We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Nicole Teeny, director/producer of Bible Quiz. This film will be screening Friday, Feb.7 at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4:15 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
17-year-old Mikayla memorizes the Bible on her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship & the heart of JP, her team captain.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
One of the best parts about making this film and making documentaries in general is the people you get to meet. Mikayla, my main subject was truly a gem, wise beyond her years and she became a friend through the process of making the film. I think that friendship between filmmaker and subject comes across in the movie.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I graduated from NYU with a degree in film and screenwriting. BIBLE QUIZ is my first feature documentary. It premiered at Slamdance 2013 where it won the Grand Jury Award. I have made short films and short documentaries including a hybrid fiction/non-fiction film that played at festivals.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
BIBLE QUIZ is ultimately a coming of age story about a girl trying to navigate a troubled family, a crush on a boy, her own identity and a quirky community. The film has been praised as being “even-handed”, “non-judgemental” and because it’s more of a character story and romance it appeals to folks regardless of their stance on religion.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you? *
BIBLE QUIZ is playing at festivals around the world. It is being released internationally in various international territories with Sundance Channel International. It is also being domestically distributed.