FICKLE FORTUNE had its first screening at 7:00pm on May 8th, 2008 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. The AFI Silver is a state-of-the-art moving image exhibition, education and cultural center. Anchored by the restoration of noted architect John Eberson's historic 1938 Silver Theatre, it also features 32,000 square feet of new construction housing two stadium theatres, office and meeting space, and reception and exhibit areas.
FICKLE FORTUNE was made as part of The 2008 DC 48 Hour Film Project, May 2nd-May 4th, by Cavegirl Productions, in association with Catalyst Films. The 48HFP is an annual international, multi-city competition where filmmakers are given two days to write, shoot, soundtrack, and edit a four to seven minute film. Award winning films from many of the years of the 48HFP can be found at 48.tv.
At 7pm Friday evening of the 48HFP competition weekend, filmmakers attend a kickoff meeting where they pull their team's required genre out of a hat. Every city is also assigned a character, prop, and line of dialogue that must appear in each team's film. The films must be turned in by 7:30pm on Sunday evening to be eligible for awards.
Our required elements for this year were:
- Genre: Fable
- Character: Lori or Larry Gardner, Designer
- Prop: A sauce
- Line of Dialogue: "I'll be glad when he's gone."
FICKLE FORTUNE was filmed at locations in Silver Spring, MD, including The Piratz Tavern at 8402 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. Running time: 6:20.
Cavegirl Productions, in association with Catalyst Films, made the buddy film and blatant Lord of the Rings parody, FOURGE, for the 2007 DC 48HFP. The film prominently featured an Indonesian Gamelan, and the official logline for the movie was "One gong to rule them all."
For the DC 2006 48HFP, the team created the historical fiction/period piece and reality show parody The Old World. The Old World's tagline was: "What happens when eight historical characters, plucked from the fabric of time, are forced to live together on an RV?"
For the DC 2005 48HFP, Cavegirl Productions participated in association with Defektiv Films. Their horror entry, HATCH, filmed on a 120-ft former coastal patrol boat, was selected for the "Best of the 48HFP" (top 15 films), and was also awarded Best Locations.
In October 2004, they participated in 48HFPs sister competition, the National Film Challenge. Their entry, FELT: Tearing the Fabric of America, made the top ten out of 151 entries, and was awarded Best Mockumentary.
Cavegirl and Defektiv's first film endeavour was APERTURE, a sci-fi short made for the 2004 DC 48HFP.