(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
PACA member Joe Wulcyznski is working on his fourth film for the 50 Hour Slam in Spokane, and is trying to organize a film festival in Chewelah while he’s at it.
On March 24, Wulcyzsnki traveled to Spokane to take part in the 50-Hour Slam, which is in its seventh year of existence. Wulcynski was one of 300 filmmakers at the event and briefly told them that the Chewelah Center for the Arts is also planning a film festival on July 15.
The 50-Hour Slam requires filmmakers to make a film using three secret criteria items they reveal at the beginning of the slam.
The film had to be finished 50 hours later and meet all the requirements. Wulcynski put in one of 41 entries for the slam.
“I had to make three trips to Spokane,” he said. “It’s fun and anything can go wrong.”
Wulcynski had a crew up there, but said that he’s seen as many as ten people working on one entry.
“The Slam really pushes you to just try to accomplish as much as possible,” he said. “They really support and encourage local filmmakers. You can show up at the kickoff, not be on a team and they will make sure you are on a team before the kickoff time.”
Wulcynski will attend the showcasing of the top fifteen entries at the Bing Crosby Theatre in May and invite those filmmakers to Chewelah’s film festival in July. Wulcynski said he will advertise and hand out pamplets at the showcase.
“We used to have a film festival at the high school — Mark Burnell’s class — but haven’t had one for a while,” Wulcyzsnki said. “I’ve wanted to restart doing one and Bill Nelson — who was heavily involved with Sundance — wanted to do a local one in our small community.”
Wulcynski’s plan is to hold it during Chataqua to attract as many people as possible. He’s also asked the 50-Hour Slam people if they can help.
This year’s theme for the Chataqua Film Festival is Sister Slam.