We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Jennifer Pierce Mathus, director and writer of Tennessee Walker Mare. This film will be screening Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
Tennessee Walker Mare is a semi-autobiographical & somewhat mythical tale of an accidental adventurer, losing then finding his way in search of riches & his true place in the world.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
Surround yourself with those who are smarter and more experienced and then listen to them.
Seeing my concept come to life on zero budget, using our own gear and relying on the help of talented friends.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
An Arkansas native, I am a writer but better known as an actor, appearing next in the Fall release “Dark Places” starring Charlize Theron. I recently completed my first feature-length screenplay; “Tennessee Walker Mare” marks my music video directorial debut. But this isn’t my first time at the film fest rodeo.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
This is an original song by Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition, from the WHITE BUFFALO album on Oxford’s own Fat Possum Records. My husband is Jimbo, my brother is the guitarist. This project features live footage shot entirely on iPhone, using some after-market lenses to enhance the shots. With no budget whatsoever, the project came to life thanks to the generous efforts of our animators, Devon Harris and Luke Swan, and our editor, Matthew Graves, who fully donated their time toward this video. Jimbo Mathus’ mother makes a cameo appearance; all home movie footage belongs to the artist and was shot by his late grandfather.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?