Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Duke City Shootout

Mikaela says:
I just know Duke City Fix will have a really great post about this. I certainly won't. This will be a shitty post about it, but at least it's something.

What am I going on about?

Consider this your advanced warning:
There's a SHOOTOUT a'comin', headin' your way, pardner.
(oof. horrible. I told you!)

Still don't know what I'm talking about? Me neither. Man, I had breakfast at Mannie's this morning, and I'm STILL paying for it. Whew! Focus, focus...

The Duke City Shootout Festival will take place downtown July 22-30.

The opening night extravaganza will be hosted Friday, July 22 at the Golden West Saloon ( appropriate!). Drinks, sample films, an opening band, and something really exciting ... a SKA BAND! If you come, you might even catch me skankin' to the beat. Oh, yeah, baby, you know I'm a rude girl.

Doors open at 7:30, and the cost is a wee $5.

So here's the inside scoop: Seven lucky people were chosen to turn their 12-minute scripts into movies over the course of 7 days -- right here in our fair city. (A couple Burqueans represent. Power to the people.) They have strict rules about shooting only 8 hours a day. They have help with editing and post production, and 7 days from the opening shot, viola! Seven 12-minute movies for your viewing pleasure.

You can see the results of this innovative marathon-week of movie-making at the closing ceremonies:

Saturday July 30th, 8PM: Film Awards Ceremony & Party at the Kiva Auditorium (401 Second NW) and Post-Party hosted at the Sheraton Old Town

More info: Duke City Shootout or contact my girl Alexis by e-mail ( or phone 266-7220.

She'll even give you one of these fantastic posters for free. (I really dig the tough-girl! "She had more than a vision...she had a script!" Apart from the grammatical error, I'm considering using it as my personal mantra. At least, for all my Raymond Chandler novels.) Ask nice. She likes that.


Blogger Arvin Hill said...

That is SO FREAKIN' COOL. I would love to write a short script and watch it come to life.

Color me green with envy.

10:15 PM  
Blogger mjae said...

Not just WATCH it come to life but MAKE IT come to life. There is an option to choose a director to do it for you, but the idea is to direct it yourself. And edit. You can't produce, oddly enough. They assign you a producer. Still, totally cool, as you say. Submit next year! It's a national contest. Only a couple of the winners were local.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Arvin Hill said...

What a wonderful suggestion, Mikaela.

I'm just a blogger, but what I really want to do is direct.

Short films, like short stories, are a notoriously tough format, but it would be a riot trying to make it work.

And whaddya know? I already have an idea begging for realization. The title would give it away, but think "Office Space" meets "American Beauty."

Now, the hard part:

Getting Annette Bening's phone number.

9:39 AM  

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