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The 48 Hour Film Project Returns to Louisville

Mark Ruppert came up with an eccentric idea for a project in May 2001: attempt at make a film in 48 hours. Ruppert rounded up a filmmaking associate to be on his team and convinced other Washington, D.C. filmmakers to form their own teams and join in on the idea. “Would films made in only 48 hours even be watchable?” was Ruppert’s deal-breaking wringer.

The 48 Hour Film Project makes its way back to the Derby City this summer. The May 14 Early Bird registration is $140, and teams must register on or before June 24 to get the discounted rate. Regular registration is $160, and if teams register their films after July 9, registration is $175.

Since 2001, the 48 Hour Film Project has held more than 700 competitions around the world in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. One person has made up the smallest team so far, and 116 people and 30 horses made up the largest. 25,000 teams have been a part of the project over the years and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The Louisville 48 Hour Film Project Kickoff is Friday, July 19 and the drop-off is Sunday, July 21. Friday night, the team will be given a character, a prop, a line or dialogue, and a genre. All of these items must be included in the film and the film must be submitted by Sunday. The film’s production—from writing all the way to scoring—must be completed within this timeframe. The location for pick-up and drop-off will be announced via 48hourfilm.com.

The premiere screenings will be July 31 and August 1, 7 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.. at Village 8 Theaters at 4014 Dutchman’s Lane. Tickets are $9. One film from each city is chosen Best of City and all Best of City films will compete for the international title of Best Film of 2013 48 Hour Film Project.

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