Aspiring filmmakers from mid-Missouri can win a chance to have their short film screened at the upcoming True/False Film Festival.
The CATapult Cinema Showdown is a contest of three- to five-minute films inspired by “This Charming Couple,” an 18-minute educational short filmed in Columbia in the 1950s by the government. The film explores the dangers of hasty marriage in the face of rising divorce rates and focuses on the engagement, marriage and ultimate divorce of a young couple, Ken and Winnie.
“We’re taking this film, and we’re giving it to the filmmakers of Columbia,” said David Wilson, co-coordinator of the True/False Film Festival. “They can use it however they want — they can throw it out entirely, they can re-cut it using all existing footage, they can re-shoot some footage, they can animate it, they can do anything with it.”
Local filmmaker Jt Kays plans to submit a short entitled “That Viciously Charming Couple.” Kays said his group, Silent Ghost Cinema, re-shot the film out-of-sequence but maintained the original dialogue.
“If you listen to the dialogue, it’s very warped,” said Kays. “I’m guessing the director was against marriage. The conclusion is that marriage doesn’t work out for any reason.”
Kays’ group re-shot the film with conjoined twins and added a murder scene, he said. The charming couple is actually the twins — one is getting married, the other doesn’t approve.
Last year, Kays entered his film “Premonition and the Case of Table Wrapping” in a True/ False festival contest called “Show Me Love.” Kays’ film won third place. It featured many of the same unconventional characteristics as the film he plans to screen this year, he said.
“We always start off with the best of intentions to follow the rules, but it always ends up getting convoluted with murder, conjoined twins and ghosts,” Kays said.
The top 20 submissions will be screened Feb. 26 at the Blue Note.
Entry forms are available at Ragtag Cinemacafe, 23 N. 10th St., and Columbia Access Television offices, 32 Helis Communication Center, Stephens College. The entrance fee is $15 per entry, which includes admission to the screening for up to four people from the film crew. Submissions must be turned in at Ragtag or CAT by Monday.
“This Charming Couple” can be viewed on Columbia Access Television or downloaded in its entirety at www.archive.org.