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Film Wed Sep 09 2009

Vote for Chicago's Freshest Film

Let's face it, Hollywood is running out of original ideas. How many more Saw movies must we see before we lose our own minds? The cinema world may look bleak, but some people are looking to change that by getting the creative process started earlier than college.

Fresh Films brings together high school teens for one unique experience. Since 2002 the company, along with Dreaming Tree Films, has been pushing teens across the country to get creative and make their own films. In one week they must write, cast, shoot, and edit their film. It's enough to pull your own teeth out, but the end product for the Chicago group is not only hilarious but well done. The team entered their comedy short The Substitute into the Airheads Out of Control competition, which is judged by Funny of Die creators Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. In the Substitute a classroom full of students is subjected to humiliation and confusion by their very strange substitute teacher. The Chicago team not only got to work with professional film technology but also with professional actors, the highlight being directing comedy actor Rob Riggle (recently in the Hangover and a cast member on the Daily Show).

Watch The Substitute here on the Fresh Films website and vote for them to win. Chicago's film is neck to neck with the two others it's competing against and needs the extra push! Plus, every vote enters you in a contest to win a Flip Ultra HD camera. But hurry, voting ends tomorrow, September 10th.

 

LaShawn Williams / September 9, 2009 5:57 PM

Whoa--being judged by the "Funny or Die" guys, huh? That's pretty good stuff!

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