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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 is conducting a subscription drive contest with a portion of the proceeds of each new subscription sold going back to that student’s school. February 26, 2014 MyConnection Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 see ad on page 3 for details The pursuit of independence By Bradley Hartsell T he ter m “ i ndependent filmmaker” doesn’t get much more apt than with Grantville’s Colby Doler. Doler turned $1,000 and three days of shooting into an award-winning short film, “Red River Ode,” all while working a day job to pay the bills. Doler says he became interested in film at 17, when the 2006 movie “Broken Bridges” was filmed in Grantville. From there, Doler began reading books on film and networking with other filmmakers. “The next step was picking up a camera and figuring out who I was behind it,” said Doler. Wanting to be independent, the 2006 Newnan High graduate opted against film classes. Rather than learn the same things as everyone else, Doler chose to experiment on his own. Once he found his own way with a camera, Doler sent his work ethic into overdrive. “The last three years, I’ve really been into film hardcore,” he said, referring, in part, to the set work he did for movies like “Dumb and Dumber To” this year and Doler “The Fat Boy Chronicles” in 2010. I n 2 0 1 1 , D ol e r m a d e a found-footage film he shot in Grantville. “It’s a terrible film, but it’s still my history,” said Doler of one of his earliest works. He says he’s working on a sequel, one he’s confident will turn out better than the first. That confidence is largely sparked from finishing in the top five of the Louisiana Film Prize. Grantville’s Colby Doler sets up a shot in the woods for his award-winning short film, “Red River Ode.” The film placed top five in Louisiana Film Prize’s annual contest. The Louisiana Film Prize was established in 2012 by a group who saw the need for a short film contest by smalltime independent filmmakers. The idea was spurred on by a decade-rise of movies being filmed in Louisiana, similar to the boom Georgia has experienced over roughly the same time period. The new film contest found its way into Dol- er’s sights just before time ran out. “We found out about the Louisiana Film Prize a month before the deadline, which was ridiculous,” recalled Doler. “We had a $1,000 budget, and we filmed in three days. I edited for two weeks and then submitted it.” “I crossed my fingers and found out in July we were selected,” Doler said of the hectic shoot, one that sent his co-director, Corey Hamett, to the emergency room after filming in the woods for three days. “I’ve never gone to f ilm school. I always wanted to be independent. It felt really good to be recognized for this award,” Doler said. Doler, co-wrote, co-directed, edited — even acted in — “Red River Ode,” a 12-and-ahalf minute short film about a prisoner in 1918 who goes on the run after escaping from a chain gang. While attempting to hide in the woods, the prisoner realizes all is not as it seems. Doler claims there’s “no doler, page 3 i n s i de 3 heart-h ealthy dinner re cipes ➤ PAGE 3 Kristen Moore of Newnan uses her guitar in a classroom in Kiwawu. “You are a missionary wherever you go,” she said. Uganda experience changes lives By W. Winston Skinner Kristen Moore grew up in Newnan in a home where faith and mission service were part of the environment. Now, she looks back on time spent in Uganda as life-changing. Moore, 26, will never forget her experience teaching school in a small village in Uganda. Her work was done through the Pennies for Posho mission organization. She continues working with Ugandan Thunder, a popular children’s choir touring in the southeastern U.S. Moore has come to know the children visiting the U.S. “I know their personalities … speak their version of English,” she said. A few weeks ago, Moore began a six-month stint working with the choir, which will be singing at a Coweta school along with churches in adjoining counties. Her connection with the children is part of a years-long process of spiritual growth. “I can really see God preparing me step-by-step for a l itt le bit more,” Moore reflected. “The experiences broke my heart in many ways. It saved my life and gave me perspectives that I never would have had,” Moore said of her missions experience. Moore worked with the Moore looks back at her time spent in Uganda as life-changing. choir in 2008 and met Dr. Ted “Big Daddy” Moody, who founded Pennies for Posho a couple of years later. Moody was in the U.S., back from a stay in Uganda. Moody asked Moore to consider being a house mother for visiting choir members. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done — because I’ve never been a Mom,” Moore said. Becoming a mother for a group of youngsters from another culture was enjoyable and enriching — but also quite challenging. Moore spent time in Kenya while in college, and subsequent to her time as a choir Mom, Moore went to Uganda to teach in a village — working day after day with youngsters who wou ld become members of a visiting choir. “It’s actually harder to be in America with Ugandan kids than it was to be in Uganda teaching,” she said. In addition to major duties with the children in a practical sense, Moore said the choir Mom job also required lots of praying. “You’re not getting enough sleep. You’re trying to protect very sheltered children from American culture to the extreme,” she said. Playing host to Ugandan Thunder is different from working with international college exchange students — or an immigrant family. “People see these kids, and they want to help in some way,” she acknowledged. “You may not be able to do things for them in your American way.” Moore said the children are a blessing. Their visits tear down walls in churches — including racial barriers. “They’re little missionaries to America,” she said. “A lot of our churches need missionaries to come and minister.” While living in Uganda, Moore taught grades four, five and six — two classes of each grade in Kiwawu, a village near Mityana, an administrative city of about 39,000. The school was built with help from churches in America. The mission house, where Moore lived, had bedrooms, toilets and showers. There was electricity at the mission house — sometimes. T here was a lways t he chance power would falter while she was doing some chore that was much easier with electricity. 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