“140 Project” Shoots this Sunday

On June 21 at 8pm (gmt) (that’s 1pm in LA) I will shoot a feature.140_logo_FK

Say what?!?!

A few months ago I accepted Frank Kelly‘s invitation to participate in his 140 Project. Frank is a talented and very innovative Irish filmmaker who I met at the Heartland Film Festival in 2006 when our short films (his Emily’s Song; mine Queen of Cactus Cove) screened together.  I’m thrilled to be a part of his newest endeavor.  Here’s the concept:

  1. 140 filmmakers
  2. 140 locations
  3. 140 seconds

Not clear yet? I thought so.  Here’s the concept in Frank’s words:

This project is about connection. How the Internet connects us. How twitter presents a unique way to be a part of someone’s life as it happens. I want you to capture what connects you to the place you live: The landscapes, cityscapes, the way the wind blows through the trees by your house, the way cars screech down the highway, the way a lover sleeps, or even makes toast, the smile of your child or grandmother… whatever it may be. What is special about your home? Your job is to capture that in 140 seconds. So be prepared.

140 of us are going to shoot on Sunday at the same exact minute – signaled by Frank’s Twitter tweet. Which means I have to get on Twitter… but that’s another posting.  When we are done shooting 140 seconds, we send the UNCUT footage to Frank.  He will edit all of the material into a “feature length visual dedication to our cities, our homes, this vision and the 140 seconds that connected all of us while creating this piece.”

I know what I’m going to shoot.  It involves the Sunday newspaper, a little arts and crafts, and destiny. Ooh, la, la.  I’ll report back on how it goes next week.

Interesting sidenote:  As the word on 140 has spread, interest has increased.  Zach Helm has joined the project. Zach wrote Stranger than Fiction (Dustin Hoffman, Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson) and wrote/directed Mr. Magorium’s Magical Emporium.

For more on this exciting project, check out the awesome press Frank has been generating for us and the project (Niiiice Frank!):

“Twitter, The Movie: Director Frank Kelly Talks 140 (Paste Magazine)

“Kelly Preps New Short Film & Twitter Doc” (The Irish Film & Television Network website)

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