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"Fire Engine Red," one of the short films created in two days for the Little Rock leg of the 2012 48-Hour Film Project, is currently running second in an international film competition, and needs your votes. Voting is open until January 19, so you should hurry if you want to help. Go here, find the search bar, and look for "Fire Engine Red," then you can vote.
The film, by the team Whiffle Powder Productions, tells the heartwarming Christmas tale of a toy fire engine that winds up changing the lives of several people it touches. I caught it during the 48HFP screenings earlier this year, and it was definitely one of the stronger 48 Hour flicks I've seen in years, though it wound up coming in second to the equally-amazing horror-musical "La Petite Mort." "Red" did win Audience Favorite, Best Story.
"Fire Engine Red" is currently running #2 in the world against all other 2nd place finishers in a runners-up bracket that would give the film a second chance to be screened and compete with the city winners for fame and prizes. Full press release on the jump.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Little Rock's s 48-Hour Film Contest Award Winner Competes Internationally
Film Honoring Firefighters Created by Novice Filmmakers
LITTLE ROCK—"Fire Engine Red," which won Audience Favorite, Best
Story, and First Runner-Up at Little Rock's 48 Hour Film Festival in
August, is competing against runner-up films internationally for a
chance to go to Filmapalooza, the 48-Hour Film Project's annual
festival in Hollywood. The 7-minute film by Whiffle Powder
Productions, which is publically open to voting through January 19, is
receiving high ratings and is currently ranked number 2 in the world,
holding its own in a contest against much larger cities like Paris,
New York, and Dubai. Voting is conducted online by a rating system,
whereby each person may vote a film 1 to 5 stars.
The holiday film, which is dedicated to the Little Rock Fire
Department, tells a heartwarming story of a toy fire engine, and was
created entirely from start to finish in just under two days. "What we
think we have going for us," says first-time director Jim Patterson
(of El Dorado), "is a really good story. Some of the other [entries]
do some things better than we did, but we always felt that if we could
craft a good story that really connected with the audience, we would
succeed. And I think we did that."
"If our movie screens in Hollywood," adds Michael Armstrong, also
first-time co-director and writer, “Little Rock will be one of only
two cities worldwide to have two entries in the festival. People are
bound to notice that cool things are happening in Arkansas, and that
we have a lot of untapped support for film here. That, coupled with
recent legislation offering tax breaks for filmmakers who come to the
state, could potentially bring a lot of business to the area."
Armstrong adds, “We’re so close, but in order to win, we’ll need a lot
of 5-star votes before January 19. There’s a lot of support here. We
saw what the 'Arkansas Effect' did for Kris Allen on American Idol. I
think we can do that again."
Patterson and Armstrong and their mostly inexperienced cast, were
joined by veteran filmmakers, including Jim Linsley, owner of
Shadowbox Video Productions, as producer; Bob Hooper, audio; and David
Bogard, Director of Photography, who won first place in Little Rock's
48-Hour Film Festival in 2010, with “The Courier”. Chief Editor was
Keith Carson (of Conway).
Further credits are found at the end of the film, which may be viewed
and voted on at
Additional details about the contest may also be found at
http://www.cinema48.com and http://www.48hourfilm.com.