Filmmaker's Name: Jeff Dennis
Film Title: “Glory, Glory”
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
“Glory, Glory” features Sharde Thomas and The Rising Star Fife and Drum Band playing with members of the Ole Miss drumline. The music video is the final scene of an upcoming documentary on Sharde and her family’s 67 year old family music festival called “The GOAT Picnic”.
What was your motivation to make this film… why this film, and why now?
The motivation for making music video and the upcoming documentary, “Sharde Thomas: The Legacy of the Fife”, is to celebrate the past, present, and future of the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. Sharde and her family pass on a rich tradition of amazing music and the love of good people, learned from her grandfather, Blues legend Othar Turner.
Was there anything strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual about making this film?
The video was filmed in the Vaught Hemingway stadium at Ole Miss. The picture of Othar Turner on the Jumbotrons, was taken by Oxford native Dick Waterman, who is a Hall Of Fame Blues photographer. Filming was interesting because the bands had never played together. Ole Miss Band Director Randy Dale was extremely helpful with making this happen.
What is your connection to Mississippi? If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter your film into a Mississippi festival?
I am a Madison native. Live in Oxford, Mississippi.
Anything else you’d like the audience to know about your film?
Jackson native Clay Jones did the sound mastering.