If you're interested in local filmmaking and videography, then you must attend the Best of Buffalo 48 Hour Film Project Screening and Award Show this Friday August 24th, 8pm at the Historic Pierce-Arrow Building located at 1685 Elmwood Avenue. This is when the best of the best will be screening their latest films and competing against each other for top honors. But there's a catch. The films in question were films that were written, cast, shot, edited and completed in full in a timeframe of 48 hours (from August 3rd to August 5th). The national event has become an annual showdown between the who's who of Buffalo's talented makers, who are given the assignment to create a film with three commonalities that must be incorporated into the film - a given line, character and prop. Then the teams must pick a genre from a hat. With the limited time frame, the assignment is both complex and extremely creative.
To top it off, this year's finalists will be screened at the mighty Pierce Arrow building - a structure that has recently been approved as a New York Certified Sound Stage for film production - that alone is big news and is worth the price for admission, as the former Pierce Arrow automobile showroom is a cavernous tribute to Buffalo's automotive glory days. "It's exciting to see the range of creativity that goes into making each film, which must be within 4-7mins in length," said Garrett Vorreuter, a local maker and 48 Hour organizer who has been instrumental in securing the designation for the Pierce Arrow building. "Buffalo has an emerging independent film scene and the 48 Hour has always been a means to connect the community."
*The 48 Hour organizers will be announcing the nominees for each award the Thursday before the screening. The final screening & awards event is open to the public - Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door (Facebook). Popcorn, Candy and other concessions will be available for purchase at the screening. Tickets may be purchased online here.