Fundraising event to celebrate late filmmaker



By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mississippi filmmakers are hosting a fundraiser and celebration of life for one of their own this weekend.

Filmmaker Casey Spradling, 31, of Mantachie, died July 18. He collapsed while working on the film “The Hollars” in Jackson.

The Casey Spradling Memorial Fundraiser and celebration of life is set for 1 until 4 p.m. Sunday in the Link Centre’s reception hall and Black Box Theatre.

“Casey died doing what he loved, and the film and artistic community of Mississippi plans to celebrate his contribution to the state and raise funds to help support future filmmakers like Casey,” said organizer Melanie Addington, a filmmaker based in Oxford.

The event includes a live auction which will include all kinds of items, including a signed Jimbo Mathus CD, a light set valued at $500 and movie tickets for Malco.

Spradling was a photographer, too, and his prints of his photographs will be raffled and auctioned off at the event.

A slideshow of Spradling’s films, YouTube videos and more will be on display in the Black Box throughout the event.

Following the live auction at 2 p.m., friends and family can share memories of Spradling at 3 p.m.

Food will be provided by local restaurants like Fairpark Grill, Bar-B-Q by Jim, Cafe 212, Romie’s Grocery and more.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the Casey Spradling Memorial Endowment Fund, which will provide awards and grants for filmmakers, and the Casey Spradling Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide for scholarships for filmmakers.

Contributions to either fund should be written to the CREATE Foundation Inc., at P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802, and should be specifically noted to go to either the scholarship or endowment fund.

The event is free and open to the public.

“The whole point is to celebrate him, and if you didn’t know him to see his work,” Addington said. “It’s really for people to celebrate him, and get to know him, too.”

For information, call (662) 801-6007.