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Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Mississippi Burning"

Thursday, March 22, 2018

6:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

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. On the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month, the Moving Images in Mississippi 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 films in cinematic, cultural, and historical context.

Filmed on locations around central Mississippi, Mississippi Burning is a huge artistic triumph on every level: script, acting, cinematography. It is a visceral, shocking, and compelling look at 1960s Mississippi. Beginning with a true event: the disappearance and murder of three Civil Rights workers in 1964, Director Alan Parker and screenwriter Chris Gerolmo play out the events and emotions of the search by focusing on the two men, played brilliantly by Gene Hackman and Wilem Dafoe, as they wrestle with conscience and consequence.

The March 22 panel includes John Horhn, who was the head of the Mississippi Film Office during the filming of Mississippi Burning, and investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, whose work aided in the prosecution of Klu Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen for helping organize the June 21, 1964, murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner -- the event that inspired Mississippi Burning.

This event is free and open to the public. Films shown subject to change due to panelist availability.