ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Forty-eight hours. That’s all the time groups of filmmakers have to participate in the 48 Hour Film Festival.
This amounts to really long days for cast and crew – but it all pays off.
This year’s winner of Best Film was “Imagining Vera” by Lumos Productions.
“Imagining Vera” will be one of the winning films – one from each of the 130 cities worldwide – to screen at the 2015 Filmapalooza in Hollywood in March. Hundreds of filmmakers from around the world will attend this annual film festival and awards ceremony, where 10 screenings with more than 18 hours of winning films will screen.
“We didn’t expect any of this at all,” says Lauren Myers, director of “Imagining Vera.”
The film was Myers’ first foray into directing – at least in film format.
“I’ve directed plays before,” she says. “Then I was encouraged to direct a film, so I gave it a shot.”
“Imagining Vera” follows a woman named Vera who comes back to a former clinician to seek help.
Myers says the audience gets the impression that there is something or someone after her.
“It begins to become unclear if it’s her past, present or future,” she says.
Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin wrote the script in two hours and set a call time for the next morning. The first day of shooting ran 14 hours, which was a short shoot.
“I’ve acted in several of these projects,” Myers says. “I assembled my crew and cast before it started. We secured a couple of locations in advance and it worked out.”
Myers says the cast was done after the first day and spent the last day editing and rendering before the deadline.
Myers was in charge of a crew of 12, which included actors.
She is currently looking at submitting the film to other festivals – mostly female-centred festivals.
“The lead is female and it was written and directed by females,” she says. “It’s showing women in a progressive light.”
In addition to winning Best Film, “Imagining Vera” also picked up Best Use of Prop, Best Sound Design, Best Actor and Best Directing.
Other winners in the 48 Hour Film Festival include:
- Best Use of Character – “Leg Room” by Blackout Theater
- Best Use of Prop – “Imagining Vera” by Lumos Productions
- Best Use of Line – “Life.Love.Death.” by Transcending Films
- Emerging Talent Award – “Da Bomb” by Insanity Crew
- Sexiest Use of the Prop – “Sir Acheron’s Party” by Friends of Film
- Best Costumes – “Leg Room” by Blackout Theater
- Best Choreography – “The Family Jewels” by Walkie Talkie Movie Films
- Best Special Effects – “Dugout” by Filmliotica
- Best Graphics – “The Family Jewels” by Walkie Talkie Movie Films
- Best Sound Design – “Imagining Vera” by Lumos Productions
- Best Cinematography – “When I Go” by RokrJon Movies
- Best Actress – Kathy Randall for “Life.Love.Death”
- Best Actor – Frank Taylor Green for “Imagining Vera”
- Best Ensemble Acting – “The Joneses” by 82/92 Productions
- Best Writing – “A New Direction” by Of the Damned
- Best Directing – Lauren Myers for “Imagining Vera”
- Runner Up for Best Film – “Life.Love.Death.” by Transcending Films
- Best Film – “Imagining Vera” by Lumos Productions