You rarely see sales pitches on this site, you’ve never seen advertisements, and I’m only now getting around to considering the addition of an Amazon.com tip jar or PayPal donations request. But this is important. Over the last four months, I served on the screening committee of the Crossroads Film Society’s annual film festival. The festival is THIS WEEKEND, here in glorious Jackson, Mississippi. There are over 60 films, in a variety of categories, and the four-day event includes Q&A’s with filmmakers, children’s and young-adult workshops, parties, and more. If you’re in town, please come. If you’re not in town, please come anyway. For more information, check out the full schedule, the festival’s home page, and the society’s website. If you’re interested, the full, official PR pitch follows the jump.
The 8th Annual Crossroads Film Festival
March 29 – April 1, 2007
4 Days, 60+ Films, Music & Workshops
Parkway Place Theatre, Lakeland Drive
The Crossroads Film Society presents its 8th Annual Crossroads Film Festival from March 29 – April 1, 2007, incorporating 60+ films, local and national recording artists, pre- and post- parties and a variety of workshops and panels. Each afternoon kicks off with a Meet & Greet Reception for filmmakers and passholders, providing multiple opportunities for fans to visit with filmmakers. Each evening ends with independent rock at downtown venues, featuring artists such as Snowden, Deerhunter and Beach House.
Screenings begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Regal Parkway Place Theater (Lakeland Dr. @ Airport Rd.) and run through Sunday evening. This year, the festival continues its free Children’s Workshops in animation and filmmaking, beginning at 9 a.m. at Millsaps College, followed by a screening of movies made by kids.
Joey Lauren Adams (star of Chasing Amy) will participate in a Q&A following the screening of her film, Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd, and
Saturday will also feature a showcase of Mississippi films and a panel of filmmakers talking about Katrina-inspired works, as well the documentaries I Know I’m Not Alone: A Musician’s Journey into the Human Cost of War, by Michael Franti of Spearhead, and Heart of an Empire, a documentary about the famous Star Wars fan club, the Fighting 501st Legion. Costumed Stormtroopers will join us for the movie’s worldwide premiere.
Don’t miss the local favorite, Oh Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?, 10 Items or Less with Academy Award-winner winner Morgan Freeman, The Novice with Academy Award-winner Alan Arkin, a DADAmentary on Jonathan Winters
(Mork & Mindy) and American Opera, an intense exposé on animal rescue efforts post-Katrina. Sunday will offer a Worldwide Cinema Showcase, highlighting winners from Sundance, Slamdance and international festivals.
Saturday’s awards party at George Street Grocery will recognize Best Feature Film, Best Short Documentary, short, student, youth, music video, animation and experimental films. ALL-ACCESS festival passes are available now at area Be-Bop Record Shops for $75 ($55 for Crossroads Members) and get you into all events. For more information please contact us at 601-510-9148 or www.crossroadsfilmfest.com for the complete schedule.
Sales pitch over. Please go.