FREDERICK, MD The 8th annual 72 Hour Film Festival was held at the Weinberg Center last Friday and Saturday. This year’s theme was Science. Each group was given a scientific theory or law and challenged (although it was not mandatory) to incorporate it into a film that directly dealt with Science or Science Fiction.
“The festival allows you to create something on your own,” said host, Mikael Johnson. “In the arts you are always auditioning or getting hired to a written script. We started the 72 Hour Film Festival to separate ourselves from doing someone else’s work and create something unique that we could be satisfied with.”
Many have been participating since the festival’s beginning, like DC Cartho, who has judged as well as acted and directed in previous years. “The festival challenges your creativity, as well as the way you think,” said Cartho. “With no rehearsal and limited time to get a basic idea, you just have to figure it out as you go along,” He encourages people to get involved as he said, “It’s a really fun experience. It’s like an adventure with no map and any idea where you will end up.”
Groups come together just once a year for the festival, such as Pecos Bill and The Wranglers. “We all live far away from each other and never get to hang out much,” said Zach Christie, an actor and writer in Pecos Bill and the Wranglers. “We get together once a year and do what we love.”
The success of the festival was definitely evident this year. When I asked Mikael Johnson how he felt about it, he said, “I’m going to get choked up. I am extremely happy with the success. Seeing how the festival and artists evolve every year always makes me pleased to be a part of it.”