by Coop Cooper
Definitely a blast had by all with the award-winning documentary “Muscle Shoals” taking the primetime Saturday spot. It was one of my favorites at the Oxford Film Fest last year and it was a pleasure to see it again. Also great was “Cheesehead Blues”, a documentary starring Clarksdale’s own Dutch transplant Theo Dasbach as he goes around town and meets the various musical personalities here in town. It’s a work in progress and I am impressed with director Jon Doense for his dedication to the project (and the fact that hew flew all the way to Mississippi from the Netherlands for the premiere).
Also a big shout out to local filmmaker Will Goss whose first feature film “Clarksdale” was a big hit with the packed house over at Channel Zitch (full disclosure: I helped shoot that one). His creatively original use of green screen was the most interesting and cool technical achievement in the entire fest.
Also, great work by Melanie Addington and Daniel Lee Perea for their award-winning short documentary “Mile High Pie”, it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser and I’m looking forward to their upcoming feature documentary “I Didn’t Do It”, about the whole crazy mess that involved two Tupelo men, poisoned ricin letters and President Obama.
Finally, I was very impressed with first time St. Louis filmmaker P.J. Tamayo’s debut short film “Dresser Drawer”, which was written by Pat Delhougne. It was a quiet, creepy story with terrific music and no dialogue which left much of the plot and ending open to interpretation. The final shot of “Dresser Drawer” was ambiguously chilling and memorable. I’m expecting great things from these guys in the future.
Thanks also to Greenville’s WXVT station’s Eric Zernich for covering the event and conducting interviews.
This was the best Clarksdale Film Fest so far and I’m looking forward to next year. Big thanks to Roger Stolle, Goldie Hirshberg and Nan Hughes for putting it together and Sean “Bad” Apple for providing the live music!