Sep 28, 2016

Located four miles east of downtown Ann Arbor, the city of Ypsilanti showcases a creative energy that is evident to any visitor. Live performances, public art, and a quirky community make Ypsilanti a vibrant and exciting place to visit. On October 8, local artists will have the chance to write, direct, film, and edit a short movie … in 24 hours. The Ypsi 24-Hour Film Shootout is a beloved tradition in the creative community, and visitors can attend the public screening of the projects on October 14 at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.

Founded in 2012, the Ypsi 24-Hour Film Shootout is an opportunity to bring local filmmakers, actors, writers, and designers together for a unique creative challenge. Once the competition begins, several key “ingredients” are announced which may include a specific line of dialogue, a prop, a location, or anything the Ypsi 24-Hour Film Shootout may have up its sleeve. Within 24 hours, the project must be completed and submitted to the competition. 

The films will be screened on Friday, October 14 in Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College. After the screenings, awards will be given for first, second, and third place, along with Honorable Mention, and the Audience Award. The screening is free and open to the public.

Be sure to explore Ypsilanti while attending the Ypsi 24-Hour Film Shootout. There are endless parks for wandering, dozens of local and unique restaurants, and quirky places to shop. Tasty sponsors of the event include The Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti, where they dish up homemade bratwursts and delicious burgers on Zingerman’s bread (another sponsor of Ypsi 24). Hyperion Coffee, another supporter of the event, is committed to creating the perfect cup of coffee with hand selected and roasted beans, and years of brewing experience. 

Movie lovers can mark their calendars for the 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival on March 21–26. The longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North American was founded by George Manupelli in 1963. The Ann Arbor Film Festival presents more than 180 films from over 200 countries of all lengths and dramas! 

In the meantime, Ypsilanti artists are preparing (but not over-preparing!) for the Ypsi 24-Hour Film Shootout. Witness their creations on October 14!

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