"GREENSBORO - Rules on using a men’s room urinal aren’t part of everyday conversation, but a team of local filmmakers has given the topic worldwide attention with their comedy sci-fi film Gotta Go. Under the leadership of Darren Hummel, The Magic Shop took top honors among 30 teams in the 2015 Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project. The best film of the city competition was then eligible for Filmapalooza, the international 48 Hour Film Project, and was screened with a total of 144 films from 128 cities and additional special 48HFP competitions across the globe. The event, held last week in Atlanta, culminated Saturday with a screening of the judges’ pick of the top 13 films.
Darren Hummel with his wife
Lauren Coffey (left) and teammate Shannon Rosata.
Gotta Go was one of three U.S. films chosen among the world’s best films of 2015 and will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May.
The Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project attracts participants of all ages and levels of expertise from the Triad area and beyond who create a short film in 48 hours. After a crazy weekend spent creating a short 4- to 7-minute film, teams submit their final product which is then screened for public viewing. A local team of judges choose the award winners which are then shown at “the Best of the Greensboro 48HFP” followed by awards presentations.

The local competition will hold its 14th annual event June 24-26 followed by screenings on June 29 and 30 at the Carolina Theatre on Greene Street. Early bird registration opens April 19. More information is available at or by contacting Greensboro City Producer Iris Carter by emailing "

- A Press Release

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