Crossroads Film Society, Millsaps College, and the Mississippi Film Office, in conjunction with South Arts in Atlanta, has announced details about six films selected to tour Mississippi as part of the 2016‐2017 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
“Our 2016‐2017 slate of Southern Circuit films includes thought‐provoking documentaries, inspiring dramatic narratives and an amusing experimental film,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, Senior Director of Film and Traditional Arts for South Arts. “We are excited to screen this impressive collection of films. Audiences will discover the work of an incredible group of filmmakers.”
The films and filmmakers will tour in Mississippi from September to November 2016 and February to April 2017. Films, which will be free for the public, are scheduled for Wednesday evenings at Millsaps College with possible partnership screenings at other locations to be announced.
More than 400 films from throughout the country were reviewed by a panel of industry experts. Final selections were determined by screening partners who will present films in their communities.
Details of the films include:
Wednesday, September 21
TYRUS, by Pamela Tom, 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.
Wednesday, October 12
Almost Sunrise, 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.
Wednesday, November 9
6 Angry Women, by Sridhar Reddy, reminiscent of the film 12 Angry Men, this film with an improvised script presents the jury deliberation of six women, strangers brought together by their civic duty, each seeking to do the right thing in the aftermath of the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager by a white neighborhood watchman.
Wednesday, February 8
Mind/Game: The 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.
Wednesday, March 15
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 and takes viewers on an incredible and unforgettable journey through the life and times of a true American icon.
Wednesday, April 5
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 nine-year sentence.
Further details of all film screenings and filmmakers who will be in attendance will be promoted in advance of each monthly screening. All screenings are free to the public. For more information contact Robbie Fisher (Crossroads), 601.941.1865, or John Sewell (Millsaps College), 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.