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Ron Tibbett. Founder of the Magnolia Film Festival. Independent Film. Outside the Hollywood Studio system 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.”

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ron tibbett

Ron Tibbett

Founder of the Magnolia Film Festival

independent film
Independent Film
  • Outside the Hollywood Studio system
  • 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.”
  • Why can’t you be more like George Lucas?
  • The Internet killed the short film.
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Born Jan. 14, 1941 in Chicago
  • Studied English Lit
  • First film “Toni, Randi, and Marie” wins best cinematography, Toronto FF 1977
  • Moved to West Point, MS 1994 with wife and daughter
  • Filmed “Swept Off My Feet”
swept off my feet
“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.
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1998
  • Center Stage, West Point, MS
  • 12 short films
  • 3 documentaries
  • 9 filmmakers
  • 500 attendees
  • “Swept Off My Feet” premiere
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1999

“These films offer something different and represent film truly as an art form.” - Ron Tibbett

  • 17 films
  • 11 filmmakers
  • Special screening of Bill Condon’s “Gods and Monsters”
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2000
  • McComas Theater, MSU Campus
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2001
  • Festival moves to Starkville Cinema 12
  • 28 films
  • 13 filmmakers in attendance
how to host a successful festival
How to host a successful festival
  • Filmmaker’s festival
  • Accomodations
  • Meals
  • Classes
  • “favorite film festival”
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2002
  • “We’re out of tickets.”
  • 38 films
  • 24 filmmakers in attendance
  • “Buffalo Commons” premiere
buffalo common
“Buffalo Common”

A subconscious trip through the missile silos of North Dakota.

  • Bill Brown, director
  • Ron Tibbett, producer
  • 2003 Sundance Film Festival
  • Top 10 Avant Garde List - Village Voice
  • Best Experimental Short - NY Underground Film Fest
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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.”
  • “Issaquena” by Lance Hammer screens
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2004
  • “The Poor and Hungry” screens
  • Writer/director Craig Brewer goes on to make award-winning “Hustle & Flow”
  • Premiere of “Citizen Shane”
citizen shane
“Citizen Shane”

Meet Shane Ballard, candidate for Sheriff of Lowndes County, MS.

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2005
  • Charlotte Magnussen takes the reins
  • 25 films
  • 2 premieres
  • Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Starkville
  • New Award: The Ron Tibbett Award for the Advancement of Cinema
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2008
  • 35 independent films
  • 6 world premieres
  • 4 filmmakers from the Golden Triangle
  • Starkville Area Arts Council
  • Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Starkville