The Mag goes on Feb 15, 16, and 17th for those of yall that wear fannypacks.
I will be there representin' tha Suicide King Films. Word to your mother. Viva la raza.
Five years ago, I attended The Mag. I was so blown away by the amazing talent displayed by all the filmmakers. Even the ones lacking technical skillz showed so much creativity and heart that I knew then and there that I was going to make films, I was going to get them into the Mag, and the people were going to see them.
I met the late Ron Tibbett at that year's festival and was so inspired by him that I handed him a ten dollar bill out of my pocket as a donation. While it was sad that it took until the late 90s for anybody to actually realize the state of Mississippi needed its own film festival, Ron Tibbett was that man. And Ron Tibbett was the one who took the intiative, spent his own money, put forth his own unpaid effort, and went out on a limb to create the first film festival in Mississippi. I saw that he gave us all an opportunity to have our creative voices heard, and felt almost obligated to exercise my voice.
It took a while.
Being broke, suffering from a lack of story ideas, and the demands of quasi-rockstardom set me back several years, but finally my goal has been acheived.
Mr. Tibbett has left us, but I and many others remain behind to keep his dream alive.
Here's to you, "Sugar Daddy".