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Wallowa County auteurs get ready to shoot for 48-hour film fest

Corporate sponsorships continue to grow for local 48-hour filmmaking event.
Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on November 2, 2015 3:34PM

Last changed on November 6, 2015 9:32AM

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On Lucky Friday the 13th “film companies” made up of local friends and last-minute volunteers will have two days to make a film.

It’s the fourth year for the Ruby Peak Film Festival, Wallowa County’s local scramble in which filmmakers write, shoot and edit their own artistic creations in the 48 hours between Nov. 13-15.

Those original flicks can be made with cellphones, Grandma’s VHS camera, a digital camera with a film setting, or any other moving picture format.

The highly organized, or seat-of-the-pants fliers, or merry band of pranksters, or perhaps heavily caffeinated auteurs should come to the kickoff meeting with an open mind and a great deal of flexibility. Some will already have a team, but others will be looking for volunteers to flesh out the team at the kickoff, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13, at Lear’s Pub and Grill in Enterprise. So, if this sounds like fun, but you don’t have a team, come and volunteer for one — or prove you are down with the speedy concept and assemble a team of your own at the last possible moment.

Films will have a few things in common besides the short shooting schedule: Every team will receive a line of dialogue, a character and a prop that must be in the film. Genres will then be drawn from a hat.

“That’s the random card for each team,” said co-director Luke Zwanziger of Enterprise. “Genres may be romance, science fiction, historical, war ... something for everyone.”

The completed film must be turned in at a predetermined location (to be announced) by 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

Filmmakers also will receive plenty of excellent advice, encouragement and information on how to find royalty-free music and other resources.

Zwanziger is a real fan of the event — so much so that even though he is now a co-director of the event along with Caroline Leone, of Joseph, he’s already taken the challenge himself and made a film. He just won’t enter it in the contest.

“I don’t feel like I can enter in an event I’m co-directing, but I love the format,” he said.

Zwanziger and Leone took over direction of the event from Blue Marble Arts (Debbie Shank and Kathy Sewell of Joseph) and used the momentum the original organizers created to line up more great prizes for the winners of this year’s event.

“We’ve got a lot of great local sponsorships from businesses and people all over the county,” Zwanziger said. “We have more than $2,000 in prizes. Awards will include video and audio software, gift certificates and more.”

Corporate sponsors for the festival include Sony Creative Software, Final Draft and Red Giant Software.

Local sponsors include The Bookloft, Sugar Time Bakery, M. Crow and Co., Joseph Hardware, Sports Corral, The Sheep Shed, Cheyenne Cafe, ToZion, W.C. Marketplace, Stewart Jones Design, beecrowbee, Balanced Bodies, Copper Creek Merc., Heidi’s Gift Shoppe, Mad Mary and Company, Red Barn Veterinary, The Magic Garden and others.

The films will be shown — free to viewers — on the big screen at the OK Theatre on Monday, Nov. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Donations are welcome.

As usual, film fans who attend the show will vote for the People’s Choice.

For more information, visit www.rubypeakfilmfest.com.



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