The Daily Nebraskan sat down with the 2015 Film Prize winners to discuss their story. Take a look at a clipping:
This year, University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus Alexander Jeffery took the crown at the Louisiana Film Prize Festival with his film, “The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy.”
In its fourth year, the Louisiana Film Prize Festival offers one of the industry’s largest monetary prizes, $50,000.
The film, directed by Alexander Jeffery and written by Paul Pettersen, won best film and best actor, which was awarded to Stan Brown for his performance as Mr. Bellamy.
The short film tells the story of Mr. Bellamy, a homeless man living in the South in the 1960s. Mr. Bellamy discovers an ad for a janitorial position at a local law firm, and after stumbling upon an old, forgotten sewing machine, decides to sew a suit to wear when he applies for the job. However, the more time Mr. Bellamy spends making and designing the suit, the more he falls in love with the craft of sewing and desires a career in the profession.
Director Alexander Jeffery graduated from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film in 2011 with a bachelor of fine arts in Film and New Media and a bachelor of arts in theatre performance. Born in Canada and raised in Arkansas, Jeffery has studied and worked all over the world, including in Los Angeles, New York, Nebraska and Sweden.
“It’s sort of a cliché filmmaker story,” Jeffery said, describing how he fell in love with filmmaking. “But ‘Star Wars: The New Hope’ was the first live action film I saw in theaters, and that film transformed me. It was magical and launched me in creating these little action figure home movies. After I decided to study at UNL, the works of David Fincher, Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze really influenced me as a filmmaker and inspired me to tell stories about imperfect, beautifully flawed people.”