Cordova native filming documentary on town's water balloon fights

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 6/1/17

Nashville filmmaker Jamie Jean gets some strange looks when he tells people that his hometown used to host water balloon fights on Halloween.

“People look at me like I’m crazy, but it was just normal to us. I was probably 30 before I realized …

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Cordova native filming documentary on town's water balloon fights

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Nashville filmmaker Jamie Jean gets some strange looks when he tells people that his hometown used to host water balloon fights on Halloween.

“People look at me like I’m crazy, but it was just normal to us. I was probably 30 before I realized it really was strange,” said Jean, a Cordova native who graduated in 1998.

In 2010, Jean started Train Productions, which specializes in nonprofit promotional video.

Last year, Jean and fellow filmmaker Brandon Dragan submitted their short film “Insomniacs Anonymous” to several film festivals.

The documentaries that had been submitted didn’t impress Jean. He decided that a film about the water balloon fights of his childhood, which were refereed by trash-talking police officers and featured water cannons constructed by area firefighters, would be more engaging.

Jean also wanted to generate some positive press for a city that was at the center of several controversies after the April 2011 tornadoes.

“I knew a different town than that growing up, and I think this is a cool way to show that,” he said.

Jean will be in Cordova this summer interviewing residents who remember a tradition that dated back to at least the 1970s and ceased after the tornadoes devastated downtown.

Jean is currently soliciting any photos or video that may exist of the water balloon fights. He can be contacted at jamesjean.ua@gmail.com.

Jean plans to screen the documentary locally once it is completed. He will also be submitting it to a variety of independent film festivals next year.

“I’d love for people at Sundance or South by Southwest in Austin to see the film and see what’s good about the town I grew up in,” Jean said.