By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
When Glen Bryant took over the Magnolia Film Festival this year, he decided to look at it as a civic duty.
“We just took the movies we felt people needed to see,” Bryant said. “We have one overarching rule: ‘Does this movie need to be seen by people?’ If so, we show it.”
The selection committee chose 32 must-see movies, and they’ll be shown this weekend at the Magnolia Film Fest in Starkville.
From comedies to supernatural thrillers, from historical dramas to documentaries, the Mag is offering a diverse line-up.
“There’s something for everyone,” Bryant said.
One of Bryant’s favorite films that’ll be screened at the Mag this year is Edward Phillips’ “Bohater Pies,” which is a “Polish remake of the beloved American hero dog movies of yore.”
“It just has this sheer, frenetic energy. It just makes you smile whenever you think about it,” he said.
“Senioritis,” a film by Jake Lasker, also met Bryant’s “must-see” criteria.
“It’s not a day-in-the-life of a high school student, it’s every day in the life of a senior high school student,” Bryant said. “Every day is shown, and the way he does it is really cool.”
Another favorite is the werewolf film “Lukos,” directed by Michael Williams of West Point.
“The whole vampire-werewolf thing is sort of fashionable these days, but this is not that at all. If anything, if there’s a realistic werewolf movie, this would be it,” Bryant said.
A few other Mississippi films include “Trick or Eat” by Columbus director April Wren, and “Blackout” by Glenn Payne of Tupelo.
The Mag will also feature a workshop, “How to Make the Most of Your Film Festival Experience,” by filmmaker Patricia Chica.
Amory native and entertainment expert Sam Haskell will also speak about his experience in the industry at the film festival.
Both events are free.
The talks, coupled with the films, will make for an entertaining and informative Mag Film Fest, Bryant said.
“We definitely placed a premium on quality,” he said. “We wanted quality, quality, quality – nothing else mattered.”
ON THE BIG SCREEN
– What: 14th annual Magnolia Film
– When: Today-Saturday
– Where: Hollywood Premier Cinemas,
– Cost: $10/session, $30/festival pass
– Info: magfilmfest.com, (662)
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