LITTLE ROCK--"Fire Engine Red," which won Audience Favorite, Best Story, and First Runner-Up at Little Rock's 48 Hour Film Festival in August, is competing against other runner-up films internationally for a chance to go to Filmapalooza, the 48-Hour Film Project's annual film festival in Hollywood.
The 7-minute film by Whiffle Powder Productions, which is publically open to voting through January 19, is receiving high ratings and is currently ranked number 2 in the world, holding its own in a contest against much larger cities like Paris, New York, and Dubai. Voting is conducted online by a rating system, whereby each person may vote a film 1 to 5 stars.
The holiday film, which is dedicated to the Little Rock Fire Department, tells a heartwarming story of a toy fire engine, and was created entirely from start to finish in just under two days. "What we think we have going for us," says first-time director Jim Patterson (of El Dorado ), "is a really good story. Some of the other [entries] did some things better than we did, but we always felt that if we could craft a good story that really connected with the audience, we would succeed. And I think we did that."
"If our movie screens in Hollywood ," adds Michael Armstrong , also first-time co-director and writer, " Little Rock will be one of only two cities worldwide to have two entries in the festival. People are bound to notice that cool things are happening in Arkansas , and that we have a lot of untapped support for film here. That, coupled with recent legislation offering tax breaks for filmmakers who come to the state, could potentially bring a lot of business to the area."
Armstrong adds, "We're so close, but in order to win we'll need a lot of 5-star votes before January 19. There's a lot of support here. We saw what the 'Arkansas Effect' did for Kris Allen on American Idol. I think we can do that again."
Patterson and Armstrong and their mostly inexperienced cast, were joined by veteran filmmakers, including Jim Linsley, producer; Bob Hooper, audio; and David Bogard, Director of Photography, who won first place in Little Rock's 48-Hour Film Festival in 2010, with "The Courier". Chief Editor was Keith Carson (of Conway ).
Vote for the film here: http://www.cinema48.com/index.php?med_id=67dd8f6dc981c3c4
Here's how to vote:
1. GO TO THE ABOVE LINK.
2. LOG IN on the left side of the site through Facebook ID.
3. Then VOTE in a little yellow/orange box on the right.
4. Here's hoping you will rate our film 5 STARS.
5. Thanks in advance. Your VOTE and support can make this come true and you can be proud for bringing a bit of fame to Arkansas. If we win this, Little Rock will be the only city that has two winning entries. With your support, success is within reach. YOUR VOTE is most important.
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