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Where I Begin Diary Update 2: June 23, 2010

Oxford, MS, is whirlwind of parties, auditions, and fundraising for feature length movie to be filmed in Columbia, KY. Exciting developments on music, with Robert Reed and Jimbo Mathus song, and title song by Jeramy Blackford and Troy Smith, to be performed by Rob Myers and Alice Walker. Filmmaker stays in contact with prospective cast members in Columbia while in Oxford
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By Thomas L. Phillips, filmmaker
Second Installment of diary of movie, "Where I Begin" to be filmed primarily in Columbia, KY

Oxford, MS. Midnight, June 23, 2010 - It was a long day in Oxford Mississippi prepping for the movie, the party/fundraiser, music performances, etc. While the days are as long as they are hot, it's well worth it and the support for the movie keeps coming in from everywhere and everyone.


Robert Reed performed "Town" at party

Today we learned that Robert Reed (The Reverend) will be performing his song "Town" at our party with Jimbo Mathus. The song won our songwriting competition for the movie and will be featured in the film. Also Rob Myers and Alice Walker will be performing a song written by Jeramy Blackford and Troy Smith, aptly entitled "Where I Begin". This was an original song written especially for the film, and will also be featured in the movie.

We went over the food and drink list for the event as well. But in the evening we took some much needed time of to celebrate Katherine Fields Birthday. She is an amazing local artist and a visiting assistant professor of printmaking at the University of Mississippi, who donated a piece of her own art to help raise funds at the party.

Talked by phone to actors in Columbia

I got to talk to a few of the actors in Columbia who will be appearing in the movie in various roles, they know who they are and there are more to come. The names of the actors and their parts will be released at a later time, within the next week or so. I want to be able to announce the entire cast list at one time.

Final set of auditions this week

We have our final set of auditions this weekend and then have about 100 taped auditions to watch as well, this may take some time, but at the end of the day we want the best cast that we can get. The movie is so character driven, that without the right talent for each part, the movie will fall by the waste side, and we have worked to hard on this to let that happen.

I wish I could personally give give a big hug and a big thank you to everyone who is supporting us on this adventure, and who knows? Maybe one day I will. I want to thank everyone for keeping up with us and following the events that are unfolding.

I'm really looking forward to coming back home to Columbia on Sunday or Monday, and I am looking forward to getting back.


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Rob Myers rehearses song for Where I Begin



2010-06-24 - Photo from Thomas L. Phillips. Oxford, MS
Singer Rob Myers rehearses the theme song, 'Where I Begin', for the movie by the same name. The song was written by Jeramy Blackford and Troy Smith. The movie version will be a duet by Myers and Alice Walker. The scene above is one of the pre-production events, including auditions, in Oxford, MS. 'Where I Begin' is scheduled to be filmed primarily in Downtown Columbia, KY, in late July and early August 2010. Thomas L. Phillips, the Columbia, KY, filmmaker, is seen in the photo above, seated, just beyond Myers, performing on the guitar.

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