ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, and VERANDA Residences Become Locations for

Short Film Competition

Jeremy Kipp Walker, Mark DuPlass, and Kristen Johnston Among Judges for Best Film

NEW YORK (May 1, 2013)Congratulations to Kristen Kress and Kevin Wilson - the big winners of the Designer Visions 48HFP - Hearst Magazines’ new partnership with 48 Hour Film Project. This was the sixth annual Designer Visions, a must-see showcase of the best in interior design talent and trends. For the annual designer showcase, Hearst magazines ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, and VERANDA have partnered with top interior designers to create three exquisite apartments in El Ad Group’s new landmark residential property at 250 West Street in Tribeca. The designers for this year’s Designer Visions are: Matthew Patrick Smyth for ELLE DECOR, David Rockwell for House Beautiful, and

Antony Todd for VERANDA.

Leveraging the cinematic character of New York City, the three residences are serving as movie sets for six short films that have been made as part of Designer Visions’ collaboration with 48 Hour Film Project, an organization whose mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Two short films have been made in each apartment. 48 Hour Film Project guidelines required participants to write, direct, film, edit, score and submit their final films within 48 hours.

The six films were screened in January at the Angelika Theater, and awards were announced for Best Film as well as Best Bran Integration for featuring sponsor products from participating sponsors including Jenn-Air and Benjamin Moore. The teams competed for $5000 in prizes. Big winners included Astoria’s Kristen Kress, and her team, Brain Fry Productions for Best Brand Integration, and Kevin Wilson’s Imagin2Life Studios for Best Film.

Hearst assembled an all-star team of judges for each award and six filmmakers were selected from the 48HFP’s 2012 competition entrants, and include some of NY’s best rising independent filmmakers.

Winner Kress is a 2nd year MFA Director from the Actors Studio Drama School with recent national commercial credits including associate producing the upcoming Ethan Allen furniture segments, as well as assistant directing last year’s Scope Mouthwash web-based commercials. She is working on the upcoming independent feature film “Coach of the Year,” producing a short film featuring Colin Quinn, and currently awaiting judging for her TropFest short film entry, “Super Grannies Bridge Club,” which she wrote, produced and directed.

TropFest is the world’s largest short film festival, offering entrants the chance to win $20,000 in prizes and a week of meetings with film executives in LA. Kress says, “festivals and competitions are really the best way to get your indy film work showcased today. TropFest is worldwide, making it an excellent opportunity for independent filmmakers to get their work out there.” Does she think she has a chance at the winnings? “Of course! You have to believe in what you’ve made. Otherwise, who else will?” If selected among the top films, TropFest will be the world premiere of “Super Grannies.” If she

doesn’t win? “To quote NY’s great Frank Sinatra, I’ll pick myself up and get back in the race,” she said smiling. You can see more of Kress’ work and learn more about her on her website:

All six films from the DV competition are available for viewing online on each of the respective magazines’ websites at, and

About Hearst Magazines

Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst Corporation (, one of the nation's largest diversified communications companies. Hearst Magazines is the largest publisher of monthly magazines in the U.S. (ABC 2011), reaching 82 million adults (Spring 2012 MRI) with its 20 titles. In addition, the company publishes more than 300 editions around the world. Hearst Magazines Digital Media, dedicated to creating and implementing Hearst Magazines’ digital strategy, has more than 28 websites and 14 mobile sites for brands such as Cosmopolitan, Popular

Mechanics, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, VERANDA, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Seventeen, as well as digital-only sites such as, a food site in partnership with MSN;; and Hearst Magazines has published more than 150 applications and digital editions for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as the Droid platform. In addition, the company includes iCrossing, a global digital marketing agency.

About 48-Hour Film Project

The 48-Hour Film Project's mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on "doing" instead of "talking." For more information, visit

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