He’s currently creating a fictionalized 1930 Vitaphone-style short film, shot on an antique 35mm HAND-CRANK MOTION PICTURE CAMERA to inaugurate an ongoing project dramatizing Southern Eccentric Octavia Dockery (1865-1949). As a photographer and lover of all things old and analog… i was really fascinated by the vintage hand crank camera. Even more fascinating is Octavia’s story:[quote]Octavia Dockery was born into a privileged Southern family in 1865 as the daughter of a Confederate Brigadier General. President Grant escorted the teenage Dockery to her debutante ball, and the unorthodox and quick-witted intellect began a promising writing career with the New York World newspaper in the late 1880s. But a procession of unfortunate events forced her into bleak destitution the latter half of her life as she cared for a deranged friend in a crumbling Natchez, Mississippi mansion populated with chickens, geese, and a sizable herd of goats. These dire circumstances led to her entanglement in a murder case that made international headlines (including Newsweek and Life magazines) in the early 1930s. The sudden exposure by the world’s media cast a glaring spotlight on the bewildered Faulkner-esque Mississippi duo. After acquittal of the crime, the ever-resourceful Octavia parlayed her newfound celebrity into a more comfortable life for her and her companion. Dubbed “Mistress of the Goat Castle” by the world’s journalists, Miss Dockery finally gained the audience she deserved, however unexpected.[/quote]
Read more about Milt’s project on his Kickstarter page.
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