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Charlotte’s 48-Hour Film Project nears finish

Will Fisher says he is expecting a wild finish Sunday night when the Charlotte 48-Hour Film Project he is producing comes to an end.

Participants in the contest, which could send the winner on to the world finales in Cannes, France, must have their finished films at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille at 7 p.m. Sunday.

“These are creative people,” Fisher said Saturday evening, halfway through the event. “I suspect we’ll see some of them running in at the last minute.”

Seventeen teams are competing for the $500 first prize and a chance to advance in the competition. They met Friday night at Dilworth Grille, where they learned the character, prop and line of dialogue they must use in their film. By Sunday evening, they must complete their film and edit it down to six to eight minutes.

Fisher said teams were scattered across the Charlotte area Saturday, working on their films. The final products will be shown Thursday night at McGlohon Theater, where the audience and a panel of judges will pick a winner.

“The energy has been unbelievable,” Fisher said. “When we met Friday night, every team had smirks on their faces. They all thought they were going to bury the competition.”

The films will screen at 6:50 p.m. Thursday at McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Tickets are $6. For details, check www.blumenthartarts.org.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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