Friday, January 14, 2011

Take 5 with "Valentease"

As we gear up for the Oxford Film Festival 2011 to be held at the Malco Studio Theater on Feb. 10-13, 2011, we thought we might introduce you to some of the people behind the movies we can't wait to show you.

Meet Take 5 filmmaker, Tobie Baker, director of "Valentease" which plays in the Mississippi documentary block.
For the full schedule and description of the films, visit

Q. 1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

A: It's a short documentary film that peers into Oxford's first burlesque revue. Please try it at home.
Q. 2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

A: Biggest lesson learned: Don't sit too close to the stage. Best part: Editing the footage. I was forced to watch it over and over again.
Q. 3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

A: As a professional journalist for nearly two decades, I enjoy listening to people tell their stories, then sharing them with others in a compelling manner. The short documentary is a hobby, but so is home brewing beer.
Q. 4: What's your dream distribution plan for the film?

A: A world premiere at the Oxford Film Festival. Check.
Q. 5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

A: I'd like to explore and film the burlesque movement across the Southeast. Other future ideas include highlighting the trials and tribulations on the Navajo Indian Reservation as well as honoring Veterans, especially those who sit alone in Veteran's Homes.

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