You may have recently seen what appeared as an armed robbery in progress at the Family Pizza on the square or what appeared to be the Johnson County Courthouse working over time on a Saturday. Actually, it was just another effort by Vienna filmmaker Kelin Field and his cast and crew filming there as a location for the 48 hour film festival competition. This annual event occurs all across the globe and in select cities across the U.S. Fortunately for Southern Illinois Maiden’s Alley Cinema in Paducah participates in this event.
The local 48 hour film festival included 13 video production companies from the tri-state area and as far south as Nashville, Tennessee. The competition begins at 7 p.m. on a Friday night.
Participants receive their genre or type of film that the 5-7 minute piece must adhere to along with a main character’s info, a line of dialogue and a prop that must appear in the film. They then have 48 hours to develop a plot, secure a location, film, edit and return the finalized project.
Kelin’s effort entitled “The Set Up” earned him first place for cinematography, and a first for best in editing. The Provision Productions team would like to give a special thanks to all the Johnson County courthouse staff and sherriff’s office that allowed the weekend film project to occur.
Pictured are the cast and crew stopping to pose on location outside Family Pizza and shooting in the Johnson County Courthouse.
The Family Pizza location was chosen as it still resembles a small town bank as some may remember it once was. The external bank features can still be seen to this day.