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