The 50 Hour Slam is an annual film competition and festival open to all filmmakers in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. It’s creators and organizers- Vexing Media, Purple Crayon Pictures, Kinetic Energy Productions, and Adam Boyd – designed the festival as a way to encourage new and emerging independent artists as well as to challenge the more established filmmakers of the region. The filmmakers will have exactly 50 hours to complete a 3 to 6 minute movie; starting from the writing and development process all the way to the final editing stage. The competitors will be encouraged to experiment and push their talents to create a unique and entertaining piece for their entry.
Meet the Organizers
Juan A Mas has been entrenched in the indie film world for over 25 years. He is very proud and loves to share stories of his humble beginnings on Roger Corman Studios in Venice Beach California. Coming up the ranks the old fashion way has helped him become a seasoned producer and director of television, film and theater with budgets ranging from $2000 to $20 million. He has had the opportunity to work abroad and produce in Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary, for Warner International and Hallmark as well as over the United States.
An alumnus of Eastern Washington University’s Film Program, Boyd has spent the last seven years working in the feature film and commercial industry as a producer and assistant director both locally within the state of Washington, and all around the country. He also serves as a programmer and board member for the Spokane International Film Festival, as well as the chair of the Spokane Arts Commission, and is currently an Assistant Professor at EWU, teaching film production and screenwriting.
Though a recent graduate of Eastern Washington University’s Film Program, Adam Harum has been a filmmaker since the age of nine. Harum currently works freelance, but splits his time between visual effects work for Seattle based Web Series’, editing commercials and a feature length Haiti documentary for Spirit Lake Pictures, and pursuing his own passions through his award winning Web Series “Transolar Galactica”. He also rarely ever sleeps.
Tom is a founding member of Vexing Media and Director of Interactive Experience. Tom got his start in feature films on set as a PA and worked his way up to the production office on such projects as Z Nation for the SyFy network and most recently True Detective for HBO. In conjunction with his professional film and TV work, between projects he assists with community projects and has spent many years designing and managing their social media campaigns to help raise awareness and in the case of the Spokane International Film Festival, the Spokane Film Project and of course the 50 Hour Slam short film competition, as well as provide video technical services for the presentations of their programs. With experience from the production office to post, he understands how a production works from inside out and applies that knowledge to meet his clients’ needs.
Web developer by day, web developer by night, Brandon builds exciting websites for the masses. He is currently part owner of a website and graphic design company called Vexing Media. Along with his partners Airam Gessner and Tom Dineen, they provide a variety of services including DVD and BluRay authoring, graphic and website design, and brand management.