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Starkville mans life story now a short documentary

March 2, 2011

By PAUL SIMS
sdnnews@bellsouth.net

Local author and inventor John Campbell can add a new title to his repertoire – documentary film subject.
The premier of the film “Daydreaming on My CottonSack” will take place March 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the State Theatre in downtown Starkville.
He wrote a book by the same name.
He says the story starts on the George Bold planation in the Inverness community, where he dreamed on his cotton sack about becoming successful.
“I started out wanting to be a barber at the age of 4. People said” it would never happen, Campbell said, adding he’s been a member of the Mississippi Board of Barber Examiners and served as its president.
It proves “you can do something if you believe in it and continue to dream,” Campbell said.
Campbell says he dreamed about becoming an inventor at the age of 10.
He’s done it on at least two occasions, coming up with Shaver’s Choice and the Ram Lock.
G.C. Cameron is the former lead singer for The Spinners and The Temptations. He will be performing at the Campbell film premier.
Cameron says he’s been friends with Campbell for some time.
“I think he is an incredible human being, especially when you’re from small towns like this and you’re endowed by the grace of God with ideas, ideas that help other people,” Cameron, also a Mississippi native, said.
Walt Grayson will emcee the event.
“ ... John’s documentary, from what I observed, not only covers his life, but it covers such a broad spectrum of not only black people and white people but poor people who overcame many adversities,” Cameron said. “I’m really proud of him. ... I think it’s really a great achievement.”
Campbell says he’s dedicated this premier film to his brother, late blues singer James “Little” Milton Campbell Jr.
James Crenshaw, a Mississippi State University graduate, is the director and producer of the project.
Campbell says he talks through the film, telling about “everything that I’ve accomplished, good, bad, ugly and all.”
The film runs just under 45 minutes.
The documentary earned an Award of Merit through The Indie Fest.
Admission to the event later this month is $20.
Those who attend the premier will get a complimentary copy of the DVD. The book will be available for purchase and signing.
The project covers feature Jazier Conley, the grandson of former Oktibbeha County School Superintendent Dr. Walter Conley.
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is a ticket outlet for the event.
Campbell says he also hopes to start working on a fictional film called “Stranger in the Hood.” He is developing a play entitled “A Right to Sing the Blues.”

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