Short film made in Jackson

June 26, 2011

Business

(From left) Actor David Dallas, producer Chris Bufkin, John Burham and David Matthews shoot “Valentine’s Day” in Jackson.

Mississippi filmmakers recently wrapped “Valentine’s Day,” a tragic love story filmed in several Jackson locations with a local cast and crew and a budget under $20,000.

Executive producer Robbie Fisher said, “What we tried to do was make this a beautiful, locally produced film to show what we can do.”

The short film will likely be 20 minutes long, and Fisher, former director of the state Nature Conservancy, said he hopes to take it to film festivals.

Chance Films, LLC, an independent Mississippi film company, financed the project with private investors.

Fisher, director Ryan Bohling and cinematographer Randy King met while working together on the 2009 Emmy-winning documentary “The Gulf Islands: Mississippi’s Wilderness Shore,” for Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB).

Bohling, who is a videographer and editor for MPB, said the film’s concept came about one night at Buffalo Wild Wings when he and producer Chris Bufkin said, “We ought to make a movie.”

“We were thinking about how we could do it cheaply and in a way that it could be quickly shot.

“We decided our character would be a homeless wanderer type. Most of our scenes are on the street or the roadside, so no location fees,” Bohling said.

They decided to craft a story about a man who lost his grip on reality after losing his wife in a car accident and his daughter who tries to help him. They asked Beth Kander of Ridgeland’s Mad Genius creative agency to pen the screenplay, since she had play writing experience.

Bohling and his colleagues would like to do more.

“People have been sending us scripts. It all boils down to funding. I think with all the new tax incentives, hopefully we can make some magic,” he said.

The project’s lead actor was Cleveland native David Dallas. Other cast members were Amy Gousset of Tupelo, Natalie Minton of Brandon, Kevin Broughton of Madison and Rachel Varela of Meridian.

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