All In a Day's Work

Anyone who's watched Leonardo DiCaprio sketch Kate Winslet naked on a couch or dared to look under their meth-addicted roommate's trap door knows the artistic highs and lows that can come from an hours-long flurry of single-minded inspiration. Could be art, could be a bicycle tire wrapped in unbent paperclips, but there's no mistaking the look of creativity uninterrupted. Once a year for nearly a decade, the Video Association of Dallas has been tempting fate by giving filmmakers 24 hours to dream up, shoot and edit a video piece, then throwing their results before the steel-eyed judges of the 24-Hour Video Race. 80 teams pulled the all-nighter last year, from professionals to school kids, with the winners earning a place in the annual Dallas VideoFest. You can check out the screenings of each film that made the deadline this year, and chances are, Truffaut or train wreck, you won't be able to look away. Screenings are Tuesday to Thursday, with finalists shown Monday, May 24, at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under. For more info and a screening schedule (it'll be posted Monday, May 17), visit 24hourvideoracedallas.com or call 214-428-8700.
May 18-20; Mon., May 24, 2010
 
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