Off the cutting room floor 

Filmmaker Showdown short film entries, including eight finalists, to screen over two days

By Nicole Fitzgerald

What: 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown Round Up

When: Thursday, May 3 & Friday, May 4

Where: Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC)

Tickets: $8

If the Whistler Independent Filmmaker’s Society didn’t host the annual round up of 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown films, audiences might miss out on a diamond in the rough, or at least some great bodily fluids.

“The weirdest thing for me was faking all the pee, fart, vomit and poop gags for the shoot and then repeating them in reality with baby Oliver in between takes — talk about déjà vu,” said director and mom Rebecca Wood Barrett who joined forces with Lisa Fernandez to produce a five minute short film for this year’s Filmmaker Showdown called Parental Discretion is Advised.

Wood Barrett, a past Filmmaker Showdown finalist, drew inspiration from her newfound motherhood this year to create a film about a newborn baby (her son Oliver) who is an angel for mom, but devil for dad.

“Usually we schedule around actors and locations, but this time we scheduled around nursing every two to three hours,” she said.

Wood Barrett didn’t make the final eight this year, along with more than 40 other teams, but thanks to the Whistler Independent Filmmaker’s Society, all of that hard work of crunching together a five minute short film in less than 72 hours will have its time to shine at the Filmmaker Showdown Round Up on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. at the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC). Different films will screen each night.

“These nights are so important for the filmmakers that submitted films that maybe didn’t make the finals,” said 2007 Filmmaker Showdown finalist Angie Nolan. “Seeing as I didn’t make the finals all those other times, having the opportunity to screen my films in front of an audience was vital in the learning process…. I love getting a glimpse into other people’s minds and seeing what they came up with in 72 hours. It’s the perfect networking event for both, up-and-coming filmmakers as well as the old schoolers to feel support and part of an awesome creative community.”

It took Nolan six Showdowns to finally see her creative zeal hit the big screens of the Showdown finals with more than 2,000 viewers in attendance at last month’s festival. This year she challenged herself and audiences with a dramatic war film called Camouflage that posed the question: What kind of world would we live in if we actually took the time to see ourselves in one another, even our enemies? The finalist film, along with the other seven finalists and winning film, will also screen over the two Showdown round up days.

Nolan said the Showdown plays an important role in the local filmmaking scene.

“Even for the inexperienced filmmaker, it’s an opportunity to see what your creative brain can accomplish in 72 hours,” Nolan said. “The Showdown is becoming that in-your-face reminder that we all can do better as filmmakers and that tough competition is the perfect outlet to make that happen. I can’t wait to see how far I push myself next year.”

Until then, there are plenty of films to catch over the two nights. Come out and support your local filmmaking community and check out some hilarious films ranging from the U.S. selling Canada to Russia for one dollar to housing a whale in a bathtub.

Tickets are $8.

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