Film shot in Tupelo garners awards

By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO A team that turned Tupelo into New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward has won acclaim for the transformation.

In May 2006, filmmakers shot "Katrina's Wake" on the top floor of a storage shed in Tupelo. Since then, the short film has claimed prizes at the Magnolia Film Festival in Starkville, the North Carolina Film Festival and the Rhode Island Film Festival.

"We were the best picture overall in North Carolina," said Austin Haley, Tupelo-based owner of Little Bo Productions who served as co-producer and cinematographer for the film.

The movie took the best short film award in Starkville, and Rhode Island judges singled out "Katrina's Wake" for editing.

"It's been shown at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles," Haley said, "and it was included in the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood."

It's slated to run at a festival in Cleveland, Ohio, where a win would make it eligible for an Academy Award nomination, Haley said.

Other producers were Kat Phillips and Jeremy Nocon. Phillips also served as writer and director. That team plans to return to Tupelo in the summer to shoot a feature-length production.

"We're bringing lead actors from Los Angeles," Haley said. "We'll also have roles for Mississippi actors."

Anyone interested in auditioning for a part is welcome to contact Haley at (662) 255-1016.

Contact Daily Journal entertainment writer Scott Morris at 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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