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Picturing Mississippi, Bicentennial film series celebrates history and cinema of MS

Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Museum of Art.

A new film series, Moving Images in Mississippi, will be shown this Jan. through July during the Mississippi Museum of Art’s bicentennial exhibition, Picturing Mississippi: 1817-2017. On the fourth Thur. and Fri. of each month, the public is invited to attend the new film series to celebrate cinema and Mississippi. Curated and introduced by Mississippi film commissioner Ward Emling, the series will include panels and one-on-one filmmaker interviews to discuss the films in cinematic, cultural and historical context.

“We hope to do more than showcase films produced in Mississippi,” said Mississippi film commissioner Ward Emling. “We will highlight the opportunity of film in Mississippi today through the work of the Mississippi Film Office; the contributions of the film organizations and festivals; and the curriculum in programs at our high schools, colleges and universities.”

Beginning in Natchez in 1914, storytellers have used the Mississippi backdrop to enhance and authenticate their vision. The imagination of writers and the drama of the state’s history have been brought to life by directors of influence, insight and power.

“Cinema has explored, enhanced and explained Mississippi and continues to do so today,” said Emling. “From works like This Property is Condemned on the Gulf Coast to LaLee’s Kin in the Delta, from a rascal named Huck to a dog named Skip, from the light touch of The Reivers to the heavy grasp of Mississippi Burning, the cinematic life of Mississippi plays an influential role in the growth of America’s culture.”

The bicentennial film series is free and open to the public. Each film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustmark Grand Hall.

2018 Schedule

Feb. 22-23:  Once and Again
The Help
LaLee’s Kin

Mar. 22-23:  Rise and Response
Mississippi Burning
Freedom Song

Apr. 26-27:  Home and Everywhere Else
The Reivers
TBD

May 24-25:  Star-Crossed and Found
This Property is Condemned
Dixieland

June 28-29:  Neighbors and Strangers
Cookie’s Fortune
TBD

July 26-27:  Life, as We Know it
My Dog Skip
Great Drives: Highway 61

*Films shown are subject to change due to panelist availability.

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