Fast films in Frederick

October 17, 2006|by KELSEY LIDZ

FREDERICK, Md. - Could you make a film in three days? Write it, shoot it, edit it and add music and sound effects?

This weekend, 16 filmmaking teams will show their short films - none more than five minutes long and all shot last weekend in Frederick - as part of the inaugural 72 Film Fest, a two-day festival of short films, documentaries and discussion held in Frederick.

Contestants for the short film competition had only 72 hours to write, direct, shoot and edit their films. Twenty-one teams entered - with as many as 15 people on a team.

The moviemaking clock began ticking at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. That's when topics for the narrative films - they tell a story - were distributed to all competing teams. They had until 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, to turn in films. Some, according to co-organizer Clark Kline, didn't make it.


"One team couldn't figure out how to get the film off their computer," Kline said. "Another team's hard drive crashed."

Sixteen teams turned in their films on time.

Teams were given themes such as devotion, number of man, and fear and desire. Kline, who wrote and directed his first film, "Heads or Tails," in 2005, explained that the topics are meant to provoke and inspire new ideas.

"These are topics that, if you typed them into Google, you'd get thousands of different ideas and directions to take them," Kline explained.

If a team was unsatisfied with their topic, they could throw it away and apply for a new one. The catch was, Kline said, that the new topic they received might be more difficult than the first. Each team had to decide what the theme meant to them and then convey it to their audience in a short film.

Themes were left to the interpretation of the filmmaking teams, who could explore and present them in any way. Coming up with ideas for films, though, Kline pointed out, is one of the hardest parts of the moviemaking process.

The point of the festival is largely to inspire creativity and provide an outlet for new and local filmmakers to show their work and to enjoy recognition for their talents.

72 Film Fest will be held at the Weinberg Center for Arts. Tickets are $10 for one day or $15 for both. To get tickets, you can call the Weinberg Center box office at 301-228-2828 or visit them online at

The festival also introduces the community to local filmmakers and gives the moviemakers a chance to share their art.

If you go ...

WHAT: 72 Film Fest

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts, Frederick, Md.

COST: Admission is $10 for one day; $15 for both.

CONTACT: Call 301-228-2828 or go to

SCHEDULE: The documentary "War Tapes" will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" at 9:30.

On Saturday, the romantic comedy "Mutual Appreciation" will be shown at 2 p.m. At 7 p.m., the documentary and narrative contest will be shown.

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