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BY MARY GARRISON
West Point native and owner of Shendopen Productions Michael Williams has been working to bring the magic of movies to his hometown and the industry to go along with it. Now, some other well-known Mississippi personalities have taken notice.
Williams, a 27-year-old filmmaker working on his first feature-length independent film, is set to be featured on the popular PBS program âMississippi Roadsâ in the coming season. While no air date has been set, producer and fellow independent filmmaker Scott Lancaster said footage for the episode had been completed, and he hoped to make a case to the network for fall viewing to coincide with the projected September debut of âOzland,â Williamsâ latest film project. However, Lancaster said the 7-minute segment could be released at any point in the new season, depending on scheduling and theme shows.
âI went to a Sundance Institute event they brought to Jackson a couple of months ago,â Lancaster said. ââŠ One of the things they do is an emerging filmmaker screening. Michael brought âOzland,â and I happened to be there. âŠ I was really impressed with the visual effect of âOzlandâ and the story line, and I thought it might be a good story to do for âMississippi Roads.ââ
The rest, as they say, is history. Lancaster contacted Williams and set up an interview. He journeyed July 9 to Jackson to speak with personality Walt Grayson in studio before film crews came to downtown West Point to film further segments.
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