Mies Doleac – Director
MILES DOLEAC, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is an actor, director, writer and producer in television, theatre and film and a professor of Classical Studies and Film at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a co-founder of FestivalSouth Film Expo and has served as the expo’s director since its beginning. Miles’ feature-length directorial debut The Historian, starring William Sadler, John Cullum, Colin Cunningham and Glynnis O’Connor won Best First Feature, Best Actor (William Sadler) and Best Supporting Actor (John Cullum) at the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo and, thereafter, received a theatrical release and was distributed in various video, internet and retail outlets in North America and internationally by Devolver Digital Films. Miles also wrote, produced and starred in the film, which was shot in Hattiesburg and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Miles’ second feature, The Hollow, a southern noir murder thriller, which he also wrote, directed and produced was released October 7, 2016, by Uncork’d Entertainment in select theaters, on VOD, iTunes and Amazon and can now be found at a Redbox kiosk near you. The Hollow stars James Callis, Christiane Seidel, William Sadler, David Warshofsky, Jeff Fahey and William Forsythe. The Hollow was also shot entirely in Mississippi. Miles won a Best Actor Award at the 2016 Long Island International Film Expo for his performance in the film. Miles’ third feature, Demons, a psychological thriller starring Andrew Divoff (The Wishmaster, Lost), Steven Brand (The Scorpion King) and John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville), shot in the Hattiesburg area, was released in theaters and VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment in October 2017. Demons won awards for Best Feature at both Rails to Reels and Fear Fete Film Festivals. At Fear Fete, Miles also won Best Director. Also an actor, Miles has appeared in numerous television shows and films, including American Horror Story (FX), Banshee (Cinemax), Halt and Catch Fire (AMC), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Treme (HBO), Breakout Kings (A & E), Complications (USA), Salem (WGN), Underground (WGN), Astronaut Wives Club (ABC), Game of Silence (NBC),Vacation (with Chris Hemsworth, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Leslie Mann), Don’t Kill It and Shark Lake (both with Dolph Lundgren), Cat Run 2, Bad Ass 3 (with Danny Trejo and Danny Glover), See Girl Run (with Adam Scott and Robin Tunney), Jake’s Road (with Eric Roberts), Mighty Fine (with Chazz Palminteri and Andie McDowell), The Livingston Gardener, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, director Dustin Schuetter’s Rejects and SyFy Channel Originals Swamp Volcano (with Brad Dourif and Rachel Hunter), Storm War (with Stacey Keach) and Mississippi River Sharks. Miles has appeared in the History Channel’s remake of Alex Haley’s Roots and in the recurring role of “Captain Lee Scott” on the CW’s (and Julie Plec’s) Containment. He also appeared in the Antoine Fuqua-directed Magnificent Seven reboot with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. Miles co-founded New York’s Southern Playwright’s Theatre Project in New York and starred in their off-off Broadway production of Horton Foote’s 1918 and produced and starred in an acclaimed production of Julius Caesar at Los Angeles’ Lillian Theatre. Miles is closely involved in the theatre community in his hometown, having directed recent productions of Into the Woods, Cabaret and The Wizard of Oz. As an actor, he has appeared in recent stage productions of Les Miserables (as “Valjean”), Jesus Christ Superstar (as “Judas” and “Jesus” on alternating nights), Cabaret (as “The Emcee”), Camelot (as “Arthur”) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (as “Hedwig”). He is a member of SAG, Equity, DGA and WGA. Miles is also an impassioned advocate of the arts and education. He holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts, an MA in History from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD in Ancient History from Tulane University. He has studied the history of antiquity all over the world, including at the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany. Miles serves as an Assistant Professor of Classics and Film at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches courses in Film, Latin, Greek and the history of the Greco-Roman World. Miles’ book on Alexander the Great, In the Footsteps of Alexander: The King Who Conquered the Ancient World, is currently available at various retail outlets.
Lindsay Anne Williams – Associate Director
Lindsay Anne Williams comes to Mississippi from Flagstaff, AZ by way of New Orleans, LA. At 5 years-old, Lindsay made her first foray into theatre as a dancing bear in The Greatest Show on Earth produced by her father, and has been enchanted with the stage ever since. Dancing everywhere, from church to the soccer field and all points in between, Lindsay was able to foster her creativity while pursuing her academic and performance dreams. Among the many delights of her stage career, she has had the opportunity to dance with the Newcomb Dance Company, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, and Alvin Ailey II. Lindsay served as costume designer on Historia Films’ feature debut, The Historian, was a co-producer the company’s second feature, The Hollow, and a producer on Demons, released in Fall 2017. Also an actress, Lindsay has appeared in numerous plays and musicals, including: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (“Yitzhak”), Cabaret (“Sally Bowles”), The Wizard of Oz (“Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz”), Into the Woods (“Lucinda”), Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (“White Witch”), Trojan Women (Athena/Helen), Agamemnon (Elektra), Julius Caesar, and Reckless. On film, she has appeared in every Historia Films project: The Historian (“Dawne”), The Hollow (“Dinah”), Two Birds (“Clara”), Demons (“Kayleigh”), and Light & Shadow (“Alice”). Lindsay designs wedding gowns and costuming for film and theatre and also serves as President of Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, one of the longest continuously operating community theatre organizations in Mississippi. She directed HCLO’s December 2017 production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Lindsay continues to act and produce while pursuing her many other interests. Lindsay earned a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Anthropology from Tulane University and a Master’s degree in Ancient History from USM. She has served on the executive staff of FSFX since its inception.
Wesley Chance O’Mary – Festival Coordinator
Wesley Chance O’Mary is an actor, writer, director, and producer, from Mississippi, who has worked in most every facet of film and video production. He is the Owner/Operator of WCOfilms and WCOstudios in Mississippi. Wesley was in his first feature film at the age of eight, when he was cast with a principal role in “Glory Road” making him eligible for membership in the Screen Actors Guild. He has been an actor in over twenty film and video projects, including the Oscar Award winning NYU Student film (Bohemibot.) Wesley trained in New York City for eight months, and worked with student filmmakers and producers at New York University, New York Film Academy, Columbia University, Sara Lawrence College and New York’s School of Visual Arts. It was in New York City where Wesley learned more about the other side of the camera, and truly fell in love with it. Some of Wesley’s acting film credits include: Glory Road, Bohemibot, National Lampoons’s “Snatched”, Shriek of the Sasquatch!, Aberrations, The Green Diamond, Armor, G.I. Joe: Deception (fan feature), Sarah’s Worst Nightmare, Heroes of the Round, and Cagin of Chrysaint. He has been the Host and an actor in numerous Healthy People Now videos for PRCC. He started acting for stage at the age of five, in productions at the Historic Saenger Theatre and The University of Southern Mississippi Theatre, as well as other community theatre groups. His past stage performances include (Rooster) in Annie, (Billy) in On Golden Pond, (The Herald) in Cinderella, and parts in Medea, The Music Man, The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree, Pageant, OZ, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and others. Wesley also performed in The Nutcracker and The Haunted Ballroom with the Pine Belt Ballet.
Wesley has been fascinated with filmmaking and acting since the age of two. He started making videos of skits he would write for his friends as birthday presents when he was five years old; with the help of his brother Austin, who always co-stared in his videos and short films. Wesley says his favorite thing about filmmaking, is that in film “Anything is Possible” and anything that has anything to do with electronics. At an early age, Wesley became obsessed with anything electronic. He believes the main reason for this obsession comes from his uncle, who has the same fascination with electronics. Wesley started editing on “Windows Movie Maker” when he was eight years old. He later used Adobe Premiere Elements and instantly fell in love with it. He now has two companies in Hattiesburg where he lives, WCOfilms and WCOstudios, the latter of the two he produces multi-camera live events. Wesley quickly developed a fascination with digital effects. The idea of creating something from nothing and adding your own flavor to it intrigued him. Keeping a balance in design methods has always been tough for him, as he has always thought more scientifically about a project, than he has artistically. For this reason, Wesley often partners with other creative minds to help turn their visions into reality. He feels some of his best work is done when partnering with other filmmakers. Having worked in multiple departments in the film industry in both production and post, Wesley feels that a filmmaker should have a good understanding of what their crew must do, to make a film come to life. Some of the feature and short films that Wesley has been involved in are: Mississippi Lawman: Tex (Director), Cornbread Cosa Nostrav (Assistant Director) , Malicious (Assistant to Delro Lindo), Demons (Visual Effects Supervisor) and (Boom Op), Payment Received (DIT), Don’t Blink (Sound Mixer) and (Digital Compositor), The Legend of Zelda Oblivion Rising (Assistant Editor) and (Camera Op), Skywriting (Script Supervisor), Ancient Allen Questions: From UFOs to Extraterrestrial Visitation (Animator) , American Sasquatch Hunters: Bigfoot in America (Camera Op), G.I. Joe: Deception (fan feature) (Producer) and (Visual Effects), Cagin of Chrysaint (Special Effects) and (Digital Effects) , The Hollow (PA), as well as working on numerous commercials such as Adidas, Primos Hunting, and Farm Bureau FaveRates with Brett Favre (www.imdb.me/wesleyomary)
“Creativity is genius, in its most feared form.” – Wesley C. O’Mary