On location with Team Arkansas Times.
A team sponsored by the Arkansas Times was a big winner in the Little Rock leg of this years’ 48 Hour Film Project, a competition in which teams from cities all over the world write, shoot, edit and score a film over the course of one weekend.
Team Arkansas Times’ film “Fortunate,” about the eccentric genius who writes the majority of the world’s fortune cookie fortunes, won the Audience Choice Award and Best Film of the Festival. In addition, lead actor Bob Hulsey won for Best Male Actor, while Paige Reynolds, who also starred, won in a tie for Best Female Actor with Jenifer Hamel of Team Argenta for their film “Barola de Argenta.” If you look closely, too, you’ll notice one recently famous face in the cast of “Fortunate.” Katy Allen, wife of Kris, plays a nun.
Twenty-eight teams participated in the Little Rock 48 Hour Film Project this year, battling heat and steady downpours during shooting Saturday in order to get their film in by the deadline at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 1. At the start of the weekend, teams were required to randomly pick a genre from a hat, and are assigned a surprise prop, character and line of dialogue that must appear in the completed film. Steve Stone, who produced the Little Rock leg, said that though some films were late, every team turned in a film.
Gerry Bruno, the director of Team Arkansas Times’ film, was overjoyed at the win. “I’m really honored,” Bruno said. “I feel really blessed for our film to have been chosen when there were so many great films there.”
Look for "Fortunate" and other films from the project to screen on our video player soon.