As most of you know, I live in Denton, Texas.
I love Denton.
It’s a city with a small town feel but big city amenities and things to do.
Every day and night, there’s something going on in Denton, so I thought it would be the perfect place for me to throw a horror film festival.
One day, by chance, I ran into the founder of Denton’s Thin Line Fest, which is a three-day art, music and documentary film festival in it’s sixteenth year, and spoke to him about my dream of a horror film festival right here in Denton.
To my surprise, he asked me to head up the return of Thin Line Fest’s “48 Hours of Hell Horror Film Race.” They’d held this event for years in the past, but interest had fizzled, and it was discontinued.
If you’re not sure what a film race is, it’s where teams assembled and complete a short film in a 48-hour period.
In our case, teams had to draw for a genre – ours were possession, occult, vampire and urban legend – and then each team had to incorporate the prop, which was a book, and the line of dialogue, which was “Dentoning.”
“Dentoning” is a term that locals use when they’re just out having fun in Denton. It’s cheesy, so we thought it’d be great to incorporate into the film festival – especially since, if you attended the festival, you would literally be “Dentoning.”
Anyhow, the teams dispersed last Friday night at 7:30 and had until last Sunday night to turn in completed horror short films.
Five teams signed up, four finished, and all gave their best to complete the race.
Forty-eight hours is no time at all to complete the task of writing, casting, shooting, and editing a 4-8 minute long film, but the four teams that completed it wowed us.
Each team did an excellent job at creating a movie within their given genre, and using the prop and line of dialogue they were assigned.
All of the films that crossed the finish line appeared to have taken much longer than just two days to complete. That’s how good they all were.
There is so much talent in Denton, and I will always strive to showcase that to the world.
The film race will hopefully continue year after year and grow larger in the process.
I think anytime you can get together and create something fun, you should.
Plus, it was perfect that we held the event during October, especially with it being a horror film race.
If any of you ever have the chance to support something local – whether it’s theatre, music, art or films – I really hope you do.
Everyone who’s anyone in the entertainment world was once just a local, creating an indie project, and hoping someone, somewhere, supported them.