Film Expo 2019 Selections & Awards

Presented By:

Audience Award, CORNBREAD COSA NOSTRA,
written and directed by Travis Mills

Best Cinematography, ROYAL
written and directed by Michael Williams

Best Actor, Jeff Burrell,
ROBIN: WATCH FOR WISHES

Best Actress, Danielle Wheeler,
SCOUNDRELS

Best Documentary, THE WRESTLER: A Q.T. MARSHALL STORY,
Directed by Frank Zarillo

Best Documentary, THE WRESTLER: A Q.T. MARSHALL STORY,
Directed by Frank Zarillo

Best Narrative Short, ADELINE,
Written and directed by Emily Raye Brown

Best Narrative Feature, CORNBREAD COSA NOSTRA,
Written and directed by Travis Mills


MEDIA CONTACT

Miles Doleac | 601.329.1630 | historiafilms@gmail.com

FESTIVALSOUTH CONTACT

Mike Lopinto | 601.329.1104 | mlopinto@comcast.net

Announcing Official Selections of the

FestivalSouth Film Expo and the Music in the Movies Series

The official selections for FSFX 2019 are now available (see below). Now in its fifth year, FSFX seeks to pay homage to Mississippi’s rich creative legacy and to give voice to independent filmmakers from Mississippi and around the world. Sponsored by Mississippi Power in partnership with Visit Mississippi and support from Historia Films, the festival is coordinated by filmmaker and actor, Miles Doleac, a champion of independent films and the relentless artistic spirits that create them.

Each year, FSFX also hosts a film series and other special events, in addition to competition features and shorts. This year we are proud to celebrate Music in the Movies, showcasing the influence of Mississippi talents like Elvis, BB King, Jim Henson and other visual artists and musicians from across the country and world and their contributions to cinema.

FSFX 2019 will also feature panel discussions with industry professionals, including a State of Mississippi Production Panel with Mississippi Film Office Director, Nina Parikh, Mississippi Film Alliance President, Melanie Addington, Filmmaker and Festival Director, Miles Doleac, former Film Office Director, Ward Emling, and others, as well as a fascinating panel on the groundbreaking visual effects in Steven Spielberg’s classic Jurassic Park by Hollywoood VFX wizard, Shannon Shea. Panel schedule will be forthcoming.

FSFX 2019 runs June 16-20 at The Grand Theatre, Hattiesburg (100 Grand Drive, Hattiesburg, MS, 39401) and closes with an awards gala and concert at The Thirsty Hippo (309 McLeod Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401) at 9 pm on June 20.

Events for the whole family including music, art, theatre, dance, food, and more are just around the corner at FestivalSouth 2019. Whether you attend just one event or join in all of the fun, residents and tourist alike will have amazing opportunities at  their fingertips at FestivalSouth.

FSFX Competition Screenings

Selections below will vie for several festival awards, including Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary (short or feature), Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, and the Audience Award, decided by festivalgoers themselves. This year’s festival features 23 shorts and 6 features. 18 of the 29 competition films were either made in Mississippi or by Mississippians. Screening schedule for the following films will be forthcoming. Check for updates on schedules and tickets at festivalsouth.org/about-fsfx.


Shorts (Narrative and Documentary)

Panda
directed by Rent Dickens
Biloxi, MS

Dusmas Briesmones
directed by Ronn Hague
Poplarville, MS

Huckleberry Finn and the Widow’s Mite
directed by Ronn Hague
Poplarville, MS

Sometime (A Mini Musical)
directed by Emily Raye Brown (last year’s Golden Magnolia Best Short winner)
Hattiesburg, MS

The Turner Exhibit
directed by Matthew Brainbridge
Baltimore, Maryland

Crisis Act
directed by Alex Gheorge
Canada

Parallel
directed by Caleb Haynes
Poplarville, MS

Exist with Us: The Squid and The Whale
directed by Benjamin Smith
Hattiesburg, MS

The Betrayal
directed by Maggie Foster McCann
Stockbridge, Georgia

Game
directed by Jeannie Donohoe
Los Angles, CA

God Gave Him Grace
directed by Will Durham
Poplarville, MS

To Wonder about the World
directed by Megan Bradberry
Hattiesburg, MS

A Son Inherit
directed by Michael Williams
Meridian, MS

Kerosene: Legend of the Shadow Man
directed by Will Durham
Poplarville, MS

Life Is
directed by Irene Gracie
Hattiesburg, MS

A Picture and A Gun
directed by Kyle J. Tran
New York City, NY

Signing Day
directed by Justin Malone
Memphis, TN

Times Gone By
directed by Caleb Haynes
Poplarville, MS

Hoodies
directed by Mattlan Ladner
Hattiesburg, MS

Young Blood: The Mass Shooting Generation Take Action
directed by Mattlan Ladner
Hattiesburg, MS

Just My Type
directed by E.G. Fendler
Los Angeles, CA

Alienated
directed by Sandy Parker
New Orleans, LA

Dead Winter
directed by Allison Hogue
East Point, GA


Features (Narrative and Documentary)

2
directed by Marcello Presotto
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Always in Season
directed by Jaqueline Olive
Brooklyn, NY
Olive is a Hattiesburg native

Bo McGraw and the UFO
directed by Jon Miller
Deere Park, Alabama

Driven
directed by Glenn Payne
Tupelo, MS

Triggered
directed by Chris Moore
Jackson, MS

Silver Slipper
directed by Travis Mills
Tuscon, AZ
Mills lives in MS

Schedule for the “Music in the Movies” Series

SUNDAY, JUNE 16: THE OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA FEATURES A 6:30 COCKTAIL HOUR, MEET-AND-GREET WITH FILMMAKERS AND FESTIVAL GUESTS. FOLLOWED BY A DOUBLE-FEATURE STARRING MS’ OWN ELVIS PRESLEY. KING CREOLE SCREENS AT 7:30, FOLLOWED BY EVER-POPULAR VIVA LAS VEGAS

MONDAY, JUNE 17: THE MUSIC IN MOVIES SERIES CONTINUES WITH MARTIN SCORSESE’S CHRONICLE OF ONE OF THE MOST LEGENDARY NIGHT’S IN ROCK HISTORY, THE LAST WALTZ, AT 6:45, FOLLOWED BY PURPLE RAIN, AT 9:00, STARRING THE ICONIC PRINCE AND SHOWCASING SOME OF HIS MOST MEMORABLE HITS.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18: FEATURES JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL, AT 7:35, WITH LIVE ORCHESTRATION WRITTEN AND LED BY COMPOSER/CONDUCTOR, CLIFTON HYDE.  ADVANCE TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. LATER THAT EVENING, TURN IT UP TO 11 WITH ROB REINER AND CHRISTOPHER GUEST’S CULT CLASSIC ROCK N’ ROLL SPOOF, THIS IS SPINAL TAP.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19: AT 6:45, ENJOY A ONE-HOUR JAZZ CLASS IN THE GRAND LOBBY TAUGHT BY HATTIESBURG BALLROOM AND BEYOND’S REBECCA CHANDLER, FOLLOWED BY A SCREENING OF BOB FOSSE’S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED, SEMI-AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FILM, ALL THAT JAZZ. AND AT 8:15, CATCH CAMERON CROWE’S CLASSIC COMING-OF-AGE ROCK N’ ROLL ODYSSEY, ALMOST FAMOUS.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20: AT 6:30, CATCH MUCH-LAUDED FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY, SHOWCASING THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF THE MISSISSIPPI-BORN BLUES LEGEND. THEN AT 9 PM, HEAD ON OVER TO THE THIRSTY HIPPO FOR THE FSFX AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT AND WRAP PARTY FEATURING LOCAL ALL-STAR BAND, QUINT.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part,
from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.