Movie filmed in Tupelo could reach millions of cable viewers

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Millions of television watchers will get a good look at Tupelo come May.
“Chasing the White Dragon,” a feature film shot in Tupelo and released in 2008, will be available for pay-per-view for cable subscribers in North America and Canada beginning May 8. Kathilynn Phillips, the film’s writer-director, signed the distribution deal that will make the movie available to 19.6 million subscribers on Verizon, Charter Communications, Mediacom, AT&T U-verse and Rogers Communications in Canada.
“It is surprising – there’s still a demand for it, regardless of when it was made a few years ago,” Phillips said. “Distributors still want to get it out there.”
“Chasing the White Dragon” depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users and how the drug destroys their lives.
“It’s a really important subject, and we’re glad to continue to get air time,” she said. “Crystal meth continues to be this tragic scourge and this film has a genuine truth about it. It reveals a truth about the situation.”
“Chasing the White Dragon” is available for purchase or rent as a digital download on iTunes, YouTube Rental and Amazon, and will soon be available on Snap.com, Hulu and Vudu.com.
The drama stars Ryan Kennedy, Preston Vanderslice, Learyn Wilde, Amanda Ward, Austin Haley and Johnny McPhail.
It has won many awards, including Best Feature – Live Action at the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Best Feature Pocono Mountains 2009 and Best Ensemble Cast First Glance Hollywood 2009.
Learn more about “Chasing the White Dragon” and Kat Scratch Films at katscratchfilms.com.