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Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Mississippi

Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Mississippi

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Film Forward heads to Jackson and Piney Woods, Mississippi, our last domestic destination of our inaugural program. We’ve collaborated with The Piney Woods School, the Mississippi Film Office, Crossroads Film Society, South Arts, Jackson State University and Mississippi Museum of Art to bring the student, youth and artist communities of Jackson and Piney Woods an exciting schedule of events.

Film Forward Filmmakers Debra Granik (Winter's Bone) and Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan) will headline this robust and diverse program, participating in special screenings, Q&As, and Master Classes for high school girls at The Piney Woods School, university students and local community members alike at Jackson State University (JSU). A Script to Screen Workshop facilitated by Alesia Weston, Associate Director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film International Program, will also be held for the local artist community with both Vikram and Debra at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson.

Additional highlights of the program include a special musical performances at JSU and Mississippi Museum of Art by Marideth Cisco, the talented lead musician featured in Winter's Bone. Cross-cultural dialogue is the prominent theme of this trip, as we celebrate the cultures and traditions from India and the Ozarks -- During Marideth’s first performance at the JSU campus, she’ll jam with the JSU Jazz Musicians while a live Fashion Show will take place featuring Indian Saris modeled by members of the JSU Insatiable Modeling Club, with Indian Cuisine served for lunch.

A special screening of Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders followed by a panel discussion with Freedom Riders and Mississippi Civil Rights Veterans at Jackson State University rounds out this full slate of events.

Communities Film Forward will reach during this program include: high school students, university students, emerging local filmmakers and media artists, Indian and Indian-Americans, African-Americans, retired community members, various spiritual and religious communities, particularly Muslim and Jewish.

We look forward to many surprises to come as we head down south to celebrate cultural diversity on the Delta!

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