We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Camilla Ann Aikin, producer and co-director of “Nick’s.” This film will be screening Friday, February 7 at 4 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.
Nick’s is a beloved seafood institution in Freeport, Florida, run by the same family since the 1960s. Nick’s offers a glimpse into the non-tourist centric Florida Gulf Coast, full of colorful and devoted employees and customers, old Florida traditions, and the freshest fish around.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
The restaurant’s natural surroundings were so beautiful that it made it really fun and easy to play up the imagery in the film, to not just focus on the story and the people, but to treat the gorgeous views as characters themselves.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I recently graduated with an MA in Southern Studies from Ole Miss, with a focus in documentary work, and have completed 4 short documentaries in the past 3 years.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
I grew up on the Gulf Coast, and was born in Florida (as was my co-director Tyler Keith), so this part of the country is really fascinating to me and dear to my heart. It was great fun getting to be a part of the Nick’s family for a few days, and I think all involved were really proud to be able to let viewers into their world for a few minutes.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
I’d love to see Nick’s get a shout out on the Food Network