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Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Cookie's Fortune"

Thursday, June 28, 2018

6:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

After learning that her aunt, an elderly Mississippi widow, has taken her own life, Camille hatches an unusual postmortem plan. With her sister in tow, Camille hides evidence that points to suicide, deciding instead to make the death look like a murder. Her scheme, fueled by vanity and greed, is not victimless, as it appears that a local handyman might take the fall for a crime that never occurred. Starring Glenn Close, Ned Beatty, Julianne Moore, Chris O'Donnell, Liv Tyler, Charles S. Dutton, and Lyle Lovett and directed by Robert Altman, "Cookie's Fortune" was shot on location in Holly Spring, Mississippi, in 1998.

Anne Rapp is a writer and ex-script supervisor in the movie industry who worked on more than 60 feature films, beginning with “Tender Mercies” in 1981 and ending with the HBO TV series “Westworld.” She has worked with many acclaimed directors including Jake Kasdan, Billy Bob Thornton, Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis, Ken Kwapis, Jonathan Nolan, Lawrence Kasdan, Sydney Pollack, Robert Benton, Bruce Beresford, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemekis, David Mamet, Rob Reiner, Bill Forsythe, Ivan Reitman and Tom Hanks. She began writing short stories which led to a job writing for Robert Altman who directed two of her original screenplays, “Cookie’s Fortune” and “Dr. T and the Women" and a television episode written for the ABC series “Gun” entitled “All the President’s Women.” The screenplay for “Cookie’s Fortune” earned Anne an Independent Spirit Award nomination as well as an Edgar Allen Poe nomination. She wrote a television special for CMT, a live Texas music variety show called “Stars over Texas” hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel and featuring Dolly Parton and Vince Gill, and she later teamed with Benson again and wrote the musical “A Ride With Bob” a stage performance about the life and legacy of the western swing great Bob Wills. It ran for eight years. Anne has also written scripts that are in development for Alison Eastwood, Whoopi Goldberg and Dana Kuznetkoff, and has several of her own original scripts in development as well. She is currently producing and directing a documentary about the life and legacy of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and two-time Oscar winner, Horton Foote. She has published short stories and essays, and has twice served as visiting professor of screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers, the graduate writing program at University of Texas. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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.


This event is free and open to the public. Cash bar and concessions available.