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...