Corinth celebrates cinema with first film fest

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Most film festivals are hidden away in a darkened movie theater, but the first-ever Northeast Mississippi Film Festival is under the stars.
The film fest will celebrate short films made by local directors, actors and producers, and the films will be screened in the CARE Garden lawn in downtown Corinth.
“We have some really talented filmmakers around here, and we see it as an opportunity to showcase their work,” said festival director Karen Beth Martin.
Since it’s the city’s first time hosting a film fest, they’re starting small, with under 10 submissions.
The films that will be shown include “The Fall of Henry,” a mind-bending suspense film directed by and starring Tupelo’s own Glenn Payne; “Bitter Shoes,” a drama directed by Baldwyn-based actor Kenny Cook; and the sci-fi drama “Illumination,” directed by West Point native Michael Williams. There will also be a film submitted by at least one local high school student.
Film submissions are still being accepted, however. Films must be 40 minutes or less, and there’s a $20 submission fee.
“The more the merrier,” Martin said.
The Northeast Mississippi Film Festival is free to attend.
Martin said she’s received lots of advice and help from bigger festivals, like the Tupelo Film Festival, and hopes Corinth’s fest is off to a small, but good, start.
“It’s going to be kind of small, but you start small and grow it,” she said. “We want to invite people to bring chairs and blankets to watch screenings of these indie films.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Under the Stars
WHAT: Northeast Mississippi Film Festival

WHEN: 5 p.m. March 24

WHERE: CARE Garden lawn, downtown Corinth

COST: Free

INFO: (662) 287-8300

EXTRA: Blankets and chairs are welcome