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Sept. 10, 2004

UI Video Race Gives Filmmakers 24 Hours To Produce Short Film Sept. 18-19

A group of Iowa City graduate students and other local filmmakers has a challenge for Iowa camera buffs: create a complete three-minute film within 24 hours on Sept. 18 and 19.

This first annual "Video Race," organized by IC Microcinema, is open to any Eastern Iowa resident with a video camera. It starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library, where organizers will unveil the prop that must be featured in all films. Filmmakers will then have until 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 to plan and shoot an original video of no more than three minutes. The race will culminate that night at 7 p.m. with a screening of all videos for the public.

Participants may register by emailing by Sept. 17. Registration is limited to 40 individuals or groups. Complete rules and details are available at

"This is a chance for current and would-be filmmakers to fire up their creative juices and produce an entire short video in the space of one day and one night -- no experience necessary," said Jennifer Proctor, a filmmaker and UI graduate student who is one of the event organizers.

Before the race begins, UI graduate film instructors will host a free, public workshop on videomaking techniques, including instruction in camera operation, shot composition and in-camera editing. The workshop runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Reservations can be made by contacting by Sept. 15. In addition, workshops will be held for area high school students participating in the race. High school students or teachers interested in participating in a Video Race workshop should contact Shannon Silva at for more information.

IC Microcinema's Video Race is one of many community-based filmmaking marathons that have become popular over the last decade, Proctor said. Originating in Australia as a Super 8 film marathon, the concept has spread throughout the world, taking on forms as varied as Austin's more lackadaisical Make a Film in a Weekend to Chicago's activist-oriented Human Rights Video Race.

IC Microcinema is an organization run by University of Iowa graduate students and Iowa City filmmakers dedicated to promoting the instruction, production, and screening of independently produced, adventurous, and thoughtful short films in an effort to build and fortify an inclusive community of active filmgoers and filmmakers. The Video Race is supported in part by the Year of the Arts and Humanities and by the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: IC Microcinema,