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.
*Film schedule subject to change due to panelist availability.