Month: June 2021

“Life with the Dead” Takes 4 Awards, Including BEST FILM!


Pilotgroove Pictures took top honors at the Boston 48 Hour Film Project Best Of & Awards, winning 4 categories including Best Film, for Life with the Dead. The mockumentary short was nominated 12 times and was also a winner for Best Editing, Best Script and Best Directing.

The Boston 48 Hour Film Project Best Of & Awards were held virtually on Saturday, June 19 and featured encore screenings of 16 of the top films from this year’s event. Following the screening, over 20 category awards and special honors were handed out. The night also included the first Boston 48HrFP Hall of Fame Inductions (honoring Obnots and Wax Idiotical), and featured celebrity cameos from Gilbert Gottfried, George Wendt and John Ratzenberger—who delivered the nominees for Best Film.

The first win of the night was for Best Editing. Life with the Dead was nominated alongside The Deja Vu Paradox (Extra Medium) and Man’s Best Friend (Unclear Advantage). This is the first Editing award for Ben Peirce—editor on all 12 films from Pilotgroove Pictures—with post-production assistance from Jennifer Peirce and P.J. Huot.

The writing team of P.J. Huot and Ben Peirce were winners for Best Script, but share the honor with contributing writers, Jay Syrene, Greg Giorgio, John MacAskill, Tim Peirce, and Christopher Shannis. Life with the Dead beat out The Deja Vu Paradox, The Background (Medly of Fresh Vegitables) and The Next Big Thing (Moose Films) for the title of Best Script. This was the 2nd win in this category for Pilotgroove Pictures—winners in 2017, for Don Is the New Death.

The award for Best Directing was another first for Pilotgroove Pictures. Life with the Dead is the 7th directorial collaboration for P.J. Huot and Ben Peirce. The pair were honored as “Best Regional Filmmakers” at the 2011 SNOB Film Festival, for Just Remember that They’re Dead—the prequel to this year’s film. Other nominees for Best Directing were The Deja Vu Paradox, Man’s Best Friend, The Next Big Thing and Flush (John Mark Mac).

The nominees for Best Film were The Deja Vu Paradox, Flush, The Background, The Next Big Thing and Life with the Dead. The win not only gives Pilotgroove Pictures their first title for Best Film, but also a slot at Filmapalooza 2022 in Washinton DC (date TBD). Filmapalooza features the 48 Hour Film Project winners from over 160 cities in 48 countries around the world. The winner of Filmapalooza receives an entry into the Cannes Film Festival.

The judges for the Boston 48 Hr. Film Project awards were Joyce Kulhawik (President of the Boston Theater Critics Association and Film Critic for, Tom Meek (WBUR, Boston Society of Film Critics) Martin Thomas (Film-Critic and Podcast Host at, Cassidy Olsen (Film Critic for the Boston Globe) and Alecia Orsini (President of Women in Film & Video New England)

Pilotgroove Pictures would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the judges, to our fellow nominees, to our amazing cast and crew, to Boston Producer, Andrew Osborne and everyone else who helped make 48HrFP Boston happen. And finally, we’d like to thank everyone who attended the online screenings and supported independent film through this unprecedented era.

“Life with the Dead” leads Best Of Boston with 11 nominations


Life with the Dead is garnering some critical acclaim with a selection to 48 Hour Film Project Boston 2021 Best Of & Awards — screening digitally on Saturday, June 19. The Best Of & Awards features 16 of the top films from the 2021 Boston 48 Hour Film Project, in which featured 42 total films. Awards-winners will be announced in a number of categories, including Best Film*—which includes a screening at Filmapalooza 2022 and a shot a the Cannes Film Festival.

This weekend, the judges announced nominees in 16 award categories. Life with the Dead leads the field with 11 nominations, including:

  • Best Use of Genre
  • Best Costumes
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Sound
  • Best Song (Dead, Dead by Bitter Pill)
  • Best Acting (P.J. Huot)
  • Best Acting (Aaron Compagna)
  • Best Editing
  • Best Script
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Directing

* Nominees for Best Film will be announced live, at the awards ceremony

The 48 Hour Film Project Boston 2021 Best Of & Awards will take place in a ticketed online screening on Saturday, June 19. To see the full lineup of nominated films, and purchase tickets, visit: Your ticket also includes a vote for Best Poster. The At 6:00 PM, there will be a screening of three films representing Boston in the Global Film Challenge. The Digital Red Carpet opens at 6:30 PM, and the Best Of & Awards kicks off at 7:00 PM.