Oxford, Mississippi to be featured in national bi-partisan documentary, 11/8/16 about the Election Day
Local filmmakers hired to support the project
Oxford, MS (November 9, 2016) – Oxford, Mississippi took center stage as part of a national bi-partisan documentary about the election and the events surrounding it on Tuesday, November 8. Titled 11/8/16, the project was created by producer Jeff Deutchman, who hired 30 filmmakers from across the country to show how people voted, behaved, and responded to Election Day.
Included in the group of directors are PETE’S DRAGON director David Lowery, “Girls” creator and star, Lena Dunham and Yung Chang (UP THE YANGTZE). The Orchard Film and TV distribution company will both fund and produce the project, which is being executive produced by Dana O’Keefe, Brad Navin, Paul Davidson, and Danielle DiGiacomo.
Deutchman contacted the Oxford Film Festival to connect him with and help hire local filmmakers to work on the coveted project. Executive Director, Melanie Addington, and Derek Brown were then hired to follow a subject in Oxford, Mississippi. After reaching out to a diverse group of potential subjects, ranging from student groups, local Republican and Democratic leaders, and community groups, Cristen Hemmins, the local Democratic Chair, agreed to participate. The film was produced in the cinema vérité style, where filmmakers followed the subject throughout the day.
Cristen Hemmins is Chair of the Lafayette County Democratic party, is on the State Democratic Executive Committee, is Chair of the State Education & Membership Committee, and was a delegate to the 2012 and 2016 DNC. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and has a Master's degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She is a small business owner of Hemmins Hall, Inc., an advertising sales agency and is on the board of LOU-Home, a non-profit organization, which looks to provide affordable housing to the low-income population of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community.
Addington said, “We take great pride in the fact that, beyond showing films and celebrating cinema, the Oxford Film Festival also assists with bringing jobs to filmmakers in the area. The Oxford Film Festival was contacted to help with this project as we have a national reputation as one of the top festivals in the country, This was an occasion where we were able to provide concrete support to local film crews in finding jobs.” Oxford, Mississippi was selected as one of the 30 communities to be represented in the film.
More than 30 filmmakers across the country documented Election Day, from early morning until the polls close and the results are announced, in a follow-up to Deutchman’s earlier film, 11/4/08.
Other directors taking part are Daniel Junge, Eugene Jarecki, Martha Shane, Lana Wilson, Peter Gilbert, Margaret Brown, Alison Klayman, Alma Har’el, Bassam Tariq, Don Argott, Sheena Joyce, Donal Mosher, Douglas Tirola, Henry Joost, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein, Sterlin Harjo and Vikram Gandhi.
11/8/16 is set to be released in early 2017 by The Orchard.
Part of the film on Election Day was a partnership with Periscope where filmmakers checked in with their subjects on 11/8/16 for a live broadcast. For more about the film visit http://www.11-8-16.com/