Art Plays Major Role in 45RPM and will enjoy its World Premiere in Batesville

The recently-completed feature film 45RPM, written, directed, and produced by Juli Jackson, focuses on Charlie Clark, a young woman artist struggling to find a connection between her art work and her deceased father’s music. The film was shot in Memphis, Little Rock, and a number of communities in north Arkansas, utilizing a mostly-Arkansas cast and crew.

45RPM includes an exhibition of Charlie’s art. Jackson selected Mandy Maxwell, a self-taught Arkansas artist, to create the art needed for the film–17 paintings, the result of dozens of drawings and a complete sketchbook. Maxwell resides in Paragould and works as a graphic designer. She attended Arkansas State University (ASU) to study design, but maintained her passion for fine art. Maxwell’s work has been exhibited at ASU, the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery, several juried exhibitions at the Brooks Museum in Memphis, and other galleries around the state. She also created the highly-praised poster and program cover for the 2012 Ozark Foothills FilmFest. Maxwell’s work has been described as eclectic, experimental, surreal, vibrant, innovative, and avant-garde. Her paintings created for the film will be on display at the screening.

45RPM will enjoy its World Premiere on Saturday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Landers Theater, 334 E. Main Street in downtown Batesville. Tickets are $10/$8 for persons age 55 and over and members of the Foothills Film Society. Tickets are available by calling 870-251-1189; advance ticket purchases are recommended (a post-screening reception has already sold out). For more information visit

Funding for 45RPM was provided, in part, by Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc. Support for Ozark Foothills FilmFest is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sponsors of the World Premiere screening are: Fellowship Bible Church of Batesville, Tommy’s Famous Pizza, George’s Liquor, Mandy Maxwell Graphic Artist, KWOZ-FM/KZLE-FM, Eye on Independence magazine, Arkansas Weekly magazine, KFFB 106.1 FM, and the Pepsi Beverages Company.   Attachment .jpg: Artwork by Mandy Maxwell, created to represent the work of Charlie in 45RPM.