News from the Tupelo Film Commission

The other day I spent some time with Tupelo Film Commission’s Pat Rasberry, and she has so many projects going on, it’s unbelievable.

She has three big things happening in the next three months – 1) Movies in the Park, which kicks off next Thursday night with “Madagascar” (these are free!), 2) Indie Film Series, which begin screening at the Link Centre in September, and 3) the Manhattan Film Festival, which will be late September at the Malco.

You can read all about that in today’s Daily Journal (and other stories as we get closer to the events), but I thought I’d write a little more about more of what she has happening on here. Several of these things will probably become stories in the coming months, so keep an eye on the Journal.

First off, Rasberry is a part of the Tupelo Film Alliance. This is a group of more than 30 people who are from all over Northeast Mississippi (including a few from the central part of the state and Tennessee). The group is basically a network, a support team, for anyone with any interest in film. She said they welcome everyone from filmmakers to those who want to learn more about movie-making, to those who are just film buffs. The group meets once a month on Saturday mornings; the next meeting is July 23.

Rasberry has also been working with Tupelo filmmaker John Wee on his new film, “8:24.” Casting is complete and filming will begin soon.

A Film Mississippi car tag is in the works. The legislation has been approved, and now 300 applicants are needed for the tags to be made. I’m currently working on a story on this and will have more info in the Journal soon.

Good news from this past Tupelo Film Festival: two movies that screened here are getting some serious attention. “Defying Deletion,” a documentary about the persecution and genocide of Iraq’s Christian Assyrians, is getting a Congressional screening soon. Also, the documentary “Way of the Morris” is getting a cinema release this fall.

There is a LOT more in the works, and you’ll hear about it all soon once the details are finalized! Keep an eye out in the Journal and here for news.

To learn more about all of these projects, call Rasberry at (662) 841-6521.

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