Workshops and Panel Discussions

I Am Not Your Negro (film followed by moderated panel discussion)
Friday, April 7 --  Film at 6:15 PM -- Screen A
In partnership with W. K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Enterprise; The Mississippi Humanities Council; William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; and Tougaloo College

  • Panel Facilitator: Natalie Collier, Director, The Lighthouse at the Margaret Walker Center
  • Garrad Lee, Instructor of History, Hinds Community College
  • Regan Harvey, The Lighthouse at the Margaret Walker Center
  • Dr. Leslie B. McLemore, W. K. Kellogg Fellow

Social Media + Your Film = Honoring the Platform, presented by Melanie Addington
Saturday, April 8 -- 11:00 AM -- Arcade Room

Festival Director, Filmmaker, and former Social Media Director Melanie Addington discusses why working with each social media platform in a unique way matters and why embracing them is important for your film's success.


"Eyes on Mississippi" + "Girls Just Wanna Make Films" (film blocks followed by moderated panel discussion with Mississippi women filmmakers)
Saturday, April 8 -- Films begin at 11:45 AM -- Screen A

Films and Mississippi women filmmakers included in these blocks:

  • Eyes on Mississippi (Producer Ellen Ann Fentress)
  • Dead Color (Megan Morrison)
  • HB1523: Growing up LGBT in Mississippi (Maggie Jefferis)
  • A Swarm Come April (Mary McDade Casteel)
  • Ode to the Port (Desiree Kapler)
  • Elport Chess and the 1947 Lanier High School Bus Boycott (Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton)
  • PULSE (Alison Fast)
  • Writer's Blocks (Dr. Kelly Buckholdt)
  • Tinker (Casey Dillard)
  • Any other female filmmakers in attendance - welcome!

Screenwriting: What It Takes to Make It Hollywood, presented by Steven Esteb
Saturday, April 8 -- 12:30 PM -- Arcade Room

Screenwriter, Script Doctor and Loyola University Professor Steven Esteb tells us the The dos and don'ts, the ins and outs, and what you need to know if you want to be a working Screenwriter.

See Steve's film "Hate Crime" on Saturday, April 8 at 7:15 PM in Screen A.  Steve will also be available for Q&A after his film.


A Conversation with Ron Carbo, Award-Winning Music Man and Creator of Soul Kitchen Recording Studio
Saturday, April 8 -- 2:00 PM -- Arcade Room

Come meet and Ron Carbo, musician, producer, conductor, arranger, and orchestrator. He also created and operates Soul Kitchen Recording Studio specializing in urban and gospel music. Carbo is completing a PhD and working on a JD and an MBA, and is also a US Marine!
This session will be structured as a Q&A between Ron and audience.


Navigating Life as a Theater Artist, presented by Yolanda Williams
Saturday, April 8 -- 3:30 PM -- Arcade Room

Yolanda Williams holds an M.F.A. in Directing from USM and serves as a faculty member and production manager at Jackson State University in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre. She serves on the committee for Diversity and Inclusion in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). She also works as a freelance director, producer and acting coach. She is the co-founder of Blue Light Underground Ensemble (B.L.U.E.) in Jackson, MS.


"Mississippi Bright Spots:" An Overview of the Bicentennial Photography Workshop, presented by Alison Fast & Chandler Griffin
Saturday, April 8 -- 5:00 PM -- Arcade Room

Throughout 2017, Blue Magnolia Films and Barefoot Workshops will facilitate 10 workshops in 10 towns, addressing the theme of small town revitalization. This overview will introduce to the tools they are using – iPhone 7 Plus, ProCamera software, and other apps – share examples of new media stories, and invite questions about this statewide storytelling project, the first of its kind!