Watch Out, Hollywood!
Belhaven Alumni create Independent Film.
This October, Belhaven Alumni Guinn “Skip” Davis ’05, Amile Wilson, ’07, Libby Millé ’05 and Katie Davis ’07 worked together on a film entitled Mr. Holloway’s Toy Company. Written by Guinn Davis and directed by Wilson, the film featured former Belhaven staff member B.J. Johnston in the title role. Millé acted in one of the lead roles and Katie Davis worked on the crew.
Holloway tells the story of a small independent toy maker as he makes a stand against the large corporation trying to buy him out. Funding for the film was provided by a grant from the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance’s Emerging Filmmaker’s program.
“We all loved working together in school, so were very eager to work together professionally,” said Wilson.
“It was great to work with Amile in fulfilling this vision; taking the story from page to the screen,” Guinn Davis said.
“I look forward to working with him on future projects.”
Once finished, the short film will tour the country at film festivals. Wilson and Davis hope this work will attract attention to them as a writer-director team.
The toyshop set, Pickenpaugh Pottery in Madison, Miss., received a special visit from the mayor of Madison, Mary Hawkins Butler, also a Belhaven Alumna.
All alumni on this project majored in theatre and were regular performers with Belhaven’s Joshua Squad. Davis now works as a freelance writer based out of Los Angeles. You can keep up with him via his blog www.guinnterrydavis.com.
Millé recently left her job as performing arts director for White Dove Church and joined the performance team
at Chabod Academy in New Holland, PA.
Wilson is a freelance filmmaker based in Jackson, MS. He and his father, Belhaven alumnus Bill Wilson ’84 own a children’s entertainment business. Their work can be found