GO BIG: Our annual Film Slam is once again going virtual, viral and global! With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out around the world, there is light at the end of this long tunnel! But nations across the globe are still urging their citizens to stay vigilant and stay safe to save lives and speed us toward the end of this health emergency. And while we are disappointed to not see our friends and teams in persons, last years showed us that out of great adversity you can still create films that thrill us; move us to tears; and get our bellies rolling in laughter! With 77 completed films and over 2000 audience favorite votes, Tap Into Film had our largest participation and audience ever! So let’s all GO BIG and SLAM the CURVE by Staying Safe. Do your part, and make some art!
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STAY SAFE: Everyone wins when we stay safe. Please follow all your local health guidelines when making your films. With two film judging brackets, COMPETITIVE and FAMILY FUN, we want everyone to tap into their inner filmmaker and make a movie while staying safe!
As always, the event is FREE to all! But please do consider a donation to Catamount Arts. Catamount has had to temporarily close their doors for the first time in their 45 year history of supporting community arts and independent film in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. With your support, Catamount Arts will be here after the crisis, doing their part for our community’s recovery. Make a Donation
Thompson began work with his creative partner Adam Reed at Cartoon Network in the early 1990s. The pair did a variety of odd jobs before coming up with their own show, High Noon Toons. High Noon Toons was a 3-hour programming block of cartoons hosted by cowboy hand puppets Haas and Lil' Jo (a Bonanza (1959) pun). From there, Thompson and Reed became renowned for their work on a number of Adult Swim television shows, chiefly Sealab 2021 (2000) and their, follow-up Frisky Dingo (2006).
Thompson and Reed formed Floyd County Productions in 2009 to produce Reed's new project, the FX Network series, Archer. They received wide critical acclaim for the edgy spy comedy and eventually won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2016. Archer continues to be a critic and fan favorite in its now 10th season.
Thompson's first full-length feature film, America: The Motion Picture (2021) will premiere on Netflix soon. The film stars Channing Tatum as George Washington and is Produced by Lord and Miller, Free Association, Jittery Dog, and Floyd County Productions.
With too many credits to name, Melissa Leo's work has spanned the gamut of film and television production for over thirty years. She is well known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 2010 film "The Fighter" and her Academy Award nomination for the film "Frozen River". Other notable Television series include "All My Children", "Homicide: Life on the Streets", "Treme", and "I'm Dieing Up Here". Notable film roles include "Prisoners", "Francine", "21 Grams", "The Equalizer", and even "True Adolescents" which was directed by last years guest judge, Craig Johnson.
Melissa began performing as a child with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont and has strong ties to the southern part of the state.
To be announced.
A power acting couple - You've probably seen Zazie as Domino in DEADPOOL 2, or Joaquin Phoenix's infatuation in the JOKER, or as Van in the hit TV series ATLANTA. David has starred in numerous features and shorts including Netflix's series THE FAMILY, DEAD PIGS, and THE REVIVAL.
David Rysdahl - IMDB
Zazie Beetz - IMDB
With roles are too numerous to name, here are some hits: OUT OF SIGHT, THE LIMEY, BOOGIE NIGHTS, TRAFFIC, MAGNOLIA, and PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE. Guzman resides in VT.
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Co-Founder and Creative Director of Agile Lens: Immersive Design, a VR (virtual reality)/AR (augmented reality) content studio, and a graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy.
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Filmmaker and cameraman who has worked on film and television productions across the globe. Credits include Disney’s "The Crimson Wing", "Bears" and Netflix's "Our Planet." Matt lives in VT.
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A Vermont native, Isaac Eddy joined NVU-Johnson in fall 2015 to teach acting, dramatic literature, directing and theater history courses after serving for 12 years as a member of the Blue Man Group.
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VT documentary filmmakers and theater director. Bess' films include ALL OF ME, COMING HOME, THE HUNGRY HEART, SHOUT IT OUT.
Both brackets win prizes! Teams with past filmmaking experience should enroll in the Competitive bracket and those that are new to filmmaking can choose to either enroll in the Competitive or Family Fun bracket.
Family Teams led by one or more "Experienced Filmmakers" (If you’ve made films before or you’re in film school, you probably belong in this bracket)
Amateur Family Teams with no or limited filmmaking experience and/or teams led by Youth Filmmakers (14yo or younger).
Each week, we'll release a new required script element for your film to include. In the past these have included props, sound clips, lines of dialog, and genre. Follow us on Instagram and sign up early to get the latest releases and get a leg up on the competition.
Team: The Snowy Hexad
"An Insider's View"
Team: Nunivak Farm
"Why Not Now"
Team: The Rothman Fam
Team: diggie smalls (the notorious D. I. G.)
Team: The Hitchcocks
Team: The Hitchcocks
"Kyle gets a girlfriend"
Team: The Rumblers
Teams must have at least one member under the age of 21.
Final films should be 1 to 3 minutes in length. All films must be produced, edited, exported and submitted during the 72-hour period. Films submitted after the deadline will not be elligable for prizes, but can be hosted on the watch page.
Final films must include: A beginning title card with: The film’s title, “Made for the Tap into Film 72 Hour Online Family Film Slam”, genre, the team name, and the names of all team members.
“Made for the Tap into Film 72 Hour Online Family Film Slam”
All films must be PG. Basically: don’t produce anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother or younger siblings to see. Prohibited content includes (but may not be limited to) drug use, sex, graphic violence, and defamatory statements. Additionally, no copyrighted materials should appear within students’ films. If any of these rules are broken, the films will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Film Slam judges. Any assigned props/locations/themes must be used in the film.
Use what you have - cellphones are great! And Keep it simple. Your story matters above all else.
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