Film Race gives entrants 24 hours to make a short movie

07/29/2012 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:11 AM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Filmmaking is not for wimps.

It’s labor intensive. It takes courage and belief in yourself. Not to mention all the creativity and energy you can summon.

While you’re making a film, you swear you’ll never do it again. But when everything clicks, it’s a major rush.

So the upcoming “Down to the Wire: A 24 Hour Film Race” isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Turning around a film — even at only 6 minutes in length (the maximum allowed in the race) — in that amount of time is a monumental feat.

The event, which is hosted by the Tallgrass Film Association and CreativeRush, a local group that regularly hosts artist talks, will be held Aug. 10. Teams can have up to 15 members. They have to write, shoot, and edit a film in 24 hours. Students and amateur filmmakers are encouraged to participate. Registration is $60 per team or $50 for teams with students or Tallgrass members.

Films must incorporate four assigned things: a line, a prop, a theme and a place (under a table, for instance).

CreativeRush will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Digital Arts Studio at CityArts, 334 N. Mead (second floor), for anyone wanting more information. Attending the meeting is not mandatory.

The same studio will be equipped with four editing stations loaded with Adobe Premiere Creative Suite 5 software for use by registered teams during the race at no additional charge. The stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be reserved by contacting Bryan McManus at 316-350-3246.

The film race kicks off at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 with a producers’ meeting at the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, 507 E. Douglas, when teams will be assigned their four elements. Filmmakers then will have until 7 p.m. Aug. 11 to complete and submit their films at the Tallgrass Film Association office, 212 N. Market, second floor.

The films will then be judged, and the top 10 will receive a live critique in a screening at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. The judging panel includes Sarah Kallail, KWCH producer; Wynn Ponder, managing partner at IMG Pictures and Impression Pictures; and Peter Jasso, director of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. The screening is open to the public, free for participating filmmakers and $3 for everyone else.

The first-place film will receive a screening at the 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in October, all-access VIP passes to the festival for all team members, a $500 filmmaking grant from Vimeo, and a free filmmaking class at the Digital Arts Studio.

For more details and to register, go to

Emmy winner — Wichitan Brian Schodorf recently won a Heartland Emmy Award for best documentary for “The Wayman Tisdale Story,” a detailed account of the life of former basketball star and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale. Schodorf also won three “Silver Telly” awards for best documentary, best use of music and best sports piece.

The film follows Tisdale’s life from his childhood as a preacher’s son to his battle with cancer. It has screened at film festivals across the country and is now available on DVD at For more information, go to

For the kids — The Kids First! Film Festival, a traveling showcase of short films, comes to the Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway, on Sunday and Aug. 5. Short film programs suitable for ages 6-12 will be shown from 1 to 2 p.m.; films suitable for ages 13-19 will be shown from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be served during the break. Tickets are $9. For a full line-up of films, go to

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