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2014 in review (by the WordPress helper monkeys)

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 210 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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DUO’s Favorite Christmas Movies

As I sit here on this cold morning listening to Christmas music, glancing out the window at the icy branches and snowy ground, and thinking of all the wonderful traditions I’m looking forward to this year, I thought, what better way to start celebrating than to share DUO’s favorite Christmas movies with you!  So I asked the gang for their top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies, and here they are!

Jim’s favorite Christmas Movies
A Christmas Story
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Brian’s favorite Christmas Movies
A Christmas Story
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Holiday
Love Actually
Sal’s 12 Days of Christmas  (This is a film made by Brian when he was in high school but has become a family favorite.)
Watch Sal’s 12 Days of Christmas.
Dave’s favorite Christmas Movies
It’s a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Story
Christmas Vacation
The Santa Clause
Karen’s favorite Christmas Movies
Love Actually
The Holiday
A Christmas Story
Home Alone
White Christmas

While we’re on the topic of Christmas movies, we also came up with a list of films that were Surprise Christmas Movies.  These are movies that we didn’t know were Christmas movies going into them.  We define a Christmas movie as one that is largely Christmas themed or takes place during Christmas time.

Die Hard
Love Actually
Gangster Squad
Edward Scissorhands
Batman Returns
Lethal Weapon
Rocky IV

If you have any other Surprise Christmas Movies or want to share your favorite Christmas Films, share them with us on our Facebook page. From all of us here at DUO, Merry Christmas!

DUO Film Screens at Filmapalooza in Hollywood

by Jim Pennington

Under our “fun” moniker, Star Wipe Films, we will be screening our film “Welcome to the Neighborhood” at the Filmapalooza Film Fest in Hollywood.  Here is the press release.


“Welcome to the Neighborhood”  by Star Wipe Films
to screen at the Filmapalooza Film Festival

Baltimore, Maryland (March 8, 2013) | “Welcome to the Neighborhood”, the entry by Star Wipe Films to the 2012 Baltimore 48 Hour Film Fest, will represent the city of Baltimore at the Filmapalooza Film Festival in Hollywood, March 6-10. “Welcome to the Neighborhood” won several awards at the 2012 Baltimore 48 Hour Film contest including top honors as “Best Film”. With top honors comes the opportunity to screen at the historic Chinese Theatre, the former Grauman’s Theatre Complex, as part of the Filmapalooza Film Fest 2013.  Filmapalooza 2013 is the 48 Hour Film Project’s 11th annual screening and awards ceremony.

“Welcome to the Neighborhood”, was created in only 48 hours by Star Wipe Films, a team of filmmakers who have participated in ten 48 Hour Film Projects over the last ten years in the cities of Baltimore, D.C., and Atlanta. The team has won many awards over the years (including runner up as “Best Film”), but this was the first time winning top honors. This film is one of over 4,000 films from 115 cities around the world that competed in 2012.

The winners will be announced at a red carpet screening and awards party on Sunday, March 10.  The top 12 films will screen at the Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner.

David Garner, executive producer, will attend Filmapalooza and will join filmmakers from around the world including Cape Town, Hong Kong, Prague, Osaka and Dubai.  The guest speaker is Director Dennis Dugan, whose films have grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide.
For more information about “Welcome to the Neighborhood”, and to see the film,

For more information about Filmapalooza visit:

About the 48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world. The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. The tight 48-hour deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers, emphasizing creativity and teamwork and “doing” instead of “talking.” The emphasis is also on building communities of local creative people – facilitating making new connections, showcasing skills, and celebrating what creativity and teamwork can accomplish in just one weekend.