Mpls.Filmmakers Win Panasonic HD Short Film Showdown: With Jason Reitman Hosting, â€œWho’s The Fairest” Nabs the Big Prize in Vegas While Last Yearâ€™s Movie, “The Grave Review,” Receives 1st Runner Up in the World
WHO: A tight knit collective of Twin Cities Filmmakers have won â€œThe 48 Hour Film Project Panasonic HD Filmmaker Showdownâ€? www.48hourfilm.com with their film, â€œWhoâ€™s the Fairestâ€? â€” a brief tale of contemporary narcissism well told (Watch film at link below).
The groupâ€™s short film from last year, â€œThe Grave Reviewâ€? also received First Runner Up in the World, distinguishing itself amongst 3000 international contestants. And they will be taking their “Fairest” film to Cannes this year, as they did last year with “Birthmarked for Death.”
The team is a winning combination of producer/DP Dan Hundley of Token Media and comedy filmmaking partners Matthew Olson (director/writer), Mitch Hansen (writer) and Eric Nigg (writer/actor). Backed by award winning editor Patrick Pearson, with the additional production talents of Brian Forrest (Drinking with Ian) and Erika Backberg, this team can do no wrong.
WHAT: After winning the Minneapolis chapter 48 hour film challenge this past summer, the team was selected, one of only five in the U.S. to compete in an event held over Super Bowl weekend: Teams had just 48 Horus to write, cast, direct, shoot and edit a short film.
The winning film â€” and â€” other short film winners â€” can also be seen online at the Token Media website: http://www.token.com/shortfilms
WHERE: â€œWhoâ€™s the Fairestâ€? and â€œThe Grave Reviewâ€? were shot in Minneapolis
WHEN: The Award ceremony was April 12 in Las Vegas
WHY: This local team won “The 48 Hour Film Project for Minneapolis” two years in row (08-09) qualifying them for this yearâ€™s invitation-only Showdown over Super Bowl weekend. â€œBirthmarked for Deathâ€? (08) was subsequently screened at Cannes last year. The team has been invited back to screen the â€œThe Grave Reviewâ€? at this year’s Cannes festival
â€œWHOâ€™S THE FAIRESTâ€? CREDITS
Matthew Olson, Director, Writer, Producer
Daniel Hundley, Producer, Director of Photography
Brian Forrest, Producer
Eric Nigg, Writer, Actor
Patrick Pierson, Editor
Erica Backberg, Production Coordinator
Short Film Highlights
Chuck Murray Knows (2008): One of the contestants in the five city contest sponsored by Panasonic called â€œThe 48 Hour Film Project Panasonic HD Filmmaker Showdown,â€? this quirky and hilarious short six-minute features the story of a banker ghost who appears for an interview, allegedly to talk about life after death but with much more interest in promoting his book about banking.
Birthmarked for Death (2008): A dark, Sopranos-like comedy runs seven minutes long and looks at a young guyâ€™s â€œfirst whack job.â€? The engaging piece won locally during the 2008 Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Use of Character. And it was the one and only Cannes Film Festival shorts from the 48 Hour films produced in the U.S.
The Grave Review (2009): Another 48 Hour Film Fest effort won in Minneapolis, this short flick looks at a hardened critic, whose focus is critiquing haunted places. While nothing seems to addle this seasoned paranormal observer, he finally experiences a frightening incident too terrifying to reveal here.
CONTACT: For more information â€” or to interview team leaders Dan Hundley and Matthew Olson about their winning experiences â€” please contact Martin Keller at 612-729-8585, firstname.lastname@example.org.