The Challenge of COVID-19 Transforms Dorothy Oliver from Ordinary People to Extraordinary Hero.

3 min readMar 8, 2022

Sundance’s short ‘The Panola Project’ tracks the hero’s journey of Dorothy Oliver saving her Alabama neighbors from COVID-19.

Dorothy Oliver (left) and Drucilla Russ-Jackson appear in ‘The Panola Project” by Rachel DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine. Photo by Jeremy S. Levine courtesy of the Sundance Institute.

The canned goods and snack bags fill the store shelves from one end of the wide trailer to the other. An outdoor ice machine reminds customers they’re not entering some random…


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