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From story to screen at the SpeakeasyShorts Film Contest

It takes more than a great story to make a good film, but it's certainly a start. And it's exactly the start 10 filmmaking teams will get before embarking on a five-day adventure to produce entertaining short films based on the true tales of local storytellers. During the second SpeakeasyShorts Film Contest (a collaboration between storytelling incubator SpeakeasyDC, film festival producer DC Shorts and the DC Film Office), audiences can see the before and after.

Before and after: Last year Adam Ruben (left) told a story about the ugly side of competitive Scrabble, and Big Honkin' Films turned his tale into "Man of Letters," which won the first annual SpeakeasyShorts competition. (Photo on left by Alexander Morozov; still from film courtesy of Big Honkin' Films)

On Friday, 10 exceptional SpeakeasyDC storytellers, including Joseph Price, Speakeasy founder Amy Saidman and Alexandra Petri (Full disclosure: she writes the ComPost blog), will charm audience members with personal anecdotes. Following their performances, filmmakers will find out which story is theirs to transform into a movie. They then have five days to create a film under than eight minutes and potentially worthy of the $1,000 grand prize. The finished products will be shown during four screenings on Nov. 22-23.

For more information and tickets -- $20 for a single show of either movies or storytelling; $30 for both the storytelling and the movie screening -- visit the DC Shorts Web site.

Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies and pop culture for the Post.
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