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Local movie makes cut in national contest

A short, low-budget film that Matthew Glover created with about 20 family members and friends has survived the first round of judging in a national contest.

The Plant City resident was elated when he learned that his three-minute movie was one of 200 films selected for the next round in the contest sponsored by “Operation Greenlight.” The HBO series gives first-time filmmakers the chance to direct a feature film.

Glover spent $500 on “Under the Gallows,” a short on the hanging of a Union Army deserter during the Civil War. He wrote and directed the film, which was filmed in the backyard of his rural home.

Glover and his wife, Nicole, operate Glover Production, a video company. He found out he made the top 200 in an email from “Operation Greenlight.”

“I was speechless and Nikki started crying,” he said.

He credited the success with a compelling story line.

Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are executive producers of “Project Greenlight.”

“Project Greenlight” participants, including online viewers who registered as judges, viewed and rated the short films during the contest’s first round, which ended last month.

The field will be narrowed to 20 this month by Affleck and his team of producers, Glover said. A panel of judges eventually picks a winner.

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