DUSTY DOZEN

About Dusty Dozen

From January to December 2020 Travis Mills—a Southern film director hopes to make twelve western feature films—one each month.

2019 Pilot Sessions:

August

Dusty Dozen – (3) Part 2 August 2019 Pilot Sessions of The Making of 12 Westerns in 12 Months

About this episode:

In Meadville, inside the courtroom where Texas Red should’ve stood trial for alleged crimes in 1940, director Travis Mills reveals several casting decisions for Texas Red the movie. We talk to locals about the prospect of a movie being filmed there in 2020. And Mississippi actor Johnny McPhail discusses playing unsavory characters.

Dusty Dozen – (2) Part 1 August 2019 Pilot Sessions of The Making of 12 Westerns in 12 Months

About this episode:

In this pilot episode, we talk to locals in Meadville – Franklin County, Mississippi about Texas Red. There’s local historian, Jennifer Griffith who is responsible for introducing filmmaker Travis Mills to the legend of Texas Red. Author Don Simonton, who is close to publishing his book on Texas Red, shared what he’d found out about the infamous true-life character. Simonton and Mills have written a screenplay for the movie which will be the second of the Dusty Dozen in 2020.

July

About this episode:

Where do you start when you plan to make twelve western feature films in twelve months in 2020? At the auditions! Six months out we begin the journey with film director Travis Mills.

More about Dusty Dozen:

From January to December 2020 Travis Mills—a Southern film director hopes to make twelve western feature films—one each month. In the past, the director has chosen to work with local actors to give them experience, which he plans to do again for his twelve westerns project. They include a middle-aged man recovering from depression due to a horrific attack ten years ago. There’s an aspiring female African American actor. This grandmother of nine moved back to Mississippi after thirty-five years in California in the hope of more acting opportunities. Also, there’s an ex-cop from Biloxi Mississippi who is now a screenwriter for Mills. The communities in which the 12 Westerns are filmed become an enriched backdrop to the main event. Watch how the project affects each location and its people. From start to finish—preproduction and casting to the final wrap party, take the journey on the shoulders of one man with a vision that has twelve stories and countless endings.

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