Filmmakers tell ‘The Gum Tree Chronicles’

By M. SCOTT MORRIS / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The story of Tupelo will hit the big screen on Wednesday.
Brandi Alexander and Peggy James will debut their documentary, “The Gum Tree Chronicles,” at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Library.
“We were working on it a year at Labor Day,” Alexander said. “It’s a modern look at Tupelo. It’s filtered through the past, and it looks to the future.”
They’ve interviewed residents and community leaders, and promised to include the good and the not-so-good.
“Some people thought it might be negative,” Alexander said. “We’re trying hard to keep a lot of the film a surprise, but this is our hometown. We want people to appreciate our hometown.”
The documentary will run for about an hour and a half. It’s the first full-length production for Alexander and James’ Satin and Silver Productions.
The pair provided original music for the film, and they plan to submit the finished product to film festivals.
“We’ve had a lot of fun,” Alexander said. “Peggy and I work marvelously well together. We’re like hand and glove.”
The filmmakers are keeping late hours as they get “The Gum Tree Chronicles” ready for its premiere.
“We do not eat. We do not sleep because we want to give Tupelo all we have,” Alexander said. “We’ve been touching up and refining.”
Everyone’s invited to the free screening on Wednesday.
“Come and see what we have to offer,” she said.

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.