Creative Arts Festival sponsored by Jackson State University
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Creative Arts Festival sponsored by Jackson State University

The Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University is pleased to announce its schedule of events for the 13th annual Creative Arts Festival at Jackson State University on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, 2019. Free and open to the public thanks in part to the Mississippi Arts Commission, this year's program boasts high profile keynote speakers such as Kevin Powell and Jesse Holland, strong community partners, diverse plenary sessions, and 13 concurrent sessions with nearly 40 student presenters.

“We are excited to once again host this annual student conference at JSU,” said Dr. Robert Luckett, Margaret Walker Center Director. “Our goal for the past 13 years has been to offer the same kinds of opportunities that our founder, Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander, provided for students to promote their own scholarship and art and to engage some of the great scholars and artists of the day.”

 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Creative Arts Festival will begin on Friday, April 12, with an opening plenary session, sponsored by the ACLU of Mississippi, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ayer Hall at the Margaret Walker Center on the JSU campus. This session will be a conversation, film screening, and exhibition opening for “I Too Am Mississippi: Breaking the Silence on Trans Harassment and Discrimination through Narrative Change.”

 At 12:00 p.m. on Friday in the JSU Student Center Theater, Creative Arts Festival attendees will see a screening of The Hello Girls, the story of 223 women sent to France by the U.S. Army Signal Corps as telephone operators to help win the Great War in 1918. Filmmaker and JSU history alumnus James Theres and Air War College professor Margaret Sankey will be on hand to discuss the film.

After the film screening and discussion at 2:00 p.m., another plenary session in the Theater will address the conference theme of “Arts and Activism” with three Mississippi writers and artists: Phillip Rollins, Justin Ransburg, and Jesse Holland, whom Marvel Comics hired to write the Black Panther novel in conjunction with the release of the film. Also known as DJ Young Venom, Rollins is a Jackson entrepreneur and owner of Offbeat, an alternative culture store that specializes in designer toys, graphic novels, records, and art books. Ransburg has become known for his acrylic paintings, murals, and photography, and he will be opening PROTEST: Collective Action Leads to Change, an exhibition on the 4th floor of Ayer Hall at the Margaret Walker Center in conjunction with the Creative Arts Festival.

 The Creative Arts Festival events will close on Friday with a reception and photography exhibition opening of Everywhere with Roy Lewis, sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Johnson Hall Art Gallery at JSU. Lewis will be on hand for a gallery talk, and the exhibition will be on display until June 28.

 In partnership with the Crossroads Film Festival, special $5 tickets will be available for Creative Arts Festival attendees who wear their badges at the door at Malco Grandview Cinema (Screen A) in Madison at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 12, for the screening of Native Son, the critically acclaimed HBO film, based on Richard Wright’s classic novel.

All student presentations at the Creative Arts Festival will begin on Saturday, April 13, at JSU. A continental breakfast and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the JSU Student Center. There will be three concurrent sessions from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., and 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in both Ayer Hall and the JSU Student Center.

At 12:00 p.m. on Saturday in the JSU Student Center Ballroom B, Jesse Holland will keynote a free luncheon and talk about his work as a writer from Mississippi.

 At 3:00 p.m. in the JSU Student Center Theater, author and activist Kevin Powell will deliver the closing address, sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council, and the Creative Arts Festival will conclude with its annual Phi Alpha Theta Award for the best history paper as well as the annual $1,000 Margaret Walker Award for the best essay by a JSU student “on the black experience in the American South.”

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Center’s website at www.jsums.edu/margaretwalkercenter or contact the Center’s staff at 601-979-3935 or mwa@jsums.edu.

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The Second Mother --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Second Mother --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps

Millsaps Academic Complex - Room 137

THE SECOND MOTHER (Que horas ela volta?) March 22 @ 7:00 pm 
Anna Muylaert / Brazil / 112 min / 2015 / Portuguese with English subtitles 

Val (stunningly performed by Regina Casé) is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employer's needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, whom she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val's estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray, and everyone is forced to reconsider what family really means.

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The Facilitator --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

The Facilitator --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps

Millsaps Academic Complex - Room 137

THE FACILITATOR (El facilitador) - March 1 @ 7:00 pm 
Victor Arregui / Ecuador, Chile, USA / 83 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles 
When successful businessman Miguel discovers he is sick, he asks his estranged daughter Elena to come back to Ecuador. She complies, but maintains a cold and distant relationship with him. After a close call with the law, Miguel sends her to spend some time with her grandfather at the family's estate, where she meets childhood friend Galo, who involves her in local politics, where she will gradually understand that among family secrets, crimes, corruption, and dark perversions, commitment and beauty can emerge.

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Spider Thieves --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Spider Thieves --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps

Millsaps Academic Complex - Room 137

SPIDER THIEVES -- Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm 
Guillermo Helo / Chile / 94 min / 2016 / Spanish with English subtitles 
Three teenage girls from a Santiago shanty town set in motion a plan to climb buildings and plunder expensive apartments. All they want is to have all the cool and trendy stuff they see advertised in TV commercials and department stores. Word spreads and soon enough they became the notorious "spider thieves."

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Operation E --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Operation E --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps

Millsaps Academic Complex - Room 137

Miguel Courtois Paternina / Spain, France, Colombia / 108 min / 2012 / Spanish with English subtitles

A controversial film in Colombia due to the real event on which it is based (the kidnapping of Clara Rojas and Ingrid Betancourt). Crisanto is a poor cocaine farmer who lives with his family in the Guaviare jungle. A group of FARC guerrilla fighters give Cristano a moribund baby and tell him to take care of the baby, but two years later, the guerrilla asks urgently for the child as he is at the center of an exchange of hostages that is bringing two countries to the brink of war. 

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On the Roof --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

On the Roof --> Hispanic Film Series @ Millsaps

Millsaps Academic Complex - Room 137

ON THE ROOF (El techo) - Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm 
Patricia Ramos / Cuba / 75 min / 2017 / Spanish with English subtitles 
In this feel-good ensemble dramedy, a flat rooftop in an old Havana neighborhood is the natural habitat for three friends: Yasmani is an amateur pigeon fancier who is too shy to talk to a girl he likes; Victor José has convinced himself of his Sicilian descent and now prefers to go by Vito; Anita is five months pregnant and pretends she doesn't care who the father is. In the midst of their boredom, they decide to set up their own business.

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

WALKING OUT - a fundraiser for Crossroads + Q&A with Producer Brunson Green

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Crossroads Film Society, in conjunction with IFC Films, will present directors Alex and Andrew Smith's feature film Walking Out, produced by Brunson Green (The Help), on October 11, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the Malco Grandview Theatre in Madison, MS. The film stars Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Sleepless in Seattle) and Matt Bomer (Magic Mike XXL, The Magnificent Seven) among others.

Walking Out is based on the masterpiece American short story written by David Quammen. In this film adaptation, Josh Wiggins portrays David, a typical teenage urbanite who travels to rural Montana to go hunting with his estranged "off the grid" father Cal (Matt Bomer). As they ascend deep into the wilderness, father and son struggle to connect on any level. When an unexpected encounter with grizzly bears leaves them both with serious injuries, the boy must carry his father to safety if they are to survive. 

Brunson Green will be in attendance for the film and a Q&A session.

Tickets are $7 and are available online for advance purchase through Brown Paper Tickets (http://bpt.me/3093852. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $12. Seating is limited. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Crossroads Film Society. For more information on the Crossroads Film Society, visit www.crossroadsfilmfestival.com.

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

"The If Project" @ Millsaps (AC 137)

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. Part of Southern Circuit Film Series

http://www.southarts.org/southern-circuit-tour-of-independent-filmmakers-announces-screening-partners-for-2016-2017/

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Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

"Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise" @ Millsaps (AC 137)

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. Part of Southern Circuit Series

http://www.southarts.org/southern-circuit-tour-of-independent-filmmakers-announces-screening-partners-for-2016-2017/

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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Strange Weather on Feb. 20 (7:00 PM, Malco Grandview in Madison) - $15

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 7pm 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.  Purchase tickets in advance for $15 (Brown Paper Tickets: http://bpt.me/2861284) or $20 at the door (if available).

 

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Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Southern Circuit: "Mind/Game" @ Millsaps (AC 137)

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.

http://www.southarts.org/southern-circuit-tour-of-independent-filmmakers-announces-screening-partners-for-2016-2017/

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Southern Circuit: "6 Angry Women" @ Tougaloo

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.

http://www.southarts.org/southern-circuit-tour-of-independent-filmmakers-announces-screening-partners-for-2016-2017/

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May
8
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate Oxford PRIDE and See Encore of LGBTQ Films

Oxford Film Festival and Crossroads Film Society to Co-Host Screening of LGBTQ Shorts             

OXFORD, MS - To be held in conjunction with Oxford's first Pride Parade, Crossroads Film Society and Oxford Film Festival have partnered to provide a free screening of five curated short films. 

The LGBTQ Shorts: Struggles and Celebrations of Being Out the Deep South will be shown on Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m. at Shelter on Van Buren. 

The Pride Parade, organized by Matt Kessler in conjunction with the University of Mississippi Sarah Isom Center, will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. 

"We are so happy to partner with Crossroads during this important weekend in Oxford," Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington said. "We hope that people celebrate and enjoy the screenings with us on Mother's Day especially with films such as Instababy which address gay couples adopting in Mississippi and The Ballad of Little Pam which touches on the relationship between mother and daughter. We appreciate the support of Shelter on Van Buren for being an inclusive venue that helps support a showcase of a variety of films."

"These LGBTQ films were wonderfully received recently at the Crossroads Film Festival, and we are delighted that all the filmmakers involved agreed enthusiastically to have a rescreening in conjunction with the first annual Oxford Pride and in partnership with our sister Festival in Oxford", said Robbie Fisher, President of the Crossroads Film Society. 

Film Descriptions:

Out in Alabama (12 Min., Director / Producer Bonnie Blue Edwards)

A celebration of friendships formed at Pride events in Birmingham, AL.

Instababy (12 Min., Co-Creators Lauren Cioffi and Rosie Haber)

In Episode One of The Front's "New Deep South" series, a gay couple in Jackson, MS trying to adopt a child improvise with the best resource at their disposal: Instagram

RSVP (13 Min., Director Shannon Beeby; Producer Ryan Jonze)

A gay widower fulfills his lover's last request to spread his ashes at the beach.

Peace in the Valley (15 Min., Directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher)

Eureka Springs, Arkansas's liberals were among the first to vote in favor of LGBT rights, but supporting the economy are conservative tourists supporting the Great Passion Play.

The Ballad of Little Pam (9 Min., Director Casey Parks; Producers Aubree Bernier-Clarke and Casey Parks)

Pam and her mother can co-exist...as long as Pam agrees not to date women.

For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com

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