Julie Dash To Direct "Tupelo 77", Set During Summer of '77 in Mississippi, Casting Underway

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by Vanessa Martinez
January 22, 2012 7:31 PM
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Critically Acclaimed director of 1991's Daughters of The Dust, Julie Dash, is in negotiations to direct a new feature film titled Tupelo 77, according to Bob Crowe (Rabbit Fall, Stained) of Angel Entertainment, who will serve as producer of the film along with Sean Hewitt (Carry Me Home).

Tupelo 77, written by Rich Mancuso, is set to start filming during late 2012, and casting is currently underway. The film, according to the press release, is "set in a small town in Mississippi during the summer of 1977, the year of Elvis Presley's death and the hottest summer on record in Mississippi.  The film chronicles the lives of a group of women of various ages and races who are regulars at a roadside diner.  Together they struggle to transcend the obstacles of poverty, racial and religious differences, and the persistent wounds of war."

Angel Entertainment's Crowe says he has been a fan of Julie Dash's work for "a long time." He says, "Her ability to handle delicate and important subject matter with ease and grace is second to none. Sean Hewitt and I are overjoyed to have her on board.”

Julie Dash seems enthused about the project. Dash said, “It is not every day that I come across a story that so beautifully depicts the kinds of relationships that transcend race and age and that simply tell a tale about a corner of the world. The script really spoke to me and I felt that I already knew the women on the page. I am very excited to work on this meaningful story about relationships.”

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  • Ayanna Cezanne | February 22, 2012 8:45 PMReply

    So very excited to hear of this for 2012, Julie Dash is such an amazing director, casting for these types of roles are a dream for any actress, knowing that the storyline captures relationships that tell a story we all need to see. Can't wait for this one, any leads for Casting information?

  • Bubbles | January 24, 2012 5:21 PMReply

    Tupelo 77? But this will conflict with her "Making Angels" commitment. Julie is scheduled to shoot that one this year.

  • FilmGuy | January 24, 2012 7:24 PM

    Guess she better get crackin' then, huh Bubbles? Say what up to Kima and McNutty for me.

  • Jeanie Lyons | January 24, 2012 4:29 PMReply

    I just want to say "hello" to an old friend from Vernon Blvd. I saw "Daughters of the Dust" and loved everything about it, especially the beautiful cinematography. I've been hoping to see another film by you, Julie and looking forward to this new one. If you need an actress, please let me know, I would love to audition :-). Please take care and hope to hear from you.

    Jeanie Lyons
    QueensBridge, NY

  • Chuck Gomez -- Cinematograpgher | January 24, 2012 3:16 PMReply

    I am a big fan of Julie Dash!!!! Actually, "Daughters of The Dust" was one of the films that encouraged me to peruse a career in filmmaking!!!! The DP of "Daughters of the Dust", Arthur Jafa is one of my favorite cinematographers. Once, I saw Ms. Dash's film I knew then that my mission was to peruse the art and craft of cinematograpghy . I hope to see more of Julie Dash's work in the near future.

  • Cordell | January 23, 2012 11:04 AMReply

    Sounds intriguing. Hopefully Viola Davis, Nicole Beharie, or Sophie Okonedo are cast in this film :)

  • urbanauteur | January 23, 2012 9:35 AMReply

    Best news i heard..;-)

  • Tamara | January 23, 2012 8:59 AMReply

    Sounds wonderful. Upon reading the title I was reminded of a record by Cassandra Wilson. Not necessarily the title of one of her songs but "Tupelo" being mentioned in a verse somewhere. She's from Mississippi and her music evokes so much of that region. I think it'd be great to see a soundtrack/music collaboration with Dash on this project.

  • Nappy Mind | January 23, 2012 10:53 AM

    Tamara, you are referring to Cassandra Wilson's remake of Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey". Wilson would be a good fit to perform this film's soundtrack.

  • Shanea | January 23, 2012 8:47 AMReply

    This is very good news. And I'm already intrigued by the premise.

  • Neziah | January 22, 2012 8:16 PMReply

    Great to see Dash back behind the camera. It's been too long.

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