On June 23, the Egyptian Theatre was packed to its high rafters with movie buffs. While it's certainly not unusual that a movie theater would be filled with movie goers, what made this film foray special for many of them is that they were waiting to see their own creations up on the silver screen as part of the seventh-annual "Best of i48" awards ceremony.
If you haven't heard of i48, it's a competition of teams in either a Novice or Open category to produce a 3- to 6-minute film in 48 hours. Each team must employ an assigned prop, character line of dialogue and genre. This year nearly 60 teams signed up to compete, and 16 films made the final cut for Sunday night's screening, hosted by event organizers: Josie Pusl, Gregory Bayne and Andrew Ellis.
The short films ran the gamut of creativity with everything from an animated musical to a glimpse at post-apocalyptic Idaho in 2077, to a couple of music videos to an action-packed movie trailer to a boy-meets-garden tools love story. Much like the red-carpet ceremony that many of these filmmakers dream of giving a thank-you speech at someday, awards were presented for, among other things, cinematography, actor, actress and best film. In the open category, Marshall Law took home best cinematography. Leta Neustader and Brice Williams of Quiescence (the film's cast and crew included a number of BW staffers) took home best actress and actor respectively. Hank Is walked away with second-best film and Reel Women of the West's Myface (a Facebook parody) received best film honors.
In the novice category, Gay Bomb earned the second-best film honor while Object of Affection, a brilliant bit of celluloid, scored a hat trick with best cinematography, best actor (Dusty Aunon) and best film. And for the first time in i48's history, there was a tie for best actress: Hailey Ganatos (Waiting Room) and Kelly Barker (Sorceror's Tone) will be sharing custody of the trophy (at least until another one is ordered). Both Marshall Law and Object of Affection were, alone, worth the price of admission.
We'd love to see not only the 16 films that competed for awards, but all of the entries (which were screened on Saturday at The Flicks) again, and it just so happens that we have a new video platform on our website that allows you to upload your own videos. So if you entered a film in this year's i48 competition, haul your exhausted moviemaking butt over to boiseweekly.com, click "Video" (on the right hand side of the nav bar) and get to uploading. Make sure to add "i48" as a tag, so that we can find them.