Official Selection, Sundance 2011 Winner, Best Narrative Feature: Selected as "Finalist, USA Best Book Award, 2007" Dallas International Film Festival, 2011
A Vanderbilt professor, Debra Coleman Jeter, launched a literary career by capturing the parallels in the lives of generations.“Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson”—Tales of a Young Actor captures an important slice of Kentucky and Tennessee history while telling a true saga that reads like the finest fiction.
Debra Jeter is also the executive producer and co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a coming-of-age story of 12-year old Moss and 18-year old Jess. Jess + Moss is set in rural Kentucky in a dream-like world created by the two near-orphaned children amidst tobacco fields and kudzu. The film has received widespread critical acclaim from such sources as Variety, LA Times, Screen Daily, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, and Paste Magazine.
Jess+Moss premiered early in 2011 on three continents to sold-out audiences at film festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, and Hong Kong International Film Festival. It won the Target Filmmaker Award for best narrative feature at the Dallas International Film Festival and the Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for best Tennessee narrative feature at the Nashville Film Festival in 2011.
To view a trailer, photographs, and reviews, visit the Jess + Moss website at www.jessandmoss.com. The director of Jess + Moss, Clay Jeter, also won the 2011 Governor's Award at the Nashville Film Festival. He is the subject of Debra Jeter's nonfiction book, Pshaw, It's Me Graandson: Tales of a Young Actor.
An award-winning Vanderbilt University professor, Jeter has published both fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby, and two textbooks.Her story, “Recovery,” was awarded first prize in a short story competition sponsored by Christian Woman.She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and interviewed on CNBC.
Three voices tell the story of Pshaw, It's Me Grandson: Clay as a child, Clifton as a child, and Clifton as a grandfather. When child actor Clay Jeter was cast as the mischievous Creed Allen in the CBS series Christy (based on the Catherine Marshall novel), both parents worked full-time.His grandfather, Clifton Coleman of Murray, Kentucky, served as his on-set guardian.The series brought a flood of memories of his 1930s childhood in Calloway County, Kentucky, to Clifton as he watched his grandson at work.He began tape recording these memories, and the tapes compelled Jeter to write the story of her father and her son.
Clay Jeter as Creed Allen
Young Clifton and brother Bill
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Author William Kowalski describes the book as “a fly-on-the wall account of making a television show, and a great examination of country living . . . writing style is smooth-flowing and adept . . . a truly pleasant reading experience.”
Jeter has a number of other novels in the works—being revised, being written, or being planned.Her next project, Song of Sugar Sands, is the first novel in a planned series about a young preacher and his wife as they mature in their faith; the first book covers their meeting, falling in love, and the first year of their marriage. You may contact the author with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.