Ozark Foothills FilmFest Hosts World Premiere of 45RPM in Batesville

Ozark Foothills FilmFest is extremely proud to host the World Premiere of 45RPM, written, produced, and directed by native Arkansan Juli Jackson. Juli is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Video. She worked as Director of Photography for the independent feature Beat the Air, shot in Philadelphia, and also shot the dark comedy God’s Country, Off Route 9, which screened at numerous film festivals in the US and abroad. In 2011 she was awarded a grant from the Ozark Foothills FilmFest, as part of the Arkansas Indie Film Initiative, to help support her first feature film as writer and director.

Juli describes the film as “a dark comedy that extends the world of the classic American road movie into multiple mediums while exploring rich Southern history.” The film follows Charlie, a struggling artist who seeks a connection between her artwork and her deceased father’s music. She teams up with Louie, an obsessive record collector from Memphis, and begins an exhaustive search for a rare 45 recording from the 1960s Arkansas garage rock scene that takes them both on a journey across the Southern landscape. 45RPM stars Liza Burns as Charlie and Jason Thompson as Louie. Liza received her BFA in Acting from Boston University. She also studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Jason is an actor, writer, and stand-up comic; he worked with the well-known Red Octopus sketch comedy troop for eight years. This is also the first feature film performance for both Liza and Jason.

The screening will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Landers Theater, 334 East Main Street in downtown Batesville. Tickets for the screening are $10, $8 for those 55 and over and members of the Foothills Film Society. Tickets are available by visiting www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org/45RPM or by calling 870-251-1189. Juli Jackson, Liza Burns, Jason Thompson, and several other cast and crew members will be in attendance.

Funding for the project 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. We also wish to thank the Fellowship Bible Church, housed in the historic Landers Theater, for the use of their impeccably restored building for the premiere screening.

Juli Jackson Talks About 45RPM with Bob Connell on KFFB’s Open Mic