CANNES SHORT FILM CORNER - Barbie Beach

Tape recorded sessions. A quirky, aging couple. Barbie Dolls- naked - posed in various displays on a homemade beach in a small town. Why? 'Well, why the hell not?'

Interview with Director Courtney Dixon

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Congratulations! Why did you make your film?

As a filmmaker, I look for stories that have the potential to shift perspectives or catch people off guard. I thought that this story had those elements in a small, quirky way.

Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?

If you have ever passed something on the side of the highway, a roadside attraction, that has ever made you wonder, “why?” then you'll be attracted to this film. 

How do personal and universal themes work in your film?

Art is what you make it and I truly believe you can tell your story/make a difference in whatever way you personally choose to do that.

How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?

It is a documentary so often I really don’t know the story until it unravels. I love that aspect of filming. However, for this particular film, I went to their house with a vintage tape recorder over the course of a month and just talked with them on everything from how they met, to their personal message, to the display that they have on the side of the road. I was able to piece the story together during pre-production which is a luxury.

Barbie Beach

Barbie Beach

What type of feedback have you received so far?

I think the best compliment is hearing people saying they should be doing more for others in their own way. This strange, wonderful couple had a positive effect on them. That was the goal. As simple as it seems, you really can’t judge a book by its cover. Someone else’s story can make a difference- we just have to listen.

Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?

I think it has opened my eyes to what resonates with an audience- how far you can bring someone along a journey, if somewhere in the film there is a good message. Story has a lot of power.

What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?

I just want more people to identify with this couple and that their message is inspirational. It is great to have a platform to promote things that you believe in. So I hope this helps get that thought out there.

Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?

Anyone!

What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?

I hope people stop silencing themselves or other people that they don’t understand. Stories are all around us and definitely within us so I would love people to take that to heart.

What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?

Is it worth writing off someone’s art or story or them as an individual because you don’t understand them? Can we truly define what it is to be “normal”?

Would you like to add anything else?

Thanks for reading and hopefully watching.

What are you developing or working on now?

 I am focusing on a concept involving morticians.

'The wonderful couple' behind Barbie Beach.

'The wonderful couple' behind Barbie Beach.

We Are Moving Stories embraces new voices in drama, documentary, animation, TV, web series and music video. If you have just made a film - we'd love to hear from you. Or if you know a filmmaker - can you recommend us?  More info: Carmela

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Barbie Beach

Length: 9:36

Director: Courtney Dixon

Producer: Courtney Dixon

About the writer, director and producer: In constant search of messages in bottles or buried treasures, I still find the time to seek and to tell stories. I spent a lot of time in Los Angeles learning the industry and I now spend my time in Atlanta, GA where the industry is growing. I love exploring human revelations and odd characters. www.courtneydixon.com @courtneydixon 

Looking for: producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists

Where can I watch it? After the festival circuit it will be posted at www.barbiebeachmovie.com 

Barbie Beach Director Courtney Dixon

Barbie Beach Director Courtney Dixon