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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:

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

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

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

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(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.)

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(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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