Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Take 5 with "Showtime"

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, Ben Guest, director of Mississippi made documentary feature “Showtime.”

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

A: Love. Loss. Friendship. Basketball. A documentary about the lives of four Mississippi girls trying to win a state championship.

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

A: Biggest lesson learned on this one was that if you can make the audience care about the people then they will care about the games.  And that good sound is important.

Best part in getting the film made was showing the completed film to the young women in the film.

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

A: This is my third documentary.  My last film, "The South Will Rise Again," won the Best Mississippi Documentary Award at last year's OFF and Best Documentary at the 2011 Mississippi International Film Festival.

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

A:   I'd love to have it play on MPB.

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

A.  I'll submit the film to a few festivals and keep my fingers crossed.

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