TUPELO – Zombies, basketball and genetically modified foods – no matter your interest, there’s a chance the Link Centre is showing an independent movie about it this year.
The Indie Film series includes six movies – five documentaries and a feature – and each of the films’ filmmakers will be on hand for a question and answer session.
Link Centre Executive Director Melanie Deas traveled to South Arts, which presents the films, to select the films for this season.
“These are fascinating films, with thought-provoking content,” said Link Centre’s board president, Shawn Brevard. “These challenge genre descriptions.”
The first in the series is “How to Make Movies at Home,” a film Deas describes as both a feature and a mockumentary.
“It’s a great story about kids who make movies together, and Hollywood comes in to challenge how they do that,” Deas said.
Filmmaker Morgan Nichols will work with Tupelo High School broadcast journalism and film club students before the movie screens on Friday, and he’ll answer questions after the movie.
The second movie in the series is “Year of the Living Dead,” a documentary about the making of “Night of the Living Dead.”
“It includes the influences of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement,” Brevard said. “You’ll never look at (‘Night of the Living Dead’) the same way again. It’s deep.”
“GMO OMG,” the third film in the series, will get folks talking.
“We like to foster dialogue here,” Brevard said about the documentary, which investigates genetically modified foods.
The fourth selection, “The Iran Job,” follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard, who travels to Iran to play basketball.
“Finding Hillywood” is a documentary about a Rwandan who decides to make movies as the country is being torn apart in a civil war. His efforts culminate with the Rwandan Film Festival, Deas said.
The final movie in the series is “The New Public,” in which a group of young educators create a small public high school in Brooklyn.
“It’s a very strong, exciting movie, filmed over four years in Brooklyn,” Deas said.
The Link Centre is the only venue showing these movies in Mississippi.
The filmmakers’ passions for their films make all of the selections worth any moviegoers’ time, Brevard said.
“Their hearts are into their projects,” she said. “These people’s stories are worth telling.”