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Marco Island, FL – The call was made for film teams to enter Marriott’s CRN-Convention & Resort Network 48HourFilmChallenge from August 21-25, 2019 and Hankerson Henry Productions rallied a team together to participate. The challenge was to create an short film (5-10 min) in just 48 hours on location at the JW Marriott Marco Island using props, key words, and a theme while also incorporating creatively transformed hotel meeting rooms. The bigger challenge for Hankerson Henry Productions was to assemble the five person team on short notice which added to the drama of the “reality show” that was also being filmed as part of the event.

Hankerson Henry Productions core team consisted of Sheri Piper Henry as Producer, Derek Boyd Hankerson as Director and Tamara Leigh as Writer. Henry and Leigh flew in from Wisconsin while Hankerson drove over to Marco Island from his home location on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The hardest hurdle to overcome for the Hankerson Henry Productions team was filling the Cinematographer and Editor spots since their usual film crew members were unavailable. Not ones to be easily dissuaded (filmmaking is not for the faint of heart), Hankerson called, coaxed, and finally convinced two adventurous fellow Treasure Coast residents, Katrina Collins (Cinematographer) and Teri Duron (Editor) to complete the team.

Everyone involved worked hard, went without sleep, and laughed (a lot). Hankerson Henry Productions team stressed, sweated, and shot scenes while working with talented local actors, Cindy Hile and Kip Jones from TheMarcoPlayers.com group. The challenge ended with a Hollywood-worthy Red Carpet Awards and Dinner Event hosted by the JW Marriott Marco Island.

Hankerson Henry Productions team’s challenge film (with a cameo appearance by Producer Sheri Henry) can be seen here: A Love Letter to Paradise. Other 48 Hour Challenge films can be seen here: Meetingsbuzz CRN. For the backstory on the brainchild of Independent Filmmaker Jason Dallas and Senior Marketing Manager Amy Popper, check out MeetingsToday.com article here: Marriott’s Bold 48 Film Challenge Breaks the Mold to Showcase Meeting Facilities.

The 48 Hour Film Challenge proved to be a rewarding experience for Hankerson Henry Productions in support of both filmmaking and in promoting tourism, Florida’s #1 industry, which is also highlighted in Hankerson Henry Productions’ recently released “Gullah Geechee Corridor and the East Coast Greenway” documentary, available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Follow @HHPfilms on Twitter and Instagram for more from our 48 Hour Challenge in addition hashtags #MarriottCRN #CRN48 #HHPfilms. Hankerson Henry Productions is an independent film company focusing on inspiring stories and informative documentaries. As HankersonHenryProductons.com says, they believe in “The Power of Films. The Passion of a Team.”

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