SoLit: Ten Minutes of Stupidity

By  |  March 20, 2014

Texas inmate Michael Lee Ford's spectacular and heartbreaking autobiographical drawing, "Ten Minutes of Stupidity," tells the story of a haunted puppy, a dead chicken, and the painful repercussions of a single choice. This piece, shot by Dave Anderson and guest-directed by multi-talented filmmaker/musician Amman Abbasi, is a first for the Oxford American: a short film inspired by and based upon a piece of folk art. 

Director: Amman Abbasi
Photography: Dave Anderson
Editor: Amman Abbasi
Motion Graphics: TJ McCoy
Music Composed By: Amman Abbasi
Music Arrangements & Editing: Amos Cochran
Violins by Ryan Cockerham
Poem Read By: Thomas Cochran
Prison Footage: Markus Wittmann
Art by: Michael Lee Ford 
Support: Yousof Abbasi
For the Magazine: Roger Hodge, Eliza Borne
Executive Producer: Ray Wittenberg


SoLit is an innovative new online video series by filmmaker Dave Anderson, the National Magazine Award-winning creator of SoLost and Southword. SoLit visually interprets pieces of writing originally published in the Oxford American, bringing great literature to life on the screen. By employing a variety of visual and acoustic treatments that occupy the space between the literal and the abstract, Anderson has created a kind of transmedia hybrid that could perhaps be described as the literary version of a music video.