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      Kick Off Party – Last Night Thursday, April 16th Great food, Awesome Music and Lasting Memories!   Legendary Sam Mosley brought the house down last night at the kick-off party.  Filmmakers attended from allover the country including the UK. Had a blast and reconnected with old friends. Talked about film projects and shared incentive […]

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2015 TUPELO FILM FESTVAL – AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Featured Post

WINNERS OF THE 2015 TUPELO FILM FESTIVAL

FEATURE
1st Place – Michael Williams – Ozland
2nd Place – Dr. Kevin Boon  – Ghosting
3rd Place – Glenn Payne – Earthrise

DOCUMENTARY
1st Place – Barbara Klutinis  – The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing
Alzheimer’ Together
2nd Place – David Rogers – Mississippi Milk
3rd Place – Dvorit Shargal  – Where is Elle-Kari and what happened
Noriko-san?

SHORT
1st Place – Amy Coop – The Treehouse
2nd Place – Álvaro Hernandez Blanco – Once Upon A Time on the Border
3rd Place – Peter Zinn – Hypothetically

STUDENT
1st Place – Yatao U – Carry On
2nd Place – Richard Maujo – I Need My Monster
3rd Place – Bob Demper – The Lightguard

Best Music Video – Rodney Daughtrey – Away
Honorable Mention – Jake Wood From  – Tribulation to Triumph

Elvin Whiteside Director’s Award – Michael Williams  – Ozland
Robert Reed Best Documentary Award – Sean Malone  – Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story
Ron Tibbett Award – Michael Williams – Ozland

 

 

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2015 Film Festival Guide

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 in Film Scoop

 

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PANEL DISCUSSION – DARKNESS TO LIGHT: HORROR TO SCI-FI – ASPECTS OF PRODUCTION

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in Featured Post

SATURDAY, APRIL 18th – Malco Theatre – 10:00 a.m.

Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror – hear what our panel has to say!

 

 

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Sean Johnson

 

Sean Johnson, Director of Marketing and Tourism for the City of New Albany and a co-owner of NewAlbany99, got his background in publishing and city planning. He started the first zombie run in New Albany is planning a mega haunted house for next year. Sean will lead the panel in discussing the aspects of producing the dark side of filmmaking with a panel that covers everything from acting to horror festivals to the technical side of things and more.

 

 

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Hudson Hickman

Hudson Hickman, a former Senior VP of Production for MGM Worldwide TV, has been involved in more then 25 movies at MGM as well as 700 hours of episodic TV, including Stargate SB-1, TV’s longest running science-fiction series; Dead Like Me, The Outer Limits, Stargate Atlantis, The Magnificent Seven, and Stargate Universe. Prior to his stint at MGM he worked on numerous projects including MacGyver, The Love Boat, Get a Life and Phenom. Hudson has successfully collaborated on films from underwater suspense (Into the Blue 2) to high tech thriller (War Games; The Dead Code) to romantic comedy (The Cutting Edge; Fire and Ice) and has credits on such films as Mr. Holland’s Opus and The Mighty Ducks. Currently Hudson is in advance prep for his Indie feature, Beulah. He is a member of both the Producers’ and the Directors’ Guilds and served on the Advisory Board of the Association of Film Commissioners International for more than 10 years

 

Lisa Lax

Lisa Lax

Lisa Lax has talent agencies in Memphis and New York and has earned the reputation of discovering and nurturing talent then finding roles for them in film and television. The former actress, manager and casting director has placed clients in projects such as The Americans, Blue Bloods, Nashville, Boardwalk Empire, The Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow, Law and Order, I Saw the Light, Resurrection, Chicago P.D., Animal Planet, America’s Most wanted, Dead Man Down, East Bound and Down, Rock and Roll Pilot, South of Heaven West of Hell, Turn, Drop Dead Diva, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Thanks for Sharing and Nonstop. Lax is most noted for jump starting the career of Memphis actress, Lucy Hale, of Pretty Little Liars.

 

 

Wes Benton

Wes Benton

 

Wes Benton has been involved in all aspects of production as well as a wide range of budgets. He has help set up motion capture stages for Polar Express, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor, Avitar, on set capture for I am Legend.

 

 

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Glenn Payne

 

 

Glenn Payne has directed and produced over 20 independent films.  He organizes and runs the Tupelo Halloween Horror Film Festival which is entering into its fourth year. He is currently producing a comedy pilot entitled Stagrassle Paranormal.”

 

 

 

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Rob Underhill

Rob Underhill is an Indie film director, producer, writer, editor of more than 50 short films and 6 feature films that have been in competition at over 200 film festivals worldwide, including ST. LOUIS (Academy Award-qualifying) and CANNES (France), and have received over 90 international film festival awards. He has built films from concept to final cut with a range of budgets from ultra-low to “just enough”. He loves to share his experiences and tips for successful filmmaking and mounting a successful film festival campaign. More at www.RobUnderhill.com

 

This event sponsored by the City of New Albany, MS

 

 

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Filmmaking with Cellphones: A Workshop for Kids* with Coop Cooper

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Featured Post

 

CELLPHONE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS!

SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH 2:30 p.m.
Join experienced filmmaker Coop Cooper as he shares his ideas and methods (both inside and outside) for young folks (recommended for ages 7-18 or kids at heart!) who want to make movies with their cell phones!   Bring your phone or tablet!

Coop will connect his iPad to a flatscreen TV then get everyone who can to download Instagram Hyperlapse and take a tour downtown using their phones as cameras and using the app to speed up footage.

This event will be held Downtown Tupelo – Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau and is FREE to those who attend!

 

Coop Cooper

Coop Cooper

Coop Cooper, AKA “The Small Town Critic, ” has the versatility of a Swiss Army knife when it comes to writing in the motion picture industry. He earned his BFA in Cinema at Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Hollywood. He then applied his newly acquired skills to writing script coverage, movie reviews, entertainment-related articles and various screenwriting projects. After the events of 9/11, he decided to earn his Secondary Teaching Certificate and taught English, writing and screenwriting at North Hollywood High School for five years. Coop now lives in his native hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi where he writes movie reviews for the Clarksdale Press Register, operates his movie-related website Smalltowncritic.com, aids film crews seeking to shoot feature films in in the Mississippi Delta, teaches workshops, films live music events, works on about a dozen screenwriting/film projects at a time and still manages to watch an average of 2 movies per day.

 

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SCHEDULE OF FILM SCREENINGS

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 in Featured Post

THURSDAY, APRIL 16th – Screen 3

Foreign Block (Shorts)
1:00 Welcome
1:05 Nell & Nugget
1:15 Gwen MaGee: Threads of History
1:49 Extreme Pinocchio
Q&A
Foreign Block (Documentary)
2:20 The Other F Word
3:25 Q & A
Foreign Block (Shorts)
3:35 No love Lost
3:53 Flowers
4:03 The Treehouse
4:20 I Know You
U.S. Shorts
4:40 Hypothetically
4:48 Shotgun
5:02 Nobody
5:20 Night of the Living Twinkies
5:30 Avarice
Q & A
Music Video Block
5:40 Can’t Give Up On You
5:44 Allen Mann – Visions
5:49 Don’t Be Judging Me
5:54 Francesca
5:58 Broncho- What
6:00 From Tribulation To Triumph
6:05 Q&A

THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH Screen 4

Foreign Block (Students)
1:00 Welcome
1:05 Robbing Blind
1:15 The Lightguard
1:46 The Cutting Room
Foreign Block (Documentary)
2:00 Where is Elle – Kari and what happened to Noriko-san?
2:50 Break
Foreign Block (Shorts)
3:00 The Stomach
3:16 Newborn
3:30 Carry On
U.S. Block (Students)
3:40 Deliver US From Evil
4:00 Like Father, Like Son
U.S. Shorts
4:20 The Watch
4:45 September Sketch Book
4:55 Once Upon A Time On The Border
5:15 Around The Next Corner
5:45 Q&A

Kick Off PartyRomie’s Grocery – Featuring Sam Mosley and the Sam Mosley Band – 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17th Screen 3

U.S. Block (Documentary)
1:00 The Sum Total of Our Memory
Break
U.S. Block (Feature)
2:15 Spray Paint Atlas
3:30 Q&A
U.S. Block (Students)
3:40 Irresistible
3:46 I Need My Monster
3:58 Spirit of Negation
4:13 Broken Jam
Q & A
5:00  Break
U.S. Block (Shorts)
6:00 Garage Sale
6:15  Elvis – the Guitar
6:26 Rudy’s Old Hat
Q & A
U.S. Block (Feature)
7:00 Ozland
9:00 Q & A

FRIDAY, APRIL 17th Screen 4

U.S. Block (Documentaries)
1:30 Wildflower
2:00 Because No one Else Would
Q & A
U.S. Block (Feature)
2:30 Route 30 Three
U.S. Block (Documentaries)
4:10 Locked Out
4:40 Mississippi Milk
Q&A
5:00 Break
U.S. Block (Shorts)
6:00 Pizza Man vs. the Tornado
6:08 A Horror Movie
6:20 Got No Fetish
6:36 Self Offense
6:51 The Last Foreclosure
7:15 Q&A
U.S. Block (Feature)
7:25 Ghosting
8:55 Q & A

Join Us at Steel’s Dive – with music by Wes Sheffield and the Slow Burners

SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH Screen 3

MS High School Film Competition
10:00 MS High School Event
Special Screening
12:30 Japanese Film – Departures
Workshop/Lecture
3:00 Gena Ellis
Workshop/Lecture

4:30 Rob Underhill


Music Video/Feature

5:45 Away

5:50 Fever Dreams

6:55 Q&A

8:00 Awards Presentation

SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH Screen 4

Panel Discussion
10:00 Darkness to Light: Horror to Sci-Fi – Aspects of Production
11:30 Break
Casting Workshop
1:00 Lisa Lax/Sharon Ward
Break
Workshop/Lecture
3:00 Kat Phillips
U.S. Block (Feature)
4:15 Earthrise
5:55 Q&A
Break
U.S. Student/Shorts
6:20 Take the Mountain
6:30 Witness Monitor
6:40 Colorless
7:10 Q&A
Tupelo Premier
7:20 The Gift
7:35 Q&A

Celebrate the wrap Downtown Tupelo starting at Nautical Whimsey and touring the trail of music venues!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MISSISSIPPI-TENNESSEE CASTING AGENCIES TO OFFER WORKSHOPS

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Featured Post

SATURDAY, APRIL 18th

1:00 p.m. – Malco Theatre (Screen TBA)

ACTORS WORKSHOP 

Presented by Sharon Ward – Jackson, MS

Actors Tools

  • Headshots – What makes a good headshot?
  • Resumes – Outline of what needs to be on an actors resume
  • Reel- How do I get a reel?
  • What a actor needs to bring to an audition?
  • What to expect at an audition and how do I prepare?
  • I booked the job, now what?
  • Being on set? What to expect when you are on set.
  • Representation – How do I get an agent?
  • How to tape yourself when you can’t make an audition in person
  • How do I promote myself as an actor?

 

Sharon Ward

Sharon Ward – Jackson, MS

ABOUT SHARON WARD

Sharon Ward is a native of Mississippi and has been in the film/ acting industry for 13 years. She began as a talent agency in Central Mississippi in 2002 and grew to be the largest talent agency in the state representing models and actors throughout the southeast.

Sharon created a model and talent showcase, Showcase of the South, to promote Mississippi talent to larger markets. She was able to connect with large agencies in New York and Los Angeles and as well as internatonally. She brought many agents from large firms into the state of Mississippi to recruit and sign her talent.

Sharon sold the agency in 2012 to concentrate on different aspects of the film industry. She began to do local casting, wardrobe, props, and hair and makeup on set. She is still very busy in this aspect of the business. She recently became a licensed esthetician and enjoys being on set behind the scenes.

Casting-the-net.com is Sharon newest venture. She has designed a website for directors and producers to recruit talent that will work locally in Mississippi. The website will pool all the talent together to make it easier to view and book talent within the state. Click here to see her website.

 

THE CASTING PROCESS

Presented by Lisa Lax – Memphis, TN

  • How to prepare
  • How to conquer the room
  • Directors and Producers, Oh my!

 

Lisa Lax

Lisa Lax – Memphis, TN

ABOUT LISA LAX – MEMPHIS, TN

Lax, who has spent 20 years working as an actress, manager and casting director, has labored mostly below the radar in Memphis. But when she opened her own talent agency, The Lisa Lax Agency, in January 0f 2008 it created a buzz. Lax has a knack for discovering untapped talent, nurturing it and delivering it to the right door says actor, “Chris Ellis” of Hollywood.  In September of 2011, Lax opened a second office in New York City. The expansion came as a result of Lax’s long time development of relationships with national casting agents, producers and directors.  Lisa is most noted for jump starting the career of Memphis actress, Lucy Hale of “Pretty Little Liars.”

A legit agency in NYC, she represents actors for Film, and Television. In Memphis, she provides a full service agency. Already her clients are working on many projects including THE AMERICANS, BLUE BLOODS, NASHVILLE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE BLACKLIST, BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD, NIKE, TN LOTTERY, AT & T, SLEEPY HOLLOW, FOREVER, LAW & ORDER, I SAW THE LIGHT, SHAQ, INC, VACATIONLAND, RESURRECTION, CHICAGO P.D., ANIMAL PLANET, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED, DEAD MAN DOWN,EAST BOUND AND DOWN, ROCK AND ROLL PILOT, SOUTH OF HEAVEN WEST OF HELL, TURN, DROP DEAD DIVA, AMERICAN HUSTLE, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, THANKS FOR SHARING, and NON-STOP.

 

 

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FEATURE FILMS Screening at Tupelo Film Festival

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in Featured Post

SPRAY PAINT ATLASSpray_Paint

Los Angeles, CA

1 hour 10 minutes 46 seconds

Trevor Campbell  -Writer: Trevor Campbell , Producer: Michelle Campbell

Six weeks after his fiancee disappears, a law student and his ex-girlfriend go on a half-hearted crime spree across the Western US trying to find her. Click here to watch the trailer. R

 

OZLAND (Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy)Ozland

West Point, MS

1 hour 55 minutes 20 seconds

Director: Michael Williams - Kane, Illumination, Lukos , Writer: Michael Williams – Kane, Illumination, Lukos , Producer: Michae Williams – Kane, Illumination, Lukos

In a post-apocalyptic world, two wayfarers wander aimlessly until Leif finds a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Interpreting the book, Leif allows the it to challenge the beliefs, friendships, and even the very survival of these two divergent travelers.  Click here to watch the trailer. PG

 

GHOSTING

Littletown, PA

1 hour 29 minutes 15 secondsGhosting

Director: Kevin Alexander Boon Two Days Back , Writer: Kevin Alexander: Boon Two Days Back , Producer: Robin Allaire McCarthy

The son of a schizophrenic mother and abusive father must unravel the mystery of his frightening visions before he succumbs to madness.  Click here to watch the trailer. PG

 

 

EARTHRISE (Sci-Fi, Thriller)Casey1

Blue Springs, MS

1 hour 40 minutes

Director: Glenn Payne, Writer: Glenn Payne, Producers: Glenn Payne, Michael Williams, Josh Whites

99% of the human race has colonized on Mars. The remaining few work to rehabilitate our dying planet. Each year a small number are selected to return home to aid in the process. For those few, it will be their first glimpse of Earth. We follow them on their journey in this sci-fi psychological thriller.

Go home. For the first time. Click here to watch the trailer. PG

 

ROUTE 30 THREE!Route 30

Studio City, CA

1 hour 34 minutes

Director: John Putch , Writer: John Putch , Producer: John Putch

The final chapter of the trilogy focuses on the mysterious disappearance of Rotten Egg, a camera that reveals the truth in every photo, and a man’s quest to become ‘less’ boring.  This stand-alone comedy delivers a romantic and upbeat message about relationships and the truth behind every story. Click here to watch trailer. PG

 

 

 

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