Monday, December 26, 2011

Take 5 with "Fresh Skweezed"

G.B. Shannon, co-director
As we gear up for the Oxford Film Festival 2012 to be held at the Malco Studio Theater on Feb. 9-12, 2012 and also at the Lyric Theater on Saturday, Feb. 11 as part of the Oxford Music Festival line-up where we will show music films, videos and a panel on music + film, we thought we might introduce you to some of the people behind the movies we can't wait to show you. For the full schedule and description of the films, visit

Meet Take 5 filmmaker, GB Shannon, co-director of  the narrative short "Fresh Skweezed."

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

Fresh Skweezed follows the story of Maggie, a street smart 11 year old, who is stifled by a shaky home-life and constant torment from the neighborhood bully. With a healthy dose of moxie and a talent for the hustle, this endearing little girl is fighting for more than just stability in her turbulent surroundings. Her life's turned sour and she has no choice but to make a stand. At every festival the film has played, people are really drawn to Mississippi native, Haley Parker's performance as Maggie, and seem to really root for her character to overcome the bad hand she's been dealt. It's one of those special performances by a young actress that you just have to see!

Q. 2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

Without question, the biggest lesson learned while getting Fresh Skweezed made was that, when making a film with mostly kid actors, you probably shouldn't film in a place where there is a multitude of stray cats! The film was shot in a trailer park that had been evacuated so the place was crawling with abandoned cats. Good luck getting the actors to set when they're scurrying under trailers, trying to coax out a litter of kittens with scraps of leftover lunch.

The best part of getting the film made was seeing these same child actor's faces when they watched the film for the first time - a film that they probably thought they would never see in their lifetime because eight months is an eternity for a kid to wait for a short film to be completed! Crazy kids.

Q. 3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

This is our 3rd collaborative film we've made together. In 2009, Woke Up Ugly, played at a dozen festivals, including Maryland, Palm Beach and The Nashville Film Festival, as well as winning awards for Best Short Film at both the Indie Memphis Film Festival and the Red Rock Film Festival. We both studied film in college and Ryan makes his living as a Director of Photography and GB Shannon as a video editor.

Q. 4: What's your dream distribution plan for the film?

A: You're always hopeful but, with a short film, sometimes just finding the right fit online where it can be seen by the most people possible is the best case scenario. There have been a few new options to short filmmakers in the past few months that might provide short films a place to exist and hopefully generate some return.

Q. 5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

We're at the beginning of the festival run for Fresh Skweezed, since we just started the submission process in late 2011, so we are hopeful that we have the opportunity to screen the film in front of more audiences in the months to come. As for the future, we are shooting our 4th short film together in March, with our first feature collaboration set for the latter part of 2012. 

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