If you’ve ever wondered how the great writers and directors began, you should attend a Crazy8’s event. I did so the other night and was extremely thrilled with the experience.
Every year they organize a film competition. Out of the hundred or so entries, six winners are given a thousand dollars and eight days to make a five minute film.
I was invited to The Crazy8’s Anniversary Fundraiser Screenings by Paul Armstrong, executive director and producer of the event. It was held at the Rio Theatre. The doors opened at 7 pm. As people filed in, the lobby was quickly filled to capacity with directors, actors, producers, crew and indie film fans such as myself. I was a little concerned about cabin pressure but a great vibe and harmonious hum of communication adjusted the oxygen level in the room. Tables displayed items for purchase and 50/50 tickets were sold to raise funds. It was an amazing show of support to see so many people involved and invested in indie film.
Once everybody shifted to their seats, two very entertaining hosts/actors from the TV series Continuum relaxed and wooed the crowd. They invited Paul Armstrong, Andrew Williamson (founder and past executive director) as well as many others responsible for running Crazy8’s to say a few words. Alumni from past contests were also called up.
After the announcements and introductions had wrapped, the eight best films began to play. There was comedy, drama, action, romance and inspiration.