Cincinnati Magic Trick

Cincinnati Magic Trick

Longtime listeners of the Charlie Tonic Hour may remember a film festival and awards show we attended back in July of 2012. We podcasted about it in episode #30 and Ginny write about it in the article titled “The 48 Hour Film Project Awards Show“. Since that time, the winning film “Magic Trick” has gone on from Cincinnati to Hollywood.

Thanks to Katharine Steele, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Film Festival, we have all the latest details from the west coast where Cincinnati filmmaker Jeff Winkelman was awarded for his Cincinnati city winning film at the FILMAPALOOZA Film Festival in Hollywood, California, that took place March 7-10. Winkelman’s film, “Magic Trip” won the local competition for the 48 Hour Film Project and screened at the historic Chinese Theatre, in the former Grauman’s Theatre Complex,

“It’s an honor to be able to show my film with such great films from around the world. There are some truly magnificent filmmakers here, and it’s been a great experience meeting them,” said Winkelman, who teaches Video Production at Brown Mackie College.

From LA to Melbourne, over 50,000 filmmakers, crew and talent, competed in 201. During this weekend, city winning films were shown from 115 cities around the world.

The Cincinnati competition was held May 18-20, 2012, where filmmakers had 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film. 28 teams competed in the tenth year of the event. Scenes for “Magic Trip” were shot on location all over the Cincinnati area including Sawyer Point and Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

W.H.O. Productions, winner of best
film for 2012 in Cincinnati.

About the 48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world. The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. The tight 48-hour deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers, emphasizing creativity and teamwork and “doing” instead of “talking.” The emphasis is also on building communities of local creative people – facilitating making new connections, showcasing skills, and celebrating what creativity and teamwork can accomplish in just one weekend. For more information on the Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Project go to: and!

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