New filmmaking event to be held during Decatur Sculpture Tour

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News release from The Old 27 Film Festival:

Decatur, Ind.: New filmmaking event to be held during Decatur Sculpture Tour

(May 13, 2013) – A new filmmaking event, The Old 27 Film Festival, will be held in coordination with the installation and unveiling of the regionally successful Decatur Sculpture Tour (DST), June 7-8, 2013. The sculpture event is in its second year and will include 16 sculptures displayed along city streets and in business windows in and near historic downtown Decatur, Ind., located 20 miles southeast of Fort Wayne.

The Old 27 Film Festival will encourage film artists, novice and professional alike, to create films that include certain aspects of the Decatur Sculpture Tour and the city of Decatur while they carry their own distinct storyline or message. The sponsor of the filmmaking event is The Old 27 Ice Cream Shop, a downtown Decatur business, which is sponsoring a sculpture at this year’s DST event. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Decatur Sculpture Tour and feel that a filmmaking event would be the perfect way to bring even more excitement downtown while helping to commemorate the unveiling of the sculptures,” stated Charlie Brune, owner of the ice cream shop. There is no charge for participation in this filmmaking event.

Registration for The Old 27 Film Festival will begin 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at The Old 27 Ice Cream Shop. The official start of the event is at 3 p.m. and ends 27 hours later with completed films turned in by 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. The films will be screened by event officials and ready for free public outdoor viewing that evening at 9:27 p.m. at The Old 27 Ice Cream Shop. Movie watchers should bring a blanket or chair for viewing. “Our tagline sums up this event well: ‘27 Hours From First Frame to Finished Masterpiece!'” said Event Leader Jason Brune.

Awards will be presented for Overall Best Picture, Best Acting, Best Cinematography, Best Sound/Music, and People’s Choice. The first four awards will be judged by a panel, while the balloting for People’s Choice award will take place immediately following the public viewing.

A unique set of “road rules” for the event indicates that all films are to be limited to nine minutes or less in length, and they must include a required combination of nine of 27 “roadside attractions,” a list of phrases, places and props. This list will be revealed to the filmmaking teams at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 7. In addition, all music must be non-copyrighted, original, or used with permission, and all accepted films must have properly signed release forms for locations and filmed subjects. A complete listing of rules and guidelines for the filmmaking event, including information on preregistration, will be made available on the following websites by April 27:,, Preregistration is encouraged, but not required.

Jason Brune emphasizes that the primary purpose of the event is to enjoy the art of filmmaking and welcomes all levels of filmmakers. “My wish is to foster an atmosphere of sharing, mentoring and learning during the 27-hour event,” added Brune. Event organizers are offering free audio recording resources for voiceover and music creation, as well as film editing tips and mentoring from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 7. Film mentoring will also be offered on Saturday, June 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both resource sessions will be available at Decatur Creator, located one-half block south of The Old 27 Ice Cream Shop.

Charlie and Jean Brune, sponsors of the event and owners of The Old 27 Ice Cream Shop, added that their goal is to provide an opportunity for all participants and spectators to “gather on historic Old Highway 27 in Decatur, Ind. for a filmmaking journey during the Decatur Sculpture Tour!”

The 2013 Decatur Sculpture Tour launches Saturday, June 8. Visit the tour website,, for details. Contacts: Trois Hart, (260) 415-2401,, Kelly Ehinger, (260) 724-2605,

Origin and history of the Decatur Sculpture Tour: During the 2011 Decatur Kekionga Festival, the Adams Public Library hosted a sculpture exhibit by local artist Greg Mendez. Concurrently, the library commissioned Mr. Mendez to create and install the sculpture “It Must Be a Good Book” in front of the library in memory of longtime library volunteer Dianne Linn. The sculpture was recognized as a solid example of the positive effects an outside sculpture creates in a downtown setting. The Mendez sculpture and encouragement from the community led the artist and local leaders to begin organizing the 2012 Decatur Sculpture Walk to inspire, soothe, provoke, connect and involve the public through art. Eight outdoor and four indoor sculptures were featured in the first year. In 2013, the organization’s name was changed to Decatur Sculpture Tour to reflect the expanded footprint beyond the immediate downtown.

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