‘South of the City’ Takes Top Pittsburgh Prize in 48 Hour Film Project

In Dormont’s Hollywood Theater, Team HWIC cheered Saturday night when they heard they captured Best Film in Pittsburgh’s 48 Hour Film Project. HWIC also took Audience Favorite in its screening group, Best Sound Design, and Best Direction. Their film, “South of the City,” is a comedic look at the mishaps that befall a video production team as they try to film a detective movie. HWIC’s film will compete internationally for the chance to screen at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

This year’s contest assigned genres to each team, but all teams had to use a specific character (Paul or Paula Perry, Detective), a specific prop (an umbrella), and a specific line of dialogue (“I was going to tell you that a few days ago.”) Tonight’s Best Of Screening showcased 10 of the best films entered into this year’s contest. City Producer Kahmeela Adams explained that of the 38 teams who competed this year, 27 finished films were submitted on time, seven were late, three were incomplete, and one team withdrew.

Two of the Top 10 films, disqualified from other awards because they were over the 7-minute time limit, received Artistic Integrity awards from judges Julie Benz, Joe Manganiello, Lucas McNelly and Christine Nangle, a writer for “Saturday Night Live” who announced the Best Film award. “Honorable Mention” went to “The Canned Case,” a futuristic science fiction detective film by Render 123. The First Runner Up Award went to “The Great American Wild West Adventure” by Nightmare Series, which chronicled a British detective and his sidekick’s duel with a Western gang known as “The Assless Chaps.” The western also won Best Costume, Best Acting, and Best Writing.

“Day Dreaming,” a film about a young pregnant woman imagining the life of her unborn daughter, won Best Use of Character for Mahaffey/Mohr. A team of video game designers from local company Schell Games won Audience Favorite in their screening group, as well as Best Special Effects, for “Quack,” about a magic umbrella with a duck-head which grants wishes. A team called Everything But The Name took Audience Favorite in their screening group and Best Use of Prop for using the umbrellas as weapons of destruction against people in a world where citizens are executed when their Facebook friend number drops to zero.

A romance by Kunala, “My Private Eye,” was rewarded for ambitious underwater scenes with Best Cinematography and also won Best Score and Best Editing. Best Use of Line went to “Walk This Way,” a mockumentary about powerwalking as a sport made by JAMB Chops. Joe Wos, executive director of the ToonSeum, local producer Rick Sebak, and Jason Sauer, owner of Most Wanted Art Gallery, were among those in PIttsburgh’s film community who turned out to congratulate the winners.

Article Source: http://movies.yahoo.com/news/south-city-takes-top-pittsburgh-prize-48-hour-210400401.html


  1. I couldn’t resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

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