Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Louisa Whitfield-Smith, Producer, Outreach Librarian
Film Name: Last Stop on Market Street
Length of film: 12 minutes
Genre: short doc, children's
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
Watch as Matt de la Peña's award winning book comes alive!
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Peña’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.
What inspired you to make this film?
Matt's phenomenal book. I remember reading it for the first time and knowing exactly what I wanted to do with it. I dropped the book off on my boss Dave's desk at the library, asked him to read it, then came back to pitch a surprise live action story time on a public bus for area school kids and their grandparent chaperones. Then Dave andMatt said yes and always believed we could do this serendipitous gift of a bus ride to the library.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
Children of Men
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
Murrah High School Class of '98! Grew up and went to school here, have close family and friends here, and own parts of three houses and a farm here. Lucky enough to volunteer for Crossroads for years in my 20s.