With the cooperation of Coppola's EARS XXI media studio and Albuquerque's own Digital Filmmaking Institute, this year's Duke City Shootout promises to be an impressive example of down-and-dirty digital filmmaking. The festival itself will take place July 22-30 and ends with the traditional awarding of the “Palm de Grease” trophy for the best overall film.
If you're interested in submitting a script for consideration, you need to pay a $35 entry fee by May 1. (Entry fee after the May 1 deadline jumps to $45.) Scripts must be 12 minutes maximum and should be sent by June 1, 2005, to EARS XXI Script Contest, 6565 Sunset Blvd. Suite 500 Hollywood, CA, 90028.
For more information about the contest, log on to www.EARSXXI.com.
I agree that the effect of ads for Coke or Chrysler is (in the lawsuit's wording) “to waste purchasers' time by forcing them to sit through unwanted commercial messages.” Unfortunately, the lawsuit doesn't seek to eliminate the commercials. It's only interested in the “dual listing” system. Sadly, this would only further complicate the lives of the countless idiots who rush to theaters to see the likes of Son of the Mask, for whom normal movie times are a hopelessly indecipherable sea of numbers.
No doubt about it: Movie ads suck. My suggestion is to patronize movie theaters that don't run them and leave the lawyers out of it.
For more info on the lawsuit, check out http://www.nomovieads.com/pr.htm.