The first Columbus 48 Hour Film Project was an impressive success. 28 talented and exhausted local filmmakers had their short subject films screened at Landmark’s Gateway Theater (1550 N. High Street) on Wednesday, August 20th, in two groups of screenings. For each screening, it took two theaters to seat the enthusiastic attendees. Both theaters were generously made available for the inaugural event by the Gateway.
While audiences were encouraged to vote for their three favorite films, the official judges of the event were Gail Mezey, head of the Greater Columbus Film Commission and a veteran producer and production manager; Phil Garrett, a 20-year veteran of film and video production, as well as a recipient of the Chris Award for his film Horrors of War; and Jimmy Dutt, audio and video post-production wizard and co- founder of BYTE Monkeys a new production and post boutique.
The Columbus event was produced by KC Allen, head of Allen Film & Video out of Findlay, OH: “The films were great. The camaraderie among the teams competing against one another was awesome. They acted professionally, they appreciated the effort that all the teams put into their work, and they really proved that Columbus has been long overlooked as far as the artistry and talent that it has to offer.”
Readers can keep abreast of the winners of the Columbus event at the 48HFP web site.