Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Take 5 with "Tortillas de Maiz"

The 7th annual Oxford Film Festival is getting closer every day. Before we kick off another fun-packed festival, we thought we would take five with filmmakers and get to know them just a little better.

Ferriday Mansel, Alan Pike, and Duvall Osteen worked as a team to create the short documentary, "Tortillas De Maiz," which screens Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11:15 a.m. Duvall Osteen answers our Take 5 questions below:

OFF: In 10 words, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

DO: This is our first film. We're very proud of it.

OFF: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

DO: The biggest lesson was that it takes time and patience to create something you can be proud of, and it is best to do it with people you enjoy working with because you're going to be spending a lot of time with them. Lucky for us that worked out. The best part of making this was getting to know the Hernandez family. They were so generous to let strangers into their lives

OFF: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

DO: This was the first project for all of us, and we couldn't have done it without the guidance folks at the Center for Documentary Studies at Ole Miss.

OFF: What’s your dream distribution plan for the film?

DO: We're living it.. we never expected this grad school project to get out of the classroom.

OFF: What’s the future hold in store for your film and for you?

DO: We're all finishing up our MA degree in Southern Studies. I think if we have the opportunity to be a part of a project like this again, we'd gladly take it.

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