Stimulating the senses 

TWSSF’s range of multimedia offerings: photos, film, and ThreePointOh

click to enlarge Capturing Action Five photographers will present slide shows of their work at the upcoming Pro Photo Showdown, one of the key artistic events of TWSSF. Photo by Ian Ruhter
  • Capturing Action Five photographers will present slide shows of their work at the upcoming Pro Photo Showdown, one of the key artistic events of TWSSF. Photo by Ian Ruhter

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"The bar continues to rise," Richardson said.

As of last Thursday, 40 teams were signed up to compete, and organizers expected to receive up to another 15 applications before deadline. Then, a screening review panel will select eight finalists to have their films screened at the competition on Tuesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. There, a different panel of judges, which includes Jerry Wasserman, Glen Schaefer, Norman Reedus, Kevin Eastwood and Trent Carlson, will select the best in show.

The filmmaking event has become so popular that last year organizers decided to add Second Cuts, an event for people who couldn't get tickets to the sold-out first showing to come out and see all of the films that were made as part of the competition,  including the top eight. The Second Cuts screening is also an attempt to ensure that all of the filmmakers who dedicated time and energy to the competition have an opportunity to see their finished product on the big screen, even if they don't make it to the final screening.

"A lot of filmmakers say to have the opportunity to see your film on a big screen with a live audience is what you're doing it for," Richardson said.

Last but not least, this year, the art offerings at the TWSSF have been expanded with the addition of the ThreePointOh Multimedia Challenge. It offers a soulful new take on the traditional artist approaches to film, photography and sound tracking.

"As event producers, you want to do stuff that's new and you want to try and change up the formula a little bit, and the Pro Photographer Showdown and Filmmaker Showdown are sort of too 'holy' to mess with - you can't change them up!" Richardson said. "But as technology is evolving, it sort of leaves a bit of a gap that we weren't really addressing."

While the Pro Photographer judges have been careful to stay true to old school photography skills, organizers also saw a chance to integrate the ever-expanding digital media world into the festival.

"I guess they're kind of short film clips, short video clips... a whole gambit of things, and some really poetic stuff. It's hard to explain - it's visual," Richardson said. "For all of us who were spoon-fed on the visual generation, it just makes sense to us."

Organizers invited people to submit their open-form projects, and the search has yielded some "phenomenal" results. Between eight to 10 pieces will be screened at the event on Monday, April 20 at 8 p.m., with Best in Show awarded $2,500 in cash and prizes, and additional prizes awarded for Audience Choice.

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