Filmmakers

BRADLEY BEESLEY

Bradley Beesley

“Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo” is another chapter in Bradley’s cinematic career documenting oddball Americana, strange sub-cultures and homegrown rock stars.  Post art school and somewhat damaged, he began drinking moonshine and filming with legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside to make his first movie “Hill Stomp Hollar” (SXSW).  He has since directed 8 feature-length films, including 7 documentaries, a concert film and a sci-fi narrative. Bradley is the producer and director of the backwoods cult classic Okie Noodling (PBS).  The film chronicles the lost art of bare-handed catfishing in his home state of Oklahoma and continues to have encore broadcasts nationwide.  After collecting over 400 hours of footage, In 2005, Shout! Factory released “The Fearless Freaks” a documentary starring The Flaming Lips.  He has collaborated on over 15-music videos with the Lips and most recently teamed-up with Wayne Coyne to make the science fiction picture “Christmas on Mars.” (Warner Bros.) Other feature documentaries include “The Creek Runs Red (Independent Lens), “Summercamp!” (Sundance Channel) and “UFO’s at the Zoo” (Warner Bros.) His TV credits include “Roller Girls” (A&E), “Paranormal State” (A&E) and most recently “Storm Chasers”. (Discovery) When Bradley is not making films he can be found wading chest-deep through murky Oklahoma rivers or passing out wedgies to his endless mob of nieces and nephews.

AMY DOTSON

Amy Dotson

Amy Dotson is the Deputy Director of IFP, the nation’s oldest not-for-profit membership and advocacy organization for independent filmmakers. She oversees all programming for the organization, providing guidance, mentorship and promotional support throughout the life of all projects who have gone through IFP’s signature programs(IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs, Script to Screen, Independent Film Week, Filmmaker Conference and Industry Connect). Before joining IFP, Dotson held the position of Associate Programmer/Special Programs Producer for SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, The AFI Silver’s Latin American Film Festival and The AFI Silver’s The European Union Film Showcase in Washington, DC and has worked with producer Fred Berner as well as at Curious Pictures and Miramax Films. She is on the Advisory Board for Rooftop Films and has served as a juror at a wide variety of film festivals such as the Atlanta, Ashland, IndieMemphis, Slamdance, and Sidewalk, and a panelist at numerous film festivals and a panelist at fests as diverse as Miami International, Oulu Finland, SXSWFilm Festivals.  She is also on the panel for the 2009 Hamptons Screenwriters Lab and the 2009 McKnight Screenwriters Fellowship. In her spare time, Amy enjoys eating Nutella straight out of the jar and collecting Tracy Morgan memorabilia. She is a certified Pilates instructor, a trained butterfly wrangler at The New York Natural History Museum and proudly displays her “certificate of airness” earned as a judge at the 2005 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finnland. She can also embroider like nobody’s business.

JAMES PAYNE

James Payne

James began his movie career in college as the late night clerk at After Hours Video with the largest selection of Foreign, Cult, Documentary and Porn titles in central Oklahoma.  His first influential experience in documentary film was as the sound recordist on Hill Stomp Hollar (1998) - the gritty portrait of Mississippi Hill County blues musicians and their incidental connection to punk rock.  Since then James has worked on a number of award winning documentaries including Okie Noodling (2000), which he wrote and produced and The Fearless Freaks (2005).  In 2006 he started FieldGuide, which was the production company for U.F.O.’s at the Zoo (2007)-  a live concert documentary of The Flaming Lips.  Also in 2006, James co-directed The Creek Runs Red (Independent Lens) - a small town’s reaction to life in America’s oldest toxic waste site.  In 2008, James began directing his latest documentary Far Western - a tale of the curious transplant of Country & Western in Japan.

James lives in Tulsa, OK in a 1910 house in need of repairs with a pretty girl named Sarah.