Former Bird Rock resident’s film to screen at Cannes
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By Pat Sherman
La Jolla native and recent University of Southern California graduate Chelsea Maidhof nabbed two awards for her entries in last year’s “48 Hour Film Project,” a contest in which filmmakers are assigned a genre, character, prop and line of dialogue, and have 48 hours to create a short film containing these elements.
Maidhof teamed with fellow USC graduate John Redlinger to write, produce and act in the films, as well as a host of other longtime friends under the name “Bad and Classic Productions,” competing in contests in three cities.
Their film, “The Crossing,” which won for best film, sound design and choreography in Los Angeles, will screen May 22-23 at Cannes International Film Festival in France as an official selection.
Their film “No Good Deed” nearly swept the competition, garnering best short film, directing, cinematography, writing, actor (Redlinger) and sound design, as well as “audience favorite.”
Maidhof said their film, “Captain of My Desire,” a portion of which was filmed at WindanSea Beach and deemed an “audience favorite” in San Diego, was a highlight of their collaborations.
“We got to the beach super-early when only the surfers were around,” recalled Maidhof, 23, who has a degree in theater and is pursuing acting in Los Angeles. “We set up our film equipment, including a 10-foot jib (camera), which was pretty conspicuous. We didn’t realize what a sight we were until people started showing up later in the day asking us if we were filming the next ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean,’ which was pretty flattering considering the budget we were working with.
“A lot of our crew had never been to La Jolla before and were just shocked by how beautiful the beach was. When we show the film to people who don’t know La Jolla they think that we shot in Hawaii or some exotic location.”
Maidhof said she has been busy auditioning for everything from television to indie films since graduating, and has so far landed a small part in an independent film and a few commercial spots.
Maidhof said La Jolla High drama teacher Ann Boutelle, “not only inspired me, but gave me an opportunity to do something with that inspiration. She gave me my first role ever — Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret.’ I ran around my house singing ‘Mein Herr’ for months.”
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