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Bicentennial Film Series | Moving Images in Mississippi

For more than a century the landscapes and stories of Mississippi have inspired filmmakers. Beginning in Natchez in 1914, cinematic storytellers have used our backdrops to enhance and authenticate their vision. And the imagination of our own writers and the drama of our own history have been brought to life by directors of influence, insight, and power. Cinema has explored, enhanced, and explained Mississippi, our most important and influential culture, and our place in the growth of America.

From January through July, on the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month during the Museum’s bicentennial exhibition, Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, the Bicentennial Film Series will celebrate cinema and Mississippi. Curated and introduced by longtime Mississippi film commissioner Ward Emling, the series will include panels and one-on-one filmmaker interviews to discuss the film in cinematic, cultural, and historical context. From This Property is Condemned on the Coast to LaLee’s Kin in the Delta, from a rascal named Huck to a dog named Skip, from the light touch of The Reivers to the heavy grasp of Mississippi Burning, the cinematic life of Mississippi will be explored and explained and celebrated.

The film series is free and open to the public. Each film begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustmark Grand Hall.

Incarceration and Redemption
Thursday, January 25: O Brother, Where Art Thou? | Panelists: Scott Barretta, John Read, and Jimmy Wood
Friday, January 26: Thieves Like Us

Once and Again
Thursday, February 22: The Help
Friday, February 23: LaLee’s Kin

Rise and Response
Thursday, March 22: Mississippi Burning
Friday, March 23: Freedom Song

Best of 2018 Oxford Film Fest State Tour
Saturday, March 31
9 AM-5 PM

Home and Everywhere Else
Thursday, April 26: The Reivers
Friday, April 27: TBD

Star-Crossed and Found
Thursday, May 24: This Property is Condemned
Friday, May 25: Dixieland

Neighbors and Strangers
Thursday, June 28: Cookie’s Fortune
Friday, June 29: TBD

Life, as We Know it
Thursday, July 26: My Dog Skip
Friday, July 27: Great Drives: Highway 61

*Film schedule subject to change due to panelist availability.