- Where: Jackson and Piney Woods
When: September 26 - October 8
In The News
- Person of the Day: Nina Parikh, Jackson Free Press
- JSU Screens Freedom Riders Film; Director Joins Post-Film Q&A Via Skype, 16ABC WAPT
- Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue To Be Presented In Jackson & Piney Woods, Mississippi, BlackNews.com
- Making Progressive Movies Gripping: ‘Freedom Riders’ Tonight on PBS, Yglesias
- Sundance’s Film Forward announces film slate, November 30, 2010, Variety
- 10 Films Slated for Sundance Institute’s Inaugural Film Forward Initiative, November 29, 2010, indieWIRE
- Sundance Selects 10 Movies for Film Forward Cultural Exchange Initiative, November 29, 2010, The Hollywood Reporter
- Access Pollywood: Pay It “Film” Forward, November 9, 2010, Washington Life Magazine
- Peter Bratt’s film “La Mission” selected by the Sundance Institute’s Film Forward, October 10, 2010, Speak Out
Follow the Mississippi Blues Trail and you will arrive at nearby Jackson. Here Film Forward and The Piney Woods School will collaborate with one of the country’s leading museums, the Mississippi Museum of Art, which was awarded the prestigious 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Conveying and connecting people to a sense of place is at the heart of the museum. It does this not only by showcasing the achievements of its local artists, but also by conveying how that sense of place is a window into the world. Mississippi native Randy Hayes’ current exhibition, “Kyoto Views,” incorporates an array of imagery from East and West, and its approach is a metaphor for Film Forward and its use of film to bridge and explore cultures and cultural identities.
The Piney Woods School
The Piney Woods School is the flagship of the four remaining historically African-American boarding schools in the United States. With thousands of alumni who have come from all over the United States and the world, The Piney Woods School has been a hallmark of excellence over its 100 year history.
The school’s mission is to provide excellence in education through the creation of an exceptional academic model which supports the tenet that all students can learn, develop a strong work ethic, and lead extraordinary lives through academic achievement and responsible citizenship.
Crossroads Film Society
The Crossroads Film Society celebrates the art of filmmaking in all of its diversity and depth. The Crossroads Film Society will facilitate and promote a broader spectrum of film and video for the community, will present and honor films and videos related to Mississippi and the South, and will provide educational opportunities and facilitate general discussions for film lovers and aspiring film makers.
Mississippi Film 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: a 25% cash rebate on local spend and non-resident payroll, and 30% on resident payroll on features, shorts, documentaries, and national commercials. 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.
- South Arts
South Arts (formerly the Southern Arts Federation), a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses and individuals.
- Jackson State University
- Mississippi Museum of Art
- South Arts