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72 Film Fest SCHEDULE October 10th :FRIDAY NIGHT PREMIERES 6:30pm Students/Amateurs8:30pm Amateurs/Pros October- 11th: SATURDAY NIGHT MAIN EVENT 7:00pm Main Event followed by Awards Hosted by Mikael Johnson and Doug Powell


Doug HeadShotDoug Powell has been writing and performing around Washington DC and Baltimore for over a decade. A veteran recording artist, Doug has released four comedy albums and numerous ringtone albums with DC-based HAHAAS COMEDY. Combining multiple disciplines, Powell twists structured material with improv making each performance a unique experience for both himself and the audience. Doug Powell is once again slated to Co-Host this year’s 72 FILM FEST in Frederick, MD. With each passing year Doug Powell hopes to mature and grow as a writer and a performer with the overall goal being a Kung-Fu type mastery of his art.
Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.50.55 PMMikael Johnson grew up in Middletown, Maryland and is a graduate of Middletown High School. He is a writer, director, actor, improviser, story-teller and comic residing in Burke, Virginia. After cutting his teeth the Maryland Ensemble Member in classes and productions, Johnson has spent nearly the last 10 years in the DC area performing and teaching. He currently performs regularly with his two-man improv troupe ShawnMikael(s), where they just recently headlined the District Improv Festival. When he is not working on his own projects, Johnson is often coaching, teaching and or directing other individuals and groups with their own performance pieces. Mikael was recently married in September and would like to thank his new wife Amy for all her love and support. And Clark and Doug are cool too.


Alphabetical (Not actual screening order)

Ambidextrous ProductionsStudentVanilla SkyBull DurhamFace MaskPG
Black LagoonStudentHighlanderHarveyAndy from AccountingPG-13
Brunch Club ProductionsStudentTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1985)Three AmigosNinjamigosG
Carpet WallStudentMen in BlackBetter off DeadNote to SelfPG-13
Classic KidsStudentHarry Potter - The Sorcerer StoneHoney I Shrunk the KidsYoung MindedPG
Eye Jelly CinemaStudentScreamThe Wizard of OzBloomPG-13
Lounge Rat ProductionsAmateurThelma and LouiseShawshank RedemptionThe DetourPG-13
Made in ChinaStudentReservoir DogsAnimal HouseToo Late To ApologizePG-13
Molten Llama FilmsStudentThe Mask of ZorroRaising ArizonaThe Mask of ArizonaPG-13
Never Shut UpAmateurThe MummyMiss CongenialityThe Case of the Congenial MummyPG-13
Ophiuchus PicturesAmateurThe GodfatherA League of Their OwnA Mob of Their OwnPG-13
The CollectiveStudentJurassic ParkCasablancaBellebe ReservePG
The Hateful SevenStudentThe X-Files (Movie)American BeautyVeinsPG
Tray Girls & Box JumpersAmateurButch Cassidy and the Sundance KidThe Naked GunOutfoxedPG-13
Unkee DaddeeStudentSaving Private RyanVarsity BluesWhipped Cream DreamPG-13
Visually WiredStudentThe Sixth SenseRear Window5th & MurderPG-13
We Are BAD (Believing A Dream)AmateurMission ImpossibleTommy BoyPG


Alphabetical (Not actual screening order)

Ah Muh Face!AmateurThe FugitiveGreaseDick Dangerous IVPG-13
Bear Minimum ProductionsAmateurPulp FictionPlanes, Trains, and AutomobilesSeriously, Steve.R
Bright Boy AlertAmateurDays of ThunderMoonstruckThunderStruckPG
Chimney Sweep PicturesAmateurStar Wars - A New HopeNational Lampoon's VacationFish TripPG-13
Crowded Elevator PicturesProSilence of the LambsThe Wedding SingerTil Death Do Us PartPG-13
DW FilmsAmateurFor Your Eyes OnlyThere's Something About MaryBlinded by LoveR
Empty Bottle StudiosAmateurA Fist Full of DollarsJerry MaguireThe Other Side of the CoinPG-13
Film.LovablesProThe Lost BoysHappy GilmorePutt & DiePG-13
Great Vengeance & Furious AngerProLethal WeaponTitanicThe Commons of AvalonPG-13
Haunted SideshowProStar Wars - Empire Strikes BackMiracle on 34th Street (1947)Their Eyes All AglowPG-13
HenlivisionProAnalyze ThisField of DreamsDream ThisG
LaserstarProIndependence DayYou've Got MailPlaybackPG-13
Mango City MediaAmateurApollo 13Crocodile DundeeThe DropR
Missing Link CinemaProDances with WolvesWhen Harry Met SallyFightPG-13
MoonslavesProThe Blair Witch ProjectThe ShiningThree Days NoticeR
Noticeable GrainAmateurThe CraftMrs. DoubtfireDewitchedPG-13
ON CALLAmateurCape FearAce Ventura - Pet DetectiveChasing ShannonPG-13
Pecos Bill and the WranglersProBraveheartMeet the ParentsMeet the HartsPG-13
Stepdad ProductionsAmateurRobin Hood Prince of ThievesForrest GumpWhite MagicPG-13
UnimentalAmateurE.T.Blazing SaddlesB.E.T.R
Weapons Grade GeraniumAmateurThe TerminatorHome AloneDeadened EchoesPG-13

The Judges

Dr. Kelly Trigger, Chair of the 72 Film Fest Jury. Kelly has been a member of the 72 Film Fest jury since its inception and has chaired the panel for the past seven years. Interim AVP for Teaching and Learning and professor of English at Frederick Community College, Kelly has taught media studies, composition, popular culture and film as literature courses. Her doctoral research in American Studies focuses on media studies, youth, and digital culture.

Matt Edens From children’s animation to true-crime documentaries, Matt has written more than 100 hours of television programming for broadcast and cable. He’s currently the story editor for Snapped, a true-crime series that airs on the Oxygen Network.

Jack Gerbes Jack joined the Maryland Film Office in 1992, and was named Director in 2002. During his tenure, Jack has worked on over 125 feature films and television series, including House of Cards, VEEP, Ladder 49, Enemy of the State, Runaway Bride, Wedding Crashers, and 12 Monkeys. Jack has represented Maryland at the Sundance, Slamdance, Cannes, Los Angeles, London and AFI Film Festivals. He also was a jury member at the Krakkofil Film Festival in Bosnia.

Mark Ashley A freelance motion picture camera assistant since 1992, Mark was trained in Hollywood over the course of ten years. He has worked on multiple A-list television and big budget feature films, including six seasons of The X Files and Amistad, a best picture nominee in 1997. Having relocated to the greater Washington DC area in 2005 and now residing in Arlington, VA, Mark has mostly supported the camera departments on the acclaimed House of Cards (Netflix) and VEEP (HBO), both of which are filmed in Baltimore, MD. More information about Mark can be found on his website: acameramark.com.

Matt DaviesMatt Davies, MPSE is the Award Winning Lead Sound Designer and Foley Artist from Maryland audio post facility, Studio Unknown. He’s been a part of a diverse assortment of films and projects including work with ‘The Blair Witch Project’ director Eduardo Sanchez (Lovely Molly, VHS2 and Exists). In 2014 Matt completed Sound Design, FX and Foley for The Quest, a hybrid fantasy/reality primetime TV show from the minds of the Amazing Race and produced by Mark Ordesky, executive producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. You can find Matt building custom instruments, using imaginative Foley, contorting his voice for creature vocals and tweaking analog synthesizers to provide sound for projects he’s part of. Additionally, Matt is a professor at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) where he teaches Sound for the Animation Department.

Richard Jefferies Richard grew up in Frederick, Maryland where he graduated from Frederick High School in 1974. After 36 years of building a career in Hollywood, Richard returned to live in the Frederick area. During his time in Hollywood, Richard delivered 28 feature film writing assignments to major studios including Tron: Legacy, Cold Creek Manor (which he also executive produced) and Man of the House at Disney, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer at Fox, Searchers and The Bad Place at Warner Bros. Richard has done uncredited writing work on many movies including sci-fi features Virus, Species and lmposter. Richard wrote, directed and produced Organizm aka Living Hell, which premiered on Syfy Channel and wrote the cult horror classic Scarecrows. Richard joined Wiseacre Films in 2010, where he co-wrote and produced the Christmas comedy Elf-Man. He is currently executive producer on Wiseacre Films’ action adventure feature film China Bigfoot: Legend of the Yeren, which was shot in the remote mountains of central China.

Vin Grabill. Vin Grabill received his B.A. degree in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 1971 and a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from the M.I.T. Center For Advanced Visual Studies in 1981. After teaching Video Art at the Massachusetts College of Art from 1984-1988, he joined the faculty of the UMBC Department of Visual Arts in 1988 where he continues to teach Video Art and chairs the department. Grabill has been creating and exhibiting works in video art formats since 1979. His single channel video work and installation work utilizing video have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to individual projects, Grabill collaborates regularly with performing artists, choreographers, and poets in an attempt to find new solutions for the presentation of live arts utilizing live and recorded aspects of the video medium.

Jonathan Slade. Associate Professor of Communication & Cinema at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, Jonathan specializes in micro-budget American independent film. He has a 25+ year relationship with Maryland Public Television where he wrote, directed, and produced 7 children’s programs (the Vid Kid series) and 7 documentaries, including Gone But Not Forgotten (1994), Gone But Not Forgotten 2 (1994), Clickety-Clack Christmas (1997), Eatin’ Crabs: Chesapeake Style (2008), Historic Barns of Maryland (2012), and Electric Road Trip (2014). Slade has authored several companion books for his public TV specials, including Barns of My Childhood: A Memoir (2012), and The Electric Road Trip Begins: All Charged Up and Ready To Go! (2014). A graduate of the USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, he has also written and directed two micro-budget 16mm features — Forest for the Trees (1997) and Cinder (2015).

James Udden is Associate Professor of film studies at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania. He has lived and researched in Taiwan resulting in his book, No Man an Island: The Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien (Hong Kong University Press, 2009), the first English-language book on the filmmaker in English. He has also published widely on Asian cinema in various journals and anthologies, including two in separate upcoming volumes on Chinese cinema to be published by BFI and Blackwell press. His current book project concerns how Iranian cinema managed to penetrate the international film festival circuit.

Rona Mensah. Rona, actor and radio host, is pleased to return for a 9th year as judge of the 72 Film Fest. Rona is an Ensemble Member of the Maryland Ensemble Theater since 1997, and sits on their Board of Directors. You can also catch her on Lite 97.5/WLTF. She looks forward to viewing the new films created during this year’s festival. Congratulations to all of the teams for their hard work during the festival.

Tim Martin. Tim is an award-winning filmmaker for Flying Dog Brewery and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Make a movie in 72 Hours.  Everyone from around the US can participate.
All entries screen the following weekend at Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick Maryland.

Maximum Time including Credits:
Pros: 7 Minutes
Amateurs: 6 Minutes 15 Seconds.
Students: 5 Minutes 30 Seconds.

Got Questions? Read The Faq?
Size up the Competition on the 2014 Team Page.

2014 THEME REVEALEDHollywood Movie Mashups! Teams will get two famous movies to mashup into a new short film. Watch the reveal Now.

2014 Promos

Your hosts Mikael Johnson and Doug Powell take on the classic Heat scene starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. A New one is released every TuesdayWatch them all.

Important Dates

April 2nd: Early Bird Registration Begins.
September 19th: Regular Registration Ends, Price goes up.
October 2nd: LAUNCH PARTY at Cafe 611 in Frederick Maryland OR Potomac Lounge. University Union. Towson Univ. Or Get your Criteria ONLINE. All Launch Details.
October 5th: Movie Turn-in at Area 31 or upload online.
October 10th: All entries screen at Friday Night World Premieres at Weinberg Center
October 11th: Saturday Night Main Event followed by Awards hosted by Mikael Johnson and Doug Powell at Weinberg Center
We’re not quite ready to give up all our secrets…but when we do they’ll be in this space.

Prizes (Still Assembling) Archai Media will be providing a winner of 72 Film Fest 2014 with a weekend rental of RED EPIC CAMERA! Red Giant will be giving away a COLOR SUITE to one of the winners of 72 Film Fest 2014! Music Supervisor will be providing a $250 promotional code toward music, sound effects and/or scores on the Musicsupervisor.com website. WeGetMusic will be providing $250 promotional codes toward music, sound effects and/or scores on the WeGetMusic.com website to the top winning films in the competition. We will be giving away a GO PRO CAMERA to one winner.2014 Awards Designed by Roland Metal Art.

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