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    We are thrilled to have the Malco Theatre host our 12th Annual Tupelo Film Festival.   The Malco Theatre offers stadium seating, great concessions, and the best in screening equipment which enhances the Independent film viewing experience.  The proximity to local restaurants, bars and retail shops offers easy accessibility for our visiting filmmaker and guests to […]

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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 (Location TBA) 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 (TBA)

Foreign Block (Shorts)
1:00 Welcome
1:05 Nell & Nugget
1:15 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 Tree House
4:20 I Know You
U.S. Block (Shorts)
4:40 Hypothetically
4:48 Shotgun
5:02 Nobody
5:20 Night of the Living Twinkies
5:30 Avarice
5:38 Q & A

THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH (Screen TBA)

Foreign Block (Students)
1:00 Welcome
1:05 Robbing Blind
1:15 The Lightguard
1:46 The Cutting Room
Foreign Block (Documentary)
2:00 Elle – Kari
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. Block (Shorts)
4:20 The Watch
4:45 September Sketch Book
4:55 Around the Corner
5:30 Q&A

FRIDAY, APRIL 17th (Screen TBA)

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
3:48 Colorless
4:16 I Need My Monster
4:28 Spirit of Negation
4:43 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 TBA)

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH (Screen TBA)

MS High School Film Competition
10:00 MS High School Event
Special Screening
12:30 Japanese Film – Departures
Workshop/Lecture
3:00 Gena Ellis
U.S. & Foreign Music Video Block
4:10 Can’t Give Up On You
4:14 Allen Mann – Visions
4:19 Away
4:25 Don’t Be Judging Me
4:30 Francesca
4:35 Broncho- What?
4:38 From Tribulation To Triumph
Q&A
Workshop/Lecture
5:00 Rob Underhill
U.S. Block (Feature)
6:10 Fever Dreams
7:15 Q&A
7:45 AWARDS PRESENTATION

SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH (Screen TBA)

10:00 Panel
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. Block (Shorts)
6:20 Take the Mountain
6:30 Witness Monitor
6:40 Once Upon A Time On The Border
7:00 Q&A
Premier of Tupelo Film
7:15 The Gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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DOCUMENTARY Films Screeing at the Festival

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in Featured Post

Mississippi Milk

Olive Branch, MS Miississippi Milk

12 minutes 48 seconds

Directors: David Rogers/ Brittany Retherford ,Writers: David Rogers/ Brittany Retherford, Producers: Chandler Griffin, Lisa Biagiotti Barefoot workshops

A family farmers’ struggle to produce a local product and bring it to the communities of N. Mississippi

Click here to view video.

 

Wildflower/A Proposal (Romance, Drama)

Baton Rouge, LA

25 minutes 39 secondsWildflower2

Directors: Max Zoghbi, Writers: Max Zoghbi, Producers: Jarred Coates God’s Not Dead

Broken up at the time, my now wife, Bonnie Kate, was shot and survived the 2012 Batman Theatre Mass Shooting in Aurora, CO.  Choosing to grow and persevere even in the  harshest of seasons and circumstances, Bonnie Kate shines brightly through the darkness and chooses to accept  joy every step of the long, painful and seemingly endless way.  We know that this long suffering, chronic pain and present darkness is for an  unfathomably greater good to come, and this film is a mall glimpse into wrestling with that realty as I craftily propose in a movie theatre.   Click here to view video.

 

Where is Elle-Kari and what happened to Noriko-san?

Israel – 49 minutes 20 seconds

ekpik1Directors: Dvorit Shargal, Writers: Dvorit Shargal, Producers:Kastina Communications LTD

A nostalgic, fascinating and heart-breaking journey into very popular photographed children’s books in black  & white from the mid-20th century.  An unbelievable detective story, which follows the missing heroes of the books: Were they real children? Where are they now?  The books were created by the photographer Anna Riwkin-Brick.  Most of them were written by Astrid Lindgren.   Click here to view video.

 

Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story

Arlington, VA

26 minutes 53 secondsLockedOut

Directors: Sean W. Malone No Vans Land , Producers: Sean W. Malone No Vans Land

Locked Out chronicles the struggles and success of Melony Armstrong, an entrepreneur who fought state restrictions to become the first professional African hair braider in Mississippi.   Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Because No One Else Would

Cary, NC

19 minutes 1 second No One Else Would

Directors: Tim Finkbiner, Dan Oliver, Writers: Hal Goodtree , Producers: Hal Goodtree

This is the story of the Durham Renaissance, from booming tobacco town to abandoned 19th century relic and back again as the Silicon Valley of the South. It’s the story of vision and risk, partnerships and perseverance to rebuild a community. Click here for trailer.

 

The Other F Word

Canada

1 hour 4 minutesF Word

Directors: Isabel Bleim, Writers: Isabel Bleim, Producers: Isabel Bleim, Andre Bleim

What does forgiveness really mean? Is it always essential or is it sometimes impossible, to attain? This feature-length documentary explores the meaning of forgiveness, and examines its impact on our relationships and our sense of justice.

 

The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer’s Together

San Francisco, CA

57 minutesSum

Director: Barbara Klutinis Severing the Soul, Stepping into the Stream, Journey Swiftly Passing, Wind/Water/Wings, Still Life with Barbie, The IWWF Rendezvous Connection, Trumpet Garden, Pools, Writers: Barbara Klutinis , Producers: Barbara Klutinis

An ode to memory: Couples diagnosed with Early Alzheimer’s come to terms with their changing roles. Medical experts in Alzheimer’s Disease offer their perspectives from the front lines. Click here for trailer.

 

 

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STUDENT/FOREIGN FILMS Filmming at the Tupelo Film Festival

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in Featured Post

COLORLESS

Tougaloo, MS Colorless2

27 minutes 7 seconds

Director: L. Denise Heidelberg , Writer: L.Denise Heideberg , Producers: Celeste Heidelberg, Shannon Lewis , Kendra Liddell

Dorian, a biracial teenager, raised by his African-American father seeks out his estranged mother.

 

The LIGHTGUARDLightguard1 (Drama, Mystery)

Netherlands

29 minutes 11 seconds

Director: Bob Demper, Writer: Bob Demper, Producer: Bob Demper, Mischa Staupe

Alone in his lookout, lighthouse keeper Chien Baak oversees the shore of a small coastal village. One grey afternoon an unknown ship looms up, which seems to be a harbinger of doom. The nights following ship more questions than answers.  One thing is for sure: the sea awaits… Click here to watch the trailer.

 

IRRESISTIBLEIrreisitable

Belden, MS

5 minutes 28 seconds

Director: Maggie Bushway , Writers: Maggie Bushway, Rob Bushway, Kathi Bushway, Producer:Maggie Bushway

“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15

DELVER US FROM EVIL (Drama, Thriller)

Minnetonka, MN Robert McDermott2

18 minutes 43 seconds

Director: Robert McDermott, Writer: Robert McDermott, Producer, Chris Johnson

In this modern day thriller set in the open plains of the high Midwest, three men begin to discover a man’s hidden identity when they inadvertently welcome him into their home.

 

THE CUTTING ROOM (Drama, Thriller)

Cali, Valle del Cauca – ColombiaBruno_Hausler-Cuttng Room

13 minutes

Director: Marco Velez – Love Falls, A Lost Generation, Fear, Writer: Marco Velez – Love Falls, Fear, Will & Mary, Producers: Eugenia Lagorio – She Walks, Amontillado, Megamillion

François Gauthier is hired by the great film director Angel Rizzoli to edit his upcoming film noir. He becomes completely obsessed with Isabel , the lead actress and star of the film and buries himself in this editorial madness, performing horrific acts in the name of his obsession. Click here to watch the trailer.

ROBBING BLIND

Ontario, Canada.robbingblind

10 minutes 3 seconds

Directors: Mike Chantaj , Writer: Mike Chantaj, Producers: Jessieh Slezak, Mike Chantaj

After a botched break in, an amateur burglar hoping to leave a life of crime behind, must continue to break the law with his brother in an attempt to eventually live a clean and guilt-free life. Click here to watch the trailer.

CARRY ON (War, Drama)

ChinaCarry On

16 minutes 30 seconds

Director: Yatao Li, Writer: Yatao Li, Producer, Yatao Li

During the brutal withdrawal of Japanese forces at the end of WWII, a Chinese father does whatever he can to save his family. Click here to watch trailer.

 

BROKEN JAM

Astoria, NYBroken Jam

15 minutes

Director: Emanuele Michetti , Writers: Emanuele Michetti , Producer: Altreproduzioni

An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Through a day, this story shows the difficulty maintaining a romantic, cohabiting relationship, suffering with mental disease. Click here to watch trailer.

 

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SONIoannes

Los Angeles, CA – 3 minutes 47 seconds

Director: Ioannes Palomaria, Writer: Ioannes Palomaria, Producer: Ioannes Palomaria

A Film by Ioannes Palomaria, made for his final 7th grade project for Thomas Starr King’s Film and Media Magnet. He also stars in his own movie.

 

I NEED MY MONSTER (Animation)

Howard Cook – Denver, Colorado – 11 minutes 6 seconds

Director: Richard Marrujo , Writer: Howard Cook – The Ninety Nines, Forever Mankind , Producers: Steven Baker, Howard Cook – A Complex Villanielle, 8 Second Dance, Forever Mankind, The Ninety Nines,

I Need My MonsterWhen Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week. –Gabe”  What will Ethan do?  He needs a monster under his bed.

 

SPIRIT OF NEGATION

Princeton, NJ Spirt of Negoiation

14 minutes 19 seconds

Director: Alexander Kuribayashi, Writer: Adam Buffery

In this Gothic Western, a teenager attempts to escape the chaos of Civil War renegades.  Influenced by a mysterious stranger, the boy is drawn back into the violence.  Click here to watch the trailer.

 

 

Flowers

 FLOWERS

 8 minutes 20 seconds

Director: Sabina Sattar SWOOSH!, Writer: Sabina Sattar SWOOSH! , Producers: Sabina Sattar SWOOSH! Monika Kocian SWOOSH!

A boy falls in love with a deaf and mute girl and has to find a way to communicate his feelings for her.

 

THE STOMACH

UK

 15 minutesThe_Stomach_Gloria_close

Director: Ben Steiner The Flea, Trannibal Fleash Feast, Insecticide,Writer: Ben Steiner, Producer: Dan Dixon

Frank’s had enough. A spirit medium whose unique and grotesque method of channeling the dead is putting his own life at risk, he wants out. But others, in this world and the next, have plans of their own. Part body-horror, part ghost-story, The Stomach is a unique tale of Supernatural Noir.  Click here to watch the trailer.

 

 

 

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SHORTS Screening at Tupelo Film Festival

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in Featured Post

WITNESS MONITOR (Thriller, Horror, Crime, Drama)

Madison, MS

7 minutes 57 secondsWitness Monitor1

Directors: Edward Worthy, Writers: Edward Worthy, Producers: Edward Worthy, Jordan Lewis

Following the witness of a murder from a surveillance room, a man is locked in with the murderer on his way in. Will he make it out alive or be found guilty of his own crime? Click here to watch the trailer.
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THE TREEHOUSE (Drama, Children’s, Magical Realism)

UK 

17 minutes

Director:  Amy Coop Epitaph, A Little Bit Country, The Fairweather Girl, Boy Soldiers, Out of Darkness, Writer: Amy Coop, Producers: Amy Coop, Benedict Turnbull

In the shadow of a family funeral a young boy retreats to the treehouse he built with his father and shuts himself in and the rest of the world out. Whilst there he is befriended by an enigmatic young girl from next door who helps him to come to terms with his loss and face up to the future.

Avarice (Thriller, Suspense)

Bryant, ARK

7 minutes 19 secondsAvarice

Director: Scott McEntire TwinkleTown, Simple, Rent Party, Writers: Josh Carr The Door, Scott McEntire TwinkleTown, Anyone, Simple, Christopher S. Thompson The Gleaning, Jarrod Paul Beck Perfect Machine, Producer: Kayla Esmond

When Daddy died, he left Ronald with a diary that holds the combination to a locked chest full of treasure. The problem is that Daddy left the map to the location of that chest with Ronald’s estranged brother, Merle. Merle’s daughter has taken steps to bring the brothers back together, but the crooked roots of this dysfunctional family run deep, and may prove too much to overcome.

 

ONCE UPON A TIME ON THE BORDER (Western, Thriller)

Los Angeles, CAOnce upon a time

17 minutes 39 seconds

Directors: Álvaro H. Blanco Medrano’s visit, Writers: Álvaro H. Blanco Medrano’s visit , Producers: Alejandro Pardo , Estefanía Lamas

A weary border guard and a legendary bounty hunter meet in the middle of the blazing desert in a bizarre and tense encounter.

TAKE THE MOUNTAIN (Documentary, Short)

Oxford, MSMound_Bayou_1939

10 minutes

Directors: Deborah J. Freeland The Road To San Mateo, Writers: Katrina Sims, Producer: Division of Outreach The Road To San Mateo

In the 1820′s, Joseph E. Davis (elder brother to Confederate President Jefferson Davis) established extensive plantations and worked to develop a community of cooperation south of Vicksburg along a wide bend in the Mississippi River.  This documentary-short follows Isaiah T. Montgomery, a slave born on the plantation, from his childhood at “Davis Bend,” through the Civil War, to the founding of the town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi.  The story is told through the still images, many of which have been hidden away for over a century.

GARAGE SALE

Oxford, MSgarage-sale-003

12 minutes 19 seconds

Director: Meaghin Burke Killer Kudzu, Pusharatas, The Artifact , Writer: Meaghin Burke, Producer: Greg Earnest The Artifact, Motorists v Cyclists, Pusharatas, Echoes

Lydia and her father struggle to heal a fractured relationship while preparing to sell his house. Packing and selling cherished childhood objects conjures a host of memories for Lydia, who is still reeling from the death of her sister. As she tries to accept her complicated relationship with her father, she also celebrates the opportunity to make amends across the generations.

‘THE GIFT’

UK/ScotlandThe_Gift2

12 minutes 48 seconds

Directors: Gabriel Robertson , Writer: Gabriel Robertson, Producer: Ken Petrie

To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift – little knowing that his choice will change the world.

 

SHOTGUN

Irving, TXShotgun1

12 minutes 12 seconds

Director: Maverick Moore, Writers: Maverick Moore , Zachary Korpi, Steven Trebus , Producer: Steven Trebus , Zachary Korpi

Three girls burn rubber and leave no survivors on an inexplicably wild ride.

A HORROR MOVIE

Tupelo, MississippiHorro Story

10 minutes 46 seconds

Directors: Glenn Payne Earthrise , Writers: Casey Dillard Genrevolt, The Fall of Henry, Glenn Payne (concept by) Producers:  Glenn Payne

Six “teens” are expecting a night of fun, but their cabin party quickly turns into a night of terror, danger and cliches.

ELVIS – THE GUITAR (Animation, Short)

Saltillo, MSElvis - The Guitar IMG 01

10 minutes 45 seconds

Directors: Ken Calloway, Writers: Rex Harsin, Leesha Faulkner, Producers: Voz Vanelli

The story of a gift to a young boy that forever changed the face of American music. Adapted from the story as told by Elvis’s cousin, Sybil Presley, in the book “We Remember Elvis.”

PIZZAMAN vs. THE TORNADO (Animation, Short)

Saltillo, MSPizzaman vs Tornado IMG 01

6 minutes 23 seconds

Directors: Ken Calloway, Writers: Ken Calloway, Rex Harsin, Producers: Voz Vanelli

Pizzaman faces his greatest challenge yet as he goes up against the Tupelo Tornado!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING WINKIES

Baldwyn, MS

9 minutes 4 seconds

Rex

Rex Harsin – Director

Director: Rex Harsin Chuck the Duck, The Good, the Bad & the Purdie, Purdie Wars, Purdieliverance, Girl Trouble, Backstage, Writer: Rex Harsin Chuck the Duck, The Good, the Bad & the Purdie, Purdie Wars, Purdieliverance, Backstage, Girl Trouble, Producers: vOz Fish Story, A Hole in the Bucket, Purdie’s Trouble with Pepper, Purdie and the Beefcake Burnout,

Night of the Living Winkies is a cartoon poking fun at America’s obsession with fast, sugary food.  It follows Purdie and Spencer Penguin as they travel in a truck containing the beloved Winkies, which have recently gone out of business.  Winkie lovers are after them in hot pursuit.

 

RUDY’S OLDE HAT

Jackson, MS

14 minutesRudy

Director: Herman Snell, Producer: Philip Scarborough

Abandoned at birth, Rudolph “Rudy” Boutwell spent the majority of his life rescuing treasures that other people had abandoned.

 

THE WATCH

Benson, NCThe Watch

23 minutes 10 seconds

Directors: Roger Franks The Carrier, Writers: Roger Franks The Carrier, Producers: Michael Devereaux The Carrier, Mixed Assumptions

Regina Mackenzie

A chance meeting with Mason Hughes, who was involved in the civil rights movement, changes the life of Nathan Bishop in ways he never expected.

 

SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK (Animation)

Denver, ColoradoSketch

7 minutes 44 seconds

Director: Ronnie Cramer Pillow Girl, Cantata in C Major, Sixty in 60, Writer: Ronnie Cramer , Producers: Ronnie Cramer

SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.

 

GWEN MAGEE: THREADS OF HISTORY (Short – Documentary)

Paris, France

33 minutesquilts

Director: Anne Cremieux

Mississippi quilt artist Gwendolyn Magee’s art poignantly features the history of the South and  its horrific violence towards African Americans, from salvery to the present.  Americna folk art specialists, local artists and museum goers comment on her work.

 

 

Nobody (Drama, Period Piece, Music, Biography)

Chicago, IllinoisNobody

17 minutes 2 seconds

Director: William Bryan, Writer: William Bryan , Producers: William Bryan, Tom Radovich

A biographical story of Elvis Presley in high school in Memphis, 1953, featuring his tender relationship with his loving mother, his devoted teacher, and the senior year talent show that changed everything.  Click here to watch the trailer.

Around The Next Corner

Vicksburg, MS Girl

28 minutes

Directors: Mike Gillis, Writer: Mike Gillis: Producers: Mike Gillis

Young angry woman changes after conversing with lonely older man.

No Love Lost (Drama, Romance, Youth)

UK

14 minutes 46 secondsNO_LOVE_LOST_still_5_copy

Directors: Shekhar Bassi, Writers: Shekhar Bass, Shalinder Bassi, Producers: Shalinder Bassi, Shekhar Bassi, Gemma Lloyd, Helen Silver

A Jewish boy nurturing a secret romance with a Muslim girl, despite the realities of their backgrounds, is unaware he is being stalked. While the young lovers struggle to be open about their relationship, the stalker’s obsession reveals a thought provoking turn culminating in the trio coming face to face.  Click here to watch the trailer.

The Last Foreclosure

Coffeeville, MS

21 minutes 2 seconds Last Foreclosure

Director: John Wilson Varmint 1 & II, Dead Man’s Hand, Varmint Reloaded, Exodus, Elle Davis Woods, Help Wanted, Writers: John Wilson Varmint 1 & II, Dead Man’s Hand, Varmint Reloaded, Exodus, Elle Davis Woods, Help Wanted , Producers: Jason Koonce Varmint 1 & II, Dead Man’s Hand, Varmint Reloaded, Exodus, Elle Davis Woods, Help Wanted

666 R. Johnson Rd. is the last foreclosure of the day for Caleb Graham, assistant manager at Muddy Waters Bank & Trust.  Having a hard time finding the property, Caleb gets help from a grizzled, highway peddler who points him in the right direction.  Or, is it the wrong one?

Self Offense

Goodlettsville, TNProStill_Wendy_Keeling_as_Rachel_LRG

14 minutes 32 seconds

Director: Wendy Keeling Key West Vet, Just Grate, Writers: Alex Hall, Robert Coles, Wendy Keeling, Producer: Wendy Keeling Just Grate, Chloe, The Dooms Chapel Horror, 11 Seconds

This reality parody brings the viewer inside the daily life of  a dysfunctional family and their bounty hunting business.  Twyla Sue Dollarhide, aka “Bounty Mama” and her gun toting lamebrain family try to prove that “Momma” always gets her man.   Click here to watch the trailer.

I KNOW YOU

NetherlandsI_Know_You_4

8 minutes 13 seconds

Director: Colin Gerrard, Writer: Colin Gerrard, Producer: Colin Gerrard

This short film does not push the envelope of cult personality and distortion of media; neither does it break the bonds of false exaggeration. Rather it enfolds it. It’s a game of confidence. What if you couldn’t tell the difference between what was real and what was not? What if you could get away with something and everyone seemingly believed you? Sometimes it doesn’t matter who you are, it’s who they think you are.  Click here to watch the trailer.

NELL AND NUGGET

Nicky portrait (2)

Nicola Tyndale-Biscoe – Director

Australia

10 minutes

Directors: Nicola Tyndale-Biscoe Ripe, Mohamed Ali’s Happy Day Feast, Writers: Nicola Tyndale-Biscoe Ripe, Mohamed Ali’s Happy Day Feast , Producers: Nicola Tyndale-Biscoe Ripe, Mohamed Ali’s Happy Day Feast

Australia, 1890. The gold-fields of NSW are almost abandoned, apart from families of ‘gleaners’ who scavenge for gold in the exhausted diggings. Nell,13 & Nugget, 9 , sister and brother – live with their father Frank in the bush on the old chase. Frank spends his days foraging through tailings or ‘nickel-backing; deepening the old mine shafts. Nell & Nugget tend the veggies and chooks, collect the firewood & water. Frank is usually home by sunset – to wash and eat tea with the kids. One night he doesn’t come home.

GOT NO FETISH

Wilmington, NC

14 minutes 50 seconds Fetish

Directors: Rebecca Busch, Writers: Rebecca Busch, Monika Winters-Sanchez, Natalie Lentz, Producers:3 Hats Productions, Obscura Films, Jeff Sanchez

When a naïve student photographer attends a suburban fetish party to shoot for a class assignment, she is surprised to learn that no photos are allowed. Before she can make her exit, she is mistaken for a reluctant partygoer and encounters some very unusual suburbanites.

 

EXTREME PINOCCHIO (sci fi, drame, comédie noire, fantastic, fiction)

22 minutes 44 seconds Extreme_Pinocchio_

Directors: Pascal Chind Short Cut, Writers: Pascal Chind Short Cut, Producers: Olivier Lamy

A dwarf junkie dresses up as Pinocchio to steal money from a schizophrenic psychopath who thinks he’s Geppetto…   Click here to watch the trailer.

 

NEWBORN (horror, art, gore, erotica, supernatural, drama, sci-fi, cult, b-movie, monster, creatures)

UK

11 minutes 47 seconds Newborn

Director: Simret Cheema-Innis , Writer: Simret Cheema-Innis, Producer: Simret Cheema-Innis

Marris lives alone in a house left to her by her recently deceased grandmother.  One day a mysterious bowl arrives at her door.  But the bowl is more than it seems.  Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Hypothetically

Brooklyn, NYVincent_Pastore_Hypothetically

6 minutes 56 seconds

Directors: Peter Zinn *first film,  Writers: Geoffrey Pomeroy Over the Hedge, Producers: Stephanie Dawson Scout & Maggie, Death’s Door

Two “could be” mob-types go to a restaurant to discuss “business.” But they do so in such non-committal terms it becomes a verbal joust with many comedic turns and rhyme schemes that keep the audience guessing: “Are these guys for real?”   Click here to watch the trailer.

 

 

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WORKSHOPS DETAILS COMING SOON!

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 in Featured Post

WORKSHOPS PROVIDED BY THREE OF OUR RETURNING ALUMNI

Details TBA Soon!

 

 ABOUT KAT PHILLIPS

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Kat Phillips – Atlanta, GA

Kathilynn Phillips, born in Mississippi and now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, is a filmmaker whose award-winning works, including her feature film, Chasing the White Dragon, have screened to thousands in the U.S., Europe and Asian Pacific. A former President and Board member of “Women in Film and Television” Atlanta, Kat is also Entertainment Industry Group Leader for the Ritz Group/Capital Community located in Atlanta. Interested in the growth of our young filmmakers, in 2014 at the Tupelo Film Festival, Kat and her husband Eric, made a generous donation of camera equipment to the Itawamba Community College’s Film Club in Fulton, MS which led to the development of film courses. Kat is truly a leader and mentor in the film industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT ROB UNDERHILL – Raleigh, NC

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Rob Underhill – Raleigh, NC

ROB UNDERHILL is a film and TV director, producer, writer and editor. His films have been in competition at over 200 film festivals worldwide, including ST. LOUIS (Academy Award-qualifying), OAXACA (Mexico), SUNSCREEN (Academy-sponsored) and CANNES (France), have received over 80 awards including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and have scored rave reviews from top film critics like Mark Bell of FILM THREAT and Anne Brodie of CRITICIZE THIS! Featured on the National Public Radio shows, THE STATE OF THINGS with Frank Stasio and THE STORY with Dick Gordon, Rob’s work is regularly subject in newspapers, radio, TV-news and more. Carolina STYLE Magazine recognized Rob as one of 25 “Most Stylish People” influencing positive change in the Carolinas. And he is a RAWards Indie Art Award recipient for Best Regional Filmmaker. He is the featured Speaker at the 2015 graduation commencement exercises for the Department of English at North Carolina State University. His work has aired on the ASPiRE network and other national US and European TV outlets. Visit his website atwww.RobUnderhill.com; *like* his Facebook for regular updates at www.facebook.com/RobUnderhillProductions.

ROB PRESENTS:

LONG-TERM STRATEGY FOR THE COMPLETED FILM with ROB UNDERHILL
In this workshop, director / producer Rob Underhill relates to his experiences with his feature film, DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till (Best Film Winner at 15 international Film Festivals) to help participants understand: 1) what you need to consider and plan for after the film is made 2) developing strategy for gaining exposure 3) mounting a PR campaign 4) getting film critic reviews 5) blazing a path on the film festival circuit, and much much more.

Rob’s film, DAR HE, premiered in February 2012. Later that same year, Dar He woDar Hen Best Film at the Tupelo Film Festival. But this was just the beginning. Rob Underhill states, “Dar He was over three-years in the making. And like all films it is really still evolving. Every part is an organic process. And it really can get out of your hands or fall flat without a successful plan to get that film into the world. Let me share with you what I’ve learned and answer some of those burning questions in your minds like, ‘How can I get my film seen and grow an audience?’.”

 

ABOUT GENA ELLIS – Chicago, IL

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Gena Ellis – Chicago, IL

 For Gena, it all begins with the written word. She wrote and co-produced    Tupelo’s 2007 Ron Tibbett Best of Show winner, Angela’s Decision, which also won Australia’s Gold ACE Award for cinematography, Houston’s Gold Remi for adaptation, and other awards, and studied at universities. Gena’s given workshops on adaptation, writing, Indie films, and taught at universities, prompting her to publish an eBook in 2015- with an AD early draft, the short story, TV pilot pages, and the story of becoming an Australian film. While Gena has even been on screen in TV shows Shameless and Chicago Fire, plus films Transformers 3 and the Bollywood hit, DHOOM 3, her favorite sets are those of her daughter, Ursula, who’s in the MFA directing program at Columbia in NYC. Gena was recently in Mermaids, a Northwestern University NUWFA grant film by Nina Rogers. Gena really understands the ‘magic’ that film students create with hard work and a low budget. She’s of course working on a script and a another book. Visit Genaingeneral.com or Browndotproductions.com for more info.

Gena Presents:

Writing the Adaptation: Culling nuggets from the source and writing the golden script. 

From Casablanca to Driving Miss Daisy to The Lord of the Rings, adaptations have always been a mainstay of Hollywood, prompting the 4th Academy Awards in 1932 to even establish a separate category for writing the adaptation. It’s estimated that a third of all films ever made were adapted from novels. Add in short stories, plays, and other source material, and the estimate of adaptations is over 50 percent. Television has its share of adaptations also, from MASH to Game of Thrones.

Gena will explore differences of mediums and the tools used to create an adaptation from the source. Just what does ‘staying faithful’ to the original mean? Is it necessary? Is it simply a retelling? The workshop will take you on a short journey from the screenwriter’s viewpoint of just how to make those tough decisions and create a work that stands on its own. Instructor Gena Ellis adapted her own short story into a script, which was filmed in Australia and won Tupelo’s Ron Tibbett Best of Show in 2007. She further adapted that story again into a TV pilot under consideration. Gena will use that example and others, as well as walking workshop attendees through a writing exercise to adapt a bit of her latest short story, Hillbilly Chocolate, available on Amazon.com. No two writers will come up with the same adaptation. Attendees will hopefully walk away with a better understanding of the joys, and the struggles, of adaptation. Gena has also adapted an Alexandre Dumas’ novel and her eBook about her own adaptation experience will be available on Amazon before her workshop in Tupelo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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