See "The IF Project" on April 5 at Millsaps (free)

Jackson, Mississippi – The Crossroads Film Society, Millsaps College and The Mississippi Film Office present The If Project, a film by Kathlyn Horan, as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, free to the public at Millsaps College on April 5 at 7 p.m., in Room 137 of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State Street in Jackson, Mississippi.

Following the screening, the film’s director, producer and writer Kathlyn Horan will engage the audience in a discussion about the film.  Detective Kim Bogucki, a principal subject of the film, will be joining Horan as a special guest.

Since 1985, women have been incarcerated at nearly double the rate of men; they are the fastest growing segment of the population in US prisons. In Washington State’s maximum security prisons, one heroic police officer began a writing workshop to explore the reasons behind this staggering increase, help heal deep wounds, and offer hope of rehabilitation. Detective Kim Bogucki then officially co-founded The IF Project in the Washington Department of Corrections to share intimate accounts of their experiences through writing and video diaries, and together with Horan, documented the process into a film.

“About 700,000 inmates are released from federal and state prisons each year,” explained Horan, “and approximately two-thirds will reoffend within three years. I believe the future of our communities and our nation rests on how we rehabilitate and reintegrate former prisoners back into society. The answers to the IF question as brought to life in the documentary show us that we are returning people to our communities broken and unprepared.”

 “We are in an important moment in time for this conversation. The topic of mass incarceration is constantly in today’s headlines,” continued Horan. “At the same time, criticism of American policing is the highest it has ever been. The IF Project demonstrates that both populations can serve each other and ultimately, our communities as a whole.

Horan has a rich history as a filmmaker. Her subjects range from some of the nation’s leading politicians, activists and artists such as Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, the Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, and Bill Maher. Other film projects include “A Voice for Choice” and “What is Zen?”

This is the last of six films shown in Jackson as part of the 2016 – 2017 season of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. 

For more information, contact Robbie Fisher (Crossroads) (601) 941-1865, or John Sewell (Millsaps) (601) 974-1019.  If you are interested in helping to bring independent films and filmmakers to central Mississippi, join the Crossroads Film Society.  For more information, visit our website at www.crossroadsfilmfestival.com or e-mail: info@crossroadsfilmfestival.com.

Jackson Artist Wade Acuff Chosen to Create 2017 RUMA Award

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Each year Crossroads Film Society commissions a piece of original artwork from a Mississippi artist or craftsman to be the prize for the "Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker."  

The 2017 Ruma artwork, designed by Jackson artist Wade Acuff, is entitled "Always recording, so make something beautiful."

The painting is a future/retro take on film making. The main visual narrative expresses that in the future, everyone will tell a story through their given lenses or through their chosen lenses (eyes, equipment, or any other means of recording visual data). These stories will be told whether they're wanted or not, so it will be up to the individual to shape his/her story into something they would like the world to see. Basically, we're always recording, so make something beautiful!  

A commentary on the current social media climate is suggested, although it's not necessarily the intent of the piece. Ultimately, viewers are always encouraged to create their own narratives through their own lenses.

The piece is mixed media: ink and watercolor, and is 11" x 15".
 
 

About Wade

Wade Acuff is a professional artist for TV and Film productions, whose works focus on imagery as narrative that includes a science fiction or fantasy twist. After attaining an MFA from Mississippi State University, he has contributed to multiple educational television programs and films both nationally and internationally. With the variety of work he produces, Wade is able to pursue unique artistic endeavors that continue to push his artwork to new places.

See Strange Weather on Feb. 20 (7:00 PM at Malco Grandview) - $15

JACKSON: The Crossroads Film Society, in conjunction with the Mississippi Film Office, will present director Katherine Dieckmann’s feature film Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter, on February 20 at 7:00 pm at the Malco Grandview Theatre in Madison. Filmed in Mississippi, Strange Weather is a poignant, lyrical drama about a mother (Holly Hunter), who, in an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son, travels the back roads of the deep South to settle a score.

In a synopsis provided by the film’s distribution company, Strange Weather “tracks an uncompromising woman (Holly Hunter) as she embarks on a trip through the South with her best friend (played by Carrie Coon) to uncover the truth about the one event in her life that she can’t get over. In a powerhouse performance as Darcy Baylor, Hunter’s character is intelligent and radiant in its complexity, anchoring this lyrical drama that is shot through with regional realism. Strange Weather takes an unforgettable female protagonist and stitches her character’s fateful journey to an iconic landscape like thread to a cloth.” As the pair traverses a part of the country afflicted by both drought and flood, each stop on the road becomes a key step in Darcy’s process of overcoming, giving her a new way to think about her past, and how to transform it into a different kind of future. It is a story about what to give up and what to keep close, about ties that constrict and bonds that comfort, about the universal process of recovering from grief by simultaneously letting go.

Dieckmann will be in attendance to lead a Q & A with local cast, crew and the audience at the February 20 screening.  Robbie Fisher, President of Crossroads Film Society, said of the local screening, “Ms. Dieckmann generously offered this screening as an opportunity to show this made-in-Mississippi film locally, and we are thrilled to be able to share the film with audiences in the greater Jackson area.”  The screening will benefit the Crossroads Film Society and Mississippi Youth Media.

Dieckmann is a writer and director. Her other films are Motherhood (2009), Diggers (2006) and A Good Baby (2000). She was the originating director on the groundbreaking serial “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” and has directed music videos for R.E.M., Aimee Mann, Wilco, and Vic Chesnutt, among others. She is an associate professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts Film Program where she teaches screenwriting, and she is a creative advisor for The Sundance Institute.

Advance purchase tickets are $15 (Brown Paper Tickets: http://bpt.me/2861284). Seating is Limited. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $20.