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  • Where: Jackson and Cleveland
    When: February 21-24, 2014

    Film Forward returns to Mississippi for its second year, collaborating with the Mississippi Film Office and Crossroads Film Society. Film Forward will travel to Jackson and Cleveland with participating filmmakers Marta Cunningham (Director, Valentine Road) and Nisha Pahuja (Director, The World Before Her) for a four day program, providing a series of screenings, filmmaker discussions and panels.    

    Valentine Road explores the complex issues raised by the shooting of an out, bi-racial transgender teen (Larry King) by an 8th grade classmate (Brandon McInerney). With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry’s and Brandon’s troubled lives—both bullied and both searching for a sense of belonging. The World Before Her delivers a provocative portrait of India and its current cultural conflicts during a key transitional era in the country's modern history. It takes a look at two extreme ways of life in India – Miss India pageant’s rigorous beauty boot camp and the intense regime of a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls.The program will explore the regional tradition of storytelling, blues music, literature and filmmaking; and delve into the topic of tolerance.

    Other films that will be screening with this program, but without filmmaker representatives are: Circles, Dancing In Jaffa, Fruitvale Station, If You Build It, The Rocket, and Twenty Feet From Stardom

    Schedule Of Events

    All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

    Saturday, February 8
    2:00pm: The Rocket
    Discussion following the film 
    Duling Hall
    622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216

    Sunday, February 9
    2:00pm: Circles
    Discussion following the film 
    Duling Hall
    622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216

    Tuesday, February 11
    7:00pm: Twenty Feet From Stardom
    Discussion following the film 
    Millsaps, Murrah Hall Room 200
    1701 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39210

    Saturday, February 15
    2:00pm: Fruitvale Station
    Discussion following the film 
    Museum of Art, Grand Hall
    380 South Lamar Street, Jackson, MS 39201

    5:00pm: Twenty Feet From Stardom
    Discussion following the film 
    Museum of Art, Grand Hall
    380 South Lamar Street, Jackson, MS 39201

    Sunday, February 16
    7:00pm: Dancing in Jaffa
    Discussion following the film 
    Museum of Art, Community Room
    380 South Lamar Street, Jackson, MS 39201

    Tuesday, February 18
    7:00pm: If You Build It
    Discussion following the film 
    Millsaps, Murrah Hall Room 200
    1701 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39210

    Thursday, February 20
    10:00am: Valentine Road - private
    Discussion following the film
    Murrah High School
    1400 Murrah Drive, Jackson, MS 39202

    6:00pm: Fruitvale Station
    Discussion following the film 
    Tougaloo College, Bennie Thompson Conference Center
    500 West County Line Road, Tougaloo, MS 39174

    6:30pm: The Rocket 
    Discussion following the film
    Delta State University, Holcombe-Norwood Room 151
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

    Friday, February 21
    10:00am: The World Before Her
    Director Nisha Pahuja will be in attendance for a  discussion following the film
    Tougaloo College, Bennie Thompson Conference Center
    500 West County Line Road, Tougaloo, MS 39174

    3:00pm: Work-In-Progress Filmmaker Feedback Session
    Directors Marta Cunningham and Nisha Pahuja will be in attendance 
    Tougaloo College, Bennie Thompson Conference Center
    500 West County Line Road, Tougaloo, MS 39174

    7:00pm: Valentine Road
    Director Marta Cunningham will be in attendance for a discussion following the film
    Museum of Art, Community Room
    380 South Lamar Street, Jackson, MS 39201

    Saturday, February 22
    10:00am: Panel: The Road to Greater Acceptance - public
    Directors Marta Cunningham and Nisha Pahuja will be in attendance 
    Millsaps, Murrah Hall Room 200
    1701 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39210  

    2:00pm: Valentine Road
    Director Marta Cunningham will be in attendance for a discussion following the film
    Millsaps, Murrah Hall Room 200
    1701 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39210

    7:00pm: The World Before Her 
    Director Nisha Pahuja will be in attendance for a  discussion following the film 
    Duling Hall
    622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216

    7:00pm: If You Build It
    Discussion following the film 
    Delta State University, Baioni Conference Center
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

    Sunday, February 23
    1:00pm: Valentine Road
    Director Marta Cunningham will be in attendance for a discussion following the film
    Delta State University, Bologna Performing Arts Center
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733 

    4:00pm: The World Before Her
    Director Nisha Pahuja will be in attendance for a  discussion following the film 
    Delta State University, Bologna Performing Arts Center
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

    Monday, February 24
    10:00am: The World Before Her 
    Director Nisha Pahuja will be in attendance for a  discussion following the film 
    Delta State University, Bologna Performing Arts Center
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

    12:30pm: Power of Storytelling (lunch talk)
    Directors Marta Cunningham and Nisha Pahuja will be in attendance 
    Delta State University, Bologna Performing Arts Center
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

    6:00pm: Valentine Road  - private
    Director Marta Cunningham will be in attendance for a discussion following the film
    Delta State University, CCED
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

    Tuesday, February 25
    7:00pm: Dancing in Jaffa
    Discussion following the film
    Millsaps, Murrah Hall Room 200
    1701 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39210

    7:00pm: The Rocket 
    Discussion following the film 
    Tougaloo College, Bennie Thompson Conference Center
    500 West County Line Road, Tougaloo, MS 39174

    Monday, March 3
    6:30pm: Twenty Feet From Stardom 
    Discussion following the film
    Delta State University, Bologna Performing Arts Center
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

    Thursday, March 6
    6:00pm: Circles
    Discussion following the film 
    Tougaloo College, Bennie Thompson Conference Center
    500 West County Line Road, Tougaloo, MS 39174

    6:30pm: Dancing in Jaffa 
    Discussion following the film
    Delta Arts Alliance
    104 S. Court Street, Cleveland, MS 38732

    Monday, March 17
    6:30pm: Fruitvale Station
    Discussion following the film
    Delta State University, Bologna Performing Arts Center
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

    Thursday, March 27
    6:30pm: Circles
    Discussion following the film
    Delta State University, Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
    1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733

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  • Program Collaborators

    Mississippi Film Office, State Government Office
    The Mississippi Film Office supports the film industry in Mississippi with location scouting, cast and crew consultation, and production support from pre-production through post-production. They administer the Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program.  Additionally, they work to build the infrastructure for indigenous filmmaking by supporting statewide film festivals, hosting workforce training programs and other educational/networking opportunities, and supporting local filmmakers.

    Crossroads Film Society
    The Crossroads Film Society celebrates the art of filmmaking in all of its diversity and depth. The Crossroads Film Society facilitates and promotes a broader spectrum of film and video for the community, presents and honors films and videos related to Mississippi and the South, and provides educational opportunities and facilitates general discussions for film lovers and aspiring filmmakers.

    Venues

    Tougaloo College
    Tougaloo College is a private, coeducational, historically black four-year liberal arts, church related, but not church controlled institution. It sits on 500 acres of land located on West County Line Road on the northern edge of Jackson, Mississippi.

    Founded in 1869 by the American Missionary Association, Tougaloo College was chartered on the principles that it "be accessible to all irrespective of their religious tenets, and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in general."

    Mississippi Museum of Art 
    The Mississippi Museum of Art has been a community-supported institution for more than 100 years, and was at its former location since the late 1970s. The Museum boasts a seasoned staff of museum professionals and fiscally responsible administrators who have been managing operating budgets for over 30 years. These individuals have worked to ensure that the Museum’s renovations and upgrades are the best thing for the art and people of Mississippi. The Museum’s twenty-nine affiliate museums across the state will continue to benefit from the loan of artwork and traveling exhibitions, ensuring that even those Mississippians who cannot make the trip to Jackson can enjoy our rich cultural history. MMA continues to expand its programs and community outreach that are already in place.

    Millsaps
    Millsaps is a privately supported national liberal arts college founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890. Consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education, Millsaps has been praised by Colleges That Change Lives, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, the John Templeton Foundation, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Insight Magazine.

    Millsaps is a selective undergraduate institution located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi - a progressive southern metropolitan city of nearly half a million population. The city of Jackson is served by an international airport with six passenger airlines and Interstate highways 55 and 20.

    Duling Hall
    Duling Hall is the perfect event space for a reception, party, wedding, corporate function, meeting or reunion. Located in the heart of Fondren, Duling Hall's auditorium offers an indoor and/or outdoor facility with character and unrivaled Mississippi charm.

    Delta State University
    Delta State University is a public institution providing a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate curriculum to over 4,000 students representing all of the states and more than 20 countries. Dozens of degree programs on the undergraduate level provide educational opportunities in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. Graduate programs on the master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral levels provide advanced training in a broad range of disciplines.

    Acknowledging its beginnings as a teacher’s college, the University sustains excellence in teacher education while continuing to expand offerings in traditional as well as unique programs of study. From the core disciplines such as arts, humanities, and sciences, to unique programs such as Commercial Aviation, the Delta Music Institute, and the nationally-recognized Geospatial Information Technology program, the University is committed to meeting the evolving needs of the students it serves.

    Outreach Partners
    South Arts
    Jewish Cinema Mississippi
    Institute for Southern Jewish Life
    Jackson 2000
    American Institute of Architects 
    MS State Architecture program
    Ardenland
    (NOW) National Organization for Women
    The Women’s fund
    Indian Association of MS
    Unity Mississippi
    MS Safe Schools Coalition
    Safe Harbor Family Church

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