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The 48 Hour Film Project: Film, fun and maybe your shot at stardom

Are you a fan of film?  Do you enjoy original work from independent filmmakers? Want a shot at acting?

This month, the Queen City is hosting the 48 Hour Film Project, an international filmmaking competition that will produce more than two dozen short, locally-produced, 7-minute films in a 48-hour period

Over the next 3 weeks, there will be casting auditions, filmmaking and editing, and a final screening of original short films.  And, you, the fan, have a part in choosing the best film when they are screened Aug. 20.

The 48 Hour Film project aims to grow the Queen City as a cultural center.  It is a community engagement project.

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Fisher hopes that this film project helps promote a sort of local-film contagion within the Queen City.

How you can get involved

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, the project will hold casting auditions — open to the public — at the Light Factory.

There will be more than 20 local filmmakers there to evaluate talent and provide an opportunity to participate.  Maybe they find the next big thing?!

How the project works

This weekend, Aug. 7-9, is when the magic happens. All local filmmakers will participate in a drawing to determine the direction of their film.

After each filmmaker draws a genre of film they will be given a sealed envelope which contains:

(1) A character’s name

(2) A prop

(3) A line of dialogue

The filmmakers will then have 48 hours to create a 7-minute film that incorporates all of the above.  Each film is due at 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

The Premiere

The 48 Hour Film Project hits its climax with a screening of all films at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at McGlohon Theatre.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the local filmmakers, and, finally, the audience will vote for the best film of the bunch.

The winner from the Charlotte competition goes on to compete with 130+ other winners from around the world at Filmapalooza in Hollywood, Calif., next spring.

So, what do you say, Charlotte?  Let’s show the world our performing skills, how much we appreciate fine filmmaking, and our support for local artists.

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Photo: Charlotte Observer file.

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