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The Race is Over

The Race is Over

On Thursday, I flew into Dallas after being invited to help judge this year’s 24 Hour Video Race, hosted by the Video Association of Dallas. Teams signed up to make five-minute pieces, given certain criteria. This event is a nice opening act for the Video Association’s popular Dallas Video Festival, set to roll out August 3-7, 2005.

Last night was the final round, where the 80-something initial teams were narrowed down to about 25, and the jury sat with audiences in the Angelika to pick winners for a handful of categories. Here’s a look:

(Outside the Dallas location of the Angelika… complete with a harmonica-playing blind musician collecting spare change out front.)

(Waiting in the lobby, Video Race contestants and audience members filed in, amidst screenings of Nina’s Tragedies or Winter Solstice in neighboring auditoriums.)

(Dallas film fans get ready for the final screening and category.)

(Here’s my fellow jurors, as we deliberate over our notes and various decisions, in a backroom at the Angelika. The jury had a fun time together, and it was nice to work with people I already knew, like James from Deep Ellum Film Fest, and new friends I met for the first time, like Kim from IFC.)

(After the screenings and awards, most of the participants headed next door to an Irish pub for drinks. Pictured here are: Lucy Bannister from one of the shorts, Bart Weiss from the Video Association of Dallas, myself, and Christie Courville from another short in the race. Lucy’s film, Malebox, won third-place in the “Hollywood” category.)

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