Had a fun and productive lunch with the founders of the 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Competition (Sarasota) this week. They are working hard on a long-range plan to create a nationally (or internationally!) competitive film challenge that will award contestants with not only impressive financial awards but potential film festival acceptances and introductions to reputable “industry insiders.” For us, one of the more interesting aspects of their intentions is that of an on-line filmmaking education process, including a serious approach to safety in filmmaking. They are heartfelt in this regard. We are very impressed with their innovative approach to filmmaking and are excited to assist them in reaching their goals. The guerrilla weekend contest will soon offer an online venue so that submissions can be received from all over the country rather than the historically regional model. We also discussed their idea of donating a portion of every entry fee to John’s memorial trust – a terrific win-win situation. Check them out!
We wish all friends of and donors to the John H. Lamensdorf Memorial Trust a meaningful new year filled with great friend and family time. We are preparing a status report for the trust to be distributed most likely in February. We have been working on finalizing arrangements to support Guerrilla Film Weekend (Sarasota) and have begun brainstorming about a young filmmaker competition hopefully connected to the Sarasota Film Festival which would have international exposure. Jennie is overseeing the creation of a great opportunity for arts students in Austin through her work with Art House. She has also discovered a potentially fabulous connection for tee shirt sales. Look for more specifics and updates on all of the trust’s projects in the first annual status report. We’ve been busy!