48 Hour Film Project Judge: Christian Remde
Christian Remde is an award winning filmmaker who’s work has been seen worldwide through clients like Verizon, Blackberry, Sony and many others. The Twelve Films Project, Christian’s most recent work, is a series of 12 short films that were shot, directed and produced by Christian during each month in 2011. The May film, Farm to Trailer, received praise in the Austin film and food communities for its look at lauded Austin chef, Bryce Gilmore and his Odd Duck Food Trailer. The July film, Charcuterie, was featured in the Huffington Post, Food & Wine and NY Magazine’s Grub Street. His November film, Local, was a thought-provoking look at the rise of the local food movement in Austin and how it’s being supported by farmers’ markets, local chefs and restaurants. Christian is currently directing a feature-length documentary called Farm-City, State that asks the question, “What if an entire city could feed itself?”. Christian is also in development for two scripted narrative films that he hopes to shoot next year.
48 Hour Film Project Judge:
Carlyn Hudson received her B.S. in Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas. Before attending film school, she earned her primary training from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting at New York University. Since then, Carlyn has directed short films that have premiered at SXSW, Austin Film Festival, LA Comedy Shorts and more. She was selected as a segment director of the remake, “Slacker: 20 years Later,” and field-produced several episodes of the new Richard Linklater project, “Up To Speed” for Hulu. Last summer she co-produced Andrew Bujalski’s (Beeswax, Funny Ha Ha) newest feature, Computer Chess and co-programs/produces the wildly popular summer film series, Cinema East. Carlyn is a working commercial director in Austin, and directs web content for Verizon and Dell. Her first feature as director is currently in pre-production.
48 Hour Film Project Judge: Katy Daiger Dial
Katy Daiger Dial was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she developed an eclectic love of all things film – from JURASSIC PARK to GONE WITH THE WIND. She moved to Austin to get her RTF degree from the University of Texas and never left the Bat City. Katy currently serves as the Community Education Manager for the Austin Film Society, overseeing all of the organization’s youth education programming and the internship program. Before AFS, she worked as the Video Game & Animation Industry Liaison for the Texas Film Commission, where she grew the State’s educational opportunities and economic benefits. She’s also had her hand in other aspects of filmmaking, working as Assistant Managing Director for CinemaTexas Short Film Festival and doing research and publicity for the documentary RICHARD GARRIOTT: MAN ON A MISSION. Katy has a Master’s Degree from the UT School of Information and has served on the Steering Committee for non-profit arts organization StrataTX. In those rare moments that she’s not working on, talking about or experiencing the moving image industry, Katy is indulging in her love of historical fiction and digital archives.
48 Hour Film Project Judge: Maggie Lea
Maggie Lea, was born in Houston, TX and has lived in Austin, TX since 2004. She received her B.S. from the University of Texas in English and Political Science. Since then, she has founded the film series Cinema East in Austin, TX, and co-produces and programs the series each summer. She manages entertainment, books events, and is the sole talent buyer at a popular local music venue, Cheer Up Charlies. A busy woman in Austin, also responsible for Vydio Village, Maggie Lea Productions, and many more. Some of her varied hats include: film producer, casting director, public relations, talent manager, booking and artist relations to name a few.
About Noelle Schonefeld, 2012 Producer for Austin
A rising star in the local scene, Schonefeld has studied art and film, learning the industry at the Austin Film Society, Austin FilmWorks, Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, London’s Raindance Film Festival, ABC Family’s The Lying Game and at her current role on the television show Dallas. She has served as producer on FRANTIC ALMOST as well as production assistant on THE BOUNCEBACK and THROUGH IS THE NIGHT. Schonefeld was drawn to the 48 Hour Film Project, as she finds endless inspiration in the spirit of independent filmmaking and loves the creative, collaborative work environment found in the industry. She aims to help Austinites discover a passion for filmmaking through her work with the 48 Hour Film Project. She earned a Bachelors degree from Wake Forest University in 2009.
About the 48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/ competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies using local community resources. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. In 2012, over 50,000 filmmakers will make almost 4,000 films in 120 cities on 6 continents around the world. Over the 11 years of 48 Hour Film Project 278,000 people have made over 19,000 films. In 2011 Austin had 36 teams that consisted over 400 participants.
2012 Cities include Amsterdam, Austin, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Cairo, Chicago, Delhi, Denver, Detroit, Dubai, Geneva, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mexico, Miami, Milwaukee, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, and Washington, DC.