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SCC 48-Hour Film Festival Announces winners

On the weekend of September 11 through the 13, local filmmakers engaged in an exciting 2-day project. Somerset Community College Theatres 48-Hour Film Festival saw nine teams compete in a good natured tribute to the filmmaking process. Each team had 48 hours to conceive, shoot, edit and output a film of no more than six minutes in length.

On the first evening of the Festival, film teams attended an official kick-off meeting with the producer of the event. At this time, the special elements of the film projects were assigned. To assure that teams do not engage in significant filmmaking before the official 48 hours of the Festival begins, they were unaware of a number of elements that their film would contain until this meeting. First, each team drew a different film genre or filmmaker homage after which their project was styled.

Of the nine teams entered, Matthew Meyers from the team G-Men drew the Coen Brothers homage as did Chelsea Killman of Silhouette Studios; Jon Large from Acute Dog Productions; and Matt Hopkins from These Shoes Productions. David Daring from Graphic Attack drew viral video for his category; Jim Stout from the team US drew period piece for his genre; Matthew Shackelford from Blood Dove Studios drew caper film; Jason Stogsdill from Neeko Productions drew the Alfred Hitchcock homage and Sarah Bonner and Critley King from Chick-Lit drew sci fi as their genre.

Four additional elements, the same for all filmmakers, were also assigned at this initial meeting and were incorporated into each short film. Those were; a line of dialogue (Tinker toy or no tinker toy, Im going in there.), a prop (A refrigerator magnet), a character (Super Cool Sam) and a costume element (nerdy glasses).

After the teams received their assignments, they had 48 hours to complete their project, with all the assigned elements incorporated, and submit them to the producer of the Festival in DVD form.

What resulted were eight short films that were screened before a public audience on Sunday evening. The films presented were A Good Man is Hard to Find by Acute Dog Productions; Viral Videos by Graphic Attack; Sammy by Neeko Productions; Old Country For No Men by G-Men; Irony by Silhouette Studios ; Super Cool Sam by US; McGuffin by Blood Dove Studios and Run Red Gun by These Shoes. Scott Sullivan and Dennis Busher served as the festival judges.

At the awards ceremony which followed the screening, two awards for special creativity went to Jim Stout of US Productions. The Best Ensemble Performance award went to the cast of Viral Videos from Graphic Attack. Robert Craft won the best supporting performance award for his role in G-Mens production of Old Country For No Men. Tony Armstrong won the Best Leading Performance award for his role in Blood Dove Studios McGuffin.

The Best Cinematography award went to Blood Dove Productions for McGuffin. The Best Editing award went to Acute Dog Productions film A Good Man is Hard to Find. David Daring of Graphic Attack took home the Best Director award for his work on Viral Videos.

The award for Technical Excellence as well as the Best Film award went to Acute Dog Productions A Good Man is Hard to Find. This film also won the Peoples Choice award for the audience favorite.

For further information regarding the 48-Hour Film Festival contact Sherry Crabtree at (606) 451-6766 or by email at

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