Sunday, June 24, 2012

10 Reasons to Sign Up for the 48HFP

With the debut weekend of the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project less than a month away, we wanted to give you ten reasons to sign up your team today.  The 48HFP is unlike any other weekend film shoot or festival in Memphis and here's why...

1.  Your team and your final fee for each member is up to you!  When you register a team for the 48HFP for $125.00, that is for the whole team.  So if you have five team members, that's just $25 each.  If you have ten team members, it's $12.50.  And so on...  In fact, the bigger your team the better!  The average team size world-wide is fifteen people.

2.  The 48HFP screening at Malco Studio on the Square is YOUR premier!  These screenings are open for everyone to attend.  Your team will automatically get two free tickets--and additional tickets can be purchased for a low price for other team members who want to attend, along with family members, friends, etc.  The more the merrier!

3.  The 48HFP is a worldwide phenomenon--not just local!  There are over 100 cities that participate in this program all over the world.  And your 48HFP movie has the chance to be seen in places as diverse as the SXSW Film Festival, Cinequest, Filmapalooza, and even the Cannes Film Festival!  In addition to this, you can upload your finished movie to the 48.tv website for viewing starting this fall!

4.  48HFP is a cheat-proof time based film festival.  On kickoff night, each team draws the genre of movie they will shoot--14 genres total in the competition--and they will also be provided with a line of dialogue, a character, and a prop that must be included in the movie they shoot.  Because of these requirements, it's impossible for a team to pre-shoot a high production value movie and enter it.  Everyone has the same chance at the 48HFP!

48HFP Awards Ceremony
5.  In addition to a film competition, you get four chances to party/mix it up with everyone competing!  There is a kick-off party, a turn-in party, and a wrap party (all at the Hi-Tone Cafe), as well as the screening at the Malco to keep you entertained throughout the week of fun!  What better way to celebrate the shooting of your movie?

6.  You can win an award...or multiple awards...at the 48HFP.  There are local awards--such as Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Actor, etc.  And the overall winner of the Memphis project will receive a trophy, advance to the Filmapalooza film festival, and receive a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter Software 6.  And ten of the best overall films shot around the world will screen at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival!

7.  The inaugural year of the Memphis 48HFP is the best year to get involved.  All 48HFP cities get a price break the first year of the competition--after that the price per team goes up.  So getting involved now will let you know how much you will LOVE being in the competition and justify competing again next year!  Also, there is typically a lower turnout at the inaugural year.  Though we want as many teams as possible to get involved, chances are each year will feature more and more competitors.

8.  You can also sponsor the 48HFP!  If you don't have the time to create a team or to compete in the project, you can also sponsor the festival as a whole to get exposure along with the festival.  This is a great way to get your production company, production services, etc. out there for independent movie makers!  Just visit the website for more info.

9.  The 48HFP is fun!  You may think it's hectic shooting a short film in one weekend--and it can be--but it is also a lot of fun.  You can make your weekend as easy as shooting in one location with a few actors, or as exciting as shooting all over the city!  Bookend this process with two parties at the Hi-Tone Cafe and you have one fun weekend!

48HFP Premier Screening

10.  You matter in this film festival.  With most film festivals, you pay a fee, send in your movie, and wait months to find out that you were not accepted into the festival.  This is not the case with 48HFP.  EVERY movie gets screened and treated to the red carpet at this event.  Also, since the Memphis 48HFP is working through social networks, you are also the important element with getting word out about the event.  So, you matter to us!

The 1st Memphis 48 Hour Film Project is scheduled for the weekend of July 13-15, with the screenings scheduled for July 17/18 and the Wrap Party/Awards Ceremony on July 21.  Learn more about the event and sign up your team on the official Memphis 48HFP website--and be sure to sign up for the newsletter there too!  You can also help us get word about about the event by posting a badge to your blog/website and liking/sharing our Facebook page.

See you at the event!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Peace Love & Misunderstand in Memphis!

Join the Memphis Film Society and IFC Films with welcoming the independent feature film Peace, Love & Misunderstanding to Memphis!  The movie kicked off this past week at Malco's Studio on the Square and it will be playing throughout the weekend--and it needs your support!

Here's more about the movie:

Two-time Academy Award-nominated director Bruce Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY, MAO'S LAST DANCER) showcases a brilliant performance from two-time Academy Award-winner Jane Fonda in PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING. 

For uptight Manhattan lawyer Diane (Oscar-nominee Catherine Keener), crazy means driving her teenage son Jake (Nat Wolff) and daughter Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) to Woodstock to visit their grandmother Grace (Fonda). The crazy part is that the kids have never met Grace. In fact, Diane hasn't spoken to her mother in twenty years. Grace is the epitome of the term “hippie”: she stages protests and hootenannies in the town square, smokes (and sells) a lot of dope, and howls at the moon once a month with her goddess-worshipping girlfriends. But what’s meant to be a weekend getaway turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets, and self-discovery. 

PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING is a heartfelt comedy and a story about second chances and the things that divide and reunite families.

We need more movies like this screening in Memphis!  So support IFC Films and Malco Studio on the Square with the future screenings of this project.  For more information, please visit the films Facebook page (and like them, too!) and go to the Studio on the Square website to get show times and to purchase advance tickets for the movie.  

See you there!