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Tupelo Film Festival Unveils Schedule May 15-18

April 30, 2008

Tupelo Film Fest Line Up:



11:00 – 12:05 p.m.
Feature Documentary – 1 hour 3 minutes
Raleigh, NC
World Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer – Julie Williams Dixon
Co-Director/DP – Warren Gentry
with: Dr. Brent Kennedy and other leading Melungeon researchers

Mystery has surrounded the multi-ethnic Melungeons who have lived deep in the Appalachians for hundreds of years. Their story of coming together from diverse backgrounds and putting aside cultural and racial differences to survive offers a look at an almost forgotten people and a never told piece of America’s history. Julie Williams Dixon will be attending.


1:00 – 1:10 p.m.
Experimental – 7 Minutes, 15 Seconds
Tupelo, MS
World Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer, – Russell Fox with: Animated Characters – (Voice-overs – Robin Haire, Neal Sanford, Ken Calloway, Doug Stewart, Rudy Pounds, Russell Fox)

She wants to be free – at any costs – and sometimes your friends pose the greatest obstacles. A tale of yearning, betrayal and struggle. Russell Fox will be attending.


1:10-1:15 p.m.
Student – 2 minutes 15 seconds
Los Angeles, CA
World Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer – Anthony Onah
Executive Producer – Brian Flanagan
Associate Producers – Evelyn Lewis, Roselynn Lewis

with: Christopher L. Davis, Brandon White

Injustice cuts both ways when a father’s misguided effort drives his son to a shocking end.


1:15 – 2:10 p.m.
Feature Documentary – 55 minutes
Salt Lake City, Utah

Director – Jamie Christensen Johnston
Executive Producer – Brad Johnston
Associate Producer – Lisa Kettle

Forgotten Coast

with: Eddie Favre, Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Everett and Elaine Ladnier, Don Farrar, Steve Patronas

You may think you know about the effects of Hurricane Katrina, but you would be wrong. This film is about the people of the Mississippi and Alabama coast struggling to reconstruct their lives and adjust to their rapidly changing culture.


2:20-2:50 p.m.
Short – 29 minutes
Chicago, IL
Southern U.S. Premier


Writer, Director, – Jeffrey Jon Smith
Executive Producer – James Aull
Producer – Jerry Prochazka

with: Tekki Lomnicki, Rula Sirhan Gardenier

While confessing to her priest, Tikki Lomnicki born with dystrophic dwarfism must face the painful truth about a journey she and her mother made to Lourdes twenty-seven years earlier. This is a film about redemption.


2:50 – 3:00 p.m.
Young Filmmaker – 10 minutes
San Diego, CA
Mississippi Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer – Katie Flynn

Assistant Director – Kaylynn Sheets with: Danny Morris, Deanna Lynn, Grant Zebold, Kathleen Meehan

A touching tale of a generous Greek immigrant and the neighbors who took his generosity for granted.


3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Short – 26 minutes
Montreal, Quebec
World Premiere

Book of Wisdom

Writer – Ryan Costello, Jr.
Director – Lorne Hiltser
Producer – Josh Kimmel

with: Josh Kimmel, Erika Rosenbaum, Larry Day, Mike Paterson, Christine Ghawi

Danny Brown was invisible to the girl he liked, the butt of his co-workers jokes and unhappy with his life. Then he finds a mysterious book that reads like a how-to guide. Suddenly he gets attention from his dream girl, respect at work, and a new-found confidence. The book seems to have all the answers, but is it all that it seems. Josh Kimmel and Lorne Hiltser will be attending


3:30 – 3:55 p.m.
Student – 24 minutes 50 seconds
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mississippi Premiere


Writer, Director – Simon Arthur
Producer – Stuart Devon
Executive Producer – Mark Cousins
Associate Producer – James Alcock

With: Alison Peebles, James Grant, Jon Morrisson, Una McLean, Maureen Carr

A wandering couple travel the road, becoming different people in each town, playing a gleefully sadistic game of deceit. In this film they prey on the care home of senile dementia suffers convincing them that they are family members.


3:55 – 4:05 p.m.

Young Filmmaker – 9 minutes, 42 seconds
Miami Beach, FL

Writer, Director, Producer – Aaron Davidson

with: Aaron Davidson – Narrator

Abraham’s Kosher Bakery has been a Miami Beach landmark for over 30 years and is one of the last old fashion bakeries of its kind. This film takes us behind the scenes as the camera lovingly follows the process of making delectable baked goods.


4:15 – 4:25 p.m.
Short – 10 minutes 43 seconds
West Point, MS

Writer, Director, Producer, – Michael Williams


with: Jon Paul Whitlock, April Wren, Wes Pumphrey
Have you ever wished you had powers? In this short dramedy, Ben, an obsessed fan of the TV show Heroes, begins to believe that he may be developing powers just like the characters in the show.
Michael Williams, Jon Paul Whitlock and April Wren will be attending.


4:25 – 5:55 p.m.
Feature – 1 hour 34 minutes
War Eagle, ARK
Mississippi and Southern USA Premier

Director, Robert Milazzo
Screenplay by Graham Gordy – Story by Vincent Insalaco and Graham Gordy
Producers – Marco Henry, Vincent Insalaco,
Assistant Director – Chris Carroll

War Eagle

with: Bryan Dennehy, Dan McCabe, James McDaniel, Luke Grimes, Mare Winningham, Mary K. Place, Misti Traya

War Eagle, Arkansas is a character driven drama about a young man’s dilemma of whether to leave his family and friends for a career in baseball or stay and redeem his struggling community. The story takes place over a few pivotal weeks in the summer after Enoch Cass’s senior year, and is set against the backdrop of the Ozark Mountains.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Courthouse on the Lawn Party/Screening


Adrian Belic – special guest appearance

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Feature Documentary – 90 minutes
Los Angeles, CA
Mississippi Premier

Writer, Director – Roko Belic
Producers– Roko Belic and Adrian Belic


with: Paul Pena

This Oscar-nominated film is the story of a blind blues musician and his triumphant trek to the forgotten land of Tuva and the mysterious art of Khoomei or throat-singing, a seemingly impossible form of singing that produces multiple vocal tones simultaneously, Paul Pena, who has played with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Jerry Garcia, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, travels to Yuva to live among the descendants of Genghis Khan and compete in their triennial Khoomei contest. Adrian Belic will be attending.



11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Short – 17 minutes
Tupelo, MS
World Premiere


Writer, Director – Chuck McIntosh

Producers – Austin Haley, Tom Booth with: Jacob Pryor, Christopher Womack, Lisa Martin

Two knuckleheads drop in on a 10-year high school reunion of a school they never attended and find out that identity is in the eye of the beholder. (non-competition)

Chuck McIntosh, Austin Haley and Tom Booth will be attending.


1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Feature Documentary- 1 hour and 15 minutes
Sherman Oaks, CA
Mississippi Premiere

Directors/Writers – Richard Kraft, Adam Shell
Producer – Richard Kraft


with: Richard Kraft, Nicky Kraft, Stacey Asward, Alan Menken, Christophe Beck, Danny Elfman, David Zippel, Graeme Revell, John Ottman, John Brion, Marc Shaiman, Treveor Rabin

After the death of his older brother, a Hollywood talent agent drags his son through an excessive quest to recapture his childhood. The quest involves zero gravity flights, obsessive collecting of pieces of Disneyland, and a trek around the world to discover the perfect rollercoaster. Along the way both father and son discover the true meaning of living life to its fullest.


2:15 – 2:25 p.m.
Student – 7 minutes
Tupelo, MS
World Premiere

Inside vocie

Writer, Director, Producer – David Rice with: Brian Powell, Thomas Ryden, Lindsey Rae Harris, Leah Duncan

A librarian spends his time musing about people in the real world he detests. David Rice will be attending


2:35 – 3:00 p.m.
Short – 23 minutes 30 seconds
Avon, CO
Mississippi Premiere


Writer, Director – Muhammad Ali Hasan
Executive Producers – Seeme Gull Hasan, Dani Rascon, Nick Becker, Wesley Thayer, Chris Ottesen

with: Hanieh Jodat, Mo Gallini, Bob Corso, Ursula Taherian, Sheila Vand

Rabia is a woman who must blow herself up in order to exist. From the moment she straps explosives to her body, we are exposed to flashbacks of her past. When she steps onto a popular beach strapped with explosives we find ourselves wondering about her motives.


3:00 – 3:05 p.m.
Experimental – 3 minutes
Austin, TX


Director, Producer – Alex Harder

with:Footage by Chris Peterson
Special thanks – Charles de Montebello & Mitch McCabe

A childhood friend of mine escaped with his life from the World Trade Center on 9/11 2001. This film is culled from extremely rare footage he captured that day, inside as well as out. Images and sounds in memory….


3:05 – 3:10 p.m.
Music Video – 2 minutes 45 seconds
Blue Springs, MS
World Premiere

Writers/Producers – Daniel Lee, Jake Wood
Director – Daniel Lee

Never Give Up Hope

with: Uncertain Future

A music video for a song with a positive message by Tupelo’s own Uncertain Future.
Daniel Lee and Jake Wood will be attending.


3:10 – 3:40 p.m.
Experimental – 28 minutes
Nashville, TN
Mississippi Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer, – Jorge Arrieta

with: Dominique Arrieta, Elijha Conley, Gabriel Wilson, Grant Beauchamp, Jeff Wilson, Jorge Arrieta

This imaginative film features artwork, animation and the concept of creation to bring to life the inspiration of one man – one artist. Dominique Arrieta and Jorge Arrieta will be attending.


3:40 – 3:50 p.m.
Young Filmmaker – 6 minutes
Hatley, MS
World Premiere

Breaking Point

Writer, Director – Dustin Edmonson
Producer – Hunter White

with: Dustin Edmondson, Sarah Mitchell, Ashley Craig

A young recent divorcee and her sister are confronted by the divorcee’s ex-husband who demands to see his son. After a heated argument, things turn drastically wrong. Dustin Edmondson, Hunter White, Sarah Mitchell, Ashley Craig, and Brennan Harris will be attending


7:00 – 7:05 p.m.
Experimental – 3 minutes 12 seconds
Valencia, CA
Mississippi Premiere

Love Pills

Writer, Director, Producer – Seojin Lee

with: Animated Characters

There is a goddess of love who drops love pills into the forest and makes creatures fall in love. But one day she falls in love herself and does not know what to do.


7:05– 7:15 p.m.
Short – 9 minutes 30 seconds
Scotia, NY


Writer/Director – Dan Masucci

Producers – Dan Masucci, Joe Masucci with: Michael F. Hayes

Growing old is the most unexpected certainty. In the twilight of his life, Ned reflects on his past, his remaining years and discovers how his role in life has changed. This semimetal film addresses two issues; the old truly are young at heart, and universal emotions live within us all.


7:15 – 7:35 p.m.
Short – 19 minutes
London, United Kingdom
Mississippi Premiere


Writer, Director, – Tim Plester
Producers – Margery Bone, Collin Teague

with: Tim Plester, MyAnna Buring, Craig Parkinson
An offbeat black and white romantic comedy about love and communication with subtitles. This film features sparking music by singer/songwriter Barbarossa.


7:35 – 7:50 p.m.
Student – 11 minutes, 30 seconds
Calbasas, CA
Mississippi Premier


Writer, Director – Judd King
Producer – Nelson Ceron

with: Aaron Harp, Jana Lee, Marci Shaklee, Steve Guilmette

Guilt, passion, and self-sacrifice converge in this super natural thriller about a young man willing to do anything to find his girlfriend. If he is to find her he must put his own life on the line. Language


7:50 – 8:15 p.m.
Student – 23 minutes
Los Angeles, CA
Mississippi Premiere

Writer, Director – Christopher Babers
Producer – Damen Fletcher
Executive Producer – Wendy Raquel Robinson


Damen Fletcher, Francisco Farr, Trhea Danae, Wayne Baldwin

This is the dramatic story of a broken family who discovers healing within the broken keys of an old piano. Emotions are never just black and white. Damen Fletcher and Christopher Babers will be attending


8:15 – 8:35 p.m.
Short – 21 minutes
Somerville, MA
Mississippi Premiere

Writer, Director – Andrew Sayre
Producers – Andrew Sayre and Lindsay Shah


Emily Boisseau, Ava Sophia

A young woman named Lilly comes across a little girl playing in her front yard who appears to be completely alone. Concerned for the child’s safety, Lilly decides to get involved. And it is the last mistake she will ever make.


8:35 – 8:55 p.m.
Student – 15 minutes 17 seconds
Studio City, CA
Mississippi Premiere

Writer, Director – Kristina Lear
Producers – Kristina Lear, Cynthia Graner


With: Julia Di Angelo, David Warshofsky, James Le Gros, Marin Hinkle

One day after school 10 year old Kate takes a different route home. Kristina Lear will be attending


9:05 -9:10 p.m.
Music Video – 4 minutes 14 seconds
Tupelo, MS
World Premiere

Writer, Director, Producer– vazVanelli

Great Day

with:Paul Thorn

In this music video Paul Thorn performs an original song in which characters inspired by Paul’s artwork come to life. (song written by Billy Maddox and Paul Thorn). Vaz will be attending.


– Short – 21 minutes
Los Angeles, CA
Mississippi Premiere

Writer, Director – Will Tully
Producers – Will Tully, Jenny Lenz
Associate Producer – Joel Austin


with: Heather Long, Jack Serino, (voice-over) Lou Young

Based on a Kurt Vonnegut short story, EPICAC is a science fiction romance about a machine that learns to love. When it understands that it is not made of “protoplasm” it short circuits itself out of the female and male mathematician’s lives forever.


9:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Feature Film – 1 hour 29 minutes
Hollywood, CA
Mississippi Premiere

Writer, Director, Executive Producer – James Kerwin
Producer – Chase Masterson
Associate Producer – Daniel Henning
Co-Producer – Jay Thames


Chase Masterson, Jennifer Slimko, John Newton, Kipleigh Brown, Megan Henning, Mik Scriba, Nathan Mobley, Peter Mayhew, Robert Siegel, Warren Davis

Hoyle, a girl with a sharp mind and a weakness for bourbon, finds herself on the trail of a reclusive genius. Her work takes a series of unforeseen twists as events around her grow increasingly surreal. Plunged into a dark world of intrigue and earth-shattering cosmological secrets, she is haunted by an ever present shadow whom she is destined to face. Hoyle discovers the most powerful force in the universe lies within the depths of the human heart.



1:00 – 1:05 p.m.
Music Video – 4 Minutes, 31 Seconds
Brooklyn, New York
World Premiere

Writer, Producer – Terry Carlton
Director – Bohagey Bowes


with: Terry Carlton

This is the official music video to the Terry Carlton song Guitars, featuring Andy Latimer of the group Camel. The psychedelic guitars is an homage to one man’s guitar collection.
Bohagey Bowes and Frannie Rutherford will be attending.


1:05 – 2:20 p.m.
Feature Documentary – 1 hour 15 minutes
Boca Raton, FL
Mississippi Premiere


Director – Victor Milt
Producers – George Pratt, Mac Martin, Martin Ross
Executive Producers, Barbara Carlton, Kim Milt

with: Narrators – Barbara Korsen and Victor Milt

For over 250 years cowboys have ridden the plains of central Florida. This film captures the beauty of the old ways with the drama of encroaching civilization. We see cowboys on the range, at the rodeo and in the corrals in a beautiful and important film documenting America in the throes of change, losing her heritage.


2:20 – 2:30 p.m.
Experimental – 8 minutes
Mize, MS


Writer, Director, Producer – Dick Ford

with: Video feedback, Painted Film and Nature Photography

Whirl is an abstract meditation on the structure of the cosmos. Dick Ford and Adam Ford will be attending.


2:30 – 2:40 p.m.
Young Filmmaker – 10 minutes
Silver Spring, MD
Mississippi Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer, – Melissa Mergner

with: Melissa Mergner – narrator of film

A short documentary about farm laborer activists Baldemar Velasquez and his organization, the farm labor organizing committee.


2:40 – 4:15 p.m.
Feature – 1 hour 35 minutes

Huntsville, AL

Mississippi Premiere

Writer, Director – Jim Torres
Author of adapted material Ron Harris
Producers – Donna Brower, Scott Lumpkin
Executive Producer – Derek Thornton


with: Azura Skye, Joshua Leonard, Nathan Baesal, Reg E. Cathey, Diane Salinger, Aaron Hendry, Shannon Eubanks, Charlie Talbert, Khadijah Haaq, Malika Haaq, Dan Beene, Phil Parker, Deborah Duke, Graham Roden

A post-apocalyptic fairytale about a young woman’s journey to deliver the first child born 15 years after famine, disease and war have taken their toll on civilization. A lone radio disc jockey provides the ray of hope in this artfully rendered vision of a challenging future filled with danger and fear. (non- competition)
Jim and Susannah Torres and Ron Harris will be attending.


4:20 – 4:40 p.m.
Young Filmmaker – 16 minutes 12 seconds
Savannah, GA
Mississippi Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer – Lubomir Mihailo Kocka

with: Jozef Bajnok, Viktor Setnicky, Zuzka Zimanova, Edo

Janko, an ordinary shepherd, becomes a subject of a bet concerning his honesty. Eventually everyone involved must face the consequences of their choices.
Lubomir Mihailo Kocka will be attending.


4:40 – 4:45 p.m.
3 minutes, 17 seconds
Blue Springs, MS
World Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer – April Perea

with:Band – The Mangled Fairy

This video is a music project by an underground Mississippi artist.
April Perea will be attending


4:45 – 6:25 p.m.
Feature Documentary – 1 hour 37 minutes
Cleveland, Ohio
Mississippi Premiere

Writer, Director, Producer – Todd Kwait
Executive Producer – Carol Kwait

Chasing Gus

with:Narrator – Todd Kwait

A personal exploration of the roots and growth of jug band music in the US starting with Gus Cannon in the 1920’s and his dynamic influence on the popular folk music movement of the 60’s and 70’s. The film discovers its modern popularity in Japan and features interviews and performances by John Sebastian – Lovin’ Spoonful, Bob Weir – Grateful Dead, the voice of Taj Mahal and Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, and the late Fritz Richmond, Bill Keith and Maria Muldaur from the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and David Grisman.


6:30 – 6:35 p.m.
Experimental – 3 minutes
Philadelphia, PA
World Premiere


Writer, Director, Producer – Joseph Crockett

A lively exploration of altered reality through altered perceptions. Both contemplative and humorous, this film imagines a world in which the laws of optics and time are out of control.


6:40 – 8:40 p.m.
Feature Film – 1 hour 58 minutes
Lavallette, NJ
Mississippi Premiere


Writer/Director – Greg Chwerchak
Writer/Producer – Gabrielle Berberich
Co-Producer – Gregory Charles Schaefer
Executive Producer – Robert I. Schulman

with: Kim Shaw, Paul Sorvino, David Fumero, Jay O. Sanders, Andrew Shaifer, Lars Arentz-Hansen

Still reeling from the death of her father, a young girl spends one last summer at the Jersey Shore before heading off to college. But when her plans fall apart, the girl stumbles into a mysterious world of Russian sailors, high-stakes gambling, and unexpected love. Language


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