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Thursday, FebIuary 28, 2i13 Page I Making video for organs Jill Tuff has Tal0000.nt for singing wn00, s, no is using to promote donations of organs Jill Tutt's portrait which appears on album covers en Jill Dixon was just in the seventh grade, her singing at school functions would bring thunderous applause. Today Jill Dixon Tutt draws.more accolades, especial- ly from her husband Webb. "He's my biggest fan." To her three sons, she is still just "Momma." David, Wdliam, and Robert know their mother can do anything. After all, she's ,'momma." Momma has in the works a crossover single video which tells a story and weaves God's strength into the life of a family which has suf- fered a tragedy but offers a gift of love that pro- duces a lifesaving triumph for another family, averting a tragedy for them. Providence Baptist Church on Highway 69 north of Linden made an impact on Jill Tutt as she was growing into womanhood. As a child, her parents Arthur and Shirley Dixon took her to Sunday School and church and training union and prayer meeting andto happy events and those sad events which bring a rural com- munity together to pay final respects to a neigh- bor or a friend. Sometimes, in Providence, a nobody would need some respect, and the fami- lies there would humbly pay it. in experiencing life in a loving community, Jill Tutt developed that love, too. God also gave her another important attribute. He gave her the ability to sing songs beautifully. So she does that while being a momma to young gentlemen and to a husband who encourages her singing. "You' re the Glory" envelopes listeners to her single cd. Jill does not stop with that single, there's a mission in her life to help somebody -- not just one somebody but a lot of people who need what can be given by only most dedicated donor. In the auditorium at Demopolis High School, she met with a couple of dozen people Sunday afternoon, Feb. 24, to talk about he latest pro- ject. This latest project comes after her recording a 10-song cd in Los Angeles over the past year. That cd will go on the market in April. Sunday afternoon, she was not interested in what may bring her fame and fortune. Her focus was on her latest project, a video of a tragedy that turns into a lifesaving triumph. The complex chain of events which led to this comes later. The event will be a video filmed in one day at three locations in Demopolis. One will be at the Trinity Episcopal Church, another will be at the hospital, and the final scene will be in the auditorium at Demopolis High. What Jill Tull Productions, Diamondstar Films, and parent company Innovation Through Imagination (ITI) are doing is the "moving message of God's everyday presence in our lives and God's ability to lead us ough the troubled waters we will face each and every day." Denver Hudson will be the producer and director. He is a 16 year old high school sopho- more .who has done 18 pieces on organ dona- tion and transplantation. He is a cinematograph- er, production director, and chief operating offi- cer for ITI and Diamondstar. He told Jill this could be shot in Arkansas where he was born, but she ed him to Demopolis. The shooting will be March 16. That Saturday, the film crews and actors will be all over Demopolis. The singing voice behind/the scenes will be that of Jill Tutt. The actors will Patrick George, doctor at the church, plus three adults. Kirk Brooker, doctor at the hospital, will be fdmed with one teen and two adults. At the family meeting in the auditorium, local actors will be James Burden, Kelley McGey, Garrett Baker, Mary Morgan Tucker, and possi- ble extras: David Tutt, Tony Nicholson, Leslie Gibbs, Debbie Nichols, Shannon Pittman, Kate Hightower, Cyd Boland, and Frank Calloway. Also, a chorus of some 30 people will be seated on the three front rows. In her most innocent way, Jill Tutt said this will be an emotional video, but it will be dis- tributed to every organization that involves organ donors and transplantations. Her talent is her biggest donation. Time away from her three sons must also be a priceless contribution, "Momma, you can do it," she said one of her sons quipped about the project. Mommas have a way of doing things; sometimes there are other spiritualities at work. One of those other factors is the Canebrake Players organization. Laurie Willingham and Jody Tartt brought the actors in, even Demopolis Mayor Mike Grayson. The fact that Jill is a senior English teacher at DHS gives her some access to the buildings at the school and like Sunday afternoon, an oppor- tunity to bring a lot of people together to get their first briefing on the way this video will be filmed. She gave cast members scripts and schedules as the group chatted all afternoon as the lady in the center of the vortex of benevolences talked about how the events will unfold on filming day. She thanked the volunteers who came out to help encourage people to become organ donors. Jody Tartt looks over script for her part in this video Jill Tun, left, goes over with the volunteers for this musical video, what happens and will happen r" 334-295-B41000 '""'"'"'" Camden L I N D E N, A L in i ii iiii illll i i| ,11 i iiiiiiiii ii i C ll, K ........ J