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"Black Snake Moan" Trailer Wins U of M Graduate a Trip to Sundance
For release: Jan. 24, 2007
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John Paul Clark, a 2006 University of Memphis graduate in film and video production, is the grand prize winner of the Black Snake Moan national movie trailer contest.

Although Clark’s trailer won’t be used to promote the movie, it earned him a VIP ticket to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, for the Black Snake Moan screening and party.

The two-week-long festival, which runs through Jan. 28, is regarded as the premier U.S. showcase for American and international independent film. 

“The reason I entered the contest is because you were able to add your own original footage to the stills, music, and sound bites that were provided for every contestant,” said Clark. “That’s really the coolest part for someone like me who does camera work.”

Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer wrote and directed Black Snake Moan, which was filmed in the Memphis area, including at a temporary sound stage in The Pyramid. The movie follows a deeply religious bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who goes to extreme measures to prevent a young woman (Christina Ricci) from continuing her promiscuous ways.

A crew of six produced the trailer in 14 hours on a $300 budget, working in a house in Hernando, Miss. Clark served as cinematographer, director, and editor.  “I figured that it’d be the original footage that would give me an edge over some of the other contestants who would just use the material that was provided,” he says.

Clark works as a freelance cinematographer on local and national projects. His Black Snake Moan trailer is online at http://blog.myspace.com/blacksnakemoanmovie

More information about Clark is available online at:  www.jpcine.com

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