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 2016‐2017 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
“Our 2016‐2017 slate of Southern Circuit films includes thought‐provoking 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