In November 2012, eight filmmaking teams had only 5 days to write, shoot, edit—and screen a film based on stories from eight local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams had heard the stories before they were presented.
The air was electric as eight local storytellers regaled the audience — and eight filmmaking teams — with touching, funny, insightful and personal stories about their lives. At the end of the show, the filmmaking teams learned which story they have been paired with — and the race to make an 8-minute movie was on!
Man of Letters
Grand Prize Winner
Based on a true story by Adam Ruben
Film created by Big Honkin’ Films
Austin Bragg, Director
When a man who loves words decides to venture into the world of competitive Scrabble, his
good nature quickly turns
flagitious, iniquitous, maleficent, repugnant.
Rockin’ Robin Revelations
Based on a true story by Jessica Solomon
Film created by DC Dogs
Jonathan Zuck, Director
A young woman discovers a family secret that may impact more than her responsibility to share toys.
The Backseat Driver
Based on a true story by Elissa Laura Gross
Film created by Tragedy Plus Time
Rob Rafferty, Director
In order to prove to her father that she should be allowed to drive the family car, a newly-licensed teen is tested by a peculiar backseat driver.
Based on a true story by Chris Love
Film created by Meridian Hill Pictures
Lance Kramer & Scott Lunt, Directors
When a gay man is asked by a lesbian couple to help them create a family, his experiences with a local sperm donor bank becomes an daunting task.
Based on a true story by Mike Kane
Film created by Yellow Bow Tie Productions
Joel David Santner, Director
A father and son bond over their desire to run a successful garage sale — not over the dining table they just sold.
Based on a true story by Vijai Nathan
Film created by Citra Productions
Jason Baustin, Director
Pulled in many directions, a 30-something woman contemplates whether her quest for a soulmate will instead bring her a primate.
Based on a true story by Stephanie Garibaldi
Film created by Nine Hour Films
Mary Ratliff, Director
Looking to create a new career, a woman tests her ability to stretch the truth by applying for a job well beyond her qualifications.
Based on a true story by Suzi Whaples
Film created by Amagi Productions
Erin Wildermuth, Director
It is said that fashion is cyclical and everything comes back again. However, when renamed for a new generation, the confusion often creates unintended hilarity.
Presented by SpeakeasyDC, DC Shorts and the DC Film Office