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You’ll recognize some local faces when the film ‘Blood Country’ premieres in Ocean Springs

“Blood Country,” a film directed by Travis Mills and shot in Mississippi, will make its debut on the Coast on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.
“Blood Country,” a film directed by Travis Mills and shot in Mississippi, will make its debut on the Coast on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Courtesy Blood Country

The film “Blood Country” will have its Coast debut at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. And when the film hit the big screen, there will be some recognizable faces.

“There are eight students from the London Arts Acting Studio in ‘Blood Country,” said actor Jeremy London. “These are people from the Coast and the region and I’m very proud of my students.”

London also stars in the film, which shot in Mississippi in the winter of 2017.

“We shot in the Delta and Brookhaven and some other places,” London said. “It was shot in state.”

According to IMDB.com, “Blood Country” is based on the short story "The Outlaw, the Sheriff, and the Governor" by Robert E. Jones. It is a period-piece western set in Mississippi following the Civil War.

“It is based on the true story about a brother accused of murdering his brother,” London said. “It’s a popluar story that is part of Mississippi folklore and history.”

Directed by Travis Mills, who is currently filming “Cornbread Cosa Nostra” on the Coast, “Blood Country” has been getting positive reviews from film critics. Eye for Film said the movie “is an interesting depiction of frontier life at a pivotal time in American history. It's beautiful to look at but doesn't shy away from the darkness.”

“The film has been getting really good reviews — Travis has done a great job with it and we hope people will show up to see it on Friday,” London said.

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