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48-Hour Film Festival Comes To Las Vegas

48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project gives filmmakers just two days to put together a film.

Producing a film is a labor-intensive, time-consuming endeavor.

Now just think of the pressure when the amount of time you have to shoot a movie is limited to two days.

Filmmakers in Las Vegas face the ultimate test this weekend during the Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Festival.

Teams are given two days to put together a short film and winners are selected to be featured nationally.

Philip Faiss, the city producer for the Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Project, says there is a vibrant filmmaking community in the Las Vegas area that the festival harnesses.

"Filmmakers locally and that have just transitioned to Las Vegas have come and expressed their interest in participating this year," Faiss said.  "I want people to have fun and what I would love for it to do is... show our neighbors that we've got a lot of great filmmaking talent here."

For example, Jerry and Scott Thompson are brothers who are Las Vegas natives and members of the filmmaking team of Light Forge Studios. The Light Forge team won last year's festival with its short film, Swamp Heart.

The Thompson brothers have participated in multiple festivals in Las Vegas, but are sitting this one out because of a conflict with their family reunion.

That doesn't mean it was an easy decision.

"It took me about three days to talk myself out of trying to force us do it somehow," said Scott Thompson.  "We have to respect our mother's wishes."

This year's Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Festival is July 10-12, with premiere screenings at  Century 18 Sam's Town July 21-22. Participants can register online here .

Philip Faiss, city producer, Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Project;  Jerry Thompson, owner/filmmaker, Light Forge Studios;  Scott Thompson, cinematographer/editor, Light Forge Studios

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