Rebel Pictures awarded for Best Film Noir at 48 Hour Film Project, nominated in 8 other categories

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“Off-Key” is the newest film from Rebel Pictures. It was made July 23rd-25th for the 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit.  Saturday, Aug. 7th, it was screened at the Redford Theatre in Detroit where it was awarded Best Film Noir, and nominated in 8 other categories.   This included

Best Film Noir

Best Choreography
Best Score
Best SFX
Best Use Of Character
Best Lighting- Dan Kofoed
Best Cinematography- Lucas Nielsen and Michael McCallum
Best Actor-Michael McCallum
Best Director-Michael McCallum

This is the 8th competition film that filmmaker Michael McCallum and his Rebel Pictures have created. The previous 7 competition films won a total of 9 awards at their competitions and a current total of 22 awards at other film festivals!

In “Off Key” a down-and-out trombone player finds himself at a crossroads with his career and life in a dark, wet alley at night.”

From here “Off Key” will be sent out to other festivals.

About Rebel Pictures
Rebel Pictures is a Mid-Michigan film company whose feature film credits include the multi award-winning Fairview St., Handlebar, and Lucky as well as the short film comedic trilogy, Waiter From Hell.

Rebel Pictures’ fourth feature, Buffalo, was awarded 22 major awards, received 12 nominations in 38 film festivals!

Michael McCallum is the owner of Rebel Pictures, and also an award-winning Director, Writer, Actor, Editor and Lansing native who makes and promotes Michigan-made films.

His 31 films have won  198 major awards, received 225 nominations and have been played in 474 film festivals nationally and internationally!

Michael was honored to receive the “Michigan Independent Filmmaker Of the Year 2012” by the Uptown Film Festival in Detroit.

In 2013 and 2014, he was invited to direct a short film for the Production Workshop at the Grand Rapids Film Festival (GRFF). Both films were finished by McCallum and one of his editors and have won many awards nationally and internationally. He recently resigned from serving on the GRFF’s Board Of Directors and as the Director for the revamped GRFF 36 Hour Film Challenge.

For more information go to REBELPICTURES.NET or

About the 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours.

On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films.

On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in – and teams celebrate. The film is then screened at a local theater in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends and families.

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