We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Shannon Cohn, co-director and producer of Poor Lost Souls. This film will be screening Friday, February 7 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.
Inspired by Flannery O’Connor’s WISE BLOOD, POOR LOST SOULS is a music video featuring the music of Jimbo Mathus that follows a brother as he attempts to rescue his sister from a band of religious zealots.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
Little people are people, too! The characters in the video are marionettes that Jimbo has spent years making. He made every single detail by hand from the faces to the shoes to the clothes. A big challenge was rethinking the marionettes as live actors and capturing details of them as we would real people. The best part of getting the film made was helping Jimbo realize this vision he’d had for these characters since he started crafting them years ago.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
Before I became a filmmaker I practiced international law at a big firm. Completely soul-destroying line of work, that is. I left and ended up at film school at NYU. Since then, I’ve produced a number of feature documentaries and short narratives. I produced a TV travel series called SEA NATION that appears on Discovery Channel and NatGeo around the world. I have three feature docs in production at the moment and one feature narrative in pre-production. The feature narrative, LILA ROSE, is a quintessential southern story with honesty and heart - it embodies the spirit of independent storytelling in the South, a big reason why I wanted to get into film.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
POOR LOST SOULS is the result of a group of friends coming together to create and collaborate. You would never know by the dark and fairly disturbing finished product that the video shoot was light-hearted and fun. There was a lot of laughing and good times going on while we were on set.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
I hope that through the video more people are introduced to Jimbo’s music. He’s a southern treasure.