“45RPM” is 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 Clark, a struggling artist who seeks a connection between her artwork and her deceased father’s music. By trying to track down a rare copy of her father’s only cut on a 45 record, Charlie finds herself out of her element in Memphis with no leads. Louie Traxler, a record store owner and an obsessive collector, sees a chance to do what he does best. The two of them hit the road in a rumbling vintage Pontiac, scouring the South in search of the elusive 45 that hails from the heyday of ‘60s garage rock. Drawing on Arkansas’ unique musical history, showcasing local artists and animators, and featuring original music, 45RPM pulls together a wealth of untapped modern talent as well as Southern music legends like bluesman CeDell Davis, rockabilly pioneer Joyce Green, and early garage rockers like The Coachmen and The Spyders.
Juli Jackson Juli Jackson is a media artist working in film, photography, and animation. A native to Arkansas, she graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Video. In 2005, Jackson acted as Director of Photography for the independent feature “Beat the Air” shot in Philadelphia. During a three year stay in Los Angeles, Jackson contributed lighting design and camerawork on numerous industry projects, including feature films, TV pilots, commercials, documentaries, short films, and animations.
In 2008, Juli shot her 2nd indie feature, the dark comedy “God's Country, Off Route 9” which screened at numerous festivals in the US and internationally. Afterwards Jackson returned to Arkansas to pursue her creative work and in 2011 was awarded a generous grant from the Ozark Foothills FilmFest as part of the Arkansas Indie Film Initiative to make her first feature film, “45RPM.
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United Kingdom, 2011, 13 mins, Color
Director: Jennie Paddon
Three Young Musician of the Year finalists battle it out to win the coveted title on the eve of the competition. All three feel that their undoubted talent may need something a bit stronger to ensure they are the chosen winner, but what happens when young ambition and the drive to win at all costs leads to the discordant note of sabotage?