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T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest & Festival @ DEFCON 25

For perspective of timing:

  • The first feature-length film to be released in its entirety in the US was the 69-minute epic Dante's Inferno (1911, It.) (aka L’Inferno), inspired by Dante's 14th century poem The Divine Comedy. It opened in New York on December 10, 1911 at Gane’s Manhattan Theatre.
  • In 1911 Credits begin to appear at the beginning of motion pictures
  • In 1912 Carl Laemmle organizes Universal Pictures, which will become the first major studio.
  • In 1915 The Bell & Howell 2709 movie camera allows directors to make close-ups without physically moving the camera.

And it is in his honor that we present the T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest at DEFCON.  We* are very passionate about movies and we wanted to bring something different to the already crazy world of DEFCON. And because DEFCON is so very eclectic, we've such a great group of creative minds that think outside the box.  Making movies is about figuring out which rules to break and which ones to create.  It's about taking chances. It's about showing a vision.  This is the chance for filmmakers of all types, from complete n00bs, or students of film, to the semi-pro, to make a movie in a unique and exciting setting: DEFCON.  There's a lot of really great 48 hour type film contests but none of them happen at DEFCON.

That movie wants to get out of you

like that alien parasite baby you've been carrying in your belly.....


Have you ever wanted to make a movie? 

And where we are headed...

The "48 hour" film contest format is only the beginning  for the T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest. We will hold other contests and events: a film festival, feature length movies, recognition and awards for the worthy, different categories of contest events, technology film making challenges, tutorials to help entrants make better movies and to tell the great stories that want to get out, and more. 

T.D. Francis (Photo Provided)

*We are...

Daniel Olbrych was the film critic at the Daily Sitka Sentinel from 2012 to 2015. Long time goon, Thomas Waszak was a critic of the film critic at the Daily Sitka Sentinel from 2012 to 2015. He looks like Kevin Spacey, or is Kevin Spacey... We became friends over beer, a love of movies, art, and story, and just a couple years later, here we are. Both of us have attended, been kicked out of, flunked out of, dropped out of, or finished various demanding, undemanding, non-prestigious or shady film schools. Both of us, like everyone else, has a dream to tell a great story. The T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest is one step closer to telling that great story for everyone who participates. 

The T.D. Francis Story begins at the dawn of the silent film era....

T.D. Francis's promising journalism career started soon after he graduated from Kings College School, in Britain, in 1911.  He was one of the first staff journalists for one of the first, if not the first, successful weekly film and cinema trade journals in Britain: 'The Cinema News and Property Gazette'.  Published in London, 'The Cinema News...' informed and served the trailblazers who made, distributed, sold, and showed movies.  It covered technology, film and cinema business issues, reviewed films, and also served as an industry directory of sorts.  He was one of the pioneers of film and cinema journalism.