Local Filmmakers Race Against the Clock

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DES MOINES, Iowa-- Hundreds of local filmmakers spent the weekend watching the clock count down on the 48 Hour Film Project. Forty-seven teams are competing for a $2500 cash prize and a chance to have their movie screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

They had to write, shoot and edit a short film that runs between four and seven minutes. Each movie had to include required elements: a backpack as a prop, the character Alex or Alexis Simpson, real estate agent, and the line of dialogue, “That’s liquid gold”.

“Sometimes teams don’t finish and that’s expected as part of the international competition. We’ve had a pretty high success rate in Des Moines over the past ten years,” says 48 Hour Film Project producer Samuel Pace-Tuomi.

The team, Progressive Collective, drew the Film Noir category. With about seven hours to go, they began editing on only a few hours of sleep.

“I’m probably only on four or five hours of sleep right now. We were shooting out until two in the morning downtown,” says Chris New.

The new team of experienced filmmakers say it’s an exhausting process, but it’s also fun.

“You just have to cut it off then. It’s time to turn it in. All filmmaking is like that at some point, but this is really like under the gun,” says New.

The films will be screened at the Fleur Cinema on August 5, 6, 7. Even those that didn’t meet the Sunday 7:30 PM deadline.

“We offer them if they do finish late the chance to screen them at the Fleur and be eligible for the Audience Awards. Just not the Judges Awards,” says Pace-Tuomi.