The Old Town Temecula Community Theater will go Hollywood beginning Aug. 30 as it gets set to host two large-scale independent film events.
On Aug. 30 -31, the theater will screen works produced during the recent 48 Hour Film Project/Inland Empire. Then on Sept. 1, selected works from the screenings will be honored at the theater during the 48 Hour Film Project’s “Best of Inland Empire” showcase and awards ceremony.
The initial 48 Hour Film Project/Inland Empire competition, held Aug. 6 – 8, saw about 40 teams from all over the Inland Empire, as well as Los Angeles and San Diego. Each team was tasked with making a four- to seven-minute short film.
Now the teams are bidding for the spotlight.
The top film honored at the Temecula event will go on to compete against the best films from more than 90 cities during the 48 Hour Film Project World Finals, which will take place at the Miami International Film Festival in early 2011.
Red-carpet world premiere screenings for the 48 Hour Film Project/Inland Empire were held Aug. 18 – 19 at UltraStar Cinemas-University Village in Riverside, but the Temecula screenings are giving locals a chance to see what all the buzz has been about.
“Quite a few teams were based in Southwest Riverside County,” said Jeanette Di Pinza, who, along with Alan Cook, is producing the Inland Empire competition. “One of the best things about 48 Hour Film Project is the collaborative relationships that form — even among rival teams.”
The Temecula screenings will begin at 7 p.m. each night and will also feature red-carpet opening ceremonies and filmmaker Q&As.
The “Best of Inland Empire” showcase and awards ceremony will run from 7 – 10 p.m.
For more information and tickets to the screenings and the awards showcase, visit http://48hourfilm.com/inlandempire
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