Filmmakers, fans to converge at Lyric

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – If you’re the kind of person who likes to sit back and relax in a theater and let the movie projector do all the work, there’s room for you at the seventh Tupelo Film Festival.
If you’re the sort who likes to break down each scene in the movie and critique the lighting and sound effects, the festival’s got you covered.
And if you’re someone who enjoys a good party, then, yeah, the festival in downtown Tupelo might be the place for you.
“Our purpose is to program a great event that reaches everybody,” said Pat Rasberry, Tupelo film commissioner and festival director. “There’s no way you can’t find something you like to do.”
The festival will run Thursday to Saturday at the Lyric Theatre and other downtown sites. It’ll include screenings, workshops and parties. Everyone’s invited.
“I’ve got 51 films screening, and we have filmmakers from 65 to 70 percent of the movies coming, so it’s a big number,” Rasberry said.
This year, the film blocks have been organized by category. The complete schedule, available at, includes blocks of animation, international films, American short films and features.
“With the blocks, people can decide what type of films they want to see,” Rasberry said.

Plenty to learn
You can find out more about Thursday’s Kickoff Party on this page, but the 2010 festival actually starts with a panel discussion, “Financing Your Film.”
From 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, filmmakers will discuss everything from finding investors to handling taxes. For attorneys, two hours of continuing legal education credits are available.
Award-winning costume designer Nina Proctor, who worked on “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” and “Spy Kids,” will give a free costume workshop on Saturday morning for kids from third to sixth grades.
Don Tingle’s workshop on Saturday morning will focus on making films with iMovie. It’s $10, and available to anyone with an interest in working with the Apple program.
“If you’re a seventh-grader with an interest, have at it,” Rasberry said.

Extra time
Meet-and-greet parties and special events are scheduled throughout the festival. After a free screening of “God’s Architects” on Thursday, filmmakers and film fans will have a chance to socialize at Fairpark Grill from 10 p.m. to midnight.
The music video competition will move to the Main Street Bar & Grill at 10 p.m. Saturday, and patrons will get to vote for their favorite entry. Jittergoose will perform.
The Awards Ceremony will start at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric, then it’ll move to The Stables Bar & Grill. File Under Fire will provide the music.
“Sometimes, people aren’t ready to go home after the fun,” Rasberry said, “so we thought we would add some more social gatherings.”

Pick and choose
With 51 films plus the workshops and parties, it will be close to impossible to take in everything at the Tupelo Film Festival.
Organizers invite you to pick and choose what’s right for you.
“We’re just really excited about the entire weekend,” Rasberry said. “We think we’re bringing lots of fun opportunities for all ages. We think we have a quality festival at an economical price.”

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Make your plans:
What: 2010 Tupelo Film Festival
When: Thursday to Saturday
Where: Lyric and other downtown Tupelo locations.
Film block prices: $15/day, $7.50 students, seniors with ID; $20/weekend pass; $25/all access pass for screenings and music video competition.
Workshop prices: $45/Sundance panel discussion and breakout sessions; $10/”Editing with iMove”, free/”Costume Workshop for Children”; registration required for all workshops.
– Extra: For a complete list of screening times, visit,
Schedule of Events: In the Sunday May 9 NEMS Daily Journal.

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