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CALLING FILMMAKERS - Crazy contest coming

A slightly nutty contest is approaching, and is seeking Maine-based filmmakers to participate. It's called the 48-Hour Film Project, and describes itself, in an apparent attempt to actually attract movie mavens, as a way to spend "a wild, sleepless weekend."

On Friday, June 2, those who signed up will get the raw materials of a movie - a character, a prop, a line of dialogue, and a genre. The film's due date? Sunday, June 4.

The local application is online, and there's also a local discussion group so you can make sure you're sleep-deprived enough already to sign up for such a thing.

For those of you more inclined to watch the films than to run around making them, hit the Windham Five Star Cinema on June 6 and 7.

Oh yes - it's not just a maddening dash against the clock, equipment failure, weather, and illness: It's also a contest in which the local winner goes up to a national competition.

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