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Millsaps College to Host Four Films Presented by Sundance Institute

February 5, 2014


Millsaps College will screen four films and host discussions related to the films during the month of February in collaboration with the Mississippi Film Office and Crossroads Film Society. The films are presented by FILM FORWARD, a partnership of Sundance Institute, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Film Forward at Millsaps College 

A total of eight films will be shown in the Jackson area, with four being screened at Millsaps and four more at Tougaloo College. The four films being screened at Millsaps College are:

Tuesday, February 11 - 7:00 p.m.

Twenty Feet from Stardom – Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. This documentary shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. This film has been nominated for an Academy Award. A discussion facilitated by Millsaps professors Lynn Raley and Eric Griffin will follow the screening.

Tuesday, February 18 - 7:00 p.m.

If You Build It – This documentary spends a year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms. Designer/activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, together with their high school students, unleash the power of humanitarian design to help their struggling community in rural North Carolina. A discussion facilitated by Ann Phelps of Millsaps' 1 Campus 1 Community program will follow the screening.

Saturday, February 22 - 2:00 p.m.

Valentine Road – On February 12, 2008, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head. With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry's and Brandon's troubled lives – both physically abused, both from broken homes, and both searching for a sense of belonging. A panel discussion on tolerance, facilitated by director Marta Cunningham, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on February 22.

Tuesday, February 25 - 7:00 p.m.

Dancing in Jaffa – Renowned ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine, takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. What occurs is magical and transformative. A discussion facilitated by Millsaps professors Lola Williamson and James Bowley will follow the screening.

All screenings will take place in room 200 of Murrah Hall on the Millsaps campus. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Mississippi is one of eight locations worldwide participating in the FILM FORWARD program, which works to foster dialogue and cross-cultural understanding. Other Jackson locations hosting events include Duling Hall in Fondren and the Mississippi Museum of Art. See a full list of films, locations and times on FILM FORWARD's Mississippi schedule.

For more information about the FILM FORWARD program and its mission, visit www.sundance.org/filmforward.


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