Miss Dixie High (2014)
6min · Short, Drama · 1 January 2014
When the local high school beauty pageant offers a college scholarship to the winning contestant, Shelly imagines a future beyond her abusive home life and does whatever it takes to break free. Filmed on location at a junkyard/trailer compound, chain-linked fences frame key story moments to portray characters as trapped, abandoned cars and deteriorating machines symbolize social decay often associated with the southern United States. A coming of age story that digs deep into the complex nature of familial, mother-daughter, and male-female relations, remarking thoughtfully on stereotypes without perpetuating them. Passes Bechdel test and features themes of sexual and emotional abuse, codependency, patriarchy, beauty, stereotypes, entrapment, desperation.