By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Special Interest | Issue: February 2012
Teams from last year’s 24-Hour Video Race anxiously await their filming criteria in the state’s largest video arts program.
A real-time amazing race begins at midnight, February 3, when the 7th annual 24-Hour Video Race begins.
Known as the largest video arts program in the state, this challenge is a collaborative partnership of Living Arts of Tulsa, Philbrook Museum of Art and Individual Artists of Oklahoma.
Teams of video enthusiasts across the state will be ready to roll at midnight, February 3, when the theme, prop and dialogue for this year’s challenge is revealed. They will have exactly 24 hours to write, shoot and edit a five-minute video that incorporates the designated elements.
According to Living Arts of Tulsa Artistic Director Steve Liggett, the kickoff will take place at Living ArtSpace at 307 E. Brady. Those who are unable to attend the kickoff can find the theme, prop and line of dialogue information posted at midnight on the Living Arts website, www.livingarts.org. Teams may register in person at Living ArtSpace or on the website.
Teams of up to eight members must put their heads together and organize location, acting, sound and everything else involved with the filming that can be done inside or out. Last year’s event was actually postponed a week due to a historic ice and snowstorm.
The teamwork dynamics and egos are nothing less than a television reality show. Steve has seen team members who wanted to sleep during the night while others insisted on working. Some slacked off. Some had arguments. And some just didn’t get the job done. “It’s always sad when the stroke of midnight arrives at the end of the 24 hours and someone is still rendering their presentation on their laptop,” he says. All entries must be submitted on time and on DVD-R format to either Living Arts of Tulsa or Individual Artists of Oklahoma.
In the past, as many as 60 teams have competed. The entries will not be viewed until Thursday, February 16, when the public is invited to the showing at Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.
A cash bar cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. Screening starts at 6 p.m. As each entry is unveiled, a panel of three judges will rate the work for originality, use of technique, use of theme, use of prop and overall interest. The general audience will also have the opportunity to participate in a Viewer’s Choice selection.
Immediately after the screening, a reception and award ceremony will be held at Living Arts of Tulsa. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in five categories – animation, videophile (19 and over nonstudents), experimental, student and college. In addition, a Judge’s Choice and Viewer’s Choice award will be presented.
“The 24 Hour Relay Race is a lighthearted, fun way to have a creative experience,” says Steve. There is no limit to what teams can imagine and capture on video. The very first year of competition, the theme was “Miscommunications.” The first-place winning team used a Miss Universe pageant style to present “Miss Communications.” The team captain went on to pursue other national film credits that include a submission to Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival.
Every year the viewing crowd gets larger. In just a few short years, the event outgrew its original space at Philbrook. Now there are two areas for viewing. Everyone is invited to enjoy, free of charge, the unique talent that comes from the Oklahoma artistic community. For more information on the 24-Hour Video Race, contact Steve Liggett at (918) 585-1234.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.