Producer Greg Hess of Reston, director Francisco Campos-Lopez (in photo left, with Hess on the right) and their crew of 15 converged in Rappahannock County at about 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 to begin a long day of filming. It began in Washington at Mountain Green Farm (on the pond, below right) and ended at about 10:30 p.m. at Rick Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville. And after a tight-lipped, high-stress Sunday afternoon of editing, the film, titled “Rappahannock Girls,” was submitted to the judges with one minute to spare.
The 48 Hour Film Project is an annual short film competition among filmmakers from all over the world. Not knowing their genre (“Vacation”) until 7 p.m. Friday, Hess and his crew had just the weekend to create the entire film . . . from writing the script to shooting, editing and delivery by 7 p.m. Sunday (May 6). Last year, Hess and his crew won best picture and best cinematography for the D.C. area. In 2011, nearly 60,000 48-Hour filmmakers made 4,000 films in 96 cities on six continents.
The film’s world premiere was shown to a live audience at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md., Wednesday night (May 9). And while the specifics of the six-minute film have not been revealed to the newspaper, we’re told it includes breathtaking scenery, good whiskey, pretty girls, a nice foreign car and brief nudity. (Hess revealed, somewhat apologetically, that the nudity involves Sperryville resident John Hallberg frollicking across pastureland. That’s Hallberg driving the car above.) Hess said “Rappahannock Girls” will be online sometime next week.