If “Name: Ronald or Rhonda Donellson, Game Host; Prop: 3 (or more) Potatoes; and Line of Dialogue:’Leave it to me, I’m a professional'” mean anything to you, then you’re familiar with The 48 Hour Film Project. If not, it’s a contest held in cities around the world each year, in which teams of filmmakers must write, shoot, edit, and present a film within 48 hours. This year’s contest recently took place in Los Angeles. The judges have spoken, and the films judged the best of Los Angeles will be shown at a special screening and awards ceremony next Wednesday, July 2, at the Fairfax Theater at 8 p.m. And you’re invited!
Each team was given a genre and three required elements to include in their film (this year’s elements are listed above). Then, it’s 48 hours of non-stop filmmaking frenzy. Once the teams turn in their films, the screenings can turn into raucous events. Team members typically show up and sit together with their supporters at the screenings, loudly cheering their own and other entries. I should know — I co-wrote a film for the 48HFP in D.C. a couple of years ago, and it was a blast. The Los Angeles teams have an almost mystical reputation for quality, and I have no doubt that the films at this year’s Best of Los Angeles screening will be professional and highly entertaining, as always.
So come on down to the Fairfax next Wednesday night, and cheer your fellow L.A. filmmakers! The Fairfax is located at 7907 Beverly Blvd. Tickets are $10 each, and are available in advance or on the night of the screening (if they’re not sold out beforehand) at the Fairfax’s box office.
(Logo image courtesy of The 48 Hour Film Project)