All In a Day’s Art

It’s a well-known truth that the length of time it takes to make a film has little to do with the quality of the finished product. If the opposite were true, then movies like Cleopatra (clocking in a 3-year production time) and Transformers 2 (a year and a half) would have been—you know—good. Instead, the years spent on some of Hollywood’s biggest debacles were spent painstakingly killing off any and all heart that may or may not have existed in their original scripts. And so, it’s a fascinating thing to see what can happen when filmmakers are given just 24 hours to come up with a film minus bloated budgets and entitled stars. Armed only with cans of Red Bull and their own equipment, teams of Dallas filmmakers will participate in the tenth anniversary edition of the 24 Hour Video Race. Filmmakers come with all levels of experience, with the competition allowing school kids and professionals a shot at winning their categories. If you’ve always wanted to see if you could make a better movie than Michael Bay (you can), now’s your chance to sign up, unleash your creativity and get it all over with in the span of a day. Register online at for a fee of between $75 and $200 per team, plus $5 per member. The Video Association of Dallas kicks things off at 11:59 p.m. Friday night at the Angelika, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, with finished submissions due by midnight the following day. Screenings of the finished videos take place Tuesday through Thursday and are open to the public with a $5 admission. Visit
Fri., May 13; Sat., May 14, 2011
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Jennifer Davis-Lamm

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