Among the Alabama short films showcased at the 2015 Sidewalk Film Festival last weekend was the not-safe-for-work titled "S--tbird," directed by Etowah County native Bo McGuire and shot entirely in Hokes Bluff.
The movie follows two dysfunctional half sisters — hairdresser Lurleen and rising country singer Haylee — as they reunite to bury their father. The animosity held by Lurleen, who used to sing with Haylee, dissipates enough for the girls to bond over cigarettes and Back 40 beers.
McGuire made the motion picture while enrolled in the Tisch Graduate Film Program at New York University.
“It was my little-boy dream,” he said of being a filmmaker.
The program gave McGuire the camera equipment and post-production facilities. Other than that, he said, he made the movie through a Pay Pal button on the film’s website and by “calling in a lot of favors.”
McGuire attended the University of Montevallo with Megan Stein, who plays Haylee, and Lynsy Buckelew, who plays Lurleen. He said he wrote the entire film around the two women’s “frenemies” vibe.
McGuire’s movie appeared at the Gadsden Museum of Art’s Art After Dark event in April, and according to McGuire, it will screen at the Charleston International Film Festival, held on Nov. 4-8.
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