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    SpeakeasyShorts 2012 Film Challenge Recap

    Recaps & ReviewsVideo December 31st, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    In November 2012, we tried out a new idea: to pair filmmaking teams with a storyteller and give then five days to make a film inspired by their story. Thanks for our talented storytellers and the participation of some of DC’s finest filmmaking teams, the event was a huge hit.  The filmmakers talked about how challenging and fun it was to have a true story from which to build a script. Storytellers got the chance to see their stories interpreted in a new way, through a different medium. The audience got to see the stories live, then a week later, watch the films, so we all got to be part of the anticipation and get a window into the creative process.  And we all got to make some fabulous and creative new friends.  See post by Mike Kane for a storyteller’s perspective on the event. Check out the story-inspired films below. Click on the links to see the original stories (unfortunately, we don’t currently have original recordings of Stephanie Garibaldi or Vijai Nathan).

    Man of Letters – Grand Prize Winner
    Based on a true story by Adam Ruben
    Film created by Big Honkin’ Films
    Austin Bragg, Director

    When a man who loves words decides to venture into the world of competitive Scrabble, his good nature quickly turns flagitious, iniquitous, maleficent, repugnant.

    Man of Letters from Jon Gann on Vimeo.


    The Donor – Runner-up
    Based on a true story by Chris Love
    Film created by Meridian Hill Pictures
    Lance Kramer & Scott Lunt, Directors

    When a gay man is asked by a lesbian couple to help them create a family, his experiences with a local sperm donor bank becomes an daunting task.

    The Backseat Driver – Runner-up
    Based on a true story by Elissa Laura Gross
    Film created by Tragedy Plus Time
    Rob Rafferty, Director

    In order to prove to her father that she should be allowed to drive the family car, a newly-licensed teen is tested by a peculiar backseat driver.

    The Backseat Driver from Jon Gann on Vimeo.

     

    The Interview
    Based on a true story by Stephanie Garibaldi
    Film created by Nine Hour Films
    Mary Ratliff, Director

    Looking to create a new career, a woman tests her ability to stretch the truth by applying for a job well beyond her qualifications.

    The Interview from Jon Gann on Vimeo.

     

    Oh, Granny
    Based on a true story by Suzi Whaples, Film created by Amagi Productions

    Erin Wildermuth, Director

    It is said that fashion is cyclical and everything comes back again. However, when renamed for a new generation, the confusion often creates unintended hilarity.

    Oh, Granny from Jon Gann on Vimeo.

     

    KFGS VII
    Based on a true story by Mike Kane, Film created by Yellow Bow Tie Productions
    Joel David Santner, Director

    A father and son bond over their desire to run a successful garage sale — not over the dining table they just sold.

    KFGS VII from Jon Gann on Vimeo.

     

    Rockin’ Robin Revelations
    Based on a true story by Jessica Solomon
    Film created by DC Dogs
    Jonathan Zuck, Director

    A young woman discovers a family secret that may impact more than her responsibility to share toys.

    Rockin' Robin Revelations from Jon Gann on Vimeo.

     

    Rotten Eggs
    Based on a true story by Vijai Nathan
    Film created by Citra Productions
    Jason Baustin, Director

    Pulled in many directions, a 30-something woman contemplates whether her quest for a soulmate will instead bring her a primate.

    Rotten Eggs from Jon Gann on Vimeo.

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