Last night, I served as a judge for the 48 Hour Film Project. The 48HFP has been around in St. Louis for about four years and I remember attending the first screening back in 2004 at Webster University. The next year I helped with a team from Lindenwood and then in '06 and '07, I served as team lead on films of varying quality. This year, due to various activities and a hectic schedule, I wasn't able to compete. Luckily, though, I was able to judge a couple of the groups during the screening period this week. Last night, K-Dub and I attended the last night of screenings and watched films that were good, bad, offensive, and late. I especially know the latter two. It was really fun being on that side of the 48HFP process. The best of screening takes place this coming Tuesday and six of the 15 films came from the field I watched last night.
On a more sour note, I learned today that Mike Steinberg is leaving St. Louis to become festival director of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. While this is awesome and exciting news for Steinberg, it kinda puts a pain in my heart to see him go. He will continue to direct the Webster Film Series, but he has been one of the biggest, most positive influences on my fledgling filmmaking career and he doesn't even know it. Last year I entered a short film contest and together with Karu we created Conflit d'Intérêt. Later on I spoke with Mike, one of the judges of the contest, and he said the film was really smart and that he liked it. I was like a little school girl. Best of luck to you, Mike, I hope all goes well.
From Steinberg's latest film, "How It Is With Phooey"