Rabbittown

An informative, entertaining, and emotional story about the economic downfall of a once-thriving community in small-town Alabama and how Its residents are making the most of it.

  • Jaxen Lunsford
    Director
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  • Jaxen Lunsford
    Writer
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  • Jaxen Lunsford
    Producer
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  • Jim Lunsford
    Executive Producer
  • Russ Oliver
    Director of Photography
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  • Russ Oliver
    Sound Producer
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  • Abby Ledbetter
    Technical Advisor
  • Jaxen Lunsford
    Editor
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  • Ryan Turner
    Coeditor
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  • Homer Harris
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    3.67-73.4mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jaxen Lunsford

Jaxen Lunsford was born in Troy, Alabama on February 2nd, 2002. The first signs of his interest in storytelling began as a child when he would write plays with his little sister to be performed in front of their parents. He wouldn't take the art of playwriting seriously until he decided to pursue theater at Charles Henderson High School, where his teacher would push him out of his comfort zone and encourage him to be more creative. He then went on to write two plays. The first was his fictional take on the Chicago mafia in the 1920s titled "The Unlawful." The second was a zombie apocalypse story that involved a group of survivors being trapped in an underground bunker, which was titled "Ten Feet Under". Both plays went on to place 1st at the Walter Trumbauer Festival, the festival in which the theater department would enter every year. He would also direct and act in a group performance of a bar scene taken straight from The Unlawful, a performance which would also earn him 1st place at the festival and make Jaxen discover his love for directing. During his senior year, he decided to participate in the production of his first short film, titled "Tick", as the writer and lead actor. The film was about a man who drunkenly kills his wife in a rage one night and is taken into custody by dirty cops, making for a story with no true hero to follow. This was the experience that made him discover that screenwriting was his ultimate passion along with directing. The film earned a superior medal at the Alabama Thespians Festival held in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Director Statement

Rabbittown is the most personal project I have done yet, and the recent passing of my grandfather, Jimmy Lunsford, made me feel like all hope was lost for seeing it come to life. He was not only going to appear in the film, but he was also the biggest supporter I knew when it came to getting it produced. This reminder of mortality that comes with each and every life made me realize that this film was something I couldn't wait forever to make, as most of the people I had planned to appear in it were much older individuals. As I was sitting on my back porch one night, overwhelmed with the anxiety that spawned in my life from a year and a half of covid, heartbreak, and death, I looked up and saw a lone star in a clear sky. In my eyes, that lone star was my grandfather telling me that we hadn't come this far just to give up. So I went on and made the film, a decision that seems to be laying the groundwork for my new life as I think more and more about it. To have the opportunity to bring my family and other people closer together through my art is something I am eternally grateful for and I hope to share this with as many people as I can.