Mpls.Filmmakers Win Panasonic HD Short Film Showdown: With Jason Reitman Hosting, “Who’s The Fairest” Nabs the Big Prize in Vegas While Last Year’s Movie, “The Grave Review,” Receives 1st Runner Up in the World

WHO: A tight knit collective of Twin Cities Filmmakers have won “The 48 Hour Film Project Panasonic HD Filmmaker Showdown� with their film, “Who’s the Fairest� — a brief tale of contemporary narcissism well told (Watch film at link below).

The group’s short film from last year, “The 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 — and — other short film winners — can also be seen online at the Token Media website:

WHERE: “Who’s the Fairest� and “The Grave Review� 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 year’s invitation-only Showdown over Super Bowl weekend. “Birthmarked for Deathâ€? (08) was subsequently screened at Cannes last year. The team has been invited back to screen the “The Grave Reviewâ€? at this year’s Cannes festival


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 “The 48 Hour Film Project Panasonic HD Filmmaker Showdown,� 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 guy’s “first whack job.� 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 — or to interview team leaders Dan Hundley and Matthew Olson about their winning experiences — please contact Martin Keller at 612-729-8585,


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