Filmmaker’s Name: David DuBos
Film Title: Delta Justice: The Islenos Trappers War
Film TRT: 48 min.
Genre(s) (comedy, action, LGBT, etc.): Documentary
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
The blood feud that erupted in St Bernard Parish in 1926 when then
DA Leander Perez (later a strong proponent of segregation in
Louisiana) tried to take away valuable fur-trapping land away from
the native Islenos (Original Spanish settlers from the Canary Islands).
What inspired you to make this particular film?
My Mother’s side of the family are from the Nunez clan and they are
from that area; they are Islenos. I had never hard of this story before
and it was a fascinating footnote to an already colorful history of
What’s the best experience you had making this film? What’s the worst?
The best was getting to interview James Carville, Ellis Henican, and
best-selling author John Barry. They are all renowned in their field
but they each an interesting take on the Trappers War.
The worst was dealing with winter weather (the film was shot a year
ago) in the swamps. It was bitterly cold and the insects and critters
of the swamp made themselves known to us.
In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made? The worst? Why?
My favorite film of all time is Carol Reed’s “The Third Man”. It’s just
a perfect distillation of form and content, filled with great music,
photography, acting and writing (Graham Greene wrote the
Worst film ever made? I don’t like to criticize other filmmakers
because I know how hard it is to get a film committed to celluloid or
digital hard drives, as it were.
RE: a short bio… Tell us about your start in filmmaking. Who are your
heroes? Did you get your start as an actor? A screenwriter? A grip?
I started out as an assistant editor at Cannon Films. I realized I hated
working on other people’s movies especially if they were as awful as
the product they (Cannon) turned out. I quickly segued into
screenwriting where I did well and was able to get several scripts
produced and then hired to write other scripts as well. I think that’s
the best way to get into the industry, through screenwriting. I would
also add that I believe it’s the most democratic form of breaking into
the film industry.
My early heroes were people like Coppola and Scorsese and to an
extent, they still are. My heroes are the filmmakers who push
boundaries and deserve more recognition for their work. Luis Bunuel
springs to mind.
Tell us about your connection to Mississippi. If you don’t have one,
why did you choose to enter Crossroads Film Festival?
I had a short film play at a different film festival in Jackson a few
years ago and I enjoyed my stay there. I’ve always found North
Mississippi a beautiful part of the State that doesn’t get enough
My only connection is when I was a child, my parents had a condo in
Diamondhead, MS. I fondly remember trips there as well as to
neighboring Biloxi. I used to love seeing the beach which was not a
sight I’d often see in New Orleans (my hometown).
Tell us about your social media presence:
I’m on Facebook. And I also use You Tube. Not a big fan of Twitter.