Idleclassmag.com Sits Down with ’45 RPM’ Director Juli Jackson

There are two movies that I’m very excited to see this summer – Man of Steel, and 45 RPM. We are familiar with one of these films, and some of us will soon be very familiar with the indie flick from Arkansas native Juli Jackson. Jackson’s dark comedy is about an artist named Charlie who comes to the south in search of a rare 45 recording from the 60′s that was made by an old Arkansas garage band. She meets up with an obsessed record collector from Memphis who accompanies her on a road trip through the Deep South. I had a chance to interview Juli and ask her a few questions about her journey in making this story come to life. What inspired you to write the story? Julie:  “After moving back from Los Angeles, I was ready to work on a film of my own. I knew I wanted to create a project here in my home state of Arkansas and I had been mulling over a road movie idea since 2008. After hearing a record collecting friend talk about small recording studios in the area that were active in the early days of rock and roll, ideas for 45RPM starting knitting together. In my research, I found Harold Ott’s Lost Souls compilations, which are fantastic collections of Arkansas garage rock, and listening to that music helped me flesh out the script.” Was it all shot in Arkansas? Julie:  “About 80 percent. We also shot in Memphis and at a really cool radio station in Kennett, Missourri. Otherwise, we crawled all over the state, shooting in little towns like Searcy, Lonoke, and...

The Examiner Reviews ’45 RPM’

There is moment in “45 RPM” where I forgot about the lead of my pencil pressed against the small sheet of paper clutched in my free hand. Charlie (Liza Burns) discovers more than she’d ever hope to find in a beautiful sequence driven by genius cinematography, great music, and absolutely phenomenal acting. Let me back up for a moment. “45 RPM” screened as a “Made in Arkansas” feature at the 2013 Little Rock Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Arkansas native Julie Jackson. From the film’s website: “The film follows Charlie, a struggling city artist who seeks a connection between her artwork and her estranged father’s music. She teams up with Louie, an obsessive record collector from Memphis, and begins an exhaustive search for a rare 45 recording from the 1960s Arkansas garage rock scene that takes them both on a journey across the seldom-explored landscape of the new Old South. What makes this film special is the way every single element of the film (from the saucy one-liners to the beautifully canvassed Southern scenery the bulk of the film plays out in) works seamlessly together in order to deliver quite a wonderful experience. My favorite element was the animated cut scenes that assisted in showing the passage of time and keeping the flow of the film driving forward. It was a clever move and not only encompassed the personality of our protagonist, but it was rather nice to look at as well. Charlie (Burns) and Louie (Jason Thompson) make a perfect onscreen team. Louie comes on a bit strong, but it’s exactly what this kind of journey...