Lilly Langston is a senior at Lufkin High School who recently produced a film that is both historical and inspirational. The Dunbar Tigers will be forever etched in the history books of Lufkin ISD, and Lilly created a film that allows those voices to be forever heard. Lilly is in Caleb Beames, LHS AV Class. Using skills she learned in his class, she put together a film that got the attention of the Nobelity Project.
“Lilly worked on this documentary by herself,” said Caleb Beames, AV Teacher. “It started off at first as a film about the football team honoring Dunbar but after she met with Oscar Kennedy and did some research, it quickly grew into a bigger story.
“I wanted her to call it “Resurrecting Dunbar” but Lilly insisted on calling it “Immortal Tigers” because Dunbar had never gone anywhere thanks to the effort of community members,” he said.
Lilly’s film made it to the semifinals in UIL film competition, being one of the top 12 documentaries in 5A. Although her film did not advance to the state level, she became a finalist for the Nobelity Social Impact award. Four total 5A films were viewed by the Nobelity Project. Founded in 2005 by Turk and Christy Pipkin, the Nobelity Project is based in Austin, Texas and addresses issues of global education. Filmmakers by trade, Turk and Christy shifted their focus from commercial projects to documentaries engaging with Nobel Laureates and other global leaders exploring potential solutions to the challenges facing us all.
Q: What was the inspiration of your film?
A: The inspiration for “Immortal Tigers” came from the Nacogdoches vs. Lufkin football game in which the Lufkin players wore jerseys modeled after Dunbar High School jerseys. This game was what originally brought light to the concept of honoring the achievements of Dunbar and inspired me to further honor the legacy of Dunbar High School by telling its story.
Q: Why did you choose this film topic?
Q: What was the most challenging part about putting the film together?
Q: What did you learn from this project?
Q: What are you working on now?