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1 Ron Tibbett Founder of the Magnolia Film Festival

2 Independent Film Outside the Hollywood Studio system Outside the Hollywood Studio system Low budget vs. No budget filmmaking Low budget vs. No budget filmmaking Log Lines: how to sell a film “Abandoned alien befriends a lonely boy who helps him out smart the government and return home.” Log Lines: how to sell a film “Abandoned alien befriends a lonely boy who helps him out smart the government and return home.” Why can’t you be more like George Lucas? Why can’t you be more like George Lucas? The Internet killed the short film. The Internet killed the short film.

3 “People are tired of the same old formulas Hollywood keeps cranking out.” Ron Tibbett

4 Born Jan. 14, 1941 in Chicago Born Jan. 14, 1941 in Chicago Studied English Lit Studied English Lit First film “Toni, Randi, and Marie” wins best cinematography, Toronto FF 1977 First film “Toni, Randi, and Marie” wins best cinematography, Toronto FF 1977 Moved to West Point, MS 1994 with wife and daughter Moved to West Point, MS 1994 with wife and daughter Filmed “Swept Off My Feet” Filmed “Swept Off My Feet”

5 “Swept Off My Feet” Stu, a cab-driving poet who has writer’s block, and Mr. Rhythm, a dancer whose recent problems with drugs has halted his dancing, need an angel to save them. Into their lives comes Lana, a Wellness Center fitness instructor, who has her own problems: she’s looking for someone less “boring” and “predictable” to sweep her off her feet...  Submits to film festivals  Wait! There are NO film festivals in MS?  Contacts executive director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival for advice.

6 1998 Center Stage, West Point, MS Center Stage, West Point, MS 12 short films 12 short films 3 documentaries 3 documentaries 9 filmmakers 9 filmmakers 500 attendees 500 attendees “Swept Off My Feet” premiere “Swept Off My Feet” premiere

7 1999 “These films offer something different and represent film truly as an art form.” - Ron Tibbett 17 films 17 films 11 filmmakers 11 filmmakers Special screening of Bill Condon’s “Gods and Monsters” Special screening of Bill Condon’s “Gods and Monsters”

8 2000 McComas Theater, MSU Campus McComas Theater, MSU Campus

9 2001 Festival moves to Starkville Cinema 12 Festival moves to Starkville Cinema films 28 films 13 filmmakers in attendance 13 filmmakers in attendance

10 How to host a successful festival Filmmaker’s festival Filmmaker’s festival Accomodations Accomodations Meals Meals Classes Classes “favorite film festival” “favorite film festival”

11 2002 “We’re out of tickets.” “We’re out of tickets.” 38 films 38 films 24 filmmakers in attendance 24 filmmakers in attendance “Buffalo Commons” premiere “Buffalo Commons” premiere

12 “Buffalo Common” Bill Brown, director Bill Brown, director Ron Tibbett, producer Ron Tibbett, producer 2003 Sundance Film Festival 2003 Sundance Film Festival Top 10 Avant Garde List - Village Voice Top 10 Avant Garde List - Village Voice Best Experimental Short - NY Underground Film Fest Best Experimental Short - NY Underground Film Fest A subconscious trip through the missile silos of North Dakota.

13 2003 World premiere of “One Night in March” by Robbie and Bonnie Coblentz “This is the story of the team that defied tremendous racially-motivated political pressure, from the governor on down, and left town to play in 1963 NCAA tounament.” World premiere of “One Night in March” by Robbie and Bonnie Coblentz “This is the story of the team that defied tremendous racially-motivated political pressure, from the governor on down, and left town to play in 1963 NCAA tounament.” “Issaquena” by Lance Hammer screens “Issaquena” by Lance Hammer screens

14 2004 “The Poor and Hungry” screens “The Poor and Hungry” screens Writer/director Craig Brewer goes on to make award-winning “Hustle & Flow” Writer/director Craig Brewer goes on to make award-winning “Hustle & Flow” Premiere of “Citizen Shane” Premiere of “Citizen Shane”

15 “Citizen Shane” Meet Shane Ballard, candidate for Sheriff of Lowndes County, MS.

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17 2005 Charlotte Magnussen takes the reins Charlotte Magnussen takes the reins 25 films 25 films 2 premieres 2 premieres Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Starkville Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Starkville New Award: The Ron Tibbett Award for the Advancement of Cinema New Award: The Ron Tibbett Award for the Advancement of Cinema

18 2006

19 2007

20 independent films 35 independent films 6 world premieres 6 world premieres 4 filmmakers from the Golden Triangle 4 filmmakers from the Golden Triangle Starkville Area Arts Council Starkville Area Arts Council Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Starkville Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Starkville

21 Feb , 2009


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