What makes bad food so good? NPR's Debbie Elliott and Dave Anderson, filmmaker for Oxford American, team up to explore issues of appetite and health in Holmes County, the most obese county in Mississippi. It's the first of an ongoing spotlight on the South called Southword. (Video by Dave Anderson Photography/Oxford American)
I directed and shot this 3 minute film with Sasha Solodukhina in 2013 in collaboration with Jane Rule Burdine and Tate Moore (music).
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Producer: Katherine Linton
Directors: Katherine Linton & Harriet Hirshorn
Director of Photography / Composer: Vincent Venturella
Editors: Harriet Hirshorn & Jillian Buckley
In 2006, ‘NSync’s Lance Bass came out publicly as gay. Once the “most beloved son” of his home state of Mississippi, he was instantly rejected and his hopes that Mississippi could ever embrace change were dashed. Four years later, the story of a Mississippi youth made national headlines. Constance McMillen was suing her school for denying her the right to go to prom with her girlfriend.
Something was shifting in one of the most socially conservative places in America. This gave Lance, and so many others, a glimmer of hope for change in the state they call home.
MISSISSIPPI: I AM, examines the relatively new battle on the part of primarily young LGBT people to bring gay civil rights and visibility out in the open and beyond division.
Atlanta Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize
Frameline Film Festival - Official Selection
Outfest Film Festival - Official Selection
Crossroads Film Festival - Most Tranformative Film
Tupelo Film Festival - Best Documentary
60°N Os International Film Festival - Official Selection
I learned of Morris after reading a story in The Commercial Appeal about the theft of his harmonicas. Then I heard him perform at an anniversary screening of Craig Brewer's film "The Poor & Hungry", where Mr. Brewer held a collection to help Morris replace his instruments.
Being in a city like Memphis with my camera, I had to capture some authentic delta-blues, and was very fortunate to find Blind Mississippi Morris serving it up.