See TYRUS on Sept. 21 at 7 PM, Millsaps

First of Season’s Free Southern Circuit Indie Films Slated to Screen Sept. 21 at Millsaps College
TYRUS tells inspiring story of 105-year old Chinese American modernist painter worked as Hollywood sketch artist, Disney’s Bambi

Crossroads Film Society: Robbie Fisher (601-941-1865) 
Millsaps College: John Sewell (601-974-1019)

Jackson, MS - TYRUS, the first of six films that are part of this year’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will be shown at Millsaps College Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Room 137 of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State Street in Jackson, Mississippi.  The film's director, Pamela Tom, will attend the free screening.  A discussion and Q&A with Ms. Tom will follow the screening.

TYRUS premiered at the 42nd Annual Telluride Film Festival, and garnered Audience Awards at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and the Hawaii International Film Festival.

“This film is an inspiring story and a great kick-off to the film series,” said Robbie Fisher, president of Mississippi’s Crossroads Film Society. “We are so fortunate to be able to screen this film in Jackson and have the director in attendance.”

Along with the Crossroads Film Society, Millsaps College and the Mississippi Film Office, in conjunction with South Arts in Atlanta, are partners in this year’s tour.

The movie TYRUS is a feature-length documentary film that tells the unlikely story of 105-year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong and how he overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and “Disney Legend” for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi.

In addition to TYRUS, five more films will be shown between now and early April 2017. The dates and movies include the following line-up:

Oct. 12 at Millsaps College -- Almost Sunrise, a film by Michael Collins, follows the transformative journey of two young veterans of the Iraq war on an epic trek across the United States as they struggle to regain their humanity while resisting the pull of suicide.

Nov. 9, in the Auditorium of the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center at Tougaloo College -- 6 Angry Women, by Sridhar Reddy, presents the jury deliberation of six women, strangers brought together by their civic duty, who are each seeking to do the right thing in the aftermath of the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager by a white neighborhood watchman.

Feb. 8, 2017, at Millsaps College -- Mind/GameThe Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, by Rick Goldsmith, tells the compelling story of basketball phenom Chamique Holdsclaw, the "female Michael Jordan," from her rise to WNBA stardom to her struggle with mental illness and the strength she called on to speak out about it.

March 15, 2017 at Millsaps College -- Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, is the first feature documentary to tell the full story of the incomparable Maya Angelou. The film takes viewers on an incredible and unforgettable journey through the life and times of a true American icon.

April 5, 2017 -- The If Project, by Kathlyn Horan, follows a group of inmates incarcerated in a maximum-security women's prison who are part of a writing workshop co-created by a Seattle police detective and a repeat offender serving a 9-year sentence.

For more information contact Robbie Fisher (Crossroads) (601) 941-1865, or John Sewell (Millsaps) (601) 974-1019.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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About Crossroads Film Society

Founded in 1999, the Crossroads Film Society celebrates the art of filmmaking in all of its diversity and depth with film screenings year-round and with its annual Crossroads Film Festival each spring.  The Society facilitates and promotes a broad spectrum of film-related events for the community, presents films from around the world, the South and Mississippi to audiences in Mississippi, promotes dialogue and educational opportunities for filmmakers and audiences, and offers a juried competition to honor films in a wide variety of genres including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos, and others.

About South Arts
South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.

About Millsaps College
Millsaps College is a private, liberal arts college located in Jackson, Mississippi. Having just celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015, Millsaps is recognized as one of 40 "Colleges That Change Lives" and is one of only a handful of national liberal arts colleges with both a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and an AACSB accredited business school. Forbes.com recently declared Millsaps as "the best college in Mississippi."

About Tougaloo College

Tougaloo College is a private, independent, liberal arts institution, offering undergraduate degrees in twenty-nine majors in the areas of education, the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, and graduate degrees in teaching and child development. Since its founding in 1869, the College has maintained a rich tradition of excellence, relevance, and influence, creating a legacy of distinction in higher education. According to the National Science Foundation, Tougaloo ranks among the top twenty-five U.S. institutions whose graduates earn their Ph.D. degrees in the science and engineering disciplines. Best Value lists it among the top ten Best Bang for the Buck colleges in the nation. And, the Educate to Career College Rankings Index ranked the College #23 out of the 1222 U.S. institutions included in the rankings for best economic value with a degree. Tougaloo College is any student’s passport to success.
 
About Mississippi Film Office
The Mississippi Development Authority's Mississippi Film Office has served the needs of the film, television, and media industry since 1973.  Staffed with production professionals, they can meet the demands that accompany any production, low-budget independent films to expansive studio projects, from initial contact to final wrap. Mississippi has a competitive incentive program offering a 25% cash rebate on local spend (including non-resident payroll), 30% on resident payroll, with an additional 5% rebate on the payroll for any veteran of the U.S Armed Forces. The program has one of the lowest minimum spend requirements in the country ($50,000) and no tax return is required. www.filmMississippi.org 

Southern Circuit Film Series Announces 2016 - 2017 Film Lineup

June 28, 2016

Contacts:   Crossroads: Robbie Fisher (601) 941-1865 or Millsaps:  John Sewell (601) 974-1019

Jackson, MS – Crossroads Film Society, Millsaps College and the Mississippi Film Office, in conjunction with South Arts in Atlanta, has announced details about six films selected to tour Mississippi as part of the 20162017 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

“Our 20162017 slate of Southern Circuit films includes thoughtprovoking documentaries, inspiring dramatic narratives and an amusing experimental film,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, Senior Director of Film and Traditional Arts for South Arts. “We are excited to screen this impressive collection of films. Audiences will discover the work of an incredible group of filmmakers.”

The films and filmmakers will tour in Mississippi from September to November 2016 and February to April 2017.  Films, which will be free for the public, are scheduled for Wednesday evenings at Millsaps College with possible partnership screenings at other locations to be announced.

More than 400 films from throughout the country were reviewed by a panel of industry experts. Final selections were determined by screening partners who will present films in their communities.

Details of the films include:

TYRUS, by Pamela Tom, is a feature-length documentary film that tells the unlikely story of 105-year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, and how he overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and 'Disney Legend' for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi.

Almost Sunrise, by Michael Collins, follows the transformative journey of two young veterans of the Iraq war on an epic trek across the United States, as they struggle to regain their humanity while resisting the pull of suicide.

6 Angry Women, by Sridhar Reddy, reminiscent of the film 12 Angry Men, this film with an improvised script presents the jury deliberation of six women, strangers brought together by their civic duty, each seeking to do the right thing in the aftermath of the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager by a white neighborhood watchman.

Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, by Rick Goldsmith,  tells the compelling story of basketball phenom Chamique Holdsclaw, the “female Michael Jordan,” from her rise to WNBA stardom to her struggle with mental illness and the strength she called on to speak out about it.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, is the first feature documentary to tell the full story of the incomparable Maya Angelou and takes viewers on an incredible and unforgettable journey through the life and times of a true American icon.

The If Project, by Kathlyn Horan, follows a group of inmates incarcerated in a maximum-security women’s prison who are part of a writing workshop co-created by a Seattle police detective and a repeat offender serving a nine-year sentence.

Details of all film screenings and filmmakers who will be in attendance will be promoted in advance of each monthly screening.  All screenings are free to the public.  For more information contact Robbie Fisher (Crossroads) (601) 941-1865, or John Sewell (Millsaps) (601) 974-1019.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
 

About South Arts

South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.

About Crossroads Film Society

Founded in 1999, the Crossroads Film Society celebrates the art of filmmaking in all of its diversity and depth with film screenings year-round and with its annual Crossroads Film Festival each spring.  The Society facilitates and promotes a broad spectrum of film-related events for the community, presents films from around the world, the South and Mississippi to audiences in Mississippi, promotes dialogue and educational opportunities for filmmakers and audiences, and offers a juried competition to honor films in a wide variety of genres.  For more information, visit www.crossroadsfilmfestival.com.

About Millsaps College

Millsaps College is a private, liberal arts college located in Jackson, Mississippi. Having just celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015, Millsaps is recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives” and is one of only a handful of national liberal arts colleges with both a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and an AACSB accredited business school. Forbes.com recently declared Millsaps as “the best college in Mississippi.”

About Mississippi Film Office

The Mississippi Development Authority’s Mississippi Film Office has served the needs of the film, television, and media industry since 1973.  Staffed with production professionals, they can meet the demands that accompany any production, low-budget independent films to expansive studio projects, from initial contact to final wrap. Mississippi has a competitive incentive program offering a 25% cash rebate on local spend (including non-resident payroll), 30% on resident payroll, with an additional 5% rebate on the payroll for any veteran of the U.S Armed Forces. The program has one of the lowest minimum spend requirements in the country ($50,000) and no tax return is required. www.filmMississippi.org

See Award-Winning Muslim Films for FREE on Saturday, April 30 at the IMMC (Arts Center)

April is Islamic Heritage Month

The International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC) hosts its first Islamic Heritage celebration in response to the City of Jackson's proclamation of April as Islamic Heritage Month. We are celebrating the entire month of April at the Arts Center of Mississippi. Join us to celebrate the diversity of Muslim Cultures!

Celebrations include food and beverage tastings, fashion shows, free health screenings, films from Muslim countries, interfaith dialogue, "Sister Cities" presentation (Jackson, Mississippi and Mbour, Senegal), and a "Quran in Action" presentation and dialogue. See more here! 

Join us on Saturday, April 30 for a delightful mix of films from Muslim countries including Jordan, Islamic Republic of Iran, and more, at the International Museum of Muslim Cultures, housed in the Mississippi Arts Center (see map here).

Crossroads Film Society is proud to show these films again, many of which won awards at the recent Crossroads Film Festival. This superb collection of films was chosen in partnership between Crossroads and IMMC, which chose native speakers to watch the films and rate them based on both technical merit and cultural significance. We are pleased to announce that both groups chose the same films, proving that great films transcend boundaries!

Enjoy these nine short films (each is between two and 15 minutes in length) - see animated, live action, tear-jerkers, and the unintentional humor of children!  All will make you think, and all highlight the essential humanity that connects people of all faiths, creeds, and races. Many films have subtitles; total running time of all films is about one hour.

Enjoy an amazing film lineup:

Another Kind of Girl

Youth (9 min.) / Dir. Khaldiya Jibawi / Prod. Laura Doggett / Jordan / Drama
Slice-of-life doc by 17-year-old Syrian refugee Khaldiya, who lives in a Jordanian refugee camp. (Winner, "Best Youth Film," Crossroads Film Festival 2016)

Selfie

Short Narrative (2 min.) / Dir. Ali Erfan Farhadi / Islamic Republic of Iran / Drama
A young man with cancer has his photo taken.

Lima

Animation (14 min.) / Dir. Afshin Roshanbakht, Vahid Jafari / Prod. Afshin Roshanbakht, Vahid Jafari, Javad Shariatpanah / Islamic Republic of Iran / Drama
Lima, an Iranian man, relives the memories of his lost father as he himself grows old.

The Long Road

Youth (4 min.) / Dir. Rafif Al Fadel / Prod. Laura Doggett / Jordan / Drama
Ordinary urban life as filmed by a 16-year-old Syrian refugee in Jordan. (Winner, "Lagniappe Award," Crossroads Film Festival 2016)

Peace

Short Narrative (4 min.) / Dir. & Prod. Hasan Najmabadi / Islamic Republic of Iran / Drama
"Why do people fight with each other, mother?"

The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon

Youth (5 min.) / Dir. Walaa Al Alawi / Prod. Laura Doggett / Jordan / Drama
The video diary of 16-year-old Walaa, a Syrian girl living in a Jordanian refugee camp. (Winner, "Lagniappe Award," Crossroads Film Festival, 2016)

I, You, We

Short Narrative (1 min.) / Dir. Ali Erfan Farhadi / Prod.  / Islamic Republic of Iran / Drama
Peer pressure leads some children to make unwise transportation choices.

The Queen of Material

Experimental (2 min.) / Dir. & Rajee Samarasinghe / Sri Lanka / Drama
An experimental flurry of exquisite materials and a mysterious woman lit by the sun.

I Am Sami

Short Narrative (15 min.) / Dir. Kae Bahar / Prod. Kae Bahar / Kyrgyzstan / Drama
In a war zone, 10-year-old Sami is forced to take decisions that could change his life forever. (Winner, "Best Short Narrative Film," Crossroads Film Festival 2016)