We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury, producer and director of “From Cotton Fields to Movie Premieres” and “Jimbo Mathus: Finding Your Roots.”
From Cotton Fields to Movie Premieres will screen Friday, Feb. 7 at 3:15 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at noon. Jimbo Mathus: Finding Your Roots will screen Friday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
From Cotton Fields” Have you seen “Mad Men,” “Titanic,” “Lincoln,” etc.? If so, then you have seen this Mississippi sharecropper’s work. Now see how it all started.
Jimbo Mathus: From picking his guitar on camping trips as a child, to appearances on Letterman and Conan, Jimbo is a well-rounded musician happy to call MS, “home.”
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
From Cotton Fields: No matter how much I plan for a documentary shoot, the story inevitably develops in the edit. That was even more so the case here, where I had very little information about Mr. Bayless before I showed up the first day with my camera.
I started this project for a former employer who didn’t want my version once I left. However, they were kind enough to grant me screening rights; being able to share my hard work has been the best part of getting this film made.
Jimbo Mathus: Biggest lesson? Hmmmm… “Continental breakfast” just means, cheap powdered eggs and lots of carbs.
The best part was working with my friend to tell his story. Jimbo and I have known each other for a while, but grew even closer after spending these few days together.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
From Cotton Fields: I create fiction and non-fiction films, as well as commercials and music videos. My crew experience is equally varied from starting as a P.A. and grip, to working as a union camera operator on big budget features and network TV shows. My writing partner and I just finished our first feature script and I am starting on my next as I type; meanwhile I am directing regional Walmart ads in Memphis. For more info, please visit newperspectivefilms.com
Jimbo Mathus: I create fiction and non-fiction films, as well as commercials and music videos. My crew experience is equally varied from starting as a P.A. and grip, to working as a union camera operator on big budget features and network TV shows. My writing partner and I just finished our first feature script and I am starting on my next as I type; meanwhile I am directing regional Walmart ads in Memphis. For more info, please visit newperspectivefilms.com
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
From Cotton Fields: We shot the bulk of this project in two days.
Jimbo Mathus: We shot this in a day and a half and it originally aired on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where I was employed at the time.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
From Cotton Fields: Every day is a new day*
*(see me at the parties for more information)
Jimbo Mathus: Jimbo and I are just finishing a music video that will be available 2/18, and I’m writing a feature I plan to shoot in Memphis this summer.